Bobby Finan

Robert Joseph Finan (1 March 1912 — 25 July 1983)[1] was a Scottish professional footballer. He played as a forward.

Bobby Finan
Personal information
Full name Robert Joseph Finan
Date of birth (1912-03-01)1 March 1912
Place of birth Old Kilpatrick, Scotland
Date of death 25 July 1983(1983-07-25) (aged 71)
Place of death Old Kilpatrick, Scotland
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1933 Yoker Athletic
1933–1947 Blackpool 173 (85)
1947–1949 Crewe Alexandra 59 (14)
1949–1950 Wigan Athletic 31 (12)
Total 263 (111)
National team
1939 Scotland (wartime) 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Finan was born in Old Kilpatrick in West Dunbartonshire. He started his career at Scottish junior club Yoker Athletic before signing for Blackpool, managed by fellow Scot Sandy MacFarlane, in 1933. He made his debut for the club in the penultimate league game of the 1933–34 season, a 7–0 defeat at Grimsby Town on 28 April 1934. He went on to score three more goals during that league campaign.

Finan scored his first professional goal in the opening game of the following 1934–35 campaign, a 5–1 victory at Bury on 25 August 1934.

In 1935–36, with Jimmy Hampson injured, Finan deputised at centre-forward and ended the season as the Second Division's joint-top scorer with 34 goals. He scored two hat-tricks: the first in a 6–2 win against Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road on 22 February 1936, and the second in a 6–0 whitewash of Newcastle United at home on 22 April.

The following campaign, 1936–37, Finan (28) and Hampson (16) scored 44 league goals between them, as Blackpool finished the season as runners-up in the Football League Second Division and were promoted to the Football League First Division.[2] As he grew older, his speed began to wane, and he was moved to outside-left, where he laid on goals for Willie Buchan and, later, Jock Dodds.

Finan scored 85 league goals for Blackpool before finally leaving the club in 1947, when he signed for Crewe Alexandra, scoring 14 goals in 59 games. In 1949 he moved to non-League football with Wigan Athletic, with whom he finished his career in 1950 having scored 12 goals in 31 games in the Lancashire Combination.[3]

After his playing career ended, Finan returned to Blackpool as chief scout.[4]

International career

Finan won one cap for Scotland in a wartime international, during the early stages of World War II.[4][5] As the conflict progressed, he went on to serve in the Middle East and was a regular in the RAF (Egypt) side, once severely injuring his knee in a Cairo Canal-area match at El Alamein.


  1. "Bobby Finan". Barry Hugman's Footballers.
  2. "Blackpool Legends". Blackpool F.C. 2 August 2007. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  3. Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-91-7.
  4. "Wigan Athletic Internationals". Ye Old Tree & Crown. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  5. "Robert Finan". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 21 January 2014.

Further reading

  • Calley, Roy (1992-10-20). Blackpool: A Complete Record, 1887–1992, Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd, ISBN 978-1-873626-07-8