Alexander "Sandy" or "Alex" McLintock

Alexander "Sandy" McLintock was born in 1853 and probably in Dunbartonshire in Bonhill, although other sources have him Paisley-born. He was the son of a Colour-mixer, but he did not follow his father into the print-fields, instead he became a tinsmith, a plumber, and later in life a gasfitter. Moreover, his was a life, for all but a brief period in Burnley in England, spent almost entirely in Bonhill and across the River Leven in Alexandria. He married there. His children were born there. He died their and, as well as in Scotland's, most of what was an illustrious footballing career was spent in the colours of his local club, Vale of Leven. 

At fifteen Sandy McLintock seems to have lost his mother, Agnes, whose birth appears to have been in Lochalsh in Ross-shire so a Highlander, yet the following year his father remarried, to Margaret McAllister. However, the family remained tight, that is until in 1876 Sandy himself married Marion Sloan. They were to have six children, four first  two girls, incidentally named Margaret and Agnes, presumably after his step-mother and mother respectively, and four boys. And in the meantime football had arrived in the Vale of Leven, with every likelihood that nineteen year old Alex was at Park Neuk that very day in 1872. Certainly from 1874, a year after it foundation, he became part of the Vale of Leven team that in December 1876 was the first Scottish one to defeat Queen's Park and also of the one that from 1877 would take three, consecutive Scottish Cups. In that team at half-back and described as "as hard as nails" he formed a formidable partnership with Andy McIntyre. Both would go on to to win Scottish caps, McLintock on three occasions between 1875 and 1880, a draw and then two wins, the last at full-back.   

Sandy would continue to play for Vale of Leven until 1884. He was, now aged thirty and in goal, in the losing Vale team in the Scottish Cup Final of 1883. He would probably have been in the Final team in 1884, had The Vale because of sickness, he included, not allowed a Queen's Park a walk-over, at which point he moved south, turning professional with Burnley. There he played for two more seasons, whilst also running a pub, before retiring through a leg injury and taking up refereeing. However, that was not without controversy and in 1888 he returned to Scotland to Alexandria, his trade as a tinsmith and also, it seems, to train Rangers for a while. 

And McLintock would remain living in Alexandria for the rest of his life. Off the field he would dabble briefly, working as Cloth Dyer so locally but he would return to his first trade and pipework, employed still into his late sixties then by the Denny & Bros. Shipyard in Dumbarton, presumably commuting. On the field he would watch as one of his sons, James, would himself play for Vale of Leven but without the same success. 

Sandy would pass away in 1931 at his home in Alexandria at the age of seventy-seven to be buried in the town's Vale of Leven Cemetery. Marion, his wife, would outlive him by sixteen years, dying in 1947 in Dumbarton.    

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