Sad farewell to battler Bobby

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POLLOK legend Bobby Collins passed away last week, at the age of 81, after a long illness.

Although Bobby will be most remembered for his time with Celtic, Everton and Leeds United, Pollok fans will never forget his spell at the club.

The Scotland international played at Newlandsfield Park, contributing goals and guile during two successful seasons.

Bobby signed from Polmadie Hawthorn in the summer of 1947. After scoring a hat-trick on his debut, he added 25 more goals in a central league — second series — division one-winning season.

In play-offs to decide the overall central league champions, Bobby added another hat-trick in the semi-finals but his goal in the final was not enough to defeat winners Kilsyth.

Although Bobby was signed by Celtic that summer, he played for Lok for one further season in which his side again progressed to the playoffs but couldn’t triumph. Bobby’s time at Lok did have a happy ending however, with a central league cup final win at Shawfield Park on May 28 1949.

A Pollok spokesman said: “All involved with Pollok were sad to hear of his passing, and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Collins was brought up in the Polmadie area and despite his small stature, he was spotted at an early age, while playing for the Boys Brigade.

A crowd favourite everywhere he played, he appeared more than 300 times for Celtic before joining Everton, who paid a club record fee of £23,500.

Don Revie, who signed Bobby for Leeds for £25,000, described the move as “the best buy of my life”.

The midfield dynamo was named English footballer of the year and earned 31 caps for Scotland. He later played for Bury and Greenock Morton. He later moved to Australia as player/coach for Ringwood City.

His coaching career also spanned Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic , Shamrock Rovers. Hull City, Blackpoool, Barnsley and Leeds United’s youth team.

Bobby was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2002. He is survived by his devoted wife, Betty, and their son Michael.