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Robert Smyth McColl

Robert Smyth McColl (13 April 1876 - 25 November 1959) was a footballer and co-founder of the newsagent RS McColl.


During his career, RS McColl played for the following teams:

  • Queen's Park (1894 - 1901)

  • Newcastle United (1901 - 1904)

  • Rangers (1904 - 1907)

  • Queen's Park (1907 - 1912)

  • Scotland National Team (1896 - 1908)


In 1912, his penultimate game was against Port Glasgow Athletic where he scored 6 goals, which is still a record to present day.


Outside of his football career, RS McColl set up the newsagent RS McColl in 1901 with his brother Tom McColl where he acquired the nickname “Toffee Bob”. The company first appeared in Albert Drive, Pollokshields. In 1916, a factory was opened in North Woodside Road to supply all 30 branches. The company became a limited company in 1925 and in 1933 the brothers sold a controlling interest Cadbury Group, which saw the company continue to expand. The brothers remained paid employees until their retirement in 1946. 


RS McColl also served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Service Corps in WW1.


Grave details: Q-1211-2

Sources: Robert Smyth McCollRS McCollThe Glasgow Story - RS McColl

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