Partick Thistle Reserves Season 1911-12
PTFC Kit 1911-12
1911-12 (Reserves)
The 37th season of Partick Thistle F.C.
scorers in CAPS
1. Sat-26-Aug-1911 [h] W2-1 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League)
FH 30/8/1911. Hamilton, Fletcher, Dunsmore, Manuel, McDonald, Thomson, Walker, JOHNSTONE (2), Steel, Curtis, Coham.
Both teams made and wasted chances before good play down the left set up Johnstone for 1-0. Good defending kept it at 1-0 at half-time. Coham went close several times before Falkirk drew level but Johnstone scored his second near the end.
2. Sat-02-Sep-1911 [a] D0-0 Aberdeen (Scottish Reserve League)
APJ 4/9/1911. Hamilton, Dunsmore, Fletcher, Thomson, Davidson, Hamilton, Coham, McLellan, Forrester, Johnstone, Stewart.
Thistle had the best of the play in the first half, Aberdeen in the second, although neither team did enough to have a legitimate claim on both points.
3. Sat-09-Sep-1911 [h] W4-1 Third Lanark (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 1st Round)
SR 11/9/1911. Hamilton, Fletcher, Dunsmore, Wilson, Davidson, McLellan, Stewart, ROBERTSON (2), Curtis, HAMILTON (W) (2), Thomson. Quarter Final bye.
The early loss of their No 7 to injury curtailed Thirds attacking intent. They were largely seen in defence after that. It was almost half-time before Robertson scored. Goals by Hamilton (2) and Robertson made it 4 before a late consolation for Thirds.
4. Wed-20-Sep-1911 [h] L1-2 Clyde (Scottish Police FA Fundraiser)
GH 21/9/1911. Hamilton, Dunsmore, Fletcher, McDonald, Davidson, McLachlan, Stewart, Robertson, CURTIS, McLellan, Thomson. Fund raiser for Scottish Police Football Association.
Thistle started the match with 10 men and fell behind (12). Both teams had chances but they were all wasted. The second half saw neither team take the match too seriously but once Clyde scored again, Thistle rallied and Curtis scored from a parried save.
5. Sat-30-Sep-1911 [a] L1-2 Beith (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 2/10/1911. Line-up and scorer as yet unsourced.
6. Sat-21-Oct-1911 [h] W2-1 Aberdeen (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Semi Final)
APJ 23/10/1911. Hamilton, Fletcher, Dunsmore, McLachlan, Davidson, McLennan, Stewart, Robertson, Branscombe, GARDNER (2), Whiteford.
There was nothing between the teams in terms of possession and chances. Aberdeen took the lead and Thistle found an equaliser difficult to come by against a stout defence. After several close efforts Gardner scored twice and Thistle saw the tie out.
7. Sat-28-Oct-1911 [a] W2-0 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League)
FH 1/11/1911. Hamilton, Fletcher, Dunsmore, McLaughlin, Davidson, McLellan, Stewart, WALKER, LOWRY, Coham, Lakeman.
Thistle had the best of the early play but play soon became even. Defences were largely on top. The post denied Lowry the opener. After half-time he was too often caught off-side but eventually scored with a left-foot shot. Walker made sure 3 mins later.
8. Sat-18-Nov-1911 [h] W3-0 Beith (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 20/11/1911. Hamilton, Fletcher, Dunsmore, McLaughlin, Davidson, McLellan, Stewart, Robertson, ALLAN (3), McGregor, Coham.
A first-half hat-trick by Allan won the points against Beith who had some of the early play and who never considered the score a lost cause. They fought on until the end but found Hamilton in goal playing very well.
9. Sat-25-Nov-1911 [h] W1-0 Rangers (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Final, 1st leg)
SR 27/11/1911. Hamilton, Fletcher, Dunsmore, McLaughlin, Davidson, McLellan, Stewart, Robertson, LOWRY, Gardiner, Coham. Home and Away finals were introduced this season.
A goal by Lowry gave Thistle a slender lead to take into the second “leg” (the term wasn't used in Victorian times). Ominously Rangers had by far the best of the play but their shooting was very poor.
10. Sat-02-Dec-1911 [a] L2-4 St Mirren (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 4/12/1911. Hamilton, Fletcher, Dunsmore, McLaughlin, Davidson, McLellan, STEWART, Robertson, Allan, Walker, COHAM.
Thistle almost conceded in the first minute then a slip let in Stewart to make it 1-0. Pressure mounted and goals 30, 40, 49 and 70 gave fair reflection of the play. Coham scored (85) to put a better slant on things. Thistle were second best throughout.
11. ?Sat-09-Dec-1911 [a] L?-? Queen's Park (Glasgow 2nd XI Cup Quarter Final)
SFHA. Lost. Score not known. Date uncertain but the next round was held in April 1912.
12. Sat-16-Dec-1911 [h] D2-2 Queen's Park (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 18/12/1911. LOWRY, STEWART. Line-up as yet unsourced.
Queens had 3 players injured at one stage and found the going tough. Lowry and Stewart scored either side of half-time - both set up after fine work by Branscombe. 1-1 at half-time, Queen's fought back and equalised for a creditable draw.
13. Sat-23-Dec-1911 [a] L1-5 Rangers (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Final, 2nd leg)
SR 25/12/1911. Agg 2-5. Hamilton, Dunsmore, McGregor, Allan, Davidson, McLellan, Stewart, Elmore, LOWRY, Branscombe, Thomson.
5,000 saw an early penalty wipe out Thistle's aggregate lead in this “home and home” match and it was 2-0 by half-time (both keepers limping badly). The modern term "home and away" was not initially used. This 2nd XI Cup tie has Thistle's first recorded use of home and home aggregate scoring! Three more goals emphasised the gulf in the teams although Lowry scored late on.
14. Mon-01-Jan-1912 [a] D1-1 Forfar Athletic (Scottish Reserve League)
DET 1/1/1912. Johnstone, Fletcher, Dunsmore, McLaughlin, Davidson, Spencer, Stewart, McMillan, LOWRY, Robertson, Thomson.
The locals in the New Year crowd were delighted by Forfar's defensive and midfield play. Their finishing was weak but they finally took the lead nearing half-time. It was only after they missed a pen that Thistle were best and Lowry earned a point.
15. Sat-06-Jan-1912 [h] W1-0 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 8/1/1912. "Alexander", Fletcher, Lawson, McLaughlin, DAVIDSON, McLellan, Stewart, Robertson, Lowry, Dickson, Thomson.
It was a poor game in which neither side did much to enthuse over. The only passage of play of note was when Thistle's centre-half Davidson saw his shot turned past for a corner and he headed home the resultant flag kick.
16. Sat-13-Jan-1912 [h] W3-1 Dundee (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 15/1/1912. Wilson, Fletcher, Dunsmore, McLaughlin, LOWRY (pen), McMillan, Stewart, Robertson, MARSHALL, McPherson, THOMSON.
Thistle survived some early Dundee pressure then took then game to the visitors. A pen (foul on Marshall) was converted by Lowry .A header by Thomson and a goal by Marshall finally saw off Dundee in a hard-fought second half.
17. Sat-27-Jan-1912 [a] L0-4 Queen's Park (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 29/1/1912. Wilson, Fletcher, Davidson, McLaughlin, Allan, McLellan, Robertson, Marshall, Lowry, McPherson, Thomson.
Thistle, taller and heavier than their opponents, found the hard surface difficult. Two goals either side of half-time was a fair reflection on play. Thistle had a few attacking spells after half-time but overall their shooting was “feeble”.
18. Sat-03-Feb-1912 [h] W2-1 Broxburn Athletic (Scottish Reserve League)
WLC 9/2/1912. Wilson, Fletcher, Lawson, McLaughlin, Davidson, URQUHART, Robertson, McLellan, LOWRY (pen), McPherson, Thomson.
A poor clearance by Wilson led to the opener (1). It could have been 2-0 soon after. Shocked into action, Thistle had more of the play and Lowry converted a penalty. Apart from the occasional attack Broxburn were hemmed in after half-time and Urquhart got the late winner.
19. Sat-10-Feb-1912 [a] D2-2 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League)
FA 17/2/1912. McCann, Fletcher, Dunsmore, Urquhart, Davidson, McLellan, Steel, Robertson, Elmore, Thomson, Branscombe. Report and scorers as yet unsourced.
20. Sat-24-Feb-1912 [h] W3-1 Rangers (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 26/2/1912. Campbell, Fletcher, Dunsmore, McLaughlin, Davidson, McLellan, Steel, Robertson, ELMORE (pen), BRANSCOMBE (2), Thomson.
Fully 5,000” saw Branscombe open the scoring (5). Rangers scored on the break then a penalty for hand ball was converted by Elmore. Thistle dominated the second half and Branscombe raced in for the third goal and a convincing 2 points.
21. Sat-02-Mar-1912 [a] W2-1 Dundee (Scottish Reserve League)
DC and SR 4/3/1912. ELMORE, ROBERTSON. Line-up as yet unsourced. Line-up also included Dunsmore, Steel, Davidson and Branscombe.
Two aspirants for the championship, Dundee were poor, Thistle marginally better. Elmore opened the scoring but a penalty made it 1-1. Robertson scored on a “smart breakaway” before half-time. Dundee were better in the second half but couldn't find a goal.
22. Sat-09-Mar-1912 [h] W3-2 Forfar Athletic (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 7/3/1912. McLELLAN, GARDINER, STEEL (pen). Line-up as yet unsourced.
A fast shot deceived Campbell to put Forfar 1-up against the run of play. Poor defending let Forfar in again but McLellan and Gardner made it 2-2 at half-time. A pen by Steel proved to be the winner. Stubborn, unlucky Forfar played with 10 men in the second half.
23. Sat-23-Mar-1912 [h] W2-0 Motherwell (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 25/3/1912. GARDINER, ALLAN. Thistle (predicted) per SR (22/3/1912): Houston, Fletcher, McKenzie, Wilson, Davidson, McLellan, Steel, Robertson, Lowry, Gardiner, Thomson. We can see that the predicted wasn't accurate as the un-listed Allan was a scorer.
2,000 saw a closely contested match but neither set of forwards took their first-half chances. Thistle improved marginally after half-time and Gardiner finished off a cross for 1-0. Allan made the points secure near then end.
24. Sat-06-Apr-1912 [a] D2-2 Motherwell (Scottish Reserve League)
MT 12/4/1912. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
In a blustery wind that spoiled a number of good moves, Motherwell took the lead and increased it by half-time. Thistle played better in the second half, quickly reduced the lead and scored an equaliser near the end.
25. Mon-08-Apr-1912 [h] W2-0 St Mirren (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 9/4/1912. Campbell, Fletcher, Dunsmore, Anderson, Davidson, McLellan, STEEL, Robertson, Alexander, Elmore, BRANSCOMBE.
Thistle (sitting 2nd in the league) had a good first half. All the forwards had attempts on goal and St Mirren were seldom seen in attack. Steel put Thistle 1-up (48). They were largely in control for the second half and Branscombe made sure (82).
26. Sat-13-Apr-1912 [a] W2-1 Rangers (Scottish Reserve League)
SR 15/4/1912. Campbell, McKenzie, Dunsmore, Wilson. Davidson, Hamilton, STEEL, King, Elmore, BRANSCOMBE, Coham.
ATT:10,000. Steel walked the ball into the net looking off-side (30), Rangers protesting bitterly. They had Thistle under pressure after half-time but Branscombe scored after a fine run by Steel. Rangers reduced the lead but Thistle held on to take the vital points.
27. Mon-15-Apr-1912 [h] L1-3 Glasgow Perthshire (Friendly)
SR 19/4/1912. Line-up and scorer as yet unsourced. Line-up included Bulloch, McGregor, Lowry and Stewart plus Juniors guests Turner (Petershill) and McCann (Parkhead).
This Monday night fund raiser for Glasgow Perthshire FC raised £20 (£1,800 today). They were grateful to the Thistle directors for the assistance. Considering the experience in the Thistle ranks, the night was even better for the Juniors with the win.
28. Wed-24-Apr-1912 [a] L1-3 Dunfermline Athletic (Friendly)
DC 25/4/1912. Line-up as yet unsourced. BRANSCOMBE.
Pretty football was played by the visitors”. Thistle, seemingly taking it easy, were 2-down at half-time. Branscombe scored to reduce the lead while the homesters were down to 10 men but, once restored to 11, they scored again.
1911-12 Reserves summary notes

P28 W15 D5 L8 (1.786 ppg)

Historical PT Reserves average: 1.462 ppg (@ 22-Aug-2023)
  • The points-per-game measurements (ppg) above are calculated on the same principle as the first-team's all games category, and are based on 1 point for a draw and 3 points for a win across all eras.
  • Final League Position: CHAMPIONS of 12, 28/44 pts. To the best of our knowledge, Aberdeen [h] & Broxburn Athletic [a] were not played, and Thistle played 20 of 22.

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