Adam Turnbull
Adam Turnbull
Adam Turnbull
● Adam Turnbull, 1906 (TBM)

born in Scotland

Adam Simpson Turnbull was born on Thursday, 24th August, 1882, in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire.

The 5' 7 (10st 11lbs) forward appeared as a guest for Thistle in December, 1900, whilst a Levern Victoria player.

Aged 18, he made his debut appearance on Monday, 31st December, 1900, in a 1-1 friendly draw away to Aberdeen FC.

There were no goals for Adam in his brief spell with Thistle.

He made his second and last appearance on Tuesday, 1st January, 1901, in a 4-3 friendly defeat away to Clachnacuddin.

His club-list included Barrhead Fereneze, Levern Victoria, Partick Thistle, Arthurlie, Cartvale, Abercorn, Morton, Reading and Albion Rovers.

Adam died on Tuesday, 20th June, 1961, in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, aged 78.

Bio Extra

The son of Matthew Turnbull (mechanic) and Catherine Turnbull (née Love).

Fast, tricky, and with a good shot, Adam was a right wing specialist who started out with Barrhead Fereneze and guested with Levern Victoria, before signing permanently with them in 1900-01. Along with his Victoria teammate, Barr, he joined the Thistle touring party for a New Years Highland jolly in late December, 1900. The Scottish Referee (7 January 1901) reported that both performed their duties creditably, and that the Partick Thistle officials were hugely pleased with the display of the juniors. Adam moved on to play with Arthurlie in 1901-02, and in September 1902 he signed with Cartvale.

Adam really made his mark in the Scottish game as a near ever-present in the senior leagues for three whole seasons. He stepped up to play Second Division football with Abercorn in 1903-04 before moving on to play two seasons in the top-flight with Morton. Adam signed for Southern League Reading in August 1906 when he was reportedly 21, but his dated career path (not to mention his birth cert!) clearly shows that to be a mis-truth. After one season down south, Adam returned to play once more with 2nd Division Arthurlie in 1907-08 and 1st Division Morton in 1908-09. He finished his playing career in the Second Division with Albion Rovers, where he played for 4 seasons, dropping back from right wing to right back towards the end.

By the time of his retirement, Adam resided in Duntocher, and enjoyed bowling at Radnor Park Bowling Club. Alas, he was playing there when he suffered a heart attack and died in the summer of 1961, aged 78. His son, R. Turnbull, signed the death register entry.


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