Prominent Scottish Footballers: Andy McGuigan (Hibernian F.C.)

February 19, 1900
“The Star of the South”
At inside-right forward, Andy McGuigan, the Hibs’ admittedly capable player, holds his own in the very forefront of Scottish footballers. Born in Newton-Stewart, he was very appropriately described as the “Star of the South” when he took part in the International trial games on Cathkin Park in season 1896-97, for although he did not find a place in an International team, he, nevertheless, gave an exhibition in thorough keeping with the flattering remarks expressed by Legislator Hay regarding the youth when the trial teams were being selected.

Andy McGuigan

Representatives of the Edinburgh Club were on the ground on that occasion, and they took special note of “Mac’s” dashing display. His transference from the lowly Newton-Stewart Athletic to the Capital was the fitting sequel; and for two seasons and a half he was played regularly and constantly in the ranks of the First Leaguers and has ever proved himself a true and loyal servant at Easter Road.

McGuigan served a useful apprenticeship as a provincialite, having been in the First Eleven of the Newton-Stewart Athletic for four fully season, prior to which period he had a half-season’s coaching in the Second Eleven, and a half-season in a local junior team, the Rangers.

Whist a member of the Athletic, he had three inter-county honours conferred upon him, as a sprint McGuigan is a thoroughbred, and has been highly successful in sprints of hurdle races in the South. Moreover, he distinguished himself by beating a prominent Southern footballer in a match, and had also the pleasure of carrying off first honours in the professional footballers’ sprint handicap at the Third Lanark’s sports last season, for which event he was specially trained by that popular ped, P. Cannon. His sprinting powers have assisted “Mac” in many a single-handed sprint between himself and back or half-back for the ball, and not infrequently he has rather astonished opponents by his lightning-like dashes for possession of the ball.

Born in February 24, 1878, “Mac” will be but 22 years of age on Sunday week next, and thus he has youth as well as all his other capabilities to aid him on his way to goal. In height he touches the tape at 5 feet 9 inches, while he has the necessary weight to carry him through, being 11st. 5lb.s.

Another factor that tends to the success of the dandy Hib is that he does not believe in John Barleycorn or intoxicants of any description, nor ever has done. What more need be said of McGuigan? He is a player, a sprinter, and a man that possesses all the traits that a sportsman should combine, and richly deserves a place in our gallery of Scottish Prominent Footballers. His methods and manners are alike exemplary, and well worthy emulations by others. On the ball he is extremely difficult to stop, while his slipping of it to his mates on either side of him is most deceiving to opponents and beneficial to his club, and his shooting reveals in him a master marksman.
(Source: Scottish Referee: February 19, 1900)

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