I recently obtained this fascinating rule book from 1898, which sets out the aims of the ill-fated first attempt in Scottish football to form a trade union. It was run in line with the organisation of the same name in England, the Association Football Players' Union, which was itself established by two Scotland internationals, John Cameron and Jack Bell. With the slogan 'Defence not Defiance' the booklet lists a committee of management which comprised some major names in Scottish football at that time: secretary James Miller was a Rangers forward in their league-winning side, and the other four were all internationalists: Dan Doyle of Celtic, William Baird of St Bernard's, James Gillespie of Third Lanark and James Raeside of Clyde. Details of what happened to the Union are scant, and require further research, but this marked a landmark in players' rights.
All blog posts, unless stated, are written by Andy Mitchell, who is researching Scottish sport on a regular basis.