George Robertson

George Robertson had a senior playing career that lasted barely three years and before that a junior one that was a season shorter even than that. But it included a cap at right-half against Czechoslovakia in 1937 and Cup Final, lost in extra time from 2:1 up in a replay to East Fife in 1938. 

Yet, the truncation was not through injury but his choice. George had been born in 1915 in east Kilmarnock, the son of a joiner, later a Foreman in the Bonnyton Railway Wagon works. But both father and mother were Highlanders, he from Inverness, she from Avoch, indeed they had married in Sneck. And even as he played George, who was also apprenticing as a painter, perhaps in the same works, was thinking about a next move onward.

It was to be in the summer of 1939 to then Southern Rhodesia's now Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, with a brother to set up in business. George was twenty-four. It is also said that he there went back to playing amateur football. He had gone full circle. Back in Scotland it had all begun with the Bartonholm Juveniles, from the now disappeared mining hamlet of the same name a couple of miles north-west of Irvine. The mine there would close in 1928. Then it was Dalry Thistle and finally for the 1935-36 season Irvine Meadow before Rugby Park came calling. 

And that is about it. George Robertson would die n 2006 in hospital just a few miles from where he had been born. He was ninety years old, back from Africa at some point but when is unclear, although it is known that on return he worked as a general manager of a local dry-cleaning firm. But there is no word of marriage, family or children; no hint of a grave. Perhaps someone out there can fill in the gaps. 

Birth Locator:

1915 - 61, Bonnyton Sq., Kilmarnock


Residence Locations:

1921 - 62, Bonnyton Sq., Kilmarnock

1939 - Bulawayo

2005 - Irvine


Death Locator:

2006 - Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock


Grave Locator:



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