Paddy Travers

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Patrick Travers
Personal information
Full name Patrick Travers
Date of birth 28 May 1883
Place of birth Beith
Date of death 5 February 1962(1962-02-05) (aged 78)
Place of death Dublin
Youth career
Renfrew Victoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1901–1904 Barsley
1908–1910 Clyde
1910–1911 Aberdeen
1911–1912 Celtic
1912–1914 Aberdeen
1914–1917 Dumbarton[1] 92 (10)
1917–1919 Clydebank
1920–1921 Dumbarton 16 (0)
Teams managed
1920–1922 Dumbarton
1923–1938 Aberdeen
1938–1955 Clyde
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Patrick "Paddy" Travers (28 May 1883 - 1962) was a football player and manager in the first half of the 20th century. He played for many clubs in his native Scotland and for Barnsley in England, before becoming involved in coaching, and later, managing.

Playing and coaching career

Travers was born in Renfrew, and first played for his hometown team, Renfrew Victoria around the turn of the century. In 1901, he played 13 games for Barnsley, before returning to Scotland to play for Thornliebank. He then had a further spell at Barnsley, returned to play for Thornliebank, followed by games for New Brompton and Renton before moving to Clyde.

In 1910 he was signed by Jimmy Philip to play for Aberdeen, but only played one season for them before returning to Glasgow, where he had business interests, to play for Celtic. He returned to Aberdeen after one season, and this time stayed until the end of the 1913-14 season, when he moved to Dumbarton. He spent the remainder of his playing career in the Dumbarton area, also playing for Vale of Leven and Dumbarton Harp.

On retirement as a player, he coached in Norway and was trainer of the Dumbarton side before being engaged to coach Aberdeen in 1921. He remained in that position until the retirement of Philip in 1924.


Travers replaced Philip as Aberdeen manager in the summer of 1924. One of his first acts as manager was the signing of Alec Jackson, together with his brother George. Jackson went on to be one of the most renowned players of his generation. In spite of this, however, Travers' first season in charge ended with relegation only avoided on goal difference. In the following seasons, many players came and went - Travers worked hard in the transfer market of the time, and his dealings are credited with improving the club's previously precarious financial situation.

In 1931, Travers mysteriously dropped three of the club's regular players before a match against Falkirk. In all, five players never played for the club again, and it was reported in the 1970s that this was the result of an alleged plot to win fixed-odds bets on half-time and full-time scores. No police action was ever taken, and many of those involved protested their innocence for the remainder of their lives.

In 1937, Travers took his team to the Scottish Cup Final, the first time Aberdeen had ever appeared in the final. They were defeated 2-1 by Celtic in front of a record official attendance of 146,433, although many more may have gained illegal entry. That summer, the club were on a tour of South Africa when outside-right Jackie Benyon died suddenly of peritonitis. Travers remained in charge for two more seasons, but feeling that he no longer had the full support of his directors, accepted an offer to manage Clyde in 1938.

The success which had eluded him at Pittodrie soon materialised at Shawfield, however, and the Scottish Cup was won by Travers' Clyde team in 1938-39. He was still manager of Clyde in 1954-55, when the Bully Wee beat Celtic in a replay to win their second Cup. He was also a runner up as manager with Clyde in the Scottish Cup in 1948-49 when Clyde lost 4-1 to Rangers in the final.

Also notably in season 1951-52, Travers led Clyde to four trophies in a single season; the Scottish Division B league title, the B Division Supplementary Cup, the Glasgow Cup and the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup.[2]

His four Scottish Cup Finals earned him a reputation as a "Cup specialist" when named as one of Scotland's 50 greatest managers by the Sunday Herald newspaper.[3][4]



  • Dunbartonshire FA Cup (2): 1920-21, 1921-22[5]
  • Dunbartonshire Charity Cup (1): 1921-22[6]
  • Aberdeenshire Cup (10) : 1924-25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34[7]
  • Aberdeenshire League (4): 1925–26, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29[8]


As of 6 December 2013
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Dumbarton Scotland 1921 1922
Aberdeen Scotland 1924 1938 474 214 106 154
Clyde Scotland 1938 1956
  • no statistics currently available for Dumbarton or Clyde.


  • Webster, Jack (2003). The First 100 years of The Dons: The official history of Aberdeen Football Club 1903 - 2003. Hodder & Stoughton, London. ISBN 0-340-82344-5.
  • Since 1881: the searchable Premiership and Football League player database


  1. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
  2. ^ "Clyde FC Hall of Fame: Harry Haddock". Clyde FC. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Scotland's 50 Greatest Managers". Sunday Herald. 8 June 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Scotland's 50 Greatest Managers". Highbeam. 8 June 2003. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Dunbartonshire Cup (1884-1940)". SFHA. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Dunbartonshire Charity Cup competitions (1915-27)". SFHA. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Aberdeenshire Cup (1887-)". SFHA. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Aberdeenshire League (1919-)". SFHA. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  9. ^ "B Division Supplementary Cup (1945–1952)". SFHA. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Glasgow Cup (1887-1989)". SFHA. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup (1876-1966)". SFHA. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Paisley Charity Cup". SFHA. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
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