Bobby Bolt

Robert Bolt (29 January 1912 – 1991) was a Scottish footballer who played as a right half.[2]

Bobby Bolt
Personal information
Full name Robert Bolt
Date of birth 29 January 1912[1]
Place of birth Lochgelly, Scotland
Date of death 1991 (aged 7879)
Place of death Inverness, Scotland
Position(s) Right half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Rosslyn Juniors
1933–1935 Heart of Midlothian 1 (0)
1934–1935Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 21 (0)
1935–1937 Dunfermline Athletic 71 (2)
1937–1939 Falkirk 76 (8)
1939–1944 Rangers 0 (0)
1944–1947 Third Lanark 21 (0)
1947–1948 Falkirk 21 (2)
1948–1952 Caledonian
National team
1940 Scotland (wartime) 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Lochgelly, Fife, he began his professional career with Heart of Midlothian, then played for Dunfermline Athletic and Falkirk, where he impressed sufficiently to be selected for a Scottish Football Association tour of North America, and to be signed for defending national champions, Rangers, both in May 1939.[3][4] However, within months World War II broke out, rendering all his appearances for the Gers unofficial.[5] In that period he was selected for Scotland in an international against a League of Ireland XI in 1940,[6] but would never receive a full cap for his country.

Bolt had also made wartime appearances for Third Lanark, and he remained with the south Glasgow club for one season upon the resumption of official competitions[7] before returning to Falkirk for another year,[8] during which he played in the Scottish League Cup Final defeat to East Fife.

Latterly he relocated to Inverness where he turned out for Caledonian in the Highland League and played against Dundee United in the Scottish Cup in January 1952,[9] the day after his 40th birthday. His son, also Bobby, also played for the club.[10]


  1. "[Hearts player] Robert Bolt". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  2. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. Neil Morrison (4 January 2018). "British "FA XI" Tours: 1939 Tour of Canada and USA by the Scottish FA". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  4. "Scottish Football Association Tour, 1939". Canadian Soccer History. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  5. "[Rangers player] Bolt, Bobby". FitbaStats. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  6. Irish XI v Scottish XI, 28 April 1940,
  7. Third Lanark: 1946/47 - 1966/67, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database
  8. Falkirk: 1946/47 - 2013/14, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database
  9. Dundee Utd 4 Caledonian 0 Scottish Cup (1st Round Replay), Arab Archive
  10. Highland League Legends, CaleyThistleOnline, October 2007