Ex-Liverpool player in Canada building a church


September 29, 1909
The increased interest taken in football in Canada has brought out the fact that there are in Montreal many of Britain’s former famous players. Men who were shining stars in the football firmament in the Old Country are to be found far removed from the scenes of their former triumphs, toiling at the construction of a building in Point St. Charles.

Thick-set and sturdy, with the arm of a Hercules, it is easy to understand why Robert Neill, now working at the construction of the new Congregational Church in Point St. Charles, occupied a prominent place in the Association game in “Bonnie Scotland” (says the Montreal Daily Witness).

Yes,” said he in the course of a conversation, “I played football for seven years. The dear old Glasgow Rangers was my team, and I also played for Liverpool previous to that. Edinburgh Hibernian also claimed me for some time. My most exciting match took place in 1898, when for Liverpool I played in the semi-final of the English Cup. We were defeated by a narrow margin.”

Have you ever got your International cap?
Yes; I played for Scotland against England in the League International at Bradford in 1901. We were conquered after a stiff fight. I am somewhat tired of football, though I have played for Westmount here and the M.A.A.A. Still, I may take it up again.”

At the same building works James Jackson, a foreman carpenter. He is a clever forward, and always does useful work. He is at present playing for the M.A.A.A.. and was a former star the old team Dunkeld, Scotland.

Working with shovel and pick at the foundation of the same building, a model of reticence and a Scotsman to the tip of his tongue, John Watt, formerly a player for the Cameron Highlanders, dreams the days when he faced army teams for the honour of his regiment. He still a footballer, popular and well favoured.

Working with Neil, Jackson, and Watt at the construction of the Church are:— Charles Niddrie, formerly of Dundee, now of M.A.A.A.; John Neirn, of Govan; and A. Isherwood, of the M.A.A.A.
(Dundee Courier: September 29, 1909)

Main Memorial Church
(Point St. Charles Congregational Church)
Congregational Church
First known as the Point St. Charles Congregational Church, it was a branch of the Cavalry Congregationalist Church. Congregants purchased Saint-Mathews Presbyterian church for their services. Sunday school was held in O’Brien Hall, a gift of the O’Brien family.
A new church was constructed at the corner of Hibernia and Wellington, from 1906 to 1913. The building was consecrated March 10, 1912. In 1925, it was renamed Main Memorial Church, in honor of Rev. Arthur W. Main, pastor from 1906 to 1913. The church was closed in 1962 and destroyed by fire a few years thereafter. (from: http://shpsc.org/en/readings)

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