David Crawford

David Crawford, son of a Beith shoemaker, his mother from Paisley, was born in the Renfrewshire town in 1873. And he went on to play for Victoria Juniors and for two seasons from 1892 for St. Mirren. And it was there, a full-back only just in his twenties, that he received the first of his three caps. It prompted, with in Scotland finally the replacement of shamateurism with professionalism, a move to Rangers, where he was to stay for best part of a decade. But it was mostly as a back-up to Nichol Smith and Jock Drummond, sixty-two appearances in nine seasons. 

But amongst those campaigns was a pearl. At the end of 1897-8 he was to win a Glasgow Cup medal and, when the next season Drummond was injured, managing just six games, Crawford came in at left-back and played twenty-two times. Coincidently or not Rangers won every league-game that season. And he was also in Cup team that reached but lost the final. It led to two more seasons, in which Rangers took the title and third cap in 1900. 

Crawford would leave Rangers at thirty in 1903. In the meantime in 1899 he had married back in Paisley, calling himself an Oilworks Clerk, his work before football. His bride was Mary Ness, a local girl. They would have three daughters. And it was back to St. Mirren that he now went, for four more good seasons in the top flight until retirement in 1907. It is then said that he returned to his former work in the town but the family would soon move, across the Clyde to Yoker. There he found work as a Launderer, rising by 1921 to be Laundry Manager. And it would be in the Yoker/Scotstoun area that he would remain until his passing in 1937. Mary had died the year before. He would die still officially resident in Glasgow but in hospital in Dumfries suffering from epilepsy. He was sixty-four years old. 

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