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Saints & Seniors

This is an ongoing project to track down all of the estimated 290 St Anthony's players who have gone on to sign contracts for senior clubs. The current total stands at 278 contracts signed, so a bit of work remains to be done. However, as the longest previously published list included only 69 players, something has been achieved. This page will be updated on a regular basis as more players are found.

Few countries are daft enough to have their clubs governed by more than one association, so the term "senior" means very little to fans outside Scotland. For the purposes of this project I include all players who signed for clubs in full membership or associated membership of their main national football association. In Scotland this means clubs eligible to play in the Scottish FA Cup (or the old Qualifying Cup). In England I include clubs eligible to play in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase. For other countries I have examined each club on a case-by-case basis. The only exceptions I allow are in the cases of clubs from countries occupying vast continental areas, such as Canada and Australia, where they play in State competitions.

I make no distinction between league and non-league clubs. And I include players who went senior via other Junior clubs. All types of contracts are included - professional, amateur, provisional, delayed and also wartime emergency rule 4 transfers. Some football historians understandably do not include provisional transfers in their lists. These transfers are difficult to track down, the players were often never called up, and in some seasons the SFA did not even bother to record them. I take the view that any St Anthony's player good enough to sign a senior contract, of whatever type, deserves recognition on this page.

Anyone who can help with this project please contact me via one of the official St Anthony's FC social media sites. Many thanks to David Wilkes for his valuable assistance and to everyone who has contributed bits and pieces.

A
Adams Bob 1939 Walsall direct transfer
Airlie Seton "Jock" 1940 Celtic provisional transfer at Greyfriars, 1939, and St
Anthony's, called up 1942
Aitken Johnny "Jock" 1919 Clyde direct transfer
B
Barclay Steve 1991 East Stirlingshire direct transfer
Beggs James 2000 Clydebank (2) delayed transfer
Bell Duncan 1920 Motherwell direct transfer
Blacklaws Allan 1945 St Mirren direct transfer
Blair Danny 1924 Celtic direct transfer
Bowers Dan 1919 Hamilton Academical via St Mirren Juniors
Bowie John "Jacky" 1915 Partick Thistle direct transfer
Boyle Robert 1934 Hull City direct transfer
Bradley James 1933 Kilmarnock via Neilston Victoria (and possibly other clubs)
Braidford Lowingham 1918 Clydebank (1) direct transfer
Brogan Davie 1960 Luton Town direct transfer
Brown Alex 1965 Albion Rovers direct transfer
Brown Andy 1963 Albion Rovers direct transfer
Brown Charlie 1926 Pontypridd direct transfer (later signed for Hibernian)
Brown Hugh 1916 Celtic direct transfer
Brown Tom "Broono" 1991 Kilmarnock via Dalry Thistle and Glenafton Athletic
Bruce Billy 1927 Clyde direct transfer
Bruce Bobby 1924 Aberdeen direct transfer
Bryceland Hugh 1954 (1) Celtic provisional transfer, not called up
Bryceland Hugh 1956 (2) Doncaster Rovers via Gourock Juniors
Bryers Jimmy 1927 Motherwell direct transfer
Burke Nicholas 1927 Celtic via Shettleston and Maryhill Hibernian; provisional
transfer at the latter club, not called up
Burns Hugh 1918 Dumbarton direct transfer
Burns John 1918 Celtic direct transfer
Burns John 1954 Celtic via Maryhill Harp; provisional transfer at St Anthony's
and Maryhill Harp, not called up
Burns Thomas 1918 Airdrieonians direct transfer
C
Cahill Paddy 1921 Bo'ness direct transfer
Cairney Jim 1922 Celtic direct transfer
Callaghan Tommy 1924 Third Lanark direct transfer
Cameron Alexander 1912 Burnley via Maryhill
Campbell James 1923 Dumbarton direct transfer
Campbell John 1915 Queen's Park direct transfer
Campbell Joseph 1947 Celtic direct transfer
Carr Matthew 2013 Brisbane Wolves direct transfer
Carroll Hugh 1938 East Fife via Ashfield
Chalmers Davie 1921 Clydebank (1) direct transfer
Chambers Hugh "Porky" 1917 Clyde direct transfer
Chambers James 1914 Bo'ness direct transfer
Clark Andy 1950 Bury direct transfer
Clark F. 1912 Arbroath via Dundee Fairfield
Clark Joe 1912 Celtic direct transfer
Clark Robert 1946 Alloa Athletic direct transfer
Clay John "Jack" 1935 Greenock Morton direct transfer
Colquhoun John 1913 Partick Thistle direct transfer
Colrain Johnny 1954 Celtic via Duntocher Hibernian; provisional transfer at St
Anthony's and Duntocher Hibernian, called up 1957
Conroy Michael 1953 Celtic direct transfer
Cooke Eddie 1916 Third Lanark direct transfer
Corrigan Eddie "Ned" 1924 Celtic direct transfer
Coyle Hugh 1922 Dundee direct transfer
Craig George 1920 Albion Rovers direct transfer
Craig William "Billy" 1953 Celtic provisional transfer, called up 1955
Crawford Alex 1960 East Stirlingshire direct transfer
Creaney James (jr) 2006 Ayr United delayed transfer
Creaney James (sr) 1985 Albion Rovers via Hillwood Strollers
Curley John 1925 Raith Rovers direct transfer
D
Dalgleish John "Jack" 1918 Hamilton Academical direct transfer
Davidson John 1938 Kilmarnock direct transfer
Davis Robert 1925 Falkirk via Pollok Juniors
Dearie Tommy 1938 East Fife via Benburb
Derby Brian 1971 East Stirlingshire via Benburb
Devan Charlie 1923 Clydebank (1) direct transfer
Devanney John 1957 Albion Rovers direct transfer
Devlin John 1936 Arbroath provisional transfer, called up 1936
Dolan Andrew 1951 Celtic provisional transfer, not called up
Dolan William 1959 Greenock Morton via St Roch's
Donachie William 1926 Crystal Palace via St Roch's
Donnachie Jamie 1992 St Mirren direct transfer
Duffy John 1948 Celtic provisional transfer, called up 1950
Dunbar Harry 1914 Raith Rovers via Kilsyth Emmet
Duncan David 1910 Albion Rovers via Bellshill Athletic (later signed for Woolwich
Arsenal)
Dunlop Michael 1981 Dumbarton via Arthurlie and Benburb
Dunlop Harry 1927 Coleraine illegal transfer
Dunn Jimmy "Tim" 1920 Hibernian direct transfer; alternative nickname "Ginger"
Dunne Tommy 1963 (1) Celtic provisional transfer, not called up
Dunne Tommy 1964 (2) Leyton Orient direct transfer
E
Easton George 1966 Arbroath via Kilbirnie Ladeside
Evans Bobby "Dai" 1944 Celtic direct transfer
F
Falconer Johnny "Joe" 1921 Cowdenbeath direct transfer (later signed for Celtic)
Faulkner Robert "Roy" 1919 Blackburn Rovers via Maryhill (known as Roy in Canada and USA)
Fearns Charles "Chic" 1934 Celtic provisional transfer at Cowie Juveniles (1933) and St
Anthony's (1934), not called up
Ferguson George 1945 Celtic direct transfer
Ferris ? 1932 Bolton Wanderers direct transfer
Fisher Peter "Bud" 1934 Clyde direct transfer
Forbes William 1942 Dunfermline Athletic via Ashfield (later signed for Wolverhampton
Wanderers)
Ford Kevin 2004 East Stirlingshire via Benburb
Frate Frank 1947 Queen's Park direct transfer
Fyfe Jimmy 1921 Dunfermline Athletic direct transfer
G
Gallacher Hugh 1923 Clyde direct transfer
Gallacher Jim 1950 Celtic direct transfer
Gallacher Willie 1937 Celtic provisional transfer, called up 1938
Gibson Charlie 1981 Shrewsbury Town direct transfer
Gibson Willie 1919 Ayr United direct transfer (later signed for Newcastle United)
Gilchrist Johnny 1919 Celtic direct transfer
Gilhooley Jim 1954 Dumbarton direct transfer
Gillan Felix 1925 Ayr United direct transfer
Gillan Gerry 1963 Celtic direct transfer
Gillespie Pat 1944 Partick Thistle direct transfer
Glover Alec 1943 Partick Thistle provisional transfer, called up 1943
Goodwin Johnny 1922 Dumbarton direct transfer
Gorman Bill 1934 Bury via Clydebank St James and Shettleston
Graham Hugh 1973 Albion Rovers direct transfer
Graham James 1936 Motherwell provisional transfer, called up 1936
Grant Archie 1958 Kilmarnock direct transfer
Gray William "Wuggie" 1927 Celtic via Maryhill Hibernian; provisional transfer, called up
1928
Gribben Jamie 1926 Bo'ness direct transfer (later assistant trainer at Celtic)
H
Haddock Harry 1949 Clyde via Renfrew
Hastie Donald 1937 Arbroath direct transfer
Haugh Bart "Batty" 1919 Partick Thistle direct transfer
Henderson John 1918 Partick Thistle direct transfer (later signed for Rangers)
Herd John c1922 Newark Skeeters via Parkhead and Renfrew Juniors
Higgins John 1954 Airdrieonians provisional transfer, called up ?
Hilley Hugh 1921 Celtic direct transfer