Showing posts with label Bobby Orrock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bobby Orrock. Show all posts

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Pen Pic - Robert Orrock - East Stirlingshire FC

I just found a picture of Robert Orrock at the start of his senior career, he joined East Stirlingshire at the beginning of the 1906/07 season, and would go on and on and on and on.


Soon after this Bobby Orrock joined Falkirk, got capped and played a lot of football before winding up his career back at East Stirlingshire. Last thing I know the Orrock family headed off down under, to enjoy a bit of sunshine.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Falkirk v Aberdeen, Brockville Pk 1914


Another pic from the past, [there are lots of them out there if you are willing to dig] this one [according to the caption] is from the Falkirk v Aberdeen Division 1 Match at Brockville Pk on the 14th of March 1914: 2-0 to Falkirk, and the houses in the background certainly appear to be those in Watson Street.


I am somewhat perturbed by this picture. The two players named as Falkirk players seem to be wearing a lighter coloured top than the Aberdeen player; I do not know what the Aberdeen change strip was this season, but at this point Aberdeen wore Black & Gold stripes so it is definitely not that; to my knowledge there has never been a Falkirk player by the name of Templeton; to the right the player may or may not be Robert Orrock [I'm not sure though]; the player named as Wylie looks awfy like Thomas Glancy of Falkirk to me. That and the fact there is no way to be 100% sure that the goalie is Alex Stewart, makes me think something has gone wrong up Dundee Courier way.

I'm also interested in what that advert might be "NE..." could be anything.

Note - I was contacted recently [Apr 2014] by Alex Blackwood from "right" 'darn sarf' as in South Australia south, who married into the Neilson Family from Falkirk, and it was their advert shown - well in this picture from c1907


I ought to have looked at the Falkirk Council site too, but I always look for the obscure. On reading more Neilson's had the privilege of creating that horrid drink "Coca-Cola" for you people in Falkirk, until the massive giant that was Barr's swallowed them up. Based in the Pleasance, I have today also noted a junior team by the name Rosehall Swifts, who may, or may not, have been their works team ..... so much to explore .... every answer brings me more questions!!!!!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Robert Orrock


Bobby Orrock is an enigma, he played more than 200 games for Falkirk FC, yet some supporters of East Stirlingshire also claim him as their own. True he played for the 'shire before he came to Falkirk and he ended his career there, but his greatest years were at Centre-Half with Falkirk. Centre-Half was never the most glamorous of positions, so he never got the plaudits like the forward five received.


Wartime travel restrictions meant he spent some time with St Mirren while he was working 'on the Clyde', and after the war he spent some time with Alloa, but to me he is always a Falkirk player [from club photographs of the time he seemed to be captain].

In the 1911/12 trial match a 'J.Orrock' of Grange Rovers played at Right-Back, I do not know if they were brothers, but given that it is a very rare name and he played for the same Junior club [from Grangemouth] as Bobby it is a strong possibility. [yet another thing to look up in the 1911 census ....]

Something, though, somewhat freaks me out, it seems Bobby was only 5ft 6in.


Robert Orrock

b 25th May 1885, Kinghorn, Fife

Debut – Monday August 24th 1908 v Stirlingshire Junior XI (H) Benefit Match
League Debut – Saturday February 12th 1910 v Port Glasgow Ath (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Centre-Half, Left-Half, Right-Back, Left-Back
Representative Honours – Scotland v Wales 1912/13
Club Honours – Scottish Cup W 1912/13, North-Eastern Cup RU 1910/11, Dunedin Cup W 1913/14, RU 1910/11,
Dewar Shield W 1909/10, 1913/14, Stirlingshire Cup W 1909/10, RU 1908/09, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1908/09,1912/13
Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [195/1]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [11/-]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [31/1]

Known Career – Grange Rovers, East Stirlingshire [1906/07-1907/08], Falkirk [1908/09-1916/17], St Mirren [1917/18-1919/20], Alloa Athletic [1920/21-1923/24], Third Lanark [1923 Tour of South America], East Stirlingshire [1924/25]

Played for White v Blue, Stirlingshire FA Benefit Match at Brockville Pk, Falkirk, 27th April 1910
Played for SPFA XI v PFA XI, Benefit at Glasgow, 20th April 1914