Bob Pryde

Bob Pryde : Blackburn Rovers

Robert (Bob) Pryde was born in Methil on 25th April 1913. He played centre-half for St Johnstone in the Scottish League before joining Blackburn Rovers in 1933.

Pryde made his debut against Chelsea on 21st October 1933. Blackburn won 4-2. According to Mike Jackman (The Essential History of Blackburn Rovers): "Initially, he struggled to find consistency, but once his game matured he became one of the leading figures of the (side)."

Unfortunately Blackburn Rovers was relegated in the 1935-36 season. After two seasons in the Second Division, Bob Crompton agreed to takeover again as manager. In his first season Blackburn won the Second Division championship.

In 1939 Churchman featured Bob Pryde in a set of cigarette cards. It included the following comment: "Pryde is well fitted for the part of centre-half, standing over 6ft. and weighing 13st. 7lb., and is largely a defensive player in the modern stopping style."

Pryde also appeared in the W.D. & H.O. Wills series entitled Association Footballers. It pointed out that Pryde "is a strong defensive player, but he does not miss an opportunity to help in the attack." In fact, despite playing at centre-half he scored 22 goals during his time with Blackburn Rovers.

Pryde made 180 war-time appearances for Blackburn Rovers but still found time to guest for other clubs. Pryde returned to league football in 1945. Unfortunately the club struggled in the First Division of the Football League and was relegated in the 1947-48 season. After one season in the Second Division he announced his retirement. He had played in 323 league games for the club.

Bob Pryde died in 1998.