Alex Rainnie

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Alex Rainnie
Personal information
Full name Alexander Rainnie[1]
Date of birth (1891-06-22)22 June 1891[2][3]
Place of birth Seafield, Banffshire, Scotland
Date of death 1965 (aged 73)
Place of death County Durham, England
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hebburn Argyle
South Shields
1919–1920 Newcastle United 1 (0)
1920–1922 Darlington 8 (0)
1923–1924 Ashington 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alexander Rainnie (22 June 1891 – 1965) was a Scottish footballer who played as a wing half in the Football League for Newcastle United, Darlington and Ashington. He also played non-league football for Hebburn Argyle and South Shields.[4]

Football career[edit]

Rainnie played football as a wing half for North Eastern League clubs Hebburn Argyle before the First World War[5] and for South Shields after it.[6] Described as a "resourceful right half", he signed for Football League club Newcastle United ahead of the 1919–20 season,[7] but played mainly for their reserve team in the North Eastern League. He appeared only once for the first team, in a 4–0 defeat at Everton on 24 January 1920 in the First Division, and moved back to the North Eastern League with Darlington for 1920–21.[6]

He helped Darlington win the North Eastern League title, which contributed to their election to the newly formed Northern Section of the Football League Third Division. He made eight appearances in the League, without scoring, and played for them until at least 1922.[8] He made one appearance for Ashington in the 1923–24 Football League season.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rainnie was born in Seafield, Banffshire, in Scotland, the son of William Thompson Rainnie, a shipwright, and his wife, Isabella née Legg.[3][9] He was raised in England, in Hebburn, County Durham, where he attended Hebburn Quay School.[10] He was apprenticed as a shipwright,[9] and served in that trade in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during the First World War;[11] in 1915 he was serving on HMS Conqueror.[10]

Rainnie married Isabella Prentice in South Shields in 1924.[12] The couple are listed on the 1939 Register as living in Hebburn; Rainnie was working as a safety inspector and serving as an ARP Warden.[2] He died in County Durham in 1965 at the age of 73.[1]


  1. ^ a b "England & Wales deaths 1837–2007 Transcription". Alexander Rainnie. Birth year: 1892. Age: 73. Death quarter: 2. Death year: 1965. District: Durham North Eastern. County: Durham. Volume: 1A. Page: 461. Retrieved 23 October 2014 – via Findmypast.
  2. ^ a b "1939 England and Wales Register for Alexander Rainnis Durham Hebburn UD FFQV" – via
  3. ^ a b "1891 Rainnie Alexander (Statutory registers Births 167/ 43)". ScotlandsPeople. National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
  5. ^ "Tynemouth Infirmary Senior Cup. Final". Newcastle Daily Journal. 28 April 1914. p. 9 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ a b "Player details: Alex Rainnie". Toon1892. Kenneth H Scott. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Local football. North Eastern League". Morpeth Herald. 5 September 1919. p. 3 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Association". Daily Mail. Hull. 7 January 1922. p. 17 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ a b "1911 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription 9 Church St Hebburn, Hebburn, Durham, England". Alexander Rainnie. Age: 19. Birth place: Seafield Banffshire. Census reference: RG14PN30382 RG78PN1746 RD556 SD2 ED34 SN159. Retrieved 23 October 2014 – via Findmypast.
  10. ^ a b "Hebburn Quay School". Jarrow Express and Tyneside Advertiser. 30 July 1915., reproduced at "Memorial Details: ROH Served 1915 Hebburn Quay School". North East War Memorials Project. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  11. ^ "RNVR Other Ranks – Medal Rolls 1914–1920 Transcription". Alexander Rainnie. Rank or rating: Shipwright 3rd Class. Service number: Tyneside 4/111. Retrieved 23 October 2014 – via Findmypast.
  12. ^ "England & Wales marriages 1837–2008 Transcription". Alexander Rainnie. District: South Shields. County: Durham. Volume: 10A. Page: 1651. Retrieved 23 October 2014 – via Findmypast.