Galston, Ayrshire born outside left Robert Findlay began his senior football career playing for Kilmarnock, making his Scottish League debut at Linthouse in April 1897, scoring 30 goals in 61 appearances for Killy before joining Glasgow Celtic in August 1900 for a fee of £150. Findlay made a scoring debut as the Celts won 3-2 at Morton in Morton’s inaugural Scottish League match in August 1900. He spent just over a year with the Bhoys during which time he made 17 competive appearances and scored seven goals.
Despite his brief and at times injury plagued stay at Celtic, Findlay was a favourite with fans who enjoyed his brave and athletic raids down the wing. A main problem was injuries due to being dogged by cartilage problems. His knee problems kept him out for long enough spells to give Jimmy Quinn a chance.
He left Celtic to return to Kilmarnock in November 1901, and scored 9 more goals in 31 appearances for Killy, playing his last match for them in February 1904, which he followed with spells at Dundee from 1904 to 1905, 10 goals in 22 appearances for Motherwell between 1905 and 1907. then playing for Hamilton Academical in 1907-08, Port Glasgow Athletic from 1908 to 1910 and finally for St Bernard’s before retiring in April 1911.
Upon hanging up his boots in 1911, Findlay was actually interviewed for the inaugural manager’s job at Fir Park, he would however miss out as the role would go to John ‘Sailor’ Hunter. He moved to the US and his son represented the USA at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics in Paris and Amsterdam respectively.