Tuesday, November 24 – 1936
As it is customary for the ground trainer to be appointed in home internationals, I do not anticipate there will be any change in the routine on the occasion of next week’s game between Scotland and Wales at Dens Park.
To James Stewart, Dundee’s trainer, therefore, falls the honour on this occasion, and I expect to hear of his appointment by the SFA to-morrow. James, although new to Dundee, being only appointed at the beginning of this season, is not new to the game by any means, his connection with senior football as player and trainer going back more than a quarter of a century.
Nor is the job of looking after an international team new to him. When with Hearts he had charge of the Scottish Amateur team that played against Wales in Edinburgh in 1932, and a season later, when with Blackpool he had England’s team under his care when they played Ireland.
As a player James Stewart started his career with Dumbarton. He was an inside right. From Dumbarton he went to Motherwell, where he was for three seasons, and among his more notable colleagues were Willie Reid, Andy Donaldson, and Geordie Robertson. He left Motherwell for Liverpool and was three seasons at Anfield. Back home to Lanarkshire he signed for Hamilton Academicals and was in the team for three seasons.
In 1922 he was appointed trainer at Douglas Park and there he remained for nine or ten seasons, before accepting a situation with Hearts. He was only a year at Tynecastle when he went to Blackpool and there had another three year spell. Then came the appointment at Dundee. Of a modest, quiet nature, Trainer Stewart is very popular with the players.
(Evening Telegraph, 24-11-1936, by “Rambler”)