Alex Bennett

Alex Bennett joined Celtic from Rutherglen Glencairn in 1903.

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Posted by anonymous
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:17:58
David F.M. Carmichael Eldest Grandson of Alec Bennett September 2010 He wrote the history on www.spanglefish.com/alecbennett
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:16:11
On 20th April 1903 Hearts played Celtic at Tynecastle in an Inter-City League game. In the Hearts team was a young centre forward named as 'Johnston' who not only scored one of the three Heart's goals but made a considerable impression with his speed and style. 'Johnston' was in fact Alec Bennett. In the train back to Glasgow he was persuaded by his friend Jimmy McMenemy, who had signed for Celtic the year before from Rutherglen Glencairn, to sign for Celtic rather than Hearts. He duly signed for Celtic the following day, with a provisio that allowed for his release at any time for £50, a decision which was to play an important part in Alec Bennett’s subsequent career. Alec Bennett, (who averaged one goal for every three games with Celtic) when playing as a winger could centre the ball with accuracy after touchline trickery, but could equally play as a forward with a powerful shot. Unfortunately most of Celtic's records were lost in a fire in the 1920's. In consequence the information given on this site as to Alec's playing career with Celtic and his scoring record has had to be assembled from newspaper reports (and a variety of other sources.) These do not always list the players in the teams or who scored goals so these records are inevitably incomplete at this stage. Hopefully further research will help fill in the gaps. see www.spanglefish.com
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:14:29
Alec Bennett won 21 Scotland International Caps 11 Full International Caps 10 Football League Caps (Players only selected from League sides - (NOTE: The FOOTBALL LEAGUE is the English Football League) The ‘Southern League’ was an autonomous league formed circa 1894 containing clubs based in the south of England such as West Ham United, QPR, Crystal Palace, Brighton, Millwall etc. The Southern League merged with the Football League in the early 1920’s Alec's 1912 Southern League medal sold at auction for over £5000 in October 2005 PHOTOGRAPH CELTIC Full Caps WALES 1904 N. IRELAND 1907 WALES 1908 Football League Caps FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1905 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1908 RANGERS Full Caps WALES 1909 IRELAND 1909 ENGLAND 1909 WALES 1910 ENGLAND 1910 WALES 1911 ENGLAND 1911 N. IRELAND 1913 Football League Caps FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1909 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1910 SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1910 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1911 SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1911 IRISH LEAGUE 1911 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1912 SOUTHERN LEAGUE 1912 www.spanglefish.com
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:11:03
THE REPLAY THE JUNIOR SCOTTISH CUP GOES TO RUTHERGLEN A RECORD GATE THE GLENS GREAT VICTORY Rutherglen Glencairn 1 Maryhill 0. Such was the result of the sixteenth final for the Scottish Junior Cup, decided at Meadowside, Partick, on Saturday. The interest in the match was as great as one the previous occasion, and., in the way of gate takings, another record was established. Glencairn won the toss, and elected to play with a strong breeze behind them. Against the wind the Maryhill made a brave show, and repeatedly pressed the Glencairn but there was a weakness in the attack, and every attempt to score was frustrated by Sinclair and his backs. The play was fast, and the ball kept moving from end to end with great rapidity. Seven minutes from the interval Glencairn were rewarded with a goal taken in an unexpected manner. McEwen got away, and from the wing sent in a high shot, Robertson only partially stopping the ball, and allowing it to slip between his uplifted hands and over his bead. The leather dropped on the goal-line just where McMenemy was standing, and that player had little difficulty in kicking the bad into the net. Just after Leitch got the ball again past Robertson with a perfect shot, but the point was disallowed. The closing minutes of the first half saw the Glencairn pressing but the interval arrived without addition being made to the score. At the restart Maryhill were forced to act on the defensive, but the attack- was staved off, and. for a time Maryhill monopolised the play. Little can be said of the play in the second half further than that Maryhill were the masters, Glencairn, except for an occasional brief spell, being kept defending. The Maryhill forwards failed at the goal, and the whistle sounded, Glencairn had won the cup by one goal to nil. Sinclair in goal was much admired on account of his clever saving. All manner of shots were turned aside in a way which left nothing to be desired. McLean and Kinnon performed, to the entire satisfaction of all. Brannan, Russell, and Williamson formed a strong line In the defence, Brannan especially being very effective in dealing with the opposing forwards. Russell was slow in movement, but his play did not suffer. Williamson in the first half could make nothing of the Maryhill right wing pair, but when the pinch came in the second: half, the. international half was quite himself and upheld in no uncertain fashion his great reputation. Forward, as has always been the case, Glencairn were very powerful. Individually and. collectively, this division was a perfect one. On the Maryhill side, Robertson has been seen to great advantage. Coleman and Walker individually and as a pair are unequalled in the junior world; the smart Glencairn forwards could make nothing of these players, and to them alone Maryhill are due a debt of gratitude - indeed, too much praise cannot be bestowed on them. Haggerty was the best half. Stevenson failed to hold McEwan and Underwood, while Euston was not himself by a long way. Forward, Maryhill were unequal. Lily and Queen were all right, Swift was not nearly as effective as he was two weeks ago. Long played fairly well, but towards the close he was apparently disgrunted at the want of success that attended his team's efforts. Glencairn are to be congratulated on winning the cup for the first time, while Maryhill, although defeated, are far from being disgraced.
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:09:20
In the second half play was opened out and the teas risking more, the excitement rose. As it was, the change in play was a relief from the monotony. As the game wore on the Rutherglen team opened out more and more and considering they were playing against a considerable breeze, the fact that they kept their goal intact throughout the entire Maryhill pressure, augured well for their chances in the second half. The Glencairn still made good headway, and getting round Robertson, they looked likely, but their success was only for a little. The Maryhill backs, Coleman and Walker, and particularly Coleman, met all with a steadiness and ease which baffled every attempt of the Rutherglen combination. Getting away Swift got possession of the ball, and careering down the whole field single-handed, he let drive from 12 yards from goal, and amidst the greatest cheering and excitement, scored the first goal of the day. The Glencairn roused at this reverse , went off at great pace, but again were met by Coleman and Walker, who were invincible. Encouraged, however, by their success, the Maryhill renewed their efforts, and beating down all opposition, they rushed the Glencairn goal, but without success. The play raged from end to end of the field and the excitement rising to a great pitch, the entire enclosure presented an animated appearance. The strain was to great to last, however, and for a time the tension slackened . Glencairn were first to take any decisive action after this, and getting close to Robertson they had a narrow shave. Three times they tried the Maryhill goal , ad each time it was only saved by the slightest chance. The Glencairn had, however, picked themselves up, and started to make their presence felt, and against such a combination as the Maryhill defence it needed an exceptional effort. The Rutherglen team were ultimately forced back, and the Maryhill, coming on beat down all opposition, giving Williamson the slip’ let drive, but Sinclair was ready and with a splendid save cleared. Once in , however, the Maryhill were difficult to shake off, and once more Sinclair was plied with shots, but he rose to the occasion superbly. The Glencairn did not lie down to this, however, and getting away they made a great stand, but they seemed a spent force. A second goal fell to Maryhill, Sillars executed a fine run down, and crossing the ball to Swift, that player goaled it from four yards out. Three minutes later the Glencairn scored their first goal, Bennett putting it through. The Maryhill replied to this vigorously, but could make no impression, while Glencairn maintained a threatening attitude, and 15 minutes before the end there was the chance of the game even yet of ending in a draw. With a spurt it came. Bennett went off at great pace, and, with a drive about twenty yards out, equalised the score. The play after this was keen and exciting, both teams strove for the leading goal, but neither succeeded in obtaining it and the game ended A DRAW - 2 goals each The Glens deserve credit for their manly courage against a team which in physique looked invincible. THE
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:08:21
Extract from ‘Centenary Year - Rutherglen Glencairn by Ian Wright Scottish Junior Cup 1901 -1902 Newspaper Reports SCOTTISH JUNIOR FINAL - 1902 GLENCAIRN v MARYHILL Meadowside Park was packed on Saturday when the two teams met in the final of the Scottish Junior Cup Competition The Teams were:- Glencairn: Sinclair; McLean and Kinnon; Brannon, Russell and Williamson; McMenemy and Leitch; Bennett; Underwood and McEwen Maryhill: Robertson; Coleman and Walker; Stevenson, Haggerty and Euston; Lily and Queen; Swift; Lang and Sillars Referee; Mr. R. T. Murray (Stenhousemuir) Glencairn kicked off and forged ahead, they slipped the opposing halves nicely , but Coleman, getting into the fray, turned them right off. Neither team seemed inclined to risk much, and as a result the play continued in midfield during the opening minutes, each still checkmating the other. On the right however, Maryhill got away, and a corner fell to them, but the ball went past, and the goal kick brought the players to midfield. Maryhill, however, were the aggressive lot at this period. Their play was deliberate, but they were well met and continually their efforts were thwarted. The Glencairn made strong efforts to get away, and repeatedly they got off, but Coleman and Walker were too steady for them to be dangerous. The Maryhill hemmed in their opponents thoroughly, but so safe was the defence that they could not find an entrance to the goal. After a spell of defending, the Glencairn, with several masterly passages, got down to Robertson’s goal, where they put in some great play but without any result. Half time:- No Score
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:07:06
On the 3rd August 1901 Alec Bennett signed for Rutherglen Glencairn, a 'professional' junior team. In his two season involvement with Rutherglen Glencairn he played 39 times scoring 33 goals. Playing at Centre Forward he was top scorer in both 1901 –1902 (20) and 1902-1903(13) Alec Bennett distinguished himself by playing four times and scoring three goals in junior internationals. He became one of the stars of his time, being noted for his rare turn of speed. Acknowledgement www.spanglefish.cpm/alecbenett
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:02:56
To read more about his life/career. see www.spanglefish.com/alecbenett
Posted by Ruglonian
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:01:42
At the age of five he went to Stonelaw School in Rutherglen and left school aged fourteen to take up employment in his father's drapery business. Despite his incredibly successful footballing career, he always seemed to have considered football a 'part time' occupation, his main employment always being stated as in the 'drapery business' . Even at the pinnacle of his career with Rangers in 1910 his marriage certificate gives his employment as 'Drapery Warehouseman'. His football career started at school before continuing with Woodburn F.C. (a long since defunct amateur club). NOTE: Most current sources give Alec's birthdate as the 20th October 1881 and his place of birth as Glasgow. Both are incorrect. Whereas Rutherglen is now part of Glasgow, in 1881 it was a distinct Royal Burgh in its own right. To view his birth certificate and settle the matter once and for all
Posted by Old John
Sunday 02nd of October 2011 19:00:21
Alec Bennett was born on 20th September 1881 at 10.00 am at 2 Lizzieville Place, Rutherglen , the eldest child of Robert Benett (Master Draper) and Catherine Bryce

Alex Bennett

Alex Bennett

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