Alexander (Sandy) McNab was born in Glasgow on the 27th December 1911, Starting his football career as a left half for Pollok Juniors playing from 1930- 1932 before moving to Wearside.
He then moved to Sunderland and had 6 successful seasons at Roker Park.
In his time there, he played a major part in two of Sunderland’s most celebrated victories, clinching the First Division Championship in 1936, and the following year, winning the 1937 FA Cup with a 3-1 win against Preston North End. (Sandy coming head to head with a young Bill Shankly at Right-half for Preston in that game). He would make 97 appearances, scoring 6 goals. While at Sunderland Sandy married Miss Mary Ann Greenwell on Monday 14th December 1936.
On March 1st 1938 Sandy Moved to West Bromwich Albion or a fee of £7000 (the record British Transfer fee around this time was approx. £11,000). However the outbreak of war put a halt to his career. From 1939 until 1946 he went off to play for various clubs on loan including Nottingham Forest, Northampton Town and Walsall.
He eventually signed for Newport County in 1946 and finished his playing career at Dudley Town in 1948. He also had a brief managerial career and took charge of Northwich Victoria from 1948 until 1949.
Sandy gained 2 full International Caps. The first was in a friendly against Austria in Vienna on the 9th May 1937 ending in a 1-1 draw. (att, 63,000)
His second, was against England at Hampden Park on the 15th April 1939 as part of the British Championships. (playing alongside Bill Shankly this time)
Scotland took the lead in the 21st minute, but two second half goals by England (including a last minute winner) meant that Sandy’s international career ended with a defeat. The attendance this day was 149,269
Extract from the Lodge Minute Book.
1934 June 6th
An application was read out during the regular meeting on this date for Mr Alexander McNab. Alexander’s occupation was given as ‘Professional Footballer’.
Alexander “Sandy” McNab, Master Mason, The Bridgeton Glasgow and Shamrock & Thistle Lodge No.275
Initiated – 4th July 1934
Passed– 19th December 1934
Raised – 3rd July 1935
Thanks to Brother Alan Frame, Past Master 275