Ribchester Bill Image 1 Albion Rovers 1920

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Govan born outside right Bill Ribchester joined Glasgow Celtic in November 1916 from Parkhead Juniors as an 18-year-old after coming through the ranks at St Mungo’s Academy and Townhead Benburb Juveniles before joining Parkhead Juniors, and he made his Celtic debut in a 3-1 Scottish League win over Queen’s Park at Hampden Park on November 11th in place of the injured Andy McAtee. He played again in the first eleven a week later against Partick Thistle at Parkhead but by early 1917 Ribchester was drafted into the Army (where he served with the OTC Machine Gun Corps in 1917, was promoted to Lieutenant and wounded in action in 1918) and on his return to civilan life in 1919 he was allowed to leave Celtic for Albion Rovers after failing to make any impact at Parkhead.

He was a member of Albion Rovers’ 1920 Scottish Cup team which arguably enjoyed the club’s finest hour, when, having beaten mighty Rangers in a replay 2-0 at Celtic Park, reached the club’s only ever Scottish Cup Final, only to lose 3-2 to Kilmarnock in the Final on 17th April 1920 in front of 95,000 spectators, at the time a record attendance for a club match in Scotland. He later played for St Johnstone, Armadale and St Mirren.

 

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