Tom McKillop (footballer)

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Tom McKillop
Personal information
Full name Thomas Boyd McKillop
Date of birth 27 October 1917
Place of birth Dreghorn, Scotland
Date of death February 1984(1984-02-00) (aged 66)
Place of death Bromley, England
Position(s) Right half
Senior career*
1935–1946 Rangers 73 (1)
1946–1947 Asturias
1947–1954 Rhyl
International career
1938 Scotland 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Boyd McKillop (27 October 1917 – February 1984) was a Scottish footballer who played for Rangers, winning the Scottish Football League title on two occasions with the Govan club (1936–37 and 1938–39). [1] [2] [3] His football career was then interrupted by the Second World War, during which he served in the British Army. [4] At the end of the war, he accepted an invitation from William Reaside to play in Mexico, alongside Jackie Milne and Jimmy Hickie. [5] He then moved to Wales to play for Rhyl, [6] [7] and later managed the club. [5] [8] His daughter Liz was raised in Wales, but was later a prominent civil servant in Scotland during the 1990s. [9]

McKillop represented Scotland once, in a 3–1 victory against Netherlands in May 1938. [1]

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