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Post by Bristol Rovers » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:03 am

In researching my family tree, I am fortunate that my mother's maiden name is the relatively rare McNairn. I have noted that one McNairn joined Albion Rovers from Ashfield in 1960 and played once in goal during 1960-61. There was another McNairn pottering around the non-league circuit in the 1890s, I believe. Does anyone have any information on him, or indeed on any other footballing McNairns, as I hope they are already on my family tree?

On a similar point, my great-uncle David Stevenson had, according to family legend, spells on the books of St Mirren and Hearts just before WW2. I don't think he ever made their League sides. David was born in June 1916 and died of war-related injuries, in 1955. One of his sisters is still alive and will be 96 next month. I would be very grateful for any information.

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Re: McNairn

Post by Scottish » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:35 am

According to Litster's pre-war disk, there was a William John McNairn who played for Hamilton, St Bernard's, Morton and Douglas Wanderers in the 1900s. David Sstevenson signed for Hearts in March 1939 then onto St Mirren in Sep 1941,returning to Hearts in Apr 1942 then back to St Mirren in Sep 1945. I can't find any first team appearances in either my own records or in Steve Emms' book but there was a goalkeeper called David Stevenson who joined Morton from St Mirren in Oct 1947 who played six league matches in 1947-48 and two in 1948-49 before being freed at the end of that season.

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Re: McNairn

Post by ScottishFA » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:38 pm

The McNairn who played for Albion Rovers is a curious one.

The team line-ups are in the Evening Times for 17 September 1960, and he played in the place of regular Albion rovers keeper Billy Lamont, who was injured (in fact carried off the previous week). See http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2 ... =frontpage

So McNairn got one game in goal for Albion Rovers as a junior trialist, but he was not Ashfield's regular keeper, nor can I find any mention of him in the Ashfield history (which lists all the players who turned senior and has numerous team photos). It might have been a pseudonym, or perhaps he was just in the right place at the right time.

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Re: McNairn

Post by Bristol Rovers » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:35 am

Thank you for this information. My grandmother also mentioned Morton, so this sounds like the correct David Stevenson. As for the two McNairns - those are the two I was thinking of, but the 1960 player does appear a bit of a mystery.

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Re: McNairn

Post by Bristol Rovers » Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:32 am

Sorry to bring up this topic again, but I wanted to check the details I have. Thank you for all those who have helped piece together a slightly enigmatic career.

David Stevenson, b Kilwinning, June 1916 (son of David Stevenson and Agnes Muir of Tinto Hill, Kilwinning) and d 1955, GK, 6'; 11 st 7 lbs
Career: Dalry Thistle; two trials at Kilmarnock; 23.3.39 Hearts; 27.9.41 St Mirren; May 1942 Hearts; 4.9.45 St Mirren; 16.10.47 Morton (released, 27.4.49) [8 Scottish League games]; 1.5.49 Airdrie.

He was referred to as John in at least two of these references, but I am pretty sure this is David, as it ties in with family hearsay. My grandmother always said his premature death (1955) was caused by having caught malaria in India during the war, so I assume he was away in the theatre of war, 1943-45. He played for Hearts in 33 wartime games and for St Mirren in 25 (19 in 1941-42 and six in the autumn of 1945). His debut for Hearts came on 11.11.39 at Alloa - "Tynecastle's star was debutant Stevenson. His keeping was a delight". When St Mirren lost 8-2 at his former club Hearts, 3.1.42, "Stevenson's goalkeeping was almost flawless, his point-blank clearances stopping a veritable rout". He does not appear to have made the first team at Airdrie. An engineer, he married Margaret, d Oct 2003 (who later married Ian Allan, who died 11.9.1988) and had two sons, David and James.

I have found his six League games for Morton in 1947-48, but only one of his two in 1948-49 (23.10.48 at Albion Rovers). Is there a St Mirren statistician out there? Or can anyone tell me which was his second League appearances in 1948-49, please? Does anyone have access to finding out accurate dates of birth, death and marriage? Any information very gratefully received.

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Re: McNairn

Post by prorege » Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:59 am

Regarding the 1960/1 McNairn, his first name was Jim and Ashfield signed him in 1960 from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. He returned to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy the following season and then joined Gourock Juniors for 1963/4.

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Re: McNairn

Post by bluedragon » Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:46 am

Bristol Rovers wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:32 am

I have found his six League games for Morton in 1947-48, but only one of his two in 1948-49 (23.10.48 at Albion Rovers). Is there a St Mirren statistician out there? Or can anyone tell me which was his second League appearances in 1948-49, please?
The Falkirk Herald (Saturday 4 September 1948) reported that D Stevenson was in goals for Morton on Wednesday 1 September 1948 when they lost 1-5 to Falkirk at Brockville in a League match.

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Re: McNairn

Post by bluedragon » Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:13 am

Bristol Rovers wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:32 am
Does anyone have access to finding out accurate dates of birth, death and marriage?
The ScotlandsPeople website https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ is where to go. The online records give you the basics but you can buy credits and with those get copies of the full registration details that will give you the information you need.

From the information you have given the information on-line says:

DAVID STEVENSON born in 1916 Ref. 599/ 142 Registered in Kilwinning

DAVID STEVENSON died age 38 in 1955 Ref. 597/ 40 Registered in Kilmarnock (Ayr)

DAVID STEVENSON married MARGARET CORRIGAN in 1934 Ref. 597/ 175 Registered in Kilmarnock (Ayr)

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Re: McNairn

Post by Bristol Rovers » Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:39 am

Thank you so much, Prorege and Bluedragon. Hugely appreciated.

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