Alloa’s new club sign on Willie Millar


July 30, 1919
The Alloa Club has been successfully floated as a limited liability company, and will henceforth be known as Alloa Football and Athletic Club, Ltd., with a capital of £3,000.

The twelve local men who compose the Directorate have been busy during the past three months getting the Recreation Ground in order and signing on players.

The ground is now in excellent order, and the gran stand and other accommodation for spectators have been so extended and improved that any First League crowd can now be accommodated without undue congestion.

A good team has been signed in, and includes Robert Bruce, junior international goalkeeper. He was capped by Scotland against Ireland and by the Glasgow League against England in 1916. Bruce is 5 feet 19 inches in height, and has a good reach. He was on Partick Thistle’s list.

Thomas Pitcairn, well-known to an Alloa crowd, who kept himself fit during the war by laying for his battery, in the R.G.A., France.

James Hazeldean, Heart of Midlothan. Hazeldean is an Alloa lad, but playing most of his junior football in Portobello. He figues equally well at half-back or forward.

William Millar, late of Rangers and Liverpool, an inside forward of outstanding ability. He hails from Camelon, and was brought out by East Stirlingshire.

William Tracey, one of the former players, and latterly with Dunfermline until he joined up. At home in any position either in the forward or back line.

Charles Campbell, outside left (Cowdenbeath and Hibernian), an excellent forward.

Ralph Gillespie and F. Lamond, two local players. James Young, a Lochgelly lad, who was on the Rangers’ list. Outside forward, who can play with equal facility on either wing.

Alexander McCraig, late Falkirk, who was a regular member of that club’s First League team. His best position is centre-forward.

Bobby Orrock, well-known in the football world, has also been signed on, and the club are also likely to secure the services of Jimmy Blair, of Sheffield Wednesday. The last-mentioned player should prove a great capture.

The club have joined the Central League, and great things are expected at Alloa during the coming season.
(Dundee Courier: July 30, 1919)

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