David (and James) McRae

David McCrae was the fourth son of five siblings of a Wigtownshire-born, joiner father and a mother local to Renfrewshire's Bridge of Weir. And that was where James, in 1894, and younger brother David, in 1901, were born, both going on to play football as professionals on each side of the border, albeit David initially briefly and perhaps only because left-half, big brother was there. 

James would, starting for the years of The Great War at Clyde, make over two hundred league starts, most Down South. David would start at Kilbarchan Amateurs, at just short of twenty-one, be signed by Bury, but return North after a season to Beith. And it was from there he would join St. Mirren for a full decade and with spectacular results. 

In well over three hundred League starts from 1924 and centre-forward he would score at over two goals every three games, including a Scottish Cup win in 1926, scoring the opener against Celtic, but missing the less than optimum "return" in 1934 because of what would be a temporary dispute with the club that would nevertheless see his departure. And he would also pick up two caps, both in 1929 on Scotland's first ever official tour outwith the UK.

By the time David would leave Love Street he would be thirty-three. Meantime he had married in 1926, recorded as a Professional Footballer, back in Bridge of Weir, his bride being local girl, Sarah Anderson. Three children, two sons and a daughter, would soon follow, all born also in the village. 

David McRae would play professionally until thirty-five. After St. Mirren he would have a couple of months back in England with New Brighton on The Wirral before very brief periods with Queen of the South, Stranraer, South again at Darlington and back to Beith. Then it was Glentoran in Northern Ireland for the best part of the 193-36 season until the boots were finally hung-up. 

By then James was retired from playing too, in 1928, before coaching, in Egypt, taking the country to the 1934 World Cup, Turkey and Iceland.  He would then return to live in Paisley, dying there in 1974. David would also return to the town and coach too, at the Saints until the War years. Then post-war he worked as a fitter and then machinist until retirement. And he would also pass in the town, in 1976, survived by Sarah. Her death would be in 1990 back in Bridge of Weir and she, he, one of their sons with other of the Andersons are buried together in Kilbarchan Cemetery.

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