Bob McFarlane (footballer)

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Bob McFarlane
Personal information
Full name Robert McFarlane
Place of birth Airdrie, Scotland
Date of death October 1898
Playing position Full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–1888 Airdrieonians
1888–1890 Bootle
1890–1891 Sunderland Albion
1891–1892 Newton Heath 18 (1)
1892–? Airdrieonians
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert "Bob" McFarlane (unknown – October 1898) was a Scottish footballer who played as a full-back.

Born in Airdrie, McFarlane began his career with local side Airdrieonians, before moving to England to play for Bootle.[1] He was part of the Bootle side that took part in the inaugural season of the Football Alliance in 1889–90, helping them to second place behind The Wednesday.[2] That summer, he joined Sunderland Albion,[1] whom he also helped to a runners-up spot in 1890–91.[3]

He moved on to Newton Heath in 1891–92,[4] where he took over as captain from the departing Jack Powell.[5] He immediately became the club's first-choice right-back and played in all but four league matches during the season, scoring once in a 5–0 win at home to Walsall Town Swifts on 5 March 1892,[6] as he secured his third successive second-place finish.[7] He also played in four FA Cup matches (although the Second Round Qualifying match was technically a friendly after their opponents, Heywood, were disqualified from the competition) and the Manchester Senior Cup semi-final defeat to Bolton Wanderers.[6]

At the end of the season, while on holiday back home in Airdrie, he re-signed for Airdrieonians after being allowed to resume his amateur status.[8] To replace McFarlane, Newton Heath signed Airdrieonians full-back Andrew Mitchell, who had been set to partner McFarlane in defence for the Scottish club.[8] McFarlane played a further 67 league games between 1894 and 1898, when he contracted pneumonia and died.[8] His final appearance for the club came against Morton at Cappielow on 8 October 1898, and he died later that month.[8]

McFarlane was married to a sister of the Doughty brothers, Jack and Roger, who also played for Newton Heath in their pre-League days.[4]


  • Dykes, Garth (1994). The United Alphabet: A Complete Who's Who of Manchester United F.C. Leicester: ACL & Polar Publishing (UK). ISBN 0-9514862-6-8. 
  • McCartney, Iain (2002). Tartan Reds. Cradley Heath: Britespot Publishing Solutions. ISBN 1-904103-05-7. 
  • Shury, Alan; Landamore, Brian (2005). The Definitive Newton Heath F.C. SoccerData. ISBN 1899468161. 
  1. ^ a b Shury and Landamore (2005), p. 68.
  2. ^ "1889-90 Football Alliance". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "1890-91 Football Alliance". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Dykes (1994), pp. 239–40.
  5. ^ "Newton Heath and Manchester United Captains". Manchester United Museum information sheets. Manchester United. June 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Shury and Landamore (2005), p. 53.
  7. ^ "1891-92 Football Alliance". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d McCartney (2002), p. 15.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Powell
Newton Heath captain
Succeeded by
Joe Cassidy