Bob McFarlane
Bob McFarlane
Bob McFarlane
● Bob McFarlane, 1922 (OH)

probably born in Scotland

Robert Angus McFarlane was born on Monday, 17th January, 1887, in Maryhill, Glasgow.

The forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Tuesday, 24th February, 1920, having most recently been with Queen's Park.

Aged 33, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 28th February, 1920, in a 2-0 defeat away to Airdrieonians in the Scottish Football League.

Bob scored his first goal for Thistle on Monday, 5th April, 1920, in a 2-1 defeat at home to Celtic in the Scottish Football League.

He scored the last of his 18 goals on Wednesday, 2nd May, 1923, in a 3-3 win (on a coin-toss aet & corners) away to Third Lanark in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 3rd November, 1923, in a 6-0 defeat at home to Rangers in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 66 occasions.

His club-list included Parkhead, Queen's Park, Partick Thistle, Arbroath and Dundee United.

Bob died in June, 1955, in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, aged 68. *

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Bio Extra

Maryhill-born Bob was one of three Queen's Park players who turned professional with Thistle in 1920, after Matt Wilson and before Jimmy Kinloch. It's a fairly sure bet that the (then) 33-year-old would have done so sooner were it not for the severe distraction of World War I. As a qualified engineer, Bob's skills were in demand for the duration of the conflict, and he served with the Royal Navy, returning to the football when it was all over.

Bob could play anywhere along the front five, and did so for Thistle, even falling back to right half a couple of times to help the team out. Most of his 66 appearances were as centre forward. The great problem of 1920-21 was the quest to find an effective replacement for record-fee departure Neil Harris; no fewer than 8 of them were in and out of the team as the season progressed. Bob made only 14 appearances in the 55-game campaign, but could point to his Scottish Cup record and make a claim that he was underplayed.

3 crucial goals in 4 games was his invaluable Scottish Cup contribution; the second round winner against Hibernian, the quarter final equalizer in the mud at Fir Park and the decisive counter against the Steelmen again in the second replay at Ibrox. Indeed, Bob scored 30% of our Scottish Cup goals despite playing in only 4 of the matches. He had the best win rate of all players too @ 75%. This was a guy who liked to get the job done; his 21st century "virtual medal" is very well earned.

(WS)



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