Full name: Tan Jiangbai
Original name: 谭 江柏
Other name(s): Tam Kong-Pak, 譚江柏
Nickname(s): Copper Head
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: December 27, 1911 in Canton, Guangdong, China
Died: March 16, 2006 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Affiliations: SCAA, Hong Kong (HKG)
Tan Jiangbai made his debut in 1927 in Hong Kong’s Group C as an inside-right. Until 1930 he played for the South China Athletic Association’s Group B team, but made occasional appearances in the First Division. By that time he had changed to the inside-left position. In 1930 he switched to the then-vacant position of left-back, playing for Guangzhou Police and the SCAA. His heading abilities earned him the nickname “Copper Head” and he became an energetic player both defensively and offensively. Tan scored two goals in the title match against Japan at the 1934 Far Eastern Games. His defensive performance in the 1936 Olympic tournament against Britain was considered as outstanding but, after the Olympics, his star was on the decline. In 1937 he was suspended for one year for repeated foul play.
During the war Tan went to Yunnan and joined the Army with the rank of Lieutenant, being responsible for the transport of Japanese goods on the Burma Road. In 1946 he returned to Guangzhou and later moved to Hong Kong with the new Sing Tao club, but struggled with them. One year later he switched to the Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) club and retired in the early 1950s. He was the father of the famous singer Alan Tam and died in a Hong Kong hospital due to organ failure.
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