Partick Thistle Reserves Season 1955-56
PTFC Kit 1955-56
1955-56 (Reserves)
The 81st season of Partick Thistle F.C.
scorers in CAPS
1. Sat-13-Aug-1955 [a] D2-2 Heart of Midlothian (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
ET 13/8/1955 & EEN 15/8/1955. BELL, DONLEVY. Line-up as yet unsourced.
Thistle trailed as early as the third minute then keeper Smith was caught out by a swift attack for 2-0 (21). Thistle fought back and went close several times before the break. Report only to half-time.
2. Wed-17-Aug-1955 [h] W3-2 East Fife (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
GH 18/8/1955. McINNES (2), HENDERSON. Line-up as yet unsourced.
3. Sat-20-Aug-1955 [a] W2-1 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
ET 20/8/1955. Smith, Ralston, Donlevy, Steel, Thomson, Baird, McINNES, Crawford, Hogan, McNab, Ewing. Remaining scorer as yet unsourced.
It took half an hour for the game to warm up then McInnes' solo run and shot found the net (33). A combined move four minutes later led to a spectacular finish almost from the by line. Report only to half-time.
4. Sat-27-Aug-1955 [h] W6-1 Heart of Midlothian (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
ET 27/8/1955. Smith, Ralston, McNab, Steel, Thomson, Baird, Henderson, BELL, CRAWFORD (3), DONLEVY (2 - 1 pen), Ewing.
A poor pass back allowed Crawford to nip in and score (7) then he finished off some fine play by Ewing (9). Donlevy converted a penalty when Ewing was grassed (27). Bell got the 4th, Donlevy the 5th (40) and Crawford the 6th (45). Report only to half-time.
5. Wed-31-Aug-1955 [a] D4-4 East Fife (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
ET. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
6. Sat-03-Sep-1955 [h] W4-0 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
ET. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced. Final Position: 1st of 4, 10/12 pts.
7. Sat-10-Sep-1955 [h] W4-0 Dunfermline Athletic (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 10/9/1955. Brodie, Ralston, McNab, Steel, "Newman", Mathers, Hogan, HENDERSON (2), CRAWFORD, DONLEVY, Ewing.
Goals by Henderson (13), Crawford (24) and Donlevy (30) put Thistle in a commanding position before the break. Report only to half-time.
8. ?Wed-14-Sep-1955 [a] W?-? Dumbarton (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 1st Round)
SFHA. Score/date not known. Won.
9. Sat-17-Sep-1955 [a] D2-2 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League Cup Semi Final, 1st leg)
ET 17/9/1955. Smith, Ralston, McNab, Steel, Thomson (R), Baird, Thomson (L), Bell, SMITH (G), DONLEVY, Ewing.
Smith finished off a Bell pass to put Thistle ahead (40) then a defensive mistake allowed Donlevy to double the lead (43). Report only to half-time.
10. Wed-21-Sep-1955 [h] D3-3 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League Cup Semi Final, 2nd leg)
GH 22/9/1955. Agg 5-5. SMITH, CROWE. (1 og.) Line-up as yet unsourced.
11. Sat-24-Sep-1955 [h] W3-1 Clyde (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 24/9/1955. Smith, McNab, Brodie, Steel, "Newman", Baird, THOMSON, Bell, CROWE, Henderson, Ewing. Remaining scorer as yet unsourced.
12. Mon-26-Sep-1955 [h] W3-2 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League Cup Semi Final, decider)
GH 27/9/1955. EWING, BELL, THOMSON. Line-up as yet unsourced.
13. Sat-01-Oct-1955 [a] W5-1 Raith Rovers (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 2nd Round)
ET 1/10/1955. Smith, Ralston, McGowan, Steel, McNab, Brodie, Thomson, Bell, Hogan, Henderson, Ewing. Scorers as yet unsourced.
14. Sat-08-Oct-1955 [h] W6-0 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 8/10/1955. Smith, Ralston, Donlevy, Steel, "Newman", Brodie, Thomson, HARVEY, "NEWMAN" (2), Henderson, Ewing. Remaining scorers as yet unsourced. ("NEWMAN" No 9 was Keenan.)
It was an impressive start for “newman” No 9. He put Thistle ahead from a Thomson cross (12) and headed in for 2-0 (18). Harvey scored with an 20-yarder (35). Thistle went up to 2nd. Report only to half-time.
15. Sat-15-Oct-1955 [a] L1-2 Rangers (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 15/10/1955. Smith, Ralston, DONLEVY (pen), Steel, Thomson (B), McNab, Thomson (L), McInnes, Crawford, Crowe, Ewing.
A penalty by Donlevy gave Thistle a dream start (1). Rangers did most of the attacking but their forwards failed to deliver. They fired a penalty wide (13). Report only to half-time.
16. Sat-22-Oct-1955 [h] D1-1 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 22/10/1955. Smith, Ralston, Donlevy, Steel, Brown, McNab, Thomson, McInnes, Hogan, CROWE, Ewing.
There was attacking intent by both teams, but it was goalless at half-time. Smith had a fine save then a Hogan header was brilliantly saved. Ewing blasted over an open goal then Thomson's fast grounder was deflected for a corner. Crowe then hit the post. Report only to half-time.
17. Sat-29-Oct-1955 [a] D2-2 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 29/10/1955. Brodie, Ralston, Donlevy, Steel, Brown, McNab, Thomson, McInnes, Smith, McDonald, Henderson. Scorers as yet unsourced.
McInnes was prominent with his intelligent play and Thomson had two good chances but a header put Rovers ahead (16).
18. Sat-05-Nov-1955 [a] W2-1 St Mirren (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 5/11/1955. Brodie, Ralston, McNab, Steel, Brown, Mathers, Thomson, Wright, DONLEVY, Crowe, McParland. Remaining scorer as yet unsourced.
St Mirren missed a sitter early on. Donlevy gave Thistle the lead before the interval. Report only to half-time.
19. Sat-12-Nov-1955 [h] W4-2 Stirling Albion (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 12/11/1955. Brodie, Ralston, Donlevy, Steel, Brown, MATHERS, Thomson, CROWE, HOGAN (2), Wright, McParland.
Mather netted following a corner (11). Thistle gradually overcame stout defending and Hogan finished off a Thomson cross then the Albion keeper had two good saves. Report only to half-time.
20. Sat-19-Nov-1955 [a] L1-4 Dundee (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 19/11/1955. Ledgerwood, Ralston, Brodie, Steel, "Newman", Mathers, Thomson, Crawford, HOGAN, Donlevy, McDonald.
Dundee went ahead (3) and rather against the run of play Hogan equalised (25). Ledgerwood injured a finger (17) and Brodie went into goal. He had some fine saves despite the score. Ledgerwood returned at No 11 (27). Report only to half-time.
21. Sat-26-Nov-1955 [h] L0-2 Hibernian (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 26/11/1955. Brodie, Ralston, McGowan, Steel, Brown, Hart, Thomson, McDonald, Hogan, Mathers, McParland.
It was even and open in the first half. Both teams had chances, both keepers good saves. Thomson and McDonald went close then Hibs almost scored just on half-time. It was even and open in the first half. Both teams had chances, both keepers good saves. Thomson and McDonald went close then Hibs almost scored just on half-time. Two goals after half-time earned Hibs a point.
22. Sat-03-Dec-1955 [h] D2-2 Motherwell (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 3/12/1955. Brodie, Ralston, McGowan, Steel, Brown, Mathers, Thomson, McDONALD, Hogan, DONLEVY, McParland.
Motherwell took the lead (5) and played the better football but good play down the left set up McDonald to equalise. More joy down the left and Donlevy put Thistle 2-1 up. Motherwell took the lead (5) and played the better football but good play down the left set up McDonald to equalise. More joy down the left and Donlevy put Thistle 2-1 up, but Motherwell levelled after the interval.
23. Sat-10-Dec-1955 [a] W6-1 Airdrieonians (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 10/12/1955 & ACA 17/12/1955. Brodie, Ralston, Donlevy, Steel, McNab, Mathers, McInnes, CRAWFORD (2), HOGAN, McDonald, McPARLAND (3).
Two goals by Crawford got Thistle off to a good start then McParland seized on a poor pass-back for the third. Hogan made it 4-0 (45). Airdrie were all at sea all afternoon and had Thistle taken their chances it could have been much bigger scoreline. Report only to half-time.
24. Sat-17-Dec-1955 [h] W4-2 Celtic (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 17/11/1955. Brodie, Brown, Donlevy, Steel, McNab, Baird, Lowe, Crawford, HOGAN, HASTINGS (2), EWING.
Fourth v seventh was played at a cracking pace. Thistle looked the most likely and took the lead through Hastings (2). Future manger Auld equalised (27) but Hastings scored again (39). Report only to half-time.
25. Sat-24-Dec-1955 [h] W2-1 Queen of the South (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 24/12/1955. Smith, Collins, Donlevy, Steel, Thomson (R), Baird, Thomson (L), McNab, Hogan, Hastings, Ewing. Scorers as yet unsourced.
Queens were dangerous down the left wing but too often the chances created weren't taken. Hogan beat the keeper but his shot was deflected for a corner then Thomson went close. Goalless at the break. Report only to half-time.
26. Sat-31-Dec-1955 [a] W5-3 East Fife (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 31/12/1955. Brodie, DONLEVY, Baird, Thomson (R), McNab, Mathers, THOMSON (L) (2), Steel, Hogan, McDONALD, McINNES.
Thomson and McInnes had Thistle 2-up in 15 minutes. The Fifers had no answer to Thistle's clever approach work. A converted penalty reduced the deficit (43). Report only to half-time.
27. Mon-02-Jan-1956 [a] L0-1 Clyde (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 2/1/1956. Line-up as yet unsourced.
28. Sat-07-Jan-1956 [h] W2-1 Heart of Midlothian (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 7/1/1956. Smith, Collins, Baird, Thomson (R), McNab, Mathers, WALKER, Crawford, SHARP, Hastings, Thomson (L). Return of Firhill favourite Walker following 2 years in his native USA.
Walker put Thistle ahead (2) then Crawford relieved early Hearts pressure. A “cute lob” by Sharp just missed soon after. Smith had a brilliant save but on 35 mins Hearts deservedly equalised. Report only to half-time.
29. Sat-21-Jan-1956 [h] L3-4 Aberdeen (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 21/1/1956. Brodie, Collins, Donlevy, Thomson (R), McNab, Baird, McInnes, Thomson (L), BROWN, HASTINGS, SHARP.
A deflected shot past Brodie put top of the league Aberdeen ahead (17) then 3 mins later a header put them 2-up. A brilliant save by Brodie was followed by a goal by Brown just on half-time. Report only to half-time.
30. Sat-28-Jan-1956 [h] D2-2 Motherwell (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Quarter Final)
ET 28/1/1956 & MT 3/2/1956. Brodie, Collins, Baird, Thomson (R), McNab, Mathers, Crowe, Thomson (L), BROWN, HASTINGS, McParland.
Brodie was rounded (4) for the opener but a deflected shot fell to Hastings who levelled (8). Thistle fell behind again (37) but Brown scored (53) when two defenders hesitated and he headed home. Thistle dominated after that and Motherwell were lucky to get the replay.
31. Sat-04-Feb-1956 [a] L0-6 Aberdeen (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 4/2/1956. Harvey, Collins, Donlevy, Thomson, McNab, Baird, McInnes, Crawford, Brown, Hastings, McFarlane.
Hastings was carried off mid-way through the second half but by then the match was already well beyond Thistle. Nine points clear at the top of the league, Aberdeen were too good on the day.
32. Wed-08-Feb-1956 [a] W6-0 Motherwell (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Quarter Final replay)
GH 9/2/1956. THOMSON (L) (4), WALKER, SHARP. Line-up as yet unsourced. 5,000 saw the first ever competitive floodlit football match in Glasgow.
33. Sat-11-Feb-1956 [h] W2-1 Rangers (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 11/2/1956. Harvey, Collins, Baird, Thomson, McNab, MATHERS (pen), McInnes, Crawford, Brown, McFarlane, WALKER.
Thistle moved up to 3rd in the league with this win against mid-table Rangers who took the lead with a move through the middle (22). McFarlane headed narrowly over then Mathers equalised with a penalty 5 minutes later. Report only to half-time.
34. Wed-15-Feb-1956 [h] D1-1 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League Cup Final, 1st leg)
GH 16/2/1956. BROWN. Line-up as yet unsourced.
A McNab free-kick was headed in by Brown to give Thistle the lead (16) but Falkirk equalised on the half hour. All to play for in the second leg.
35. Sat-18-Feb-1956 [a] L0-2 Stirling Albion (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 18/2/1956. Harvey, Ralston, Donlevy, Collins, McNab, Brodie, McInnes, Crawford, Sharp, "Trialist", Brown. Trialist No 10 was Hart of Maybole FC.
Albion took an early lead when Harvey failed to hold a cross and the ball was tucked away. Thistle fought back playing down hill and McInnes saw his effort well saved but Thistle trailed at half-time. Report only to half-time.
36. Wed-22-Feb-1956 [a] L0-2 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League Cup Final, 2nd leg)
GH 23/2/1956. Agg 1-3. Line-up as yet unsourced.
Thistle had lots of the play and were the more polished in attack but Falkirk's dour defence gave nothing away. Ledgerwood initially saved a penalty but the rebound was fired home. Two minutes later it was 2-0. Thistle played strongly after half-time but were well held.
37. Sat-25-Feb-1956 [a] W4-1 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 25/2/1956. Ledgerwood, Collins, Brodie, Thomson (R), McNab, Crawford, McInnes, THOMSON (L), BROWN, McDONALD, WALKER.
Three days later at the same venue it was revenge of sorts. Walker connected with a lob from Crawford for 1-0 (9) but Falkirk equalised 2 mins later. Thomson restored the lead (22) then Brown finished off a Walker cross for 3-1 (35). Report only to half-time.
38. Wed-29-Feb-1956 [a] D0-0 Rangers (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Semi Final)
GH 1/3/1956. Ledgerwood, Collins, Donlevy, Thomson (R), McNab, Crawford, McKenzie, Thomson (L), Brown, McDonald, Walker.
Rangers were the more experienced team but Thistle were not far behind. Both teams had chances but, particularly in the last 15 minutes, squandered them all. Donlevy and McNab were “splendid defenders”.
39. Sat-03-Mar-1956 [h] W3-1 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 3/3/1956. Ledgerwood, Collins, Donlevy, Thomson (R), McNab, Brodie, THOMSON (L), Harvey, Brown, Crawford, Walker. Remaining scorers as yet unsourced.
Rovers should have gone ahead in the 1st minute but wasted a chance at a corner. Thomson headed in a Walker corner (23) but 5 minutes later it was all square. Report only to half-time.
40. Fri-09-Mar-1956 [h] W6-3 Rangers (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Semi Final replay)
GH 10/3/1956. AET. WALKER (4), HOGAN, CRAWFORD. Line-up as yet unsourced.
41. Wed-14-Mar-1956 [h] W2-0 St Mirren (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 15/3/1956. WALKER, HOGAN. Line-up as yet unsourced.
42. Sat-24-Mar-1956 [h] L1-3 Dundee (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 24/3/1956. Smith, Collins, Wilkinson, Harvey, Crawford, Brodie, Smith (G), Brown, Hogan, Hastings, WALKER. The referee Mr Turnbull of Falkirk collided with a player and officiated the 2nd half with his arm strapped up.
Hastings went off for treatment following a tackle then Walker put Thistle ahead (26) only for Dundee to equalise (43). Report only to half-time.
43. Wed-28-Mar-1956 [h] W4-1 Airdrieonians (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 29/3/1956. WALKER (2), "NEWMAN" (2). Line-up as yet unsourced.
44. Fri-30-Mar-1956 [a] W1-0 Hibernian (Scottish Reserve League)
EEN 31/3/1956. Smith, Collins, Donlevy, Thomson (B), McNab, Brodie, Thomson (L), CRAWFORD, Hogan, McDonald, Smith (G).
On a bitterly cold Friday night Thistle were good value for their win. They were the better moving side and often had the homesters under pressure. The only goal came when Crawford beat two men and shot home his rebounded shot the keeper punched out (47).
45. Wed-04-Apr-1956 [a] L0-2 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 5/4/1956. Line-up as yet unsourced.
46. Sat-07-Apr-1956 [a] W3-0 Motherwell (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 7/4/1956 & MT 13/4/1956. Ledgerwood, Collins, DONLEVY (pen), Thomson (R), McNab, Brodie, Hogan, SMITH, Mallon, Baird, Thomson (L). Remaining scorer illegible.
Dull uninteresting fare” was the local verdict but Thistle were worthy winners thanks to goals from a penalty by Donlevy for hand ball and two from glaring defensive errors by Smith and not known all in the last 8 minutes of the first half.
47. Fri-13-Apr-1956 [h] L1-4 Aberdeen (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Final, 1st leg)
GH 14/4/1956. HOGAN. Line-up as yet unsourced.
48. Mon-16-Apr-1956 [a] L1-2 Aberdeen (Scottish 2nd XI Cup Final, 2nd leg)
AEE 16/4/1956. Agg 2-6. Ledgerwood, Collins, McGowan, Thomson (B), McNab, Wright, Hogan, Thomson (L), Mallon, SMITH, Ewing.
8,000 saw Thistle reduce the deficit though Smith, the keeper looking suspect. After they hit the bar, Aberdeen equalised (43). Hogan's effort was cleared off the line just after half-time but there was no doubting Aberdeen were the better team across both legs.
49. Fri-20-Apr-1956 [a] W2-1 Celtic (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 21/4/1956. CROWE, HOGAN. Line-up as yet unsourced.
50. Mon-23-Apr-1956 [a] W2-1 Dunfermline Athletic (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 24/4/1956. THOMSON (L), HOGAN. Line-up as yet unsourced.
51. Wed-25-Apr-1956 [a] D2-2 Queen of the South (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 26/4/1956. CROWE, HASTINGS. Line-up as yet unsourced.
52. Sat-28-Apr-1956 [h] W5-2 East Fife (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 28/4/1956. Ledgerwood, Collins, Donlevy, Thomson (R), McNab, Brodie, Thomson (L), Baird, HOGAN (2), CROWE, "NEWMAN". (1 og.)
The Fifers played some classy football but it didn't reap rewards. Thistle were more direct and a Hogan drive was deflected past the keeper (31). Crowe made it 2-0 three minutes later. Report only to half-time.
53. Fri-04-May-1956 [a] D1-1 Heart of Midlothian (Scottish Reserve League)
EEN 5/5/1956. Thomson (D), Ralston, Donlevy, Collins, Brown, Brodie, Thomson (L), Davidson, WALKER, McDonald, Hastings.
A typical end of season match. Hearts struck woodwork twice and had a goal inexplicably ruled out. A defensive slip let in Walker (69) but Hearts equalised when the defence was split open (71) - deservedly on the night.
1955-56 Reserves summary notes

P53 W29 D12 L12 (1.868 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: 5th of 18, 42/68 pts.

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