Robert Foyers (22 June 1868 – 16 August 1942) was a Scottish footballer who played as a full-back. He played professionally for various clubs in Scotland and for Newcastle United in England, and was capped for Scotland at Junior and Senior levels.

Bob Foyers
Foyer in 1895
Personal information
Date of birth (1868-06-22)22 June 1868
Place of birth Hamilton, Scotland
Date of death 16 August 1942(1942-08-16) (aged 74)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Position(s) Full-back
Youth career
Hamilton Palace Colliery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Burnbank Swifts
1890–1891 Heart of Midlothian 1 (0)
1891–1895 St Bernard's 23 (1)
1895–1897 Newcastle United 34 (0)
1897 St Bernard's 0 (0)
1897–1898 Clyde 4 (0)
1901 Hamilton Academical 2 (0)
International career
1892 Scottish Alliance XI 1 (0)
1893–1894 Scotland 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Career edit

Born in Hamilton, Foyers joined local Junior side Burnbank Swifts from Palace Colliery and won back to back Scottish Junior Cup titles in 1889 and 1890.[1] He was also one of four Swifts players to play in the first ever Scottish Junior international fixture against England on 11 May 1889.

After initially stepping up to Edinburgh club Heart of Midlothian in 1890,[2] it was after switching to St Bernard's that Foyers' form earned him firstly a representative appearance for the Scottish Football Alliance XI against the rival Scottish Football League in 1892,[3][4] followed by two caps for Scotland, both against Wales, in 1893 and 1894.[5] He also lifted the Scottish Cup as St Bernard's defeated Renton in the 1894–95 final.[1]

Foyers signed for Newcastle United in 1895 for a fee of £100 and was appointed club captain, but was disciplined for off-field behaviour and left soon afterwards.[6] He returned to St Bernard's in 1897 before ending his career with short spells at Clyde and Hamilton Academical.[1][7]

A mechanical engineer to trade, Foyers died in August 1942 at the age of 74.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Foyers, Bob (1901)". Hamilton Academical Memory Bank. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ (Hearts player) Andrew Foyers [sic], London Hearts Supporters Club
  3. ^ "Re: Matchfacts 1891/92". Scottish Referee. SFQAs. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Football. | Scottish League V. Scottish Alliance". The Glasgow Herald. 31 May 1892. Retrieved 2 July 2021 – via London Hearts Supporters Club.
  5. ^ "[Scotland player] Robert Foyers". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  6. ^ Robert "Bob" Foyers, Toon1892
  7. ^ John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)