Seeking information on 30s Broch star William Andrew Cheyne

A ST COMBS man is appealing for help in researching the life of another man from his village who went on to have a successful footballing career.

Thursday, 4th February 2010, 7:50 am

Alan Buchan, of Mid Street, is hoping to learn more about William Andrew Cheyne, who played for his home village of St Combs, before turning out for Fraserburgh.

In 1933, William Cheyne made a huge step when he signed for Glasgow Rangers on May 6 of that year.

Playing as a left back, records at the Scottish Football Museum show, that William Cheyne played 77 first class games for the Ibrox side during a six year spell with the club.

During that period, he scored one goal , his solitary strike coming in a 1-1 draw in an away league match against Queen's Park at Hampden on October 17, 1936.

Mr Buchan told the Herald: "I think it is a big thing for someone to come from a small village like St Combs, to then play for Fraserburgh and then be signed by Rangers.

"I understand that William Cheyne also went on to play for Dumbarton or Motherwell during the war.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who may have information about this man from St Combs, who had such an illustrious footballing career," he said.

Mr Buchan has also learned that William Cheyne made one appearance for the Scottish League in a 3-2 win against the Irish League in Belfast in 1937.

Mr Buchan feels that the achievements of William Cheyne should be recognized. His hope is to gather further information and then find a way to mark William Cheyne's career with a plaque in his home village of St Combs: "This is still at the very early stages, but I would like to get more information on his footballing career and go from there," he added.

Anyone who may have any information regarding William Cheyne is asked to contact Mr Buchan on 01346 582126.