Showing posts with label Bob Shankly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bob Shankly. Show all posts

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Westquarter v Falkirk 1933

I think I said in a previous blog post on Bob Shankly that he made his debut for Falkirk FC in August of 1933, well I was only half-right. Bob actually made his debut for the club a month earlier, except it was not for the reason he was signed ... as I'm afraid there is no need for a big, burly Centre-Forward in the gentleman's game of cricket against Westquarter.

Even by the 1930s professional football clubs playing the odd cricket match had become a rarity, whereas in the 19th Century it was quite commonplace, but is quite obvious why these social games died off: there is no point in signing a footballer just to have a wannabe tear-away fast-bowler try to knock his head off before he has even kicked a ball in anger.

Falkirk, quite rightly, were thumped by the village team, the game over in a day, but Scotland has never been renowned for its skill in the longer game.

Interestingly it would seem that Alex, Bob's big brother played in the match, interesting as he never played football for the club, and had retired from the professional game by then. Maybe he was just visiting his brother, since, he was meant to be a ringer he patently failed.

Useful for a really obscure trivia question about Shankly brothers playing together for the same football club.

Falkirk's best player in the match, Johnnie Richardson, although born in South Africa, interestibly was brought up in Westquarter, and lived there for the rest of his life.

Westquarter CC v Falkirk FC at Blairlodge, Polmont
Westquarter CC
J.Grant
b J.Hope 1
C.Storrar
c J.Hutchison b J.Hope 18
J.Myles
b J.Hope 0
J.Dick
b J.Hope 23
J.McLuckie
b J.Richardson 4
A.Fraser
c G.Grant b J.Richardson 4
D.Sharpe
b C.Thomson 17
W.McGilchrist Sr
b C.Thomson 14
W.A.U.Steven
not out 39
J.Brandon
dnb
W.McGilchrist Jr
dnb
Extras

17
Total
For Eight Wickets 137
Bowling
J.Hope
4 wickets for 34 Runs
J.Richardson
2 for 25
C.Thomson
2 for 50


Falkirk FC
J.Hope
c & b W.A.U.Steven 15
A.Henderson
b J.Dick 2
J.Thomson
b J.Dick 1
C.Thomson
b W.A.U.Steven 7
J.Richardson
not out 24
J.Bartram
b D.Sharpe 0
G.Grant
c J.Grant b W.McGilchrist Sr 7
R.Shankly
b W.McGilchrist Sr 1
J.Hutchison
retired 0
W.Harrison
b W.McGilchrist Sr 0
A.Shankly
b J.Brandon 7
Extras

1
Total
All Out 65


W.McGilchrist Sr
3 wickets for 2 runs
J.Dick
2 for 9
J.Brandon
1 for 0
W.A.U.Steven
2 for 15
D.Sharpe
1 for 12
Westquarter CC won by 72 runs

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Will the Real Mr Shankly Please Stand Up

I am tired of hearing how great his brother was, I am tired of his brother, before Bill Shankly began that thoughtless nonsense at Liverpool, his brother Bob was playing at Falkirk. Moving from Alloa he had previously tried his hand at Endlish Non-League football with Tunbridge Wells. A big player,

he was equally as good at Centre-Forward as at Centre-Half [but mainly at Centre-Half]. He played more matches for the club during WWII than anyone else.

I am really not interested in his brother, this chap played more than 400 matches for my club, end of.

Later he went on to manage the club, only him & John Hughes have both played and managed the club 200 times.


Robert Shankly

b 25th February 1910, Glenbuck, Ayrshire
d 1982, Glasgow

Debut – Saturday August 12th 1933 v Third Lanark (H) Scottish League Division 1

b 25th February 1910, Glenbuck, Ayrshire
d 1982, Glasgow

Positions – Centre-Half, Right-Half, Inside-Left, Centre-Forward
Club Honours – Scottish League Division 2 W 1935/36, Dewar Shield W 1938/39, RU 1935/36, Stirlingshire Cup W 1934/35, 1938/39, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1933/34, 1934/35, 1935/36, 1936/37, 1937/38, 1938/39

Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [181/4]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [34/-]
Scottish League North-East Matches/Goals [30/-]
Southern League Matches/Goals [82/5]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [18/-]
War Emergency Cup Matches/Goals [4/-]
Southern League Cup Matches/Goals [26/4]
Summer Cup Matches/Goals [9/-]
Victory Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]
Dewar Shield Matches/Goals [8/-]
Stirlingshire Cup Matches/Goals [12/1]
Falkirk Infirmary Shield Matches/Goals [9/-]
Other Matches/Goals [14/1]
Total Matches/Goals [428/15]


Known Career – Glenbuck Cherrypickers, Tunbridge Wells, Alloa Athletic [1930/31-1932/33], Falkirk [1933/34-1945/46]

Falkirk Manager [1950/51-1956/57]

Height - 5 ft 9½ in: Weight 12 st 3 lbs [1935]