Showing posts with label Pen Pic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pen Pic. Show all posts

Friday, 5 August 2016

Pen Pic - Robert Stirling - East Stirlingshire FC -1907

Yet another East Stirlingshire starlet I know little about, yet featured in the Falkirk Herald's "Prominent Players" series.

As far as I can ascertain, Robert also succumbed to the curse of ESFC players apperaring in this series, because from what I can see of his career after this point, he went out on loan to Alloa Athletic for the next season [1907/08], then dissappears.


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pen Pic - William McAulay - Falkirk FC - 1907

Continuing the Falkirk Herald's "Prominent Players" series of 1907 this time it is William McAulay Falkirk's Inside-Left for the 1906/07 season.

By the time William joined he was already a veteran of top flight football, both North & South of the Border, but he was by no means past it.

After a season with Falkirk he moved to Hibernian before winding his career down at Alloa.


William McAulay

b 1st November 1879, Newton, Lanarkshire
d c1935

Debut – Wednesday August 15th 1906 v Leith Athletic (H) East of Scotland League
League Debut – Saturday August 18th 1906 v Rangers (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Inside-Left, Inside-Right

Known Career – Newton Athletic, Newton Thistle, Cambuslang Hibernian, Celtic [1897/98-1898/99], Sheffield Wednesday [1898/99], Dundee [1898/99], Walsall Town Swifts [1899/00], Aston Villa [1900/01], Portsmouth [1901/02], Middlesbrough [1902/03], Arthurlie [1904/05], Aberdeen [1904/05-1905/06], Falkirk [1906/07], Hibernian [1906/07-1908/09], Alloa Athletic [1909/10-1912/13]

Note - Height 5' 9” - Weight 11st 2lb


Saturday, 9 July 2016

Pen Pic - John McTavish - Falkirk FC - 1907

The great John McTavish paired up with John Simpson to create one of the greatest right-wing partnerships in the history of Falkirk FC. Interestingly the two players careers match well, both joining Falkirk at about 1905 from junior football, both leaving in 1910 to go on to successful careers down south, and both players making slightly over-the-hill comebacks for Falkirk during the First World War.

However there was no doubt about the nationality of McTavish [Simpson was born in England], thus the Scotland selectors were forced [then as now unwillingly] to pay attention to a "provincial" player.

After his football career was over Jock went in to management with East Stirlingshire, however it was brief and he returned to the world of work, settling in Camelon for the rest of his days.


John Kay McTavish

b 7th June 1885, Govan, Glasgow
d 4th April 1944, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Wednesday August 16th 1905 v Cowdenbeath (A) Friendly
League Debut – Saturday August 19th 1905 v Port Glasgow Ath (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Inside-Right, Inside-Left

Representative Honours – Scotland v Ireland 1909/10, Scottish League v English League 1906/07, 1907/08

Club Honours – Scottish League Division 1 RU 1907/08, 1909/10, Dewar Shield W 1905/06, Dunedin Cup W 1917/18, Stirlingshire Cup W 1905/06, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1906/07, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1905/06, 1906/07, 1907/08

Known Career – Ibrox Roselea, Fairfield, Petershill, Falkirk [1905/06-1909/10], Oldham Athletic [1910/11], Tottenham Hotspur [1910/11-1911/12], Newcastle United [1911/12-1912/13], Partick Thistle [1913/14-1916/17], York City [1914/15], Goole Town [1914/15], Falkirk [1917/18], Heart of Midlothian [1917/18], East Fife [1918/19-1919/20], Bo'ness, Dumbarton [1920/21], East Stirlingshire [1921/22]

Scored on his League Debut
Hat-Tricks – 1 [Stirlingshire Cup [1]]

Played for Team 'B' v Team 'A', League International Trial at Glasgow, 25th February 1907
Played for Team 'B' v Team 'A', League International Trial at Glasgow, 17th February 1908
Played for Team 'B' v Team 'A', League International Trial at Glasgow, 16th February 1910
Played for 'Home-Scots' v 'Anglo-Scots', Scottish International Trial at Glasgow, 21st March 1910
Played for Blue v White, Stirlingshire FA Benefit Match at Brockville Pk, Falkirk, 27th April 1910

Note

Brother of Robert McTavish [Falkirk 1906/07-1909/10]

Obituaries

Falkirk Herald - Sat 8th April 1944


Falkirk Mail - Fri 7th April 1944


Bo'ness Journal - Fri 7th April 1944



Thursday, 7 July 2016

Pen Pic - William Morris - East Stirlingshire FC - 1907

One of those players that was once 'famous' but now largely forgotten, William Morris played over 200 league matches for East Stirlingshire between the turn of the Century and the outbreak of the War. As with most long-serving players he was a local lad.



Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Pen Pic - William Raisbeck - Falkirk FC - 1907

Willie Raisbeck came from a Slamannan/Larkhall football dynasty: the Raisbecks produced several footballers at the turn of the Century. Born in Wallacestone [and not Wallacetown, Ayrshire like it says on his Wikipedia entry], he grew up in Limerigg before the family moved to Larkhall, where he "entered the footballing fraternity".


After his Falkirk career he moved to Alberta, Canada, where he may have played with Lethbridge FC.

William Raisbeck

b 22nd December 1875, Wallacestone, Stirlingshire
d 2nd November 1946, Taber, Alberta, Canada

Debut – Tuesday August 28th 1905 v Hibernian (A) East of Scotland League
League Debut – Saturday September 2nd 1905 v Partick Thistle (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Left-Half

Club Honours – Dewar Shield W 1905/06, Stirlingshire Cup W 1905/06

Known Career – Larkhall Thistle, Clyde [1896/97], Sunderland [1896/97], Royal Albert [1897/98], Clyde [1897/98], Sunderland [1898/99-1901/02], Derby County [1901/02], New Brompton [1902/03], Reading [1903/04-1904/05], Falkirk [1905/06-1906/07], Lethbridge FC [Canada]

Notes.
Cousin of Luke Raisbeck [Falkirk 1901/02]
Height – 5 ft 11 in: Weight 13 st [1906]
Emigrated to Canada, sailing from Liverpool to Montreal on the 20th May 1907 on the Ionian.


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Pen Pic - Hugh Ross McDougal - Falkirk FC - 1907

The latest subject of the Prominent Football Players series, Hugh McDougal was a Highlander [hailing from Kilmallie] who had moved to the Central Belt to take up teaching. Making him one of that rare breed of footballers: the amateur.

In itself that is no bad thing, but the truth of the matter is that most amateurs had to spend most of their time doing, well, a proper job, instead of practicing or training; frankly improving. This in the long term usually means the amateur player in a professional football club becomes a bit part player.

Another effect is that the player goes where the job takes them, and this was the case with Hugh, after a season with Falkirk he moved to Dunfermline Athletic, followed by spells at King's Park, Stenhousemuir and ending his career at East Stirlingshire with the outbreak of the Great War. All of these moves dictated by which teaching positions he took up.

It is hard to gauge his career today because most of his career was spent with non-league teams who are now league teams.



Saturday, 2 July 2016

Pen Pic - Peter Murdoch - East Stirlingshire FC - 1907

Another East Stirlingshire player, another player who seemed to come under the Falkirk Herald's East Stirlingshire/Prominent Football Player Curse. As in I find no record of him after this season. It could be for many reasons, he could have been injured, he could have moved abroad, but the simple fact is Peter Murdoch of ESFC was lost to history.



Thursday, 30 June 2016

Pen Pic - William Folley - Falkirk FC 1907

I suppose when the Falkirk Herald decided their Prominent Football Players it must have all been relative, because some of the players have largely been forgotten to history. Or perhaps they were more celebrated in the district back then, no television etc.

William Folley was yet another product of the local junior system, after a couple of seasons with Falkirk, he moved on to East Fife, then Bathgate, before moving "down south" to play with Luton Town, where I lose touch with him...



Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Pen Pic - John Reid - East Stirlingshire FC - 1907

Like many of the other East Stirlingshire players I have reproduced from the Prominent Players series today's player John Reid seems to dissapear shortly after the Falkirk Herald lauded them. Since I am no expert on the careers of East Stirlinghsire players it would be wrong for me to comment on this. Anyway here is John Reid Captain of East Stirlingshire.



Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Pen Pic - William McLachlan - East Stirlingshire FC - 1907

Another East Stirlingshire player that I don't know much about over and above what is written below. Not only is it not my team, it is more than a Century ago. I can find no record of him at another Scottish League team, but then again I do not have the complete records.



Sunday, 26 June 2016

Pen Pics - Robert McTavish - Falkirk FC - 1907

Unlike his big brother 'Jock', Robert McTavish did not really get a chance to prove himself in what must have been one of the best Falkirk FC sides of all time. One of the main reasons for his not getting any chances was simply down to that fact that his 'natural' positions on the right wing were taken by the legendary Jock Simpson and his own brother.

This meant that most of his games for the first eleven ended up being at Centre-Forward or Outside-Left, but his performances at Outside-Right for Falkirk 'A' kept him in contention for a place come injury or suspension.



Robert McTavish

b 26th October 1888, Govan, Glasgow
d c1972

Debut – Wednesday April 24th 1907 v Falkirk District XI (H) Benefit Match
League Debut – Saturday November 23rd 1907 v Hamilton Academical (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Outside-Left, Outside-Right, Centre-Forward

Club Honours – Dewar Shield W 1909/10, Stirlingshire Cup W 1909/10, RU 1908/09,
Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1907/08

Known Career – Avondale, Ibrox Roselea, Petershill, Rangers [1906/07], Falkirk [1906/07-1909/10], Tottenham Hotspur [1910/11], Brentford [1912/13], Third Lanark [1913/14-1915/16], York City [1914/15], Raith Rovers [1915/16]

Note

Brother of John McTavish - Falkirk FC [1905/06-1909/10 & 1917/18]

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Pen Pic - James Macrae - East Stirlingshire FC - 1907

Here is another Prominent Player from Falkirk District in 1907, this time a 'shire player James Macrae, which means I really do not know that much about him. Read the bio I say.


I will go and look at his stats and add something here :)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Pen Pic - James Reid - Falkirk FC - 1907

This post from the prominent footballers series is that of James 'Punkie' Reid. Another local lad who Falkirk pinched from East Stirlingshire twice. Although starting his career at Inside-Right, in his second spell at the club he played almost exclusively at Right-Half, to such success that in 1907 he played in the Scottish League International Trial, then in 1909 in the Scottish International Trial, sadly though not being given the honour of representing his country.


After his Falkirk career he moved on to Cowdenbeath, then served in the Great War with Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Pen Pic - John Simpson - Falkirk FC - 1907

This the legend that was Jock Simpson in 1907.


Nothing more need be said.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Pen Pic - John Morrison - Falkirk FC - 1907

John Morrison is the next in this series of prominent players from 1907, and I have to say he is one of my pet favourite players in the history of Falkirk FC. Although he would be special because [as far as I am aware] he is the only player to play for the club in every single position of the old 2-3-5 formation [okay he only played in goal once, in a friendly v Peebles Rovers]: but most importantly, by 1910 he went by the nickname "Slasher", there, that is enough.

He would have been a 'one club man' apart from the fact that his work took him to Paisley, and wartime restrictions on movement compelled him to play for St Mirren in 1913/14.


After his playing career he became the Secretary/Manager of East Stirlingshire, Third Lanark then St Mirren, retiring in Paisley during the second war.

Pen Pic - Thomas Baird - East Sirlingshire - 1907

Yet another in the series of Pen Pics of Prominent Falkirk and District Football Players. This one, Thomas Baird is a rarity, in that he is one of few footballers that played for all three Scottish League teams in the District: Falkirk, Stenhousemuir then East Stirlingshire. The only catch being that he played for Falkirk and Stenhousemuir before they had joined the League.


Although a local, I have never quite been able to pinpoint where he was from, and he dissappeared off the radar not long after this season.

Pen Pic - Clyde Skene - Falkirk FC - 1907

Since I recently came across a series on "Prominent Falkirk and District Football Players" published in 1907 I might as well continue to share them for the World's edification ;/

Today we have the legendary Clydesdale Duncan Skene [for that was his full name], from Tryst Road, Larbert.


The Skenes were a sporting family Clyde also playing in the local cricket leagues, whilst his brother Dr Leslie Skene was a senior goalkeeper for [among others] Glasgow University, Falkirk Amateurs, Stenhousemuir, Queen's Park, Fulham, Glentoran and Scotland.

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.