Bobby Rankin

Robert "Bobby" Rankin was as a player something of a special case. In spite of his undoubted ability that was in 1929 to earn him three caps on Scotland's first foreign tour ever he remained, whilst a professional, a part-time one, continuing to work on the railways at home-town Paisley Canal Street station. Moreover, both on and off the field he was a St. Mirren stalwart. He would turn out as an inside-forward for his home-town club over thirteen years, apart for three seasons of temporary disagreement in the middle. And on hanging up his boots at thirty-four he soon became a club director and then from 1945 manager for almost a decade, dying of cancer yet still in harness in 1954. 

However, that seemed really all there was to know about him from his birth in 1905 apart from that his death had been in his home-town's Infirmary, his address at the time and his burial in Woodside Cemetery. There was no mention, for example, of him having married. Yet there was more. His father was an iron-moulder from Glasgow, his mother from Ayrshire. He was one of eight children, three boys, of whom he was the middle one, and five girls. His father had died when he was just eight. And he did wed, to Mabel Powrie in the town in the 1932, she a mill-worker, he recorded as a railway clerk. Furthermore, they were to have one daughter, born in 1935, and Mabel would outlive Bobby by more then two decades, passing away in 1986 and in Paisley still.

Birth Locator:

1905 - 2, Albert St., Paisley

 

Residence Locations:

1911-21 - 2, Albert St., Paisley

1954 - 29, Colinslee Ave., Paisley

 

Death Locator:

1954 - Royal Alexandra Infirmary, Paisley

 

Grave Locator:

Woodside Cemetery, Paisley

 

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