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Walter Arnott

Arnott, Walter was born in Glasgow, on 12 May 1861. He was educated at Glasgow high school, a rugby-playing school, but was converted to the association game after watching (from the roof of a carriage outside the ground) the first official international match between Scotland and England at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, on 30 November 1872. 

Arnott began playing with local sides such as Matilda FC and Pollokshields Athletic and in May 1882 joined what was then the most famous Scottish club, Queen's Park. He was one of the last players who, although good enough to play professionally, resisted all efforts to persuade them to do so.

One of the greatest full-backs Scotland has ever produced, Arnott was the first Scottish player to enjoy celebrity status. He made ten consecutive appearances (188493) for his country against England, and won five Scottish cup medals with his club, Queen's Park.

Arnott had the reputation of being a hard but fair tackler, but he was also the first full-back to pass the ball judiciously out of defence instead of clearing immediately at all costs. Remaining steadfastly amateur, and being an elected member of the English public school club, Corinthians, he could please himself as to when and where he played. At various times he turned out for Notts County in England, Ballina and Linfield in Ireland, and Third Lanark, St Bernard, and Celtic in Scotland. 

Later he became a representative for a confectionery firm but still wrote on the game. Arnott died on 18 May 1931.