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Famous Scots - Robert Smyth Mccoll

Robert Smyth McColl (13 April 1876–1959) was a Scottish Footballer who played as a centre forward. He started his career at Queens Park F.C. in 1894. He later played for Newcastle United F.C.

He remained in Newcastle for 3 years, and returned to play for Glasgow Rangers F.C. in 1905.

He returned to Queen's Park in 1907, although the 'return' of his amateur status had to be decided by the board of the club beforehand. McColl finished his football career in 1912, scoring 6 goals in his final game against Port Glasgow Athletic, a Scottish scoring record which stands to the present day.

He played 13 games and scored 13 goals for the Scotland National Football team.

McColl is now better known for lending his name to the newsagent chain RS McCOLL, which he set up in 1901 with his brother Tom. Due to this he became known as 'Toffee Bob'. 

It has been a prominent Scottish confectioner and newsagent and has been owned by Cadburys and the Southland Corporation of America (7 Eleven).

In 1998 RS McColl became part of TM Retail when Forbuoys (a subsidiary of TM Retail) acquired Martin Retail Group, creating Great Britain's largest chain of newsagents. In addition to RS McColl, TM Retail's other trading names include; Forbuoys, Martin's, Dillons (purchased from One Stop Stores Ltd following the takeover by Tesco of parent company T&S Stores), McColls and More.

In 2006 TM Retail was renamed Martin McColl Limited after a management


Headstone Photograph

Further Information


LastName: McCOLL

Date of Death: 25th Nov 1958

Age at Death: 82

Cemetery: Cathcart Cemetery

  160 Brenfield Road

Town: Cathcart

Region: Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Country: Scotland


Please Note, the marker on this map indicates the Cemetery location, not the location of a particular grave. is a privately owned website with no affiliation to any Local Councils.