Willie McStay (footballer, born 1894)

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Willie McStay (21 April 1894[1] – 1974) was a Scottish international footballer who played as a fullback.

McStay began his senior career when he joined Celtic from Larkhall Thistle in 1912, although he was immediately loaned to Ayr United, spending the following four seasons with the Somerset Park club.[2] He had further spells away from Celtic Park during the latter years of the First World War, assisting Irish sides Distillery and Belfast Celtic, before establishing himself in the Celtic first team.

McStay earned his first selection for the Scottish national side in 1921. He made his debut in a 2-1 defeat of Wales at Pittodrie and also played in the match against Ireland two weeks later. He was not selected again until 1925 but would eventually win a total of 13 caps for his country. McStay also appeared 10 times for the Scottish League XI.[3]

Having helped Celtic to the 1917, 1919 and 1922 League titles,[4] In 1923, McStay played one game with New York Field Club in the American Soccer League.[5]

He was appointed captain of Celtic upon his return to the club later that year, taking over from William Cringan, and held the role for six years. During this time he won a further League Championship (in 1926) and three Scottish Cups. He was succeeded as Celtic captain by his brother Jimmy McStay in 1929, when he was sold to Hearts for £250.[6] He retired from playing in 1930 and was later manager of Glentoran for a period in the mid-1930s.[2]

McStay has several family footballing connections. In addition to his brother his great-nephews, Paul and Willie, also played for Celtic in the 1980s and 1990s.[7]

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  1. ^ "William McStay". www.londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986. Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-47-4. 
  3. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Brown, Alan. Scotland - Championship Winning Teams 1900-1920, Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Retrieved 22 June 2007
  5. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931. The Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-3429-4. 
  6. ^ Speed, David; Smith, Bill; Blackwood, Graham (1984). Heart of Midlothian Football Club: A Pictorial History 1874-1984. Heart of Midlothian F.C. plc. (ISBN 0-9510124-1-X). 
  7. ^ Potter, David. And they gave us James McGrory and Paul McStay, keep-the-faith.net, Retrieved 21 June 2007.

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