Bobby Shearer

Bobby Shearer (29 December 1931 – 5 November 2006)[3] was a Scottish professional football player and manager. Shearer represented Scotland in four full international games.

Bobby Shearer
Personal information
Full name Robert Shearer
Date of birth (1931-12-29)29 December 1931
Place of birth Hamilton, Scotland
Date of death 5 November 2006(2006-11-05) (aged 74)
Playing position(s) Right-back
Youth career
Burnbank Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1955 Hamilton Academical 73 (13)
1955–1965 Rangers 267 (2)
1965–1966 Queen of the South 30 (0)
Total 370 (15)
National team
1961[1] SFL trial v SFA 1 (0)
1961[2] Scottish League XI 2 (0)
1961 Scotland 4 (0)
Teams managed
1965–1966 Queen of the South
1967 Third Lanark
1970–1971 Hamilton Academical
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Shearer, a right-back, played 423 times in all competitions for Rangers between 1955 and 1965,[4] including a run of 165 consecutive games.[5] He previously played for Hamilton Academical, his hometown club, and also for Highland League club Inverness Thistle while on National Service in the Army in the early 1950s, at Fort George Barracks just outside Inverness. His combative playing style led to him being nicknamed 'Captain Cutlass'.

He made his full Scotland debut on 15 April 1961, in the infamous 9–3 defeat against England at Wembley.[3] It was frequently joked afterwards that as an orange football had been used, Shearer and Rangers teammate Eric Caldow had refused to kick it, while Celtic players Frank Haffey and Billy McNeill had refused to touch it.[3] Despite this inauspicious start, Shearer won further caps against the Republic of Ireland (twice) and Czechoslovakia in World Cup qualifiers the following month, his final game being a 4–0 defeat in Bratislava.

Shearer captained Rangers to their second domestic treble in 1963–64.[5] In all, he won five league championships, three Scottish Cups and four Scottish League Cups during his time at Ibrox.[4][5]

He also deputised as goalkeeper (at least) twice, by coincidence against Hearts at Tynecastle Park on both occasions, taking over from Norrie Martin in a League Cup fixture in 1958 which Hearts won 2–1,[6][7] and more impressively an 82-minute shift in place of the injured Billy Ritchie in a 3–1 Rangers victory in 1960.[8]

Coaching careerEdit

After leaving Rangers, Shearer moved to Dumfries club Queen of the South as player-coach in the era of players such as Allan Ball, Iain McChesney and Billy Collings. In January 1967, Shearer was appointed manager of ill-fated Third Lanark, who folded later that year. He moved back to his hometown club Hamilton Academical and served as their manager, amongst other tasks.[3]


He died following a short illness on 5 November 2006, aged 74.[3]


  1. ^ Ronnie McDevitt (2016). Scotland in the 60s: The Definitive Account of the Scottish National Football Side During the 1960s. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 9781785312458.
  2. ^ SFL player Bobby Shearer, London Hearts Supporters Club
  3. ^ a b c d e Vallance, Matt (7 November 2006). "Bobby Shearer". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b Rangers player Shearer, Bobby, FitbaStats
  5. ^ a b c Hall of Fame: Bobby Shearer, Rangers FC
  6. ^ Neil 'Norrie' Martin, The Scotsman, 23 October 2013 (via PressReader)
  7. ^ Sat 23 Aug 1958, Hearts 2 Rangers 1, London Hearts Supporters Club
  8. ^ Wed 26 Oct 1960, Hearts 1 Rangers 3, London Hearts Supporters Club

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