Saturday, 30 March 2013

Falkirk FC Graves - Alex Rule

A bit of an obscure one here, Alexander Rule, he played very few matches for the club, and seems to be an early sort of local journeyman footballer, playing with most of the clubs in the town.

Another mainly second XI player in his only season with the club he only played one competitive match against Slamannan's, then, second club Barnsmuir in the Stirlingshire Cup, and have only found three other first team appearances by him.

He must have been a decent player at a local level to have played for at least six teams as many others came and went almost in the blink of an eye.

Note - Many players played under assumed names in the days before professionalism for reasons best known to them [though a common reason was to ensure their employers [or even their normal club] did not know they were playing that day]. Grahamston FC occasionally had a player called "Elur", although to me this seems a far too transparent pseudonym it may just have been Alex [after all James Murphy occasionally played as "M.James"]

[Falkirk Cemetery]

Alex Rule

b 13th March 1866, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d 24th October 1903, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday October 10th 1885 v Rangers (H) Friendly
Competitive Debut - Saturday October 17th 1885 v Barnsmuir (A) Stirlingshire Cup 2nd Rd

Positions – Outside-Right, Inside-Right

Minor Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]

Known Career – Comely Park, Grahamston [1883/84-1884/85], Carron [1885/86], Falkirk [1885/86], Falkirk Harp [1885/86], East Stirlingshire [1886/87]

Played for 1st Stirlingshire Rifle Volunteers v Falkirk, Benefit Match at Brockville Pk, Falkirk, 13th April 1886
Played for 1st Stirlingshire Rifle Volunteers v East Stirlingshire, Benefit Match at Merchiston Pk, Bainsford, 27th April 1886
Played for 1st Stirlingshire Rifle Volunteers v Laurieston, Benefit Match at Zetland Pk, Laurieston, 4th May 1886