Bob Torrance

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Bob Torrance
Personal information
Full name Robert Torrance[1]
Date of birth 1888
Place of birth Kirkintilloch, Scotland
Date of death 24 April 1918 (aged 30)[2]
Place of death West Flanders, Belgium
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
1908–1917 Bradford City 161 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert "Bob" Torrance (1888 – 24 April 1918) was a Scottish footballer who played in defence for hometown team Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Bradford City.[3][4]

He joined Bradford City in August 1908 and for three years was a hard-working understudy to the first team players.[4] He had played just 36 league games in his first three seasons and one FA Cup game before he played in the 1911 FA Cup Final replay as replacement for the injured Willie Gildea.[4] City won 1–0. Torrance became more involved in first team games, playing 23 league games the following season and all seven games during City's FA Cup defence, and more than 30 in the three seasons before league football was suspended for the First World War.[4] His last game for City was a wartime regional game against Barnsley in March 1917.[4]

Torrance, along with City's FA Cup winning captain Jimmy Speirs, was one of the club's players to die during service in the First World War whilst a gunner with the Royal Field Artillery.[1][2][5]


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  1. ^ a b c "Bob Torrance - Bradford City and the First World War". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Manchester, Reading Room. "Casualty Details". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "BBC - Bradford & West Yorkshire - Life and death of a City legend". BBC News. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 144. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
  5. ^ Frost. Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. pp. 324–325.