William Ker (footballer)

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William Ker
Personal information
Date of birth 21 March 1852
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death 3 December 1925(1925-12-03) (aged 73)
Place of death Washington, D.C., United States
Playing position Left Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Queen's Park
National team
1872–73 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Ker (1852–1925) was a Scottish footballer, who played in the first ever international football match for Scotland against England in 1872.

Ker also played for Scotland against England the following year. He played for Scottish amateur club Queen's Park. His younger brother, George Ker, was also a Scotland international footballer.[1]

He was the son of the renowned physicist Rev John Kerr, discoverer of the Kerr effect and revised the spelling of his surname as a young man to Ker.[citation needed] He emigrated to Canada in 1873 and later lived in Pennsylvania, Washington and finally Washington DC, where he died.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Smith, Paul (2013). Scotland's Who's Who International Players 1872–2013. Pitch Publishing. p. 147. ISBN 9781909178847.

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