Robert Davidson (footballer, born 1876)

Robert Davidson (1876–1935) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League for Manchester City.[2] He earlier played for Celtic,[3] featuring on the losing side in the 1901 Scottish Cup Final[4] and winning the 1902 British League Cup. After his spell in England, he made well over a century of appearances for Airdrieonians[5] and came into consideration for an international appearance, taking part in the Home Scots v Anglo-Scots trial in 1905[6] (his side won 2–0, but ultimately Andy McCombie and Jimmy Watson were selected as the full-back pairing).

Robert Davidson
Personal information
Full name Robert Davidson[1]
Date of birth 1876[1]
Place of birth Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland[1]
Date of death 1935 (aged 58–59)[1]
Position(s) Full Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1895–1896 West Benhar Violet
1896–1897 Albion Rovers
1897–1898 Dykehead
1898–1902 Celtic 43 (0)
1899–1900Belfast Celtic (loan)
1900Heart of Midlothian (loan) 0 (0)
1900Airdrieonians (loan) 0 (0)
1902–1904 Manchester City 32 (0)
1904–1910 Airdrieonians 124 (0)
1910 Bathgate
1911 Balimba Rangers (Queensland)
Total 199 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


  1. ^ a b c d Robert Davidson at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  2. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  3. ^ (Celtic player) Davidson, Robert, FitbaStats
  4. ^ "Scottish Cup–Final Tie". The Scotsman. 8 April 1901. Retrieved 1 February 2021 – via London Hearts Supporters Club.
  5. ^ John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Anglo-Scots Trial. | Superior Home Talent. The Scottish Referee, 24 March 1905, scan via London Hearts Supporters Club