Alex Craig

If Davy Reid's path in life was to take him from Kilmarnock across the water to Belfast so Alex Craig's would be in the opposite direction. He was born in 1886 of a Scottish mother and a father, born in Ireland but of Scots parents. a shipping clerk, who had married and would have three of their four children in Glasgow. He would also die in the city in 1951. And he   would learn the game and have a football career entirely in Scotland, mostly at Rangers in two stints, almost one hundred and fifty starts in total, so in Glasgow once more. And he would win nine international caps. But because he was actually born in Galway they would be for Ireland. In fact in 1914 he would be left-back in the first Irish team ever to win the Home Championship.

Craig's football career began with Rutherglen Glencairn. The family was by then been back on the Clyde for the best part of two decades, living in Hutchestown, he having begun his working-like in a Gorbals biscuit-factory. He was signed by Ibrox in 1905, aged nineteen and over the next seven seasons made over one hundred appearances. That was before a season's loan at Morton, which became a transfer in 1912 for two more. By then he was in his late-twenties and, whilst he had two more wartime years back with the Gers to 1916 and a spell with Johnstone outwith the League his career was part-time with him otherwise employed as a Wine and Spirits Salesman. It was a role he was to stay in until his death.

Meantime he has also married, to Janet Black in Blythswood in 1914, he by then living in Mount Florida within sight of Hampden. And it was there they would settle and have two children, two boys, Charles born in 1915 and James in 1918. However, Janet's health was clearly not good and, with them now leaving in Holmlea Road in Cathcart, in 1928 she would be admitted to old Victoria Infirmary opposite today's and there die at the tender age of just forty-one. And, in fact it would be Holmlea Rd. where the boys would be raised, Alex never remarrying, and from where Alex himself would do again to the old Victoria Infirmary to die in 1951 at only sixty-four. Where he is buried is not yet known.

Birth Locator:

1886 - New St., Galway, Ireland

 

Residence Locations:

1888 - Anderston

1891 - 18, Waddell St., Hutchesontown, Glasgow

1901 - 302, South York St., Hutchesontown

1911 - N/A

1914 - 3, Bolton Drive, Glasgow

1921 - 40, Morley St, Cathcart

1928-1951 - 88, Holmlea Rd., Glasgow

 

Death Locator:

1951 - Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow

 

Grave Locator:

N/A

 

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