Sandy MacFarlane

Alexander MacFarlane (1878 – 22 December 1945) was a Scottish professional football player and manager.

Sandy MacFarlane
Personal information
Full name Alexander MacFarlane
Date of birth 1878
Place of birth Airdrie, Scotland
Date of death 22 December 1945 (aged 6667)
Place of death Preston, England
Position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1895–1896 Airdrieonians 0 (0)
1896–1897 Woolwich Arsenal 5 (0)
1897–1898 Airdrieonians 22 (17)
1898–1901 Newcastle United 84 (17)
1901–1913 Dundee 293 (68)
1913–1914 Chelsea 4 (0)
Total 408 (102)
National team
1904–1911 Scotland 5 (1)
1904–1911 Scottish League XI 3 (1)
Teams managed
1919–1925 Dundee
1925–1928 Charlton Athletic
1928 Dundee
1928–1932 Charlton Athletic
1933–1935 Blackpool
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

MacFarlane first played in Scotland for Airdrieonians before moving south to join Woolwich Arsenal in 1896. He only made seven appearances for Arsenal, his debut coming against Grimsby Town on 28 November 1896, and returned to Airdrie the following year.[1] His second move south of the border was more successful, joining Newcastle and becoming their first-choice inside-left. In three seasons in the north-east, MacFarlane made eighty-four First Division appearances, scoring seventeen goals in three consecutive top six finishes, as well as two FA Cup appearances.

He returned to Scotland to play for Dundee in 1901.[1] During his twelve years there, he won a Scottish Cup in 1909–10 and made five appearances for Scotland between 1904 and 1911,[2] scoring once in a 5–0 victory over Ireland on 15 March 1909 in the British Home Championship. He moved to Chelsea in 1913, but only played sporadically and retired from playing in 1914.

Managerial career

MacFarlane returned to Dundee in 1919 and spent six years in charge of the club, during which time they reached another Scottish Cup final in 1924–25. That summer, Charlton Athletic tempted him to move south. In January 1928 he returned to Dundee, but only lasted seven months before returning to Charlton. In his first full season back at the club, he led Charlton to the 1928–29 Third Division South title.

He ledt Charlton in 1932 and a year later joined Blackpool on a two-year contract. At Blackpool, he dismantled the Seasiders' squad, allowing nine players to leave Bloomfield Road as he brought in fresh faces. One player he signed, Peter Doherty, cost £1,000 but was sold on to Manchester City in 1936 for ten times that amount. At the end of the 1934–35 season, Blackpool sat in fourth position in the Division Two table, just missing out on a return to the top flight.

Blackpool was MacFarlane's last appointment, and he drifted out of football at the age of 57. He died in Preston, Lancashire, in December 1945.


As a player


As manager

Charlton Athletic[4]


  • Dundee FC Heritage Award: 2015[5]
  • Dundee FC Hall of Fame: 2015[5]


  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.
  • Sandy MacFarlane (incomplete) management career statistics at Soccerbase
  1. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. (Scotland player) Alexander MacFarlane, London Hearts Supporters Club
  3. "2015 Hall of Fame – Voting open". Dundee 22 January 2015.
  4. "Managerial history".
  5. "Five more for Dundee FC Hall of Fame status". Evening Telegraph. 4 March 2015.