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Post by Hugh McMillan » Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:54 pm

I've come across a torn out page with a picture of Bobby Walker (Hearts and scotland) and the signatures of an entire team of players:

HARRY RENNIE
JOHN DRUMMOND
PADDY CROSSAN
JACKY ROBERTSON
JACK BELL
ALEX SMITH
ALEX RAISBECK
BOBBY WALKER
RS MCCOLL
JOHN CAMPBELL

I've traced the stories of all these players - all date from the era 1893-1913-apart from one whose signature seems to be

MATT OR MARK RICHARDSON?

I wonder if anyone's got a notion what this game was- a testimonial or fund raiser of some kind?- and who the player RIchardson might be?

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Post by Scottish » Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:30 pm

Are you sure the first name isn't James or Jim? The most prominent player called Richardson around that time was James Richardson of Ayr United.

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Post by Scottish » Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:53 pm

James Richardson played for Third Lanark until 1910 before going south to Huddersfield and Sunderland then joining Ayr so it's possible he's the player you're looking for but in his Thirds days, given that a few of the others would have been retired before Richardson joined Ayr.

As to the game, other than to say it definitely wasn't an international or Scottish League representative side, it's hard to say. There were a lot of testimonials in the early 20th century.

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Post by Sat31March1928 » Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:54 pm

Paddie Crossan didnt play for Hearts until 1912ish.

So it's probably after then.

I don't have an obvious testimonial that Hearts played around that time.

It could be a war time fund raiser.

Any chance of scanning it in and we can add it to our BW aechive?

http://www.londonhearts.com/legends/wal ... index.html

here's a superb souvenier of the greatest Hearts player




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Post by Scottish » Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:01 pm

Drummond retired around 1905 and would have been past forty by 1912. Of course that's not to say he wouldn't have turned out in a charity/testimonail game.

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Post by Davie_Wright » Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:27 pm

I have a similar photo but the photo in the centre is Alex Raisbeck. I too have been able to get info on all except Matt? Ricardson. The photo cama from the Dumfries area so maybe a QOS connection. Any help would be appreciated

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Post by Cinneide » Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:39 pm

Davie has sent me a copy of his page and the photo isn't of Alex Raisbeck, although his signature is directly below a pic of someone. It may have been a signed page after a benefit match.

The signature referred to appears to be Matt Richardson.
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