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Robert Smyth McColl

Robert Smyth McColl (13 April 1876 – 1959) was a Scottish footballer who played as a centre forward.

He started his career at Queen's Park F.C. in 1894. McColl represented the Scottish League in 1901.[1] He later played for Newcastle United F.C.. McColl remained in Newcastle for 3 years, and returned to play for Rangers F.C. in 1905. He returned to Queen's Park in 1907, although the 'return' of his amateur status had to be decided by the board of the club beforehand. McColl finished his football career in 1912, scoring 6 goals in his final game against Port Glasgow Athletic, a Scottish scoring record which stands to the present day.

McColl played 13 games and scored 13 goals for the Scotland national football team. He was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in November 2011.[2]

McColl is now better known for lending his name to the newsagent chain RS McColl, which he set up in 1901 with his brother Tom. Due to this he became known as 'Toffee Bob'.

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 March 1896 Solitude Ground, Belfast  Ireland 1-0 3-3 BHC
2 28 March 1896 Solitude Ground, Belfast  Ireland 2-1 3-3 BHC
3 27 March 1897 Ibrox Park, Glasgow  Ireland 3-0 5-1 BHC
4 26 March 1898 Solitude Ground, Belfast  Ireland 2-0 3-0 BHC
5 18 March 1899 The Racecourse, Wrexham  Wales 2-0 6-0 BHC
6 18 March 1899 The Racecourse, Wrexham  Wales 5-0 6-0 BHC
7 18 March 1899 The Racecourse, Wrexham  Wales 6-0 6-0 BHC
8 25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 1-0 9-1 BHC
9 25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 4-0 9-1 BHC
10 25 March 1899 Celtic Park, Glasgow  Ireland 6-0 9-1 BHC
11 7 April 1900 Celtic Park, Glasgow  England 1-0 4-1 BHC
12 7 April 1900 Celtic Park, Glasgow  England 3-0 4-1 BHC
13 7 April 1900 Celtic Park, Glasgow  England 4-1 4-1 BHC


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  2. ^ Pattullo, Alan (14 November 2011). "Pat Crerand and Terry Butcher among new boys in Hall of Fame".  

External links

  • Robert Smyth McColl at
  • Glasgow Evening Times article with mention of Robert Smyth McColl
  • Queen's Park fan site
  • The Guardian article with mention of RS McColl
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