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PersonalFullname: Robert Craig
aka: Bobby Craig
Born: 2 May 1888
Died: 19 April 1918
Signed: 16 May 1906
Left: 1909 (to Brighton & Hove Albion)
Position: Full-back, Defence
Debut: Motherwell 0-6 Celtic, League, 18 Aug 1906
BiogFull-back Robert Craig was a highly rated junior when he came to the Bhoys from the Vale of Garnock Strollers in May 1906 as a trialist.
He was signed up after travelling to the Highlands with the Celtic first team in the summer of 1906. Notably, it is said that he was the butt of a practical joke by Peter Somers and others to ask the curmudgeon manager Willie Maley for an exorbitant signing on fee. Willie Maley is said to have looked "Thunderstruck" but still took him on; Maley may simply have liked him as his petulance was rewarded with the acceptance of his signature and a three-year career with the Celts.
The defender made his competitive Celtic debut in a 6-0 Scottish League triumph at Motherwell on August 18th 1906.
However Beith-born Bobby struggled to make a significant impact at Celtic Park. This was not through any lack of ability but rather due to the fact he faced competition for a starting spot from the likes of Alec McNair and Willie Orr. Although first team starts were rare Bobby proved to be a dependable deputy and was a consistently solid stand-in.
In one match v Rangers, Bobby Craig had to go into goals after Davie Adams lacerated his hand.
One interesting claim to fame is that he appeared in front of the newly-constituted SFA Council on 28 May 1909, charged in this case for kicking Leckie of Queen's Park Strollers. He asked for leniency as he was moving south but was suspended for two weeks. A sore way to end your playing time at Celtic but not the fault of the club.
He would make a total of 13 appearances for the Hoops before moving south to join Brighton and Hove Albion in 1909.
Spells at various clubs – including Carlisle, Darlington, Renton and Abertillery - followed before Bobby went to serve with the 5th Batallion of the South Wales Borderers in the Great War (World War One).
Sadly as Private 30450, he would die in Bolougne from battle wounds on April 19th 1918.
From Robert Hoskins', Celtic Football Club and the Great War"The final Celt to die in the Great War was Robert Craig who died on Friday 19th April 1918. Robert's Celtic career spanned between 1906-09 where he appeared 13 times as full-back. Robert was a Private in the 5th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers (SWB) and lies buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery which was used as a hospital cemetery. Robert was wounded on the 11th April as the German's re-captured the Belgian town of Messines, the scene of a British victory a year earlier. Ten SWB's died that day and Robert was one of 38 wounded who were taken to hospital."
He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Plot 9, Row A, Grave 3.
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ArticlesBeith-born Bobby Craig made 13 appearances for Celtic after signing for the Bhoys from Vale of Garnock Strollers in May 1906.
The full-back was a highly rated junior player and he made his competitive debut for the Celts in a 6-0 league victory at Motherwell on August 18th. Despite being a talented and assured defender Bobby never really had the chance to shine at Parkhead due to the quality of competitors for a starting spot – men like Alec McNair and Willie Orr were ahead in the pecking order.
He was however a more than capable deputy who at other times would have been a certain first team starter. He joined Brighton and Hove Albion in 1909 and later went on to play for Carlise, Darlington, Renton and others. Sadly Bobby died in France in April 1918 from wounds sustained during battle in the Great War.
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