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They played for Scotland
by Eddie McDowell

Through the years only a handful of Morton players have been called upon by Scotland to play at International level. In recognition of this rare feat it seems appropriate to immortalise them on these pages.

  • Peter Campbell

    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.
  • William Bowie Campbell

    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.
  • Jimmy Cowan

    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.
  • Robert Fleming

    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 cap.
  • Robert "Rab" MacFarlane

    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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