Andy McIntyre

Andrew McIntyre was from 1874 another of that first wave of the pioneering Vale of Leven team, who was to spend his whole life in and around Dunbartonshire's Alexandria. His father, John, was a Printfield Hand, his mother a McFarlane, another footballing, family name from the town.  

Andy was born in 1855, so aged seventeen in 1872 when Queen's Park's demonstration took place at Park Neuk. He was then an Engine Fitter, who in time would become a Mechanical Engineer, working in the local print- and dye-fields. And he was also about to start a footballing career that would see him as a robust full-back win three Scottish Cup Finals, the third with another McIntyre, James, also in the team at half-back, two in tandem with Sandy McLintock, lose one in 1884 and be awarded two Scottish caps, in 1878 and 1882, both large wins.

Andy would retire from football in 1885. He had by then, in 1884, married an Alexandria girl, Jeanie Gordon, the daughter of another engineer. It seems they would have no children. Indeed, she would die relatively young, in 1914, aged just fifty-two. By then they had moved down the vale to Renton. She would die in Dalquhurn House in that village. But after her death Andrew would return to live out the rest of his life back in the town of his birth.     

He would never remarry and would die at home at the age of eighty-five in 1941 to be buried in Vale of Leven Cemetery. As such he was the last survivor of those founding Vale teams, Britain's first working-class ones, which through tactics, clearly, technique, and working-men's fitness were to taste real footballing success and be the example to others not just at home but world-wide.     

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