Major Robbie MAIN CHRISTIE
Unit 10th Coy. Labour Corps
Buried at ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN
Robert Main Christie (15 November 1865 – 15 May 1918), sometimes known as Bob Christie, was a Scottish amateur football outside forward, most notably for Queen’s Park. He later became president of the SFA and represented Scotland at curling.
An outside forward and left half, Christie began his career with Dunblane and Edinburgh University and won the 1882–83 East of Scotland Shield with the latter club. He joined Queen’s Park in September 1883 and in a short, but eventful career with the Spiders, he scored in the 1884 FA Cup Final (becoming the only Scot to score for a Scottish club in an FA Cup Final and until Norman Whiteside 100 years later, the youngest goalscorer in an FA Cup Final) and won the 1885–86 Scottish Cup and two Glasgow Merchants Charity Cups. A serious knee injury forced Christie into an early retirement at age 21 and after a one-off comeback appearance in October 1888, he finished his Queen’s Park career with 28 appearances and 15 goals. He made a short comeback with Dunblane and ended his career by helping the club to win the 1889–89 Perthshire Cup.
Christie won one cap for Scotland, in a 1–0 defeat to England on 15 March 1884.
At the age of 21, Christie was elected to represent Perthshire at the SFA and after his retirement from football, Christie remained with Dunblane as the club’s secretary. He became president of the SFA in 1903. Christie also administered Dunblane’s first golf club.
Christie was married with five children. His younger brother Alex would also become an international footballer and until 2014, his great grandson Ranald Gilbert was general manager of Ross County. Christie attended Edinburgh University and after his retirement from football, he became a civil engineer and architect in Dunblane. Christie served as a captain in the Black Watch during the Second Boer War and enlisted in the Highland Light Infantry after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. He was later attached to the Royal Scots Fusiliers and saw action on the Western Front and in Salonika. Christie was seconded to the Labour Corps and was holding the rank of major when his company was shelled with mustard gas while cable-laying near Foncquevillers, France on 11 May 1918. He lived on for four days before dying in a Red Cross hospital in Rouen. Christie was buried in Rouen’s St. Sever Cemetery.
Scottish Cup (1): 1885–86
Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup (2): 1883–84, 1884–85
East of Scotland Shield (1): 1882–83
Perthshire Cup (1): 1888–89
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