Partick Thistle Reserves Season 1961-62
PTFC Kit 1961-62
1961-62 (Reserves)
The 87th season of Partick Thistle F.C.
scorers in CAPS
1. Sat-12-Aug-1961 [a] L0-1 Celtic (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
ET 12/8/1961. Freebairn, Wright, Thomson, Closs, Ewing, Cunningham, Newman, Kerr, Fletcher, Gourlay, Tinney.
Kerr and Fletcher went close in an early spell of pressure but Celtic soon took over and caused Freebairn lots of trouble - despite having lost a player taken of injured (arm) on 14 minutes. Report only to half-time.
2. Wed-16-Aug-1961 [h] W3-0 Hibernian (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
GH 17/8/1961. Line-up as yet unsourced. HAINEY, WHITELAW, KERR.
3. Sat-19-Aug-1961 [a] L3-5 St Johnstone (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
ET 19/8/1961. Gray, Closs, Thomson, Staite, English, Cunningham, Fletcher, Tinney, GOURLAY, Kerr, Wright. Remaining scorers as yet unsourced.
An easy finishing touch to a cross put St Johnstone ahead (17) but Gourlay levelled a minute later. Report only to half-time.
4. Wed-23-Aug-1961 [h] W2-0 Motherwell (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 24/8/1961. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
5. Sat-26-Aug-1961 [h] L0-2 Celtic (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
ET 26/8/1961. Gray, Wright (D), Thomson, Closs, English, Wright (T), Tinney, Duncan, Gourlay, Kerr, Ewing.
Future-JAG McBride missed a sitter in the opening minutes then Closs and Wright went close. A cross was tapped in (26) and a 40-yard drive (35) completed the scoring. Report only to half-time.
6. Mon-28-Aug-1961 [a] L0-2 Hibernian (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
GH 29/8/1961. Line-up as yet unsourced.
7. Sat-02-Sep-1961 [h] L1-5 St Johnstone (Scottish Reserve League Cup section game)
SFHA. Line-up and scorer as yet unsourced. No trace of press report/score found. Final Position: 4th of 4, 2/12 pts.
8. Sat-09-Sep-1961 [a] L1-4 Rangers (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 9/9/1961. Young, Wright (D), Thomson, Wright (A), Hogan, Closs, SMITH, Gourlay, Hainey, Kerr, Fletcher.
Keeper Young kept it scoreless as long as he could but apart from a couple of chances by Hainey and Gourlay, it was all Rangers. Two goals put Rangers well ahead but Smith reduced the lead (45). Report only to half-time.
9. Sat-16-Sep-1961 [h] W3-0 Third Lanark (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 16/8/1961. Gray, Wright (D), Thomson, Wright (A), Staite, Closs, Smith, GOURLAY, Hainey, Kerr, Tinney. Remaining scorers as yet unsourced.
Hainey tested the keeper in the first minute then Thirds blasted an effort over the bar. A neat flick by Hainey set up Gourlay for the opener (15) and but for the visitors' keeper it could have been a bigger lead by the break. Report only to half-time.
10. Sat-23-Sep-1961 [a] L2-4 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League)
FFP 30/9/1961. Freebairn, Wright (D), Thomson, Wright (A), Staite, Closs, Gourlay, Kerr (J), Hainey, KERR (P), EWING.
Kerr ran through to give Thistle the lead (2) then a clever finish by Ewing put them further ahead (5). Thistle faded as Rovers got into the game and by the break Freebairn had kept it at 2-0 with some fine saves. A header (51), Freebairn went walkabout (53) and two more goals 62 and 88 piled on the misery.
11. Sat-30-Sep-1961 [h] W5-1 Aberdeen (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 10/1961. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Wright, McKinnon, Closs, Williamson, Kerr (J), HAINEY (2), KERR (P), Gourlay. Remaining scorers as yet unsourced.
There was nothing much to separate the teams. They shared chances until Thistle hit the front with goals from Kerr and Hainey (2) to take a 3-goal lead by the interval. Report only to half-time.
12. Sat-07-Oct-1961 [a] D1-1 Morton (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 1st Round)
GH 9/10/1961. Line-up and scorer as yet unsourced.
13. Sat-14-Oct-1961 [h] D0-0 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 14/10/1961. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Staite, Harvey, Ewing, Wright, ?, Hainey, Kerr, Tinney.
Hainey and Wright both missed good chances early on and Freebairn was seldom in action. Play became scrappy then Thistle were awarded a penalty but Kerr shot wide of the post. Report only to half-time.
14. Mon-16-Oct-1961 [h] W3-1 Morton (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 1st Round replay)
GH 17/10/1961. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
15. Sat-21-Oct-1961 [a] L1-3 Hibernian (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 21/10/1961. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Wright (A), Harvey, Staite, Hainey, Kerr (F), GOURLAY, Kerr (P) Wright (D).
Thistle went 2 down inside 15 minutes but Gourlay reduced the lead from close in. Report only to half-time.
16. Sat-28-Oct-1961 [h] W2-1 Dundee (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 28/10/1961. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Staite, Harvey, Wright, Gourlay, Kerr (J), Hainey, KERR (P), Ewing. Remaining scorer as yet unsourced.
Both teams had chances but neither could take the lead until a Gourlay cross came off the post and Kerr (P) was on hand to knock the ball in. Report only to half-time.
17. Sat-04-Nov-1961 [a] L0-3 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 4/11/1961. Younger, Wright (D), Thomson, Wright (A), Harvey, Ewing (R), Gourlay, Whitelaw, Hainey, Kerr (P), Kerr (J).
A dreadfully poor half hour saw both teams struggle to get any passing going. If anything Thistle looked "less bad" but it was Kilmarnock who went ahead from the spot after a hand ball in the box. Report only to half-time.
18. Sat-11-Nov-1961 [h] W5-2 Heart of Midlothian (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 11/11/1961. Freebairn, Wright, THOMSON, Staite, Harvey, Closs, Williamson, Kerr (J), KERR (P) (2), WHITELAW (2), Gourlay.
Thistle leapfrogged Hearts in mid-table with this big win - once they worked out Hearts' new-fangled 4-2-4 system. Whitelaw and the two Kerrs had gone close before Whitelaw made it 1-0 (17). Kerr (P) made it 2-0 (44). Report only to half-time.
19. Sat-18-Nov-1961 [h] W4-2 St Mirren (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 18/11/1961. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Staite, Ewing (R), Closs, Wright, Hainey, Gourlay, Whitelaw, Kerr (P). Scorers as yet unsourced.
Thistle trailed 2-0 at half-time due to bad luck and carelessness. St Mirren took an nearly lead then Whitelaw hit the bar twice. A Ewing pass-back was missed by Freebairn and the ball was tapped home. Report only to half-time.
20. Wed-22-Nov-1961 [h] D3-3 Hibernian (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 2nd Round)
GH & EEN 23/11/1961. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Staite, Ewing, Closs WRIGHT, HAINEY, Kerr, WHITELAW, Gourlay.
Hibs got off to a flyer with a goal gifted by Thistle (1). Whitelaw equalised (63) looking off-side but a pen for handball made it 2-1 to Hibs (69). Wright and Hainey scored for 3-2 with 5 mins left. Two Hibs efforts were kicked off the line and their pressure paid off with a goal (90).
21. Sat-25-Nov-1961 [a] L2-3 Stirling Albion (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 25/11/1961. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Wright, Staite, Closs, TINNEY, Kerr (J), HAINEY, Whitelaw, Kerr (P).
Tinney gave Thistle the lead at a goalmouth scramble (10) but Albion, in rare attacks, equalised (20) and went ahead (24). Wright saw his pen kick saved but Hainey equalised approaching half-time. Report only to half-time.
22. Wed-29-Nov-1961 [a] D1-1 Hibernian (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 2nd Round replay)
EEN 30/11/1961. AET. Freebairn, Muir, Wright (D), Wright (A), Staite, Closs, WHITELAW, Kerr (J). Hainey, Kerr (P), Gourlay.
Hibs hit the post and Freebairn cleared the rebound (9). Overall it was nervy, cagey football in the mud. ET livened up and Whitelaw shook off a challenge and scored from 20 yards (95) but a header at a free-kick (98) meant another replay. The remaining 22 mins were towsy.
23. Sat-02-Dec-1961 [h] W1-0 Celtic (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 2/12/1961. Freebairn, Muir, Wright (D), Wright (A), Staite, Closs, Kerr (P), Kerr (J), Hainey, Whitelaw, Gourlay. Scorer as yet unsourced.
It was end to end stuff and after a series of near misses, Hainey went closest and brought the keeper to his knees. Freebairn had some good saves then Hainey went close from distance. Celtic hit the bar approaching half-time. Report only to half-time.
24. Sat-16-Dec-1961 [a] L1-3 St Johnstone (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 16/12/1961. Freebairn, Wright (D), Thomson, Ewing, Staite, Closs, Kerr (P), KERR (J), Hainey, Whitelaw, Gourlay.
A free-kick from outside the box put Saints ahead (25). They did most of the attacking but their finishing was poor. Thistle looked the better moving team. Off-side robbed Gourlay of an equaliser but Kerr (J) levelled (42). Report only to half-time.
25. Sat-23-Dec-1961 [h] W4-2 Dundee United (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 23/12/1961. Freebairn, Wright (D), Thomson, Wright (A), Staite, Ewing (R), Williamson, Kerr, HAINEY (2), Whitelaw, Gourlay. Remaining scorers as yet unsourced.
Hainey finished off a Gourlay cross (11) then United missed 2 good chances (the second a miskick on the goal-line). Hainey turned and shot home for 2-0 but United pulled one back (40). Report only to half-time.
26. Tue-02-Jan-1962 [h] L2-3 Rangers (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 2/1/1962. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, FERGUSON, Staite, Closs, Williamson, Cowan, Hainey, Whitelaw, McBeth. Remaining scorer as yet unsourced.
A long-range effort was parried by Freebairn but the loose ball was shot home (7). Cowan had two good tries then a Rangers 30-yard run and shot was well off the mark. A 30-yarder by Ferguson was initially saved but the keeper slipped and the ball went in (36). Report only to half-time.
27. Sat-06-Jan-1962 [a] D3-3 Motherwell (Friendly)
ET. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
28. Sat-13-Jan-1962 [h] L0-1 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League)
FFP 20/1/1962. Young, Muir, Thomson, Closs, Staite, Wright (D), Wright (A), Kerr, Hainey, Newman, Gourlay.
The game started at a cracking pace with chances and saves at both ends - Wright and "newman" for Thistle and Young in good form. The half was exciting but goalless until Rovers scored what proved to be the winner (43). Thistle piled on the pressure after half-time by to no avail.
29. Sat-20-Jan-1962 [a] L2-4 Aberdeen (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 20/1/1962. Young, Muir, Thomson, Closs, Staite, Ewing, WILLIAMSON, Kerr, Hainey, Tinney, WHITELAW.
Thistle were the better team and it was no surprise when they went ahead through Williamson (17). Whitelaw doubled the lead (25) but Aberdeen got back into the game (43). Report only to half-time.
30. Fri-26-Jan-1962 [a] D2-2 Hibernian (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 2nd Round 2nd replay)
EEN 27/1/1962. AET. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Staite, Wright (D), Williamson, Kerr (J), Hainey, Whitelaw, GOURLAY. Remaining scorer not visible in press report.
Thistle threw away a 2-goal lead. A defensive mix-up let Gourlay in to fire home (30). The keeper couldn't hold a Whitelaw shot and someone scored (55). Hibs reduced the lead with a header on the hour. An equaliser (80) and goalless ET meant another replay.
31. Fri-02-Feb-1962 [a] L1-3 Hibernian (Scottish 2nd XI Cup 2nd Round 3rd replay)
EEN 3/2/1962. Freebairn, Muir, Thomson, Wright, Staite, Ewing, Gourlay, Closs, Kerr, Hainey, WHITELAW.
A decision after 320 minutes' play. Hibs went ahead (4). Thistle, with a revamped forward line, made no impression on a solid Hibs defence. 2-down on the hour, Thistle fought on and Whitelaw scored but after several other attacks had broken down, Hibs scored (87).
32. Sat-03-Feb-1962 [h] D2-2 Dunfermline Athletic (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 3/2/1962. Young, Muir, Thomson, Wright, English, Staite, Newman, Kerr, Hainey, Tinney, WHITELAW. Remaining scorer as yet unsourced.
It could have been 1-1 inside 2 minutes. A cross by "newman" was netted by Whitelaw (27) but two minutes later it was 1-1 - also from a cross. The Pars took the lead (36). Report only to half-time.
33. Sat-10-Feb-1962 [a] L0-3 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 10/2/1962. Young, Wright, Thomson, Closs, Staite, Whitelaw, Williamson, Kerr, Gourlay, Tinney, Coyle.
After Falkirk had taken the lead (9) Thistle's shot-shy forwards failed to take their chances. Gourlay went closest but most moves broke down approaching the 18-yard box. 2-down on the half-hour Thomson joined the forwards and went agonisingly close twice. Report only to half-time.
34. Sat-17-Feb-1962 [h] D2-2 Hibernian (Scottish Reserve League)
ET. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
35. Sat-24-Feb-1962 [a] W1-0 Dundee (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 24/2/1962. Ramsay, Wright (D), Thomson, Wright (A), Staite, Ewing (R), Williamson, Kerr, Gourlay, Tinney, COYLE.
Thistle had less possession but made better use of it. They were the better moving side all round. Gourlay put over a cross and the unmarked Coyle scored the only goal. Report only to half-time.
36. Sat-03-Mar-1962 [h] D1-1 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 3/3/1962. Ramsay, Wright, Thomson, Staite, Harvey, Ewing (R), Williamson, Kerr, Gourlay, Tinney, Coyle. Scorer as yet unsourced.
Ramsay dropped the ball but future-JAG Yard miskicked in front of goal (2). Coyle brought out a fine save from the keeper then Kilmarnock went inches close but they went ahead with a goal that was clearly off-side (23). Report only to half-time.
37. Sat-10-Mar-1962 [a] L1-5 Heart of Midlothian (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 10/3/1962. Gray, Wright (D), Thomson, Newman, Harvey, Wright (A), Williamson, Cowan, Gourlay, Whitelaw, Coyle. Scorer as yet unsourced.
As the score suggests Thistle never got into this match at all. They trailed 2-0 at half-time and Hearts rattled in 3 more in the second half. Report only to half-time.
38. Sat-17-Mar-1962 [a] L3-4 St Mirren (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 17/3/1962. Gray, Hogan, Wright (D), WRIGHT (A), Harvey, ?, Williamson, Kerr, Cowan, TINNEY, Coyle. Remaining scorer as yet unsourced.
Having hemmed in St Mirren from the start Thistle scored through Tinney (5) then a 25-yarder from Wright (A) made it 2-0. St Mirren fought back and reduced the lead then drew level (44). Report only to half-time.
39. Sat-24-Mar-1962 [h] W3-2 Stirling Albion (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 24/3/1962. Ramsay, Staite, Thomson, Wright, Harvey, Ewing (R), WILLIAMSON, Kerr, Cowan, TINNEY, COYLE.
Coyle fastened on to a pass-back and walked the ball into the net (2) then a few minutes later Tinney made it 2 then Williamson 3-0. Albion got into the game and a shot following a free-kick gave Ramsay no chance. Report only to half-time.
40. Fri-30-Mar-1962 [a] D2-2 Celtic (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 31/3/1962. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
41. Mon-02-Apr-1962 [a] L1-4 Dunfermline Athletic (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 3/4/1962. McMILLAN. Line-up as yet unsourced.
42. Mon-09-Apr-1962 [h] W3-2 St Johnstone (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 10/4/1962. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
43. Wed-11-Apr-1962 [a] W2-0 Airdrieonians (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 12/4/1962. WHITELAW, GOURLAY. Line-up as yet unsourced.
44. Wed-18-Apr-1962 [a] D0-0 Third Lanark (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 19/4/1962. Line-up as yet unsourced.
45. Sat-21-Apr-1962 [a] L1-2 Dundee United (Scottish Reserve League)
ET 21/4/1962. Ramsay, Wright (D), Thomson, Wright (A), Harvey, ?, Williamson, Whitelaw, COWAN, Gourlay, Coyle.
The sides were evenly matched but unforced errors let United in twice - a Harvey back-pass og and a Ramsay fumble - to lead 2-0 on 15 minutes. Cowan deservedly reduced the lead (27). Report only to half-time.
46. Thu-26-Apr-1962 [a] W2-1 Motherwell (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 27/4/1962. Newman, THOMSON (pen). Line-up as yet unsourced.
47. Mon-30-Apr-1962 [h] W8-2 Airdrieonians (Scottish Reserve League)
GH 1/5/1962. Line-up and scorers as yet unsourced.
1961-62 Reserves summary notes

P47 W16 D11 L20 (1.255 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: unable to verify. No final table found in press. Most likely to be 12th of 18, 33/68 pts.

see also:
1961-62 (first-team) →






PTFC Kit 1961-62

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