Robert Leckie was another of the founder members in 1867 of Queen's Park F.C. and another not from Glasgow. He was born in 1846 some fifteen miles north of the city on Spittal Farm in Killearn, Stirlingshire, the son of a grazier, who became a carrier. That was before moving to Glasgow for work, in 1871 lodging in Hutchesontown and working as a commercial clerk.
He was also one of players, who featured, aged twenty-four, in the first official international at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow in November 1872 but no more. Recognisable for his dribbling skill and peculiar running style he would also be in the Queen's Park teams that took the Scottish Cup in 1874, scoring the winning goal, and played in at least one of the March/April semi-final games in 1875 but not in the final.
The reason was simple. He had already or was about to leave for South Africa, specifically Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, where he was initially to do well. However, he contracted or more likely, like so many, had carried tuberculosis from home and, as it worsened, he moved to a drier climate inland but to no avail. By November 1886 he was dead, never seemingly having married and leaving virtually nothing nor with any known grave.
© Copyright. All rights reserved.
We need your consent to load the translations
We use a third-party service to translate the website content that may collect data about your activity. Please review the details and accept the service to view the translations.