Robert Muir
Robert Muir
Robert Muir
● Robert Muir, 1937 (TTI)

probably born in Scotland

Robert Muir was born sometime between 25th June 1915 and 24th June 1916, and is most likely to be Scottish. *

The 5' 11 (12st 9lbs) goalkeeper temporarily transferred to Donald Turner's Thistle on Thursday, 21st August, 1941, from his parent club, St Mirren.

Aged 25 or 26, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 23rd August, 1941, in a 4-1 defeat away to Heart of Midlothian in the Southern League.

There were no clean-sheets for Robert during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 15th August, 1942, in a 2-1 defeat away to Morton in the Southern League, having appeared as a Jag on 3 occasions.

Robert's club-list included Plean Juveniles, Rutherglen Glencairn, Portsmouth, Third Lanark, Rochdale, St Mirren, Partick Thistle and East Fife.

We don't know where or when Robert died. *

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Bio Extra

This Stirlingshire lad was reckoned to be the best juvenile ’keeper in the county, and he raised his profile with one full season at Rutherglen Glencairn, where his form in 1933-34 attracted great interest from a number of senior clubs, so much so that he was 'chased down' by a few of them at Sunday church at the end of that season! It was First Division Portsmouth who won his favour, and Robert relocated to the south coast of England in June 1934. After biding his time in the reserves, Robert got his big chance in a home League match against Liverpool on 19th January 1935. 14,448 were at Fratton Park on the day and, although Robert acquitted himself well, the home side lost by the odd goal in three. He made only a handful of appearances for the first team and, by May 1934, was homeward bound, signing with First Division Third Lanark who finally got their man, one year later than planned!

Robert was a near ever-present for the Hi-Hi in the seasons which followed, although his game time dried up as the decade came to a close. Unwilling to 'waste away' in the reserves, Robert, in June 1939, made the switch to English football once more, signing with Rochdale of Division 3 North. He was described as 23 years of age at the time (24 June 1939). Like everyone else, his plans would have been upset with the onset of war, and it's unclear how things transpired at the 'Dale. In August 1941, Robert re-appeared in the Scottish game at St Mirren. During the course of the season he played by consent at Partick Thistle and East Fife. After being released by the Saints at the end of the season, Robert signed as a Jag, but appeared only once before disappearing from trace. Reading between the lines of Robert's early wartime activity and movements, it's very possible his playing career was disrupted by army service.


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