One of the most satisfying aspects of research into the early footballers is discovering their families, and I was particularly lucky to make contact with direct descendants of William Ker (above), who played for Scotland in the 1872 international then emigrated the following year. My breakthrough was in finding that William and his younger brother George both went to the Yakima Valley in Washington State, where there is now a local history website [link] with pictures of them both. From there I managed to trace their family trees down to the present generation and gain access to a number of excellent photos, some of which are in my book. They even had a letter to William from Queen's Park FC in 1874!
All blog posts, unless stated, are written by Andy Mitchell, who is researching Scottish sport on a regular basis.