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WORTH A FEW BOB; OAP finds ex-Ger McPhail's Scotland cap in loft.


AN OAP has discovered a priceless piece of Scottish football history in his cupboard.

Stewart Core, 78, found a rare Scotland international cap belonging to Rangers legend Bob McPhail as he cleaned out his house.

The cap - which marks McPhail's appearances for Scotland against Northern Ireland and Wales in the 1931-32 season - is now expected to fetch up to PS6000 when it goes to auction.

Father-of-two Stewart, from Kilmarnock, said: "Bob McPhail became a family friend after my dad sold him a house.

"My dad worked for house builders John Lawrence Ltd and they became pally.

"My dad was a lifelong follower of Rangers. I visited Bob with my father and he became known to me as Uncle Bob.

"Bob played outside left for Rangers and played for Scotland 17 times.

"He was known as 'Greetin Bob' because he was always appealing to the ref.

"I understand that Uncle Bob had decided to give away hishis international caps and he keptinternational caps and he kept his junior ones.

"This cap was given to my father "This cap was given to my father as a gift by Bob McPhail himself.

"When my father died in 1966 "When my father died in 1966 my mother passed the cap on to me.

"I never thought about it and found it in a cupboard when I was clearing things out. I decided to put it up for sale so that it can go to a good home."

" McPhail was signed by Rangers" McPhail was signed by Rangers from Airdrie in 1927 for the then substantial fee of PS5000.

He went on to become one of the most prolific strikers ever to play for the club, scoring 261 goals in 408 appearances.

Only Ally McCoist has scored more league goals for the Ibrox club. McPhail won nine league titles with them.

He was also a great success with Scotland - notching up seven goals in his 17 appearances.

They included a double in a 3-1 win over England in April 1937 in front of a Hampden record crowd of 149,415 people.

Stewart added: "The last contact I had with Uncle Bob was in 1958 when I married and was setting up my first home and I bought kitchen equipment from his firm. He was a generous chap.

"I have no idea what I will spend the money on if the cap sells.

"I'll probably just put it towards doing my house up a wee bit."

The cap is due to go on sale at McTear's Auctioneers next month.


LEGEND ND McPhail was Ibrox great

ONME 'ED Stewart shows off the Gers' great's cap that he found in a cupboard
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Date:Jun 27, 2014
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