Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

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Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby bluedragon » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:05 pm

I am trying to find more information on Alexander Stewart who was a goalkeeper and played Scottish League football for just short of 20 years either side of the Great War. He played for eight seasons with Falkirk before the outbreak of war and then for a number of other clubs after. I have his appearance details, representative honours, etc. (from John Litster's disks) but no details of date or place of birth, etc or any other stories that usually accompany the goalkeeping profession! I have seen a report that he was planning to go to South Africa in 1910 but clearly didn’t and won a Cup medal with Falkirk in 1913.

I am following up his appearance for Junior Scotland v England while at Perth Roselea. Reports say that he was the only player to be worthy of his selection as he pulled off a number of saves to keep the score down to 4-0 and win the acclaim of the Birmingham crowd.

If anyone (John Meffen perhaps?) can point me in the direction of any further research on his playing career it would be much appreciated.
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby John Meffen » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:33 pm

Don't have a DOB but from his age at the cup final he was born about 1887 in Perth. Best place to look for info is the Dundee Courier on the BNA, as I have seen several pictures of him.

The only thing that sticks out for me is that he played for Raith Rovers v Falkirk at Brockville Pk in a Scottish League match on the 24th Feb 1917, when Raith turned up with only ten men [but I will have a root about for more]

5 foot 10 inches [1913]
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby John Meffen » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:06 pm

From the Evening Telegraph - 10th March 1932

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he was still alive in 1938.
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby bluedragon » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:15 pm

John - Many thanks indeed for posting this. Alex Stewart's whole career and life story in one article. More than I could have hoped for.
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby John Meffen » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:32 pm

I have slightly different club dates than the article [ie he might have been a Hearts signed player during WWI but he was still playing with FFC], but I am not so sure about his times at other clubs :roll:

Known Career – Perth Roselea, Falkirk [1908/09-1916/17], Heart of Midlothian [1915/16-1916/17], Cowdenbeath [1917/18], Partick Thistle [1918/19-1921/22], St Johnstone [1921/22-1923/24], Arbroath [1924/25-1926/27]
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby bluedragon » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:47 pm

Thanks again John. I have Falkirk 1908-09 to 1917-18 with a loan to Hearts on 19 April 1916 but no games played. Partick Thistle 1918-19 to 1919-20. The injury referred to in the article seems to account for a record of him being on the books but not playing for Vale of Atholl, St Johnstone and Falkirk (on loan) in 1920-21. He then played at St Johnstone I 1921-22 to 1923-24 and then Arbroath 1924-25 to 1926-27. I will check out the differences.
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby John Meffen » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:54 pm

I have no record of him with Falkirk 1920/21 but he might have only played reserve matches.
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby gogsy1968 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:56 pm

In the line up for Cowdenbeath for their game v Armadale in the Penman cup semi final on 17/11/17 Stewart (Falkirk) is in goal. He doesn't seem to have played for them before this match.

Other games he seems to have played/not played/?? that season for Cowdenbeath
24th Nov Eastern League v Raith Rovers (A) played
8th Dec Eastern League v Dundee (H) played
15th Dec Penman cup replay v Armadale (A) didn't play
22nd Dec Eastern League v Dundee Hibs??
5th Jan Eastern League v Dunfemline Athletic (A) played
26th Jan Eastern League v Raith Rovers (A) played
9th Feb Eastern League v Armadale (H) played
16th Feb Eastern League v Raith Rovers (A) ??
23rd Feb eastern League v Dunfermline Ath (H)??
2nd Mar Eastern league v East Fife (a) ??
16th March Eastern League v East Fife (h) ??
23rd march Eastern league v Armadale (A) ??
30th Mar Eastern League v Dundee Hibs (h) didn't play
6th Apr Eastern League v Dundee (a) ??
13th Apr Fr v Falkirk (h) played
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby Alan Brown » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:10 am

Regarding Alex Stewart's time with Hearts, I have him playing in both of their Rosebery Charity Cup matches on 6th and 13th May 1916.

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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby bluedragon » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:08 pm

Many thanks to you both for the information on his time at Cowdenbeath and Hearts. It is much appreciated.
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby stuthejag » Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:31 pm

He also played for the Scottish League while at Thistle v England (Feb 1919 in Birmingham) and his son Alex played for Queen's Park, St Mirren, Rhyl, Sheffield Utd, St Johnstone, Motherwell & Falkirk.

http://partickthistleahistory.wikifound ... ish+League
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby bluedragon » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:12 pm

Stu - thanks for the Jags information, the link to the match report and the note about his son. Many thanks.
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby John Meffen » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:33 pm

His son ...... damn, I didn't know that. Now will have to go and edit things. Thanks, that makes it three sets of father & son to play for FFC so far :P
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby cowdenbeather » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:25 pm

Alex had two footballing sons as far as I know - From my notes:

Alex’s son was also Alex Stewart and he joined Queens Park as amateur in 1928 after playing for St Johnstone YMCA. He then moved to St Mirren a year on. Sheffield United was his next club. Alex Stewart was a strong outside left and he joined St Johnstone from Sheffield United in 1933. In 1935, he turned down St Johnstone’s terms and went to Wales where he set up in business as a builder. He also joined Rhyl Athletic. Alex Stewart scored 33 goals by early December 1935 for Rhyl. He played in the Welsh Cup final for Rhyl v Wrexham. For 1936/37, Alex joined Motherwell where he played at centre forward. Then he had spells with Falkirk and Dumbarton. After serving in the Armed forces, he was playing with Dundee United in 1945/46.

Alex’s brother was Jimmy Stewart and played for Ardenlea under his father’s watchful eye. When the family moved back to Perth from Arbroath, like his father he played for Perth Roselea. In 1933, he joined Dundee Violet. Playing at centre forward versus Broughty Ex-Service, Jimmy scored five goals and was given a trial run out with Hearts reserves. He was a big strapping centre. Later, he played with Perth Craigie and had trials with Clyde and Partick Thistle.
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Re: Alexander Stewart goalkeeer Falkirk and others1908-1927

Postby bluedragon » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:54 pm

cowdenbeather wrote:Alex’s son was also Alex Stewart and he joined Queens Park as amateur in 1928..... For 1936/37, Alex joined Motherwell where he played at centre forward.


Thanks for the information. I see John Litster's disk says he was capped for Scotland Amateurs (Queens Park) and the Scottish League (Motherwell).
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