James McKie (footballer, born 1873)

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James McKie
Personal information
Full name James McKie (born John McCoy)
Date of birth 3 April 1873
Place of birth Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland
Date of death Unknown
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
15th Company Royal Artillery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
18??–1896 Freemantle
1896–1897 Southampton St. Mary's 6 (0)
1897–1899 Chatham
1899–19?? Dartford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James McKie was a Scottish footballer who played as a full-back for Southampton St. Mary's in 1896–97, when they won the Southern League title for the first of six occasions over the next eight years.

Football career[edit]

McKie was born in Dalry, a small town in Ayrshire, Scotland and had served in the 15th Company Royal Artillery. He had been a member of the Freemantle football team before being signed by Southampton St. Mary's in the summer of 1896.[1]

He made his debut for the "Saints" at the County Ground in the opening match of the 1896–97 season, a 4–1 victory over Chatham. He played at left-back with his fellow Scotsmen Donald McKay at right-back and William McMillan at right-half. McKay retained his place for a further two games, before being replaced by Samuel Meston, who had moved back to accommodate Willie Naughton on the right wing.[2] McKie had a further run of three matches, when he took over from McKay in December and January. Described as "tough and rugged",[1] McKie also played in six of the seven FA Cup matches in which the "Saints" reached the Second Round Proper for the first time, going out to Newton Heath after a replay.[2]

The Saints won the first nine games of the season and finished unbeaten in the league after twenty matches, thus claiming the Southern League title for the first time.[2]

In the summer of 1897, McKie moved to Kent with spells for fellow Southern League teams Chatham and Dartford.[1]

Honours[edit]

Southampton St. Mary's

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 226. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 20–21. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.