Whilst Matthew Dickie played in goal for Renton from 1894 to 1896 he was not a Renton-boy at all. His parents were both from Paisley, his father a confectioner cum restauranteur and he himself was born in and lived all his life in Helensburgh, where after football he also ran a tobacconist- confectioners with a snooker hall above.
His football career also began with local, Helensburgh clubs before he presumably took a short walk to the train each Saturday from Central to stand between the sticks for Renton, seeing them to a losing Scottish Cup Final in 1895 and the semi-final the following season.
But it was his next move that really was peak of his playing career. In 1896, aged still not quite twenty-three, he signed for Rangers and would stay eight seasons, in which the League was won four times, the Cup three and also three caps in the era of five-cap Doig and thirteen-cap Rennie. Moreover, even at thirty on leaving Rangers he had another three seasons in him, now with Clyde and a Second Division Championship in his first.
In the meantime he had married in 1901 in Dunoon to Dunoon-girl, Jane Jamieson, he recorded on the marriage certificate as a clerk, although in the census that same year he a Professional Football Player. Clerk of footballer they were to have five boys, all Helensburgh-born and who help run the family businesses in the town. And it is there that in 1959 at a venerable eighty-six that Matthew would be living when he passed away, although death itself would be in hospital in Dunfermline. By then Janet had already been dead some thirteen years, her passing having been at sixty-nine back in Helensburgh in 1946.
1891 - 6, Laurel Cottage, West Princes St., Helensburgh
1959 - Northern Hospital, Dunfermline
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