Alec Linwood

Alexander Bryce Linwood (13 March 1920 – 26 October 2003) was a Scottish footballer who played for St Mirren, Middlesbrough, Hibernian, Clyde, Greenock Morton and the Scotland national team.

Alec Linwood
Personal information
Full name Alexander Bryce Linwood[1][2]
Date of birth (1920-03-13)13 March 1920
Place of birth Drongan, Scotland
Date of death 26 October 2003(2003-10-26) (aged 83)
Place of death Renfrew, Scotland
Position(s) Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938 Muirkirk
1938–1946 St Mirren 4 (0)
1946–1947 Middlesbrough 14 (3)
1947–1948 Hibernian 36 (23)
1948–1951 Clyde 56 (20)
1951–1955 Greenock Morton 101 (72)
National team
1943 Scotland (wartime) 1 (0)
1948 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
1949 Scotland 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in the tiny mining settlement of Drumsmudden, near Drongan in Ayrshire, Linwood began working in the mines at the age of 14. He played schools and juvenile football before joining the newly formed Muirkirk Juniors in 1938.[3] Linwood signed for St Mirren the same year,[4] however on the outbreak of World War II, the player was forced to resume his mining career for the war effort.[5]

A centre-forward, Linwood continued to play wartime football for St. Mirren and also played in an unofficial international match against England at Maine Road in 1943 which the Scots lost 8–0.[6] In all, Linwood scored 165 goals in 236 competitive matches for St Mirren between 1938–1946 and remains the club's second top goalscorer of all time.[7]

Linwood moved to Middlesbrough in 1946 but struggled to make an impact in the English First Division, partly due to still having to work as a miner while his teammates were full-time professionals.[5] The player returned to Hibernian and won the Scottish Football League championship in 1948, his only senior footballing honour.[8]

Later in 1948, Linwood represented the Scottish League XI.[9] In November 1949, now as a Clyde player, Linwood scored in his only cap for Scotland, a 2–0 win over Wales in a British Home Championship match which doubled as a 1950 World Cup qualifier.[8]

He later moved to Morton in 1951 before retiring in 1955. Linwood died on 23 October 2003 at the age of 83.[10]


  1. "Alexander Bryce Linwood - Record Vs Heart of Midlothian". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  2. "Alec Linwood". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  3. James Taylor (2002). "Cairntable Echoes" (PDF). Ayrshire History. p. 137. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  4. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. Paul Pettigrew (27 October 2003). "Past Master #6 - Alex Linwood". Clyde FC. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  6. "England v Scotland, 16 October 1943". Association of Football Statisticians. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  7. "Alec Linwood". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  8. Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who, 1872-1986 (Hardback). Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-47-4. ().
  9. "Alec Linwood". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  10. Bob Crampsey (1 November 2003). "Alex Linwood Footballer who debuted before the Second World War". The Herald. Retrieved 21 February 2013.