William Gulliland

William Gulliland is one of several Scottish international footballers born in Glasgow just across the Clyde from the city itself, who, as his parents prospered, moved into the expanding southern suburbs and there found the game. The son of an auctioneer, a profession he would in time also follow, he was born in 1871, and would, whilst attending Glasgow High School, north of the river, grow up in Strathbungo, a stone's throw from Queen's Park. Indeed his footballing career also seems to have started north of the river with Victoria based on Glasgow Green but in 1889, aged eighteen, he joined Queen's Park itself, going straight into the First team.   

With Queen's Park he was, amongst a number of trophies, to win two Scottish Cups, in 1890 alongside both Davie Allan and Wattie Arnott, and again in 1893. And in the meantime he had as a right-winger, skilful on the ball, a good finished with a powerful shot, won the first of his caps, which by 1895 had reached a total of four, the final two against England. 

However, that summer he was voted off the Queen's Park committee, on which at the age of still only twenty-four he stepped away from the club. At first he turned his attention to tennis and when he did return to football is was for Glasgow Amateurs, and then only briefly. By the age of twenty-six he was lost to the game. 

However, once away from it he would in 1901 marry Susan Croll, who appears to be literally the girl next door to his parents. And William and Susan were to have one son, born in 1903. William would work out the rest of his life in the auctioneers that his father had been a partner of and was to die relatively young, at not quite sixty. He would be buried along with several other family members in Cathcart Cemetery.   

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