Robert Sibbald
Robert Sibbald
Robert Sibbald
● Robert Sibbald, 1916 (DR)

probably born in Scotland

Robert Sibbald was born on Friday, 6th September, 1895, in Govan, Glasgow.

The 5' 6 (10st 8lbs) forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Thursday, 26th July, 1917, having most recently been with Queen's Park.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 11th August, 1917, in a 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell in a Benefit match.

There were no goals for Robert during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 13th April, 1918, in a 2-2 draw away to Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Football League, having appeared as a Jag on 11 occasions.

His club-list included Queen's Park, Partick Thistle, Maidstone United and Johnstone.

Robert died on Monday, 16th April, 1951, in Santa Clara, California, aged 55.

Bio Extra

The son of Robert Sibbald (b. 1867, timekeeper) and Mary Sibbald (b. 1868, née Allison). Robert was the second born, big brother Alexander being 2 years his senior.

19-year-old Robert, a right-wing specialist, landed a trial at Queen's Park in the springtime of 1915 and grasped his opportunity well, appearing in over 50 League games and scoring 14 goals over the next couple of years. They were sorry to lose him to Thistle in the summer of 1917. Robert didn't find it quite so easy at Firhill, Willie Whittle being the man in control of the wide right berth. Robert made 10 competitive appearances in his first season as a Jag, and registered no goals to his record. He was placed on the open to transfer list for the following two seasons. His footballing career movements aren't clear from there, but he had a spell down south with Maidstone United and last played Second Division football with Johnstone in 1922-23.

Before that season was through, he married Mary Ann Curtis and the pair made the life-changing decision to emigrate to the United States. He worked as a draughtsman and settled in California, becoming an American citizen in 1934. It was in his new home state that Robert sadly passed away early, in his mid 50s.

(WS/JK)



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