Struthers Bob Image 1 Bolton Wanderers 1905

Struthers Bob Image 1 Bolton Wanderers 1905


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Liverpool born full back Bob Struthers began his football career with Liverpool sides Temple in 1894, Kirkdale in 1895 and Rock Ferry in 1896 before joining Everton, spending 1897-98 on their books without making an appearance for their first team. He joined Southern League Gravesend United in 1898 and spent two years there before a move to Portsmouth in 1900, where he made 24 appearances in League and Cup before joining First Division Bolton Wanderers in May 1901.

He made his Football League debut at Small Heath (now Birmingham City) in September the same year, but made only 3 appearances that season. He got back into the first eleven in November 1902 and played 25 times over the remainder of the season as Bolton suffered relegation in 1903. He was member of Bolton’s FA Cup Final team beaten 1-0 by Manchester City at The Crystal Palace in April 1904, and the following season helped Bolton  to promotion as Second Division runners’ up. However, after a season back in the top flight he lost his place in the first team in October 1906 and was transferred to Southern League Bradford Park Avenue, however by the time Avenue joined The Football League at the start of the 1908-09 season, Struthers had retired from senior football.

He was probably the son of Bolton Wanderers’ 1880’s star forward, also named Bob Struthers.

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