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About Ronald Orr:
“A good worker who passes with neatness and precision, fairly fast, and an adept at placing into goal.”
(Evening Telegraph: November 8, 1911)

“Ronald Orr, the then inside left of Newcastle United, was a droll little fellow, and he had a pet expression which he used to signify almost every emotion, but particularly of surprise or disgust. His phrase was: ‘Well, I’ll go to sea!’ There are stronger variants of it, I know, but Ronald Orr as an inoffensive little fellow, and mild of manner. When the game was in full swing, and silence was only broken by cards being dropped on the table, ‘Wee Ronald,’ as we called him, suddenly exclaimed ‘Well, I’ll go to sea!’ To those of us who knew him it was easy to divine that his partner had done something stupid in his eyes, and there was a spontaneous laugh, intensified when Walter Hardinge (of Kent cricket fame) facetiously called out: ‘Has she trumped your ace, Ronald?’”
(Source: Athletic News: January 12, 1924, told by Jimmy Lawrence, Manager Newcastle United)

Born: August 6, 1876: Bartonholm, Irvine (Ayrshire), Scotland.
Passed away: March 21, 1924, in Kilwinning (Ayrshire), Scotland.
** Many sources has his birth as 1879 or 1880, but the 1911 Census states he is 34 years old, and from Irvine in Ayrshire.

Position: Inside left.

Height: 166 cm. (5ft. 5½in.);.
Weight: 78 kilos (12st. 3lb.).

Career:
Kilwinning Eglinton: 1896.
Glossop North End: 1897.
St Mirren: Signed: July 24, 1898.
* 1898-99: 17-9 (Scottish League 1); 3-1 (FA Cup);
* 1899-00: 18-6 (Scottish League 1); 2-0 (FA Cup);
* 1900-01: 20-12 (Scottish League 1); 7-4 (FA Cup);
** Transferred to Newcastle United together with Robert Binnie in what was described as the highest amount ever paid to a Scottish club, and equal to the gate taken from a Rangers v Celtic match of the time.
Newcastle United: Signed: May 18, 1901.
* 1901-02: 32-9 (Football League 1); 4-1 (FA Cup);
* 1902-03: 23-5 (Football League 1); 1-0 (FA Cup);
* 1903-04: 12-11 (Football League 1); 1-0 (FA Cup);
* 1904-05: 20-10 (Football League 1); 6-4 (FA Cup);
** Broke his collar bone on March 4, 1905 v. Bolton Wanderers.
* 1905-06: 35-17 (Football League 1); 7-4 (FA Cup);
* 1906-07: 19-4 (Football League 1); 1-0 (FA Cup);
* 1907-08: 19-5 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
Liverpool: Signed: April 2, 1908.
* 1907-08: 7-5 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1908-09: 33-20 ((Football League 1); 2-3 (FA Cup);
* 1909-10: 31-4 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1910-11: 30-5 (Football League 1); 2-0 (FA Cup);
* 1911-12: 7-1 (Football League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup).
Raith Rovers: Signed: January 17, 1912.
* 1911-12: 5-1 (Scottish League 1); 2-0 (FA Cup);
* 1912-13: 0-0 (Scottish League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
South Shields: Signed: March, 1913.
Raith Rovers. 1913.
* 1913-14: 0-0 (Scottish League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1914-15: 0-0 (Scottish League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1915-16: 0-0 (Scottish League); 0-0 (FA Cup);
** War time guest for Fulham.

Merits:
Scotland A 2-1: (v. England: May 3, 1902 ‘1g’; v. England April 9, 1904).
Scotland A Trials 2-1: (March 24, 1902 ‘1g’; March 19, 1906).
Football League First Division Winner: 1904-05 (Newcastle United), 1906-07 (Newcastle United).

Image(s):
Athletic News: February 10, 1902.

Athletic News: March 12, 1906.

Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme: December 27, 1910.
Ronald Orr 1910

Evening Telegraph: January 18, 1912.

Ronald Orr

1911 Census, signature and address (note team mate John Macdonald was a boarder at his house).
Signature Ronald Orr

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