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Rab MacFarlane Squad Index
Information:
1905-06 Squad Number:
1
Position:
Goalkeeper
Date of Birth:
24th July 1874
Birthplace:
Greenock
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 9
Weight:
12st 7lbs
Signed:
02/07/1904
Career History:
Greenock Rosebury/Greenock Morton 17th October 1894/Third Lanark 9th May 1896/Everton 21st April 1897/Bristol St George's August 1898/East Stirlingshire 15th June 1899/New Brompton 8th August 1900/Grimsby Town December 1900/Celtic 6th May 1901/Middlesbrough April 1902/Aberdeen 2nd July 1904/Motherwell 2nd February 1909/retired - May 1909/emigrated to Australia 3rd September 1909
 
Profile:
Robert MacFarlane, the goal-keeper, is a player who has had a lot of experience with first-class teams and knows how to utilise it to the best advantage. Amongst the clubs with which he has seen service are Middlesbrough, Morton, Everton, Third Lanark and Celtic. [Aberdeen Evening Gazette. 26th November 1904]

"Mac" as he was popularly known had a spell as team captain in 1907. Sadly his Pittodrie career came to an end in April 1908 after a great deal of speculation that he had deliberately helped Celtic to defeat the Dons in the Scottish Cup semi-final by failing to hold the ball at a corner kick, thus allowing Quinn to head in a very late winner - the only goal of the match. The swell of public opinion took no account of the reportage in the local press where it was clearly stated that "Macfarlane has seldom played better and he was in no way blameable for the goal scored."

Rab MacFarlane

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
15/08/1904
Aberdeen 1-1 Leith Athletic
East Scotland League Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen 30 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1907-08
29
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
33
0
0
4
0
0
1906-07
31
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
33
0
0
11
0
0
1905-06
30
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
32
0
0
6
0
0
1904-05
21
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
24
0
0
19
0
1
Totals:
111
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
122
0
0
40
0
1
Total Appearances/Goals: 122 0