Robert Orr (footballer)

Robert McKissock Barnes Orr (26 January 1891 – 2 June 1948) was a Scottish footballer who played as a left back.

Robert Orr
Personal information
Full name Robert McKissock Barnes Orr
Date of birth 26 January 1891[1]
Place of birth Hardgate, Scotland[2]
Date of death 2 June 1948(1948-06-02) (aged 57)
Place of death Clydebank, Scotland
Position(s) Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Clydebank Juniors
1909–1924 Third Lanark 392 (31)
1924–1926 Morton 68 (6)
1926–1928 Crystal Palace
1928–1929 Dumbarton 30 (2)
1929–1930 Clydebank 22 (0)
National team
1919–1922 Scottish League XI 2 (0)
1919 Scotland (wartime) 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Professional career

His longest spell at club level was 15 years with Third Lanark[3] (this was interrupted by World War I, although the Scottish Football League continued); the closest he came to winning a trophy in this time was reaching two finals of the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup in 1910 (lost on a tally of corners following a draw)[4] and 1914 (a 6–0 defeat to Celtic),[5] and the final of the Glasgow Cup in 1923 (a loss to Rangers).[6]

Later in his career he also turned out for Morton, Dumbarton[7] and Clydebank, as well as for Crystal Palace in English football.[1][8]

Orr was selected to play for Scotland in an unofficial Victory International in 1919,[9] toured North America in 1921[10][11][12] and South America in 1923[13][14] with 'Scotland' (in reality, Third Lanark with a number of capable guest players) and played twice for the Scottish Football League XI.[2]


  1. Party At The Palace, David Orr, 31 March 2019
  2. "[SFL player] Robert Orr". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. Clyde V Third Lanark 1–1 (Glasgow Charity Cup Final: May 14, 1910, Play Up, Liverpool
  5. Match report, The Scotsman, 13 May 1914 (via The Celtic Wiki)
  6. Glasgow Cup Final Tie, The Glasgow Herald, 1 October 1923
  7. Robert Orr, Sons Archive
  8. Crystal Palace Player Database > Bobby Orr,
  9. "[Scotland player] Robert Orr". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  10. Neil Morrison (4 January 2018). "British "FA XI" Tours: 1921 "Third Lanark's Scotland XI" - Canada and USA". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  11. "When Third Lanark were Scotland". Before The 'D'...Association Football around the world, 1863-1937. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  12. "Scots on tour in 1921". Scottish Sport History. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  13. Ciullini, Pablo. "Río de la Plata Trip of Third Lanark 1923". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  14. Tommy McInally: Celtic's Bad Bhoy, David Potter; Black & White Publishing, 2009; ISBN 9781845025786