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Templeton, Bobby (1906-07); Date + Place of Death (Kilmarnock)
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Died: Kilmarnock, 2 November 1919
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Found this really good write up on the web on him:

Note: Below has a different birthdate to the wiki...

Bobby Templeton


Robert (Bobby) Templeton was born in Coylton, Scotland on 22nd June 1879. He played football for Kilmarnock and Hibernian in the Scottish League before Aston Villa paid a fee of £250 to join them in May 1899.

Tony Matthews argues in his book, Who's Who of Aston Villa, that Templeton was "a tremendously gifted player... who was tall and thin, selfish but brilliant." Templeton was considered an erratic player and only played in 11 games that season. However, with a forward-line that included Billy Garraty, John Devey, George Wheldon, Stephen Smith, George Johnson and Charlie Athersmith, competition was fierce at the club.

Aston Villa won the league championship that season confirming it was the best club in England during the 1890s. This was their fifth league title in seven years.

In 1900 Templeton was suspended for insubordination. However, he returned to the side and was a regular in the first team over the next two seasons.

On the 5th April 1902 Templeton won his first international cap for Scotland against England at Ibrox Park. It was during this game that the newly built West Tribune Stand collapsed. Supporters fell up to 40 feet (12 m) to the ground below. 25 people died and 517 were injured. Afterwards it was claimed that Templeton was partly responsible for this disaster as had the ball on the wing at the time and the vast crowd swayed to see his dribbling skills.

In January 1903 Templeton joined Newcastle United for £400. However, he was unable to bring success to the club and in December 1904 he joined Woolwich Arsenal for a fee of £250. Arsenal had just been promoted to the First Division. The club did reasonably well at the top level finishing in 10th place (1904-05) and 12th (1905-06). The club also had a good FA Cup run that season beating Watford (3-0), Sunderland (5-0), Manchester United (3-2) before losing to Newcastle United 2-0 in the semi-final with Jimmy Howie and Colin Veitch getting the goals.

William Pickford, the journalist, wrote in his book, Association Football and the Men Who Made It (1905): "Templeton is afflicted with a large measure of the eccentricity of genius. He is a man of moods. When "the afflatus" is upon him he is a winged horse to whom a spur is useless, and whom a curb cannot hold. It is then that the watching multitude is aflame with mingled surprise and admiration - surprise at the wondrous versatility of the man, admiration at the grace and beauty of his movements."

During this period Arsenal had a very impressive forward line that included Templeton, Bert Freeman, Charlie Satterthwaite, Tim Coleman and Billy Garbutt. The defence was also very good with players such as Jimmy Ashcroft, Andy Ducat, Roderick McEachrane, Jimmy Sharp and Percy Sands in the team. However, Arsenal encountered serious financial problems at this time and in May 1906 was sold to Glasgow Celtic for £250. He also played for Kilmarnock before returning to England to sign for Fulham in 1913.

On the 3rd March 1913 Templeton won his last international cap for Scotland against Wales. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. Templeton scored one goal in 11 games for his country.

Robert Templeton died of a heart-attack in November 1919.
Edited by joebloggscity, Jul 10 2018, 01:13 PM.
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