They played for Scotland
by Eddie McDowell
Peter Campbell joined Morton in May 1896 from Burton Swifts and was
a major player in the clubs rise to Division One and played in their
very first match in the top league in 1900. A left-back, He was a
wholehearted player giving equal attention to attack and defence. He
was capped in 1898 against Wales.
Born in Greenock on July 26th 1920, William Campbell was one of
finest footballers the town has produced. A gifted right-half,
energetic and forceful. Particularly noteworthy were his calculated
and perfectly timed tackles. Starting his career at Greenock
Bluebell before moving to Morton Juniors, he signed for Morton in
1942 and was capped five times for Scotland; Against Northern
Ireland in 1947, and against England, Belgium, Switzerland and
France in 1948. He was also a Scottish wartime international and
made one appearance for the Scottish League as well as being a
member of the Morton Scottish Cup final team of 1948. He retired on
health grounds in 1949.
Possibly the greatest goalkeeper that ever played for Morton, James
Clews Cowan was born in Paisley on June 16th 1926. He played his
early football at Mossvale Juniors before moving to St. Mirren
during WW2. He signed for Morton in May 1944, where he won all 25 of
his International caps against Belgium (1948 & 1951);
Switzerland (1948 & 1950); France (1948-51 inc.); England (1949,
'50, '51); Wales (1949-52 inc.); N.Ireland (1950, '51, '52);
Portugal (1950); Austria (1951 [twice]); Denmark (1951, '52); USA
(1952) & Sweden (1952). He moved to Sunderland in June 1953 for £8,000,
and finished his career at Third Lanark. He died on June 20th 1968.
Born in Greenock on March 11th 1860, Robert Fleming most likely
joined Morton in their earliest years. He played in the 1885
Renfrewshire Cup final side and was still on the clubs books until
the 1890s. His main qualities were speed and dribbling ability.
Indeed, at the time, it was said that, among his contemporaries,
only Alex Hamilton of Queens Park was his superior in the whole of
Scotland. Many spectators went to Mortons matches just to see
Fleming jink his way through the opposition. He was capped once for
Scotland; against Ireland in 1886. He was Mortons first Scottish
Born in Greenock in 1875, Rab MacFarlane was one of the games
characters, loving to exchange quips with any nearby spectator. An
unorthodox 'keeper. the reports of the time said "a bold,
clever, versatile and original 'keeper", "clever at saving
high and low shots, his springs are cat-like". He signed for
Morton in 1894 from Greenock Rosebery, before moving to Third Lanark
in 1896, just after he had been capped for Scotland against Wales.
He then embarked in a countrywide tour of clubs including; Everton,
East Stirlingshire, Bristol St. Georges, Grimsby Town, Glasgow
Celtic, Middlesbrough and Aberdeen. He moved from Bristol St.
Georges to Grimsby Town for the princely sum of £20. He ended
his career at Aberdeen in 1908.
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