Death of a well-known player

Thursday, October 27 – 1898
Yesterday the well-known Airdrieonian professional football player Bob Macfarlane died at his home in Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, from inflammation of the lungs. About ten years ago deceased went to England as a professional, playing first for Bootle, and then Newton Heath, Manchester.

He returned to Airdrie, where he has since played for the local club. He was one of the best right backs in Scotland. He had been training for the Kilmarnock match last week when he caught a chill, which landed in his lungs, with fatal effect.
(Dundee Evening Telegraph, 27-10-1898)

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