Andrew Gibson (footballer)

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Andrew Gibson
Personal information
Full name Andrew Gibson
Date of birth (1890-07-01)1 July 1890
Place of birth Camlachie, Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 20 June 1962(1962-06-20) (aged 71)
Place of death Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Kelvinhaugh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Strathclyde
1911–1912 Southampton 18 (4)
1912 Celtic[1] 2 (1)
1912–1913 Leeds City 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andrew Gibson (1 July 1890 – 20 June 1962) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as an inside forward in the 1910s.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Glasgow he was playing for Strathclyde and was attracting the attention of both Celtic and Rangers when he was signed in May 1911 by Southern League Southampton. Southampton's new manager George Swift claimed that Gibson was "the best forward he had seen and would be a thousand pounds man".[2] Swift was Southampton’s first appointment as manager and promptly embarked on a spending spree, signing eleven players in six weeks.[3]

He made his debut on 2 September 1911 at home to Millwall. Despite scoring twice in a 3–2 victory over Leyton on 28 October he failed to live up to Swift's high expectations. In March 1912 Gibson was suspended (along with Henry Hamilton) for a serious breach of club discipline, as a result of which he was placed on the transfer list. He never appeared for the first team again and, after two trial matches for Celtic, he joined Leeds City in September 1912.

At Leeds he made a handful of appearances in the Second Division before retiring.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/celtic/player_list_az.php?page=G
  2. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 140. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  3. ^ Gary Chalk & Duncan Holley (1987). Saints - A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 50–51. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.