Hepburn Bob Image 1 Ayr United 1934

Hepburn Bob Image 1 Ayr United 1934


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Goalkeeper Bob Hepburn was born in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, and signed for Ayr United from Dykehead Juniors in 1922, staying 15 years at Somerset Park and to this day being one of only seven Ayr United players to be capped for Scotland. That honour came against Ireland at Ibrox Park in September 1931, a match Scotland won 3-1. He won the Scottish Second Division Championship with Ayr United in 1928 and 1937.

Hepburn had spells on loan with Royal Albert in 1923 when he made a single first team appearance and at Third Lanark in 1924, when he didn’t make their first eleven, and also with Dykehead in 1925-26 when he made 14 appearances. But he remained an Ayr United player throughout most of the inter-war years.

He was described at the time: “He has the powerful hands of the dependable goalkeeper, an eagle eye for the most remote possibility, and his anticipation seldom fails. Strength and smartness sum up the chief merits of this useful goalkeeper”. After 331 appearances for The Honest Men he joined Stranraer in 1937 and played a single season for The Blues before his retirement.



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