Robert McCormick

Robert McCormick had a shortish football career, brought to an end by a badly broken leg in the first season he had gone South. He was born in 1864 in Paisley, the first child of an Irish, sawyer father with his mother from Johnstone. He grew up a fine athlete, with both middle distance stamina and speed. And he used it well on the football field as a quick, inside forward with home-town Abercorn from 1884. 

He spent five seasons with Paisley's then other team, representing Renfrewshire in 1886 and in 1888 winning a first cap. And there might have been more but for the start that same year of the Football League in England and Stoke coming in for him. 

However, just twelve games in at his new club and against Burnley on a heavy pitch he suffered a broken leg bad enough to end his careers both South and North of the border. He was just twenty-five years old. Meantime, before football he had worked as a potter. Then in 1888 he had married Edinburgh-born Margaret Bisland in Paisley and it was there they settled, he working firstly as a Sanitary Potter and then as a Sub-Postmaster. 

The couple seem not to have had any children and at some point in the decade after 1911 to have left Paisley for West Kilbride on the Ayrshire coast. There Robert worked initially as a Sewing Machine Agent but by the time of his death in 1928 at the age of sixty-three he is recorded as a gardener. Margaret would outlive him by  a decade, passing away in the village in 1937 with both of them buried in the local, West Kilbride cemetery.

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