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    Robert McAllister Craig

    Surname Craig
    Forename(s) Robert McAllister
    Position(s) Inside Forward
    Attributes

    5'5"  10st.12 lb.
    b. Airdrie 8 April 1935
    d. Toronto (Canada) 1 October 2010
     

    Career

    Debut 26 April 1962 (27y 18d) Final Game 6 October 1962 (27y 181d)
    First Goal 18 August 1962 Final Goal 18 August 1962
    CAREER: Bicester;Blantyre Celtic;Third Lanark ‘57[74-31];Sheffield Wednesday Nov'59[84-25];Blackburn Rovers Apr'62 (£18,000);Glasgow Celtic Nov'62 (£15,000);St Johnstone '63 (ex Young);Oldham Athletic Mar'64 (£5,000)[18-4]; Toronto City (Canada) May'65; Johannesburg Wanderers (South Africa) '66;Third Lanark Feb'67.
    HONOURS Sc Cp los (Celtic) ’63.
     

    Playing Statistics

    FL           8 apps    3 gls  3g 1
    FLC        2 apps
    Total   10 apps    3 gls
    Strike rate 300m
    FC         1 app
     

    Summary

    A chunky, competitive inside forward who had often appeared a resilient opponent, Craig's transfer to the Rovers was one that retrospectively appeared a puzzle. He was a chief playmaker and with Bryan Douglas in the side the Rovers had no need for another one. From the start he never appeared attuned to the club and despite opening his first full season with a hat trick he displayed a lethargy that prompted the Blackburn Times to state "Craig once more showed his distaste for hard graft or spirited exchange." The player admitted he was not enjoying his  Ewood career, blaming the style of play and his wife's dislike  of the area. Blackburn accepted the first bid for his services and the local paper cited his signing as one of the worst deals in the club's history. He returned to Canada when his playing days were over and it was in Toronto that he died, after fighting against Alzheimer’s Disease.

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