Pat Harrower

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Pat Harrower
Full name Patrick Robertson Harrower
Date of birth 19 January 1863
Place of birth Broughty Ferry, Scotland
Date of death June 1936
Place of death Pancras, London, England
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1885 Scotland 1 (0)

Patrick Robertson "Pat" Harrower (19 January 1863 – June 1936)[1] was a Scottish international rugby union fullback who played club rugby for London Scottish F.C. and international rugby for Scotland. Harrower is also notable as an association football referee, and he officiated the 1905 FA Cup Final.

Pat was the son of corn merchant George Kerr Harrower and his wife, Jemima Margaret Wright. The family lived in Broughty Ferry, which was then a suburb of Dundee, but later became a section of the city. His parents separated, and Pat went with his mother and siblings to live in England in 1879. In 1885, Pat married Annie Mary Lake; they had one son, Stewart Dare Harrower. Pat and Annie separated. About 1899, Patrick married Elizabeth Maud (surname unknown). Although he was well-known for his refereeing career, he mostly worked as a shipping merchant and insurance broker. In June 1936, he died in Pancras, London, England. He was buried in St. Pancras Cemetery on 09 June 1936.

Rugby career[edit]

Harrower was born in Broughty Ferry in Dundee in 1863, but in 1879, he and his family moved to Islington, Middlesex, England. When he was selected for international duty in 1885, he was playing for Scottish exiles team, London Scottish. His one and only international appearance was for Scotland, against Wales in the 1885 Home Nations Championship standing in for the team's regular fullback, James Veitch. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, with the Welsh team accused of trying to kill the game by their players continually lying on the ball. The next game, Veitch returned to the squad and Harrower never represented his country again.

Refereeing career[edit]

Harrower's refereeing career reached its peak when he officiated the 1905 FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Newcastle. He refereed several international games, with three recorded friendlies between 1906 and 1908, all three games being played between Belgium and the Netherlands.[2]


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  • Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: Phoenix House. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.