John Goudie

John Goudie was one of a cohort of players from Paisley's chronologically just second club of football's early days, Abercorn, who would go on to international recognition, albeit limited. Indeed he was one of the earliest winning his one cap in 1884, by then a little more than half-way through a decade at the club as founder from age twenty in 1877. He then very, very briefly tried the professional game Down South with Everton. However, he was soon back, retired from playing but not off-the-field involvement, working at his then trade of plumbing. 

Goudie, or Gaudie, had been born in the cotton thread town in 1857, one of ten children, the son of locally-born parents, his father a Cooper, into which John originally would follow. As a player, a right-sided forward, he began representing Renfrewshire from early on, captaining from 1881. He also had the role of club-trainer and after hanging up his boots would be a committee member and club President. 

Meantime in 1891 he married locally. His bride was Mary McLachlan, who had actually been born in the Ballarat goldfields of Australia. They would have seven children, all boys, with six surviving infancy, the youngest of whom would be seventeen on the death of their father in 1921. He would, aged sixty-three, collapse on a tram on the way home from a round of golf and be buried at Hawkhead Cemetery just outwith Paisley. Mary would outlive him by sixteen years dying still in the town in 1937 and be buried alongside him with the boy they had lost as a baby and another another of the sons, who died as a teenager.  

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