Alexander McClintock was born on June 21st 1919 in Glasgow, a keen athlete in his youth. Alex at 20 years of age and just before the outbreak of war joined the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic, He was posted to North Africa where he serviced the Lancaster Bombers.
In his spare time in North Africa Alex refereed the football matches between the Army, Navy and the RAF teams. This would be good preparation for his time after the war refereeing the old firm matches between Rangers and Celtic.
When Alex left the RAF after the war, he settled in Bishopbriggs with his wife Joyce and their four children. It was at this time that he started a local boys football team called Bishopbrigss Amateurs. His captain for a time would be the one and only Walter Smith.
Pictured below Walter Smith also in suits Alex Willoughby (354) and Jim Forrest (570).
Alex would sacrifice a great deal of his time in the local community when he started the Scotia Sports Club. It would be here that he would support Michael Jamieson, a competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
Alex refereed in many an International match but it was when he received a letter from Sir Stanley Rous, President of Fifa thanking him for the way he refereed an amateur international between England and Wales to the satisfaction of both managers. This was a rare compliment for any referee.
Retiring from refereeing Alex would become a talent scout for Dundee United, Blackburn Rovers, Hearts and Saint Johnstone, it was while scouting in East Kilbride he came across a young Alistair McCoist, he would recommend him to Saint Johnstone and the rest is history.
Alexander was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in the year 2000 for services to Youth Sport, particularly Association Football, in Glasgow.
After the death of his wife Joyce in 1985 Alex lived independently until 2010 when he moved into Lillyburn care home. It looked like he would have to move after all his savings were diminished but the R.A,F benevolent fund stepped in and paid for his care up until his death.
Alex died peacefully at Lillyburn care home on the 6th February 2016 after watching Rangers play Kilmarnock in the Scottish cup.
Alexander McClintock Past Master, Lodge Glasgow at Glasgow No.441
Initiated 23rd January 1948
Passed 22nd October 1948
Raised 18th February 1949
Mark Ceremonial 3rd June 1949