Robert McInnes McKay was born in Govan on the 2nd September 1900, McKay played Inside forward, he started his career with Scottish Junior side Parkhead White Rose.
He helped Parkhead lift the Scottish Juvenile cup, Glasgow Junior cup and Glasgow North Eastern cup. He also played for Vale of Clyde in 1918, back to Parkhead Juniors 1919 and Neilston Victoria in 1920.
In 1921 he joined Morton in the Scottish Professional League. He won the Scottish cup in 1922 as they shocked Glasgow Rangers 1-0 in front of 75,000 at Hampden. To This day its Morton’s only major Trophy.
McKay then moved on to Rangers in 1925 scoring on his debut in a win against St.Mirren he went on to score 8 goals in 29 appearances before moving south to join first division Newcastle United for £2,750 in November 1926.
Bobby made his Newcastle debut against West Bromwich Albion scoring a debut hat trick in a 5-2 win. He went onto score 11 goals in 28 appearances. Newcastle won the League Championship for the first time since 1909. He scored another Hat trick against Derby in the 1927 season and was awarded his only Cap for Scotland, playing against Wales in a 2-1 victory In October 1927. He went on to score 12 goals in 33 appearances in the 1927/28 season and was then transferred.
Bobby was transferred to Newcastle’s bitter rivals Sunderland in October 1928 scoring twice on his debut against Manchester city, he netted 15 goals in his 1st season at Roker Park. Sunderland finished 4th in the League. He finished off with 17 goals in 51 appearances. In December 1930 due to limited opportunities he was sold to second division Charlton Athletic. He spent two seasons at The Valley which saw 8 goals in 52 outings.
In November 1932 he signed for Bristol Rovers scoring 15 goals in the 1933/34 season. He finished at Rovers with 20 goals in 106 games. He finally joined Newport County in June 1935 scoring 3 times in 18 appearance before he retired from playing.
McKay moved into Management with Dundee United in July 1939. They managed only 4 League matches before the Second World War caused the competition to be suspended in September 1939. McKay’s contract was terminated and he left within 3 months of joining the club.
After the war he joined Ballymena United in the Irish League, he managed them from 1947 to 1949 and guided them to the County Antrim Shield win in 1948.
Robert McInnes McKay died on the 24th May 1977. (aged 76)
Robert McInnes McKay was Initiated into Lodge Shettleston Saint John No.128
Initiated May25th 1926, Passed June 2nd 1926, Raised June 16th 1926
& Mark Ceremonial September 12th 1926