Adam Carson
Adam Carson
Adam Carson
● Adam Carson, 1892 (MUI)

born in Scotland

Adam Carson was born on Friday, 25th January, 1867, in Fairloans, Roxburghshire.

The forward appeared as a guest for Thistle in March, 1891, having most recently been with Glasgow Thistle.

Aged 24, he made his only known appearance on Saturday, 28th March, 1891, in a 10-0 friendly defeat away to Aston Villa.

There were no goals for Adam in his only known appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Cowlairs, Glasgow Thistle, Partick Thistle, Newton Heath, Ardwick, Liverpool, Fairfield, Stockport County and Berry's Association.

Adam died on Sunday, 21st October, 1945, in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, aged 78.

Bio Extra

The son of Alexander Carson and Janet Carson (née McBride). By the 1881 census, Adam's mother had remarried Daniel Brisbane, both were Irish. The 14-year-old Adam was a printfield worker.

Adam, together with his Glasgow Thistle teammates, visited Inchview on 21st March 1891 and came away with a 3-2 win. He was a well-established player in the Scottish game at that stage, having played at Cowlairs and Glasgow Thistle. Back in January 1888 he had represented Glasgow against Sheffield, although the game was lost by 3 goals to 2. Playing alongside him that day was Willie Paul of Partick Thistle.

We can imagine that a conversation took place after the 21st March game, for later in the week Adam was off for a jolly with Partick Thistle's travelling party, bound initially for Birmigham, where they would play against Aston Villa. He was playing alongside Willie Paul again, but probably wishes he hadn't bothered, for it was a massacre, the Villans on top by 10 (TEN) goals to nil. What an embarrassment. We can't be sure if Adam carried on for the game at Ardwick two days later, but Thistle recovered some pride in Manchester with a 3-3 draw, so let's hope he did.

Playing at representative level again, Adam played once for the Scottish Football Alliance against the rival Scottish Football League in 1892. In June 1892 his sense of adventure took him to Newton Heath who were all set to compete in the Football League for the first time. Adam made his top-flight debut on 3rd September 1892, but was on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat at Blackburn Rovers. Newton Heath finished bottom of Division One that season, but before that had been confirmed Adam had jumped ship to Ardwick. Can you imagine a player doing such a thing from Manchester United to Manchester City today?

Adam had spells back in Scotland in 1893-94, playing official SFL Second Division football with his old clubs, Glasgow Thistle and Cowlairs, but headed southwards again for the following season. He seems to have settled there, and died in Stalybridge in 1945. He was laid to rest at Mossley Cemetery, see our 'Gallery' tab above for a picture of the headstone.


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