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Robert Smyth McColl (13 April 1876 – 25 November 1959) was a Scottish amateur footballer, who played as a centre forward.

Robert McColl
Robert Smyth McColl c1901.jpg
McColl, circa 1901
Personal information
Full name Robert Smyth McColl[1]
Date of birth 13 April 1876
Place of birth St Rollox, Scotland[2]
Date of death 25 November 1959(1959-11-25) (aged 83)[2]
Place of death Cathcart, Scotland[2]
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1892–1894 Benmore
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1894–1901 Queen's Park 19 (10)
1901–1904 Newcastle United 64 (18)
1904–1907 Rangers 27 (13)
1907–1912 Queen's Park 57 (30)
National team
1896–1908 Scotland 13 (13)
1901 Scottish League XI 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Playing careerEdit

McColl started his career with junior club Benmore in 1892 and moved to Queen's Park in 1894.[3] He represented the Scottish League in 1901.[4] He later played for Newcastle United.[1] McColl remained in Newcastle for three years and returned to Glasgow in 1904 to play for Rangers.[5] He returned to Queen's Park in 1907, although the restoration of his amateur status had to be decided by the board of the club beforehand.[6] McColl finished his football career in 1912, scoring 6 goals in his penultimate game against Port Glasgow Athletic,[2] a Scottish scoring record which stands to the present day.

McColl played 13 games and scored 13 goals for the Scotland national football team and he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in November 2011.[7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

McColl is now better known for lending his name to the newsagent chain RS McColl, which he set up in 1901 with his brother Tom. Due to this he became known as 'Toffee Bob'. He served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Service Corps during the First World War.[9]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 March 1896 Solitude Ground, Belfast   Ireland 1–0 3–3 BHC
2 28 March 1896 Solitude Ground, Belfast   Ireland 2–1 3–3 BHC
3 27 March 1897 Ibrox Park, Glasgow   Ireland 3–0 5–1 BHC
4 26 March 1898 Solitude Ground, Belfast   Ireland 2–0 3–0 BHC
5 18 March 1899 The Racecourse, Wrexham   Wales 2–0 6–0 BHC
6 18 March 1899 The Racecourse, Wrexham   Wales 5–0 6–0 BHC
7 18 March 1899 The Racecourse, Wrexham   Wales 6–0 6–0 BHC
8 25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow   Ireland 1–0 9–1 BHC
9 25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow   Ireland 4–0 9–1 BHC
10 25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow   Ireland 6–0 9–1 BHC
11 7 April 1900 Celtic Park, Glasgow   England 1–0 4–1 BHC
12 7 April 1900 Celtic Park, Glasgow   England 3–0 4–1 BHC
13 7 April 1900 Celtic Park, Glasgow   England 4–1 4–1 BHC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (16 October 2012). Football League Players' Records 1888–1939 (3rd Revised ed.). Tony Brown. p. 183. ISBN 9781905891610.
  2. ^ a b c d "QPFC.com – A Historical Queen's Park FC Website". www.qpfc.com. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  3. ^ "McColl Bob Image 2 Queen's Park 1901". Vintage Footballers. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Robert Smyth McColl – Scotland Football League Record from 16 Mar 1901 to 16 Mar 1901 clubs – Queens Park". Londonhearts.com. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  5. ^ Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
  6. ^ Cairney, John (15 April 2011). A Scottish Football Hall of Fame. Random House. ISBN 9781780570594.
  7. ^ Robert Smyth McColl at the Scottish Football Association
  8. ^ Pattullo, Alan (14 November 2011). "Pat Crerand and Terry Butcher among new boys in Hall of Fame". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Queen's Park And The Great War: 1914 To 1918" (PDF). p. 7. Retrieved 13 October 2016.

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