As the great Renton team of 1888 was developing the club won the Scottish Cup Final in 1885 and, indeed, were defeated in 1886. In those teams there are three players on the team-sheets who get none of the recognition afforded to the others who furthered their careers with Celtic and Down South. They are Andrew McIntyre, Alex Grant and a J.Thomson, all forwards, but no known biographies exist of them, indeed, of the last there is not enough information really to dig deeper. But of the the first two a little more can probably be added for posterity.
An Alexander Grant was born in Renton in 1857, lived on Burn St. before moving to Main St. where in 1881 he was a Rivetter to trade aged twenty-four. It meant that in 1885 and 1886 he was twenty-eight and twenty-nine respectively and coming to the end of any football career. And after that he seems to have moved away, never marrying, and in 1901 was still working as a rivetter but in Govan.
As for A. McIntyre there was Andrew McIntyre, the Vale of Leven and Scotland player that had won Scottish Cups in the late 1870s. But he was a full-back. But there was in 1891 a second resident of that name not of Renton itself but on George St., Bonhill, a baker, aged thirty-three in 1891 so twenty-eight in 1886. And in Renton itself an Alexander McIntyre, a box-maker, born in the village in 1859 so twenty-five at the time. Perhaps it was either.
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