Ronald Orr

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Ronald Orr
Personal information
Full name Ronald Orr
Date of birth (1876-08-06)6 August 1876
Place of birth Bartonholm, Ayrshire, Scotland
Date of death 21 March 1924(1924-03-21) (aged 47)
Place of death Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
1896–1898 Kilwinning Eglinton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1898–1901 St Mirren
1901–1908 Newcastle United 160 (61)
1908–1911 Liverpool 108 (36)
1911–1912 Raith Rovers
1912–1913 South Shields
National team
1900–1904 Scotland 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ronald Orr (6 August 1876 – 21 March 1924) was a Scottish international footballer who played for Newcastle United and Liverpool amongst others in the early 20th century.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bartonholm, Ayrshire, Scotland, Orr was an inside-forward who played for Kilwinning Eglinton, Glossop North End and St Mirren before Newcastle United signed him in May 1901. He spent seven seasons on Tyneside helping the Magpies to the League title in both 1905 and 1907. He also appeared for the club in the 1906 FA Cup Final, where they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat by Everton.

Orr joined Liverpool in April 1908, when manager Tom Watson paid £350 for his transfer. He made his debut in a Football League Division One match at Villa Park against Aston Villa on the 4 April 1908, bagging his first goal in the same match. Unfortunately for Orr and Liverpool, it was a consolation goal in a 5-1 defeat. This wasn't to be his only strike of the season however, as he managed a more than respectable 4 goals in the final 5 matches of that season.

Orr kept up his goalscoring exploits the following season, finishing up as the Reds' top scorer with 20 goals from his 33 starts an average of a goal every 1.65 games. The next season proved to be a tougher challenge where goals were concerned, and Orr only scored 5 times in his 31 appearances. By the 1910-11 season, he was struggling to hold down a regular starting role at Anfield, and he eventually lost his place completely at the beginning of the 1911-12 campaign. Orr left for Raith in January 1912, after making a total of 112 appearances for Liverpool, during which he scored 39 times. He also played for South Shields, before he retired. During the First World War, he turned out for Fulham as a wartime guest in several friendly matches.

International career[edit]

Orr represented Scotland on 4 occasions during his career. His debut was on 9 April 1900 in a British Home Championship match against Ireland at Solitude, Belfast, a game that Scotland won 3-0. His one and only goal for the Scots also came in a British Championship game against England, like his debut goal for Liverpool, it was at Villa Park, this time, in a 2-2 draw on 3 May 1902.


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