Peter Andrew(s)

Peter Andrews, Scottish footballer, who went South very early, is a complicated subject. Firstly, of all it appears that he was born Peter Andrew, without an 's'. Secondly, he is often described as going to England actually for work reasons whereas the evidence is to the contrary, making him one of the first, if not the first of the shamateurs, and by some accounts, Scots Professor. And thirdly, he did all against a difficult background in childhood. 

Peter Andrew, born in Kilwinning, would as a young man follow his father to trade as a baker, despite James Andrew having died in Dundonald Parish, actually Troon., in 1849 when his younger son was just four. And it was in Troon that the Peter would grow up, his mother having to work as a washer-woman. However, by his early-twenties he had, still as an Andrew, in 1866 married in Tarbolton, his bride Annie McDowell, and moved to Glasgow, there continuing to bake. Their first child was born, again registered as an Andrew, in the centre of the city in 1867. 

And it was in Glasgow that Peter probably became acquainted with the round-ball game, starting briefly with Callander and then Eastern as a forward for three seasons from 1873. And it was with Eastern that he would, aged almost thirty, be capped, in 1875, away against England and scoring. However, before that he had already played for Glasgow in a friendly against Sheffield, following it would guest for Partick against Darwen and as result be approached to move South. 

In fact he is said to have gone first to Leeds and Leeds Athletic, but only for weeks and seemingly on the basis that it was for work. However, he soon moved to Sheffield, began playing for Heeley, settled in that part of the city, now as Andrews, and where he and Annie were to have three more children. But, he was not working as a baker. In 1881 he is recorded as a Commercial Clerk for a Steel Files and Saw Manufacturer, in other words a sinecure that allowed him to play football more or less full-time, i.e. a professional. 

Peter Andrews, Annie and children would remain in Yorkshire probably until the mid-1880s, he then about forty. By then two more children had been added with the second, Arthur, born back in Scotland and in Paisley, where the family now settled. Peter would now be working as a foreman in thread mill, becoming an Engineers' Time-Keeper by the time, aged seventy, of his death in 1916 and serving as a director of the local football association. 

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