|Full name||Robert Shearer|
|Date of birth||29 December 1931|
|Place of birth||Hamilton, Scotland|
|Date of death||5 November 2006(aged 74)|
|1965–1966||Queen of the South||30||(0)|
|1961||SFL trial v SFA||1||(0)|
|1961||Scottish League XI||2||(0)|
|1965–1966||Queen of the South|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Shearer, a right-back, played 423 times in all competitions for Rangers between 1955 and 1965, including a run of 165 consecutive games. He previously played for Hamilton Academical, his hometown club, and also for Highland League club Inverness Thistle while on National Service in the Army in the early 1950s, at Fort George Barracks just outside Inverness. His combative playing style led to him being nicknamed 'Captain Cutlass'.
He made his full Scotland debut on 15 April 1961, in the infamous 9–3 defeat against England at Wembley. It was frequently joked afterwards that as an orange football had been used, Shearer and Rangers teammate Eric Caldow had refused to kick it, while Celtic players Frank Haffey and Billy McNeill had refused to touch it. Despite this inauspicious start, Shearer won further caps against the Republic of Ireland (twice) and Czechoslovakia in World Cup qualifiers the following month, his final game being a 4–0 defeat in Bratislava.
He also deputised as goalkeeper (at least) twice, by coincidence against Hearts at Tynecastle Park on both occasions, taking over from Norrie Martin in a League Cup fixture in 1958 which Hearts won 2–1, and more impressively an 82-minute shift in place of the injured Billy Ritchie in a 3–1 Rangers victory in 1960.
After leaving Rangers, Shearer moved to Dumfries club Queen of the South as player-coach in the era of players such as Allan Ball, Iain McChesney and Billy Collings. In January 1967, Shearer was appointed manager of ill-fated Third Lanark, who folded later that year. He moved back to his hometown club Hamilton Academical and served as their manager, amongst other tasks.
He died following a short illness on 5 November 2006, aged 74.
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- Sat 23 Aug 1958, Hearts 2 Rangers 1, London Hearts Supporters Club
- Wed 26 Oct 1960, Hearts 1 Rangers 3, London Hearts Supporters Club