Alec Kay
Alec Kay
Alec Kay
● Alec Kay (JK)

born in Scotland

Alexander Kay was born on Sunday, 9th November, 1879, in Edinburgh.

The defender signed for Thistle on Thursday, 21st June, 1900, having most recently been with St Bernard's.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 15th August, 1900, in a 3-3 draw away to Celtic in the SFL First Division.

There were no goals for Alec during his time with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 14th May, 1901, in a 2-0 friendly defeat at home to Rangers, having appeared as a Jag on 39 occasions.

His club-list included Dalry Primrose, St Bernard's, Partick Thistle, Norwich City, Sheffield United, West Ham United and Dumbarton.

Alec died on Thursday, 15th February, 1917, in Somme, France, aged 37.

Bio Extra

Edinburgh-born Alec started his career locally with Dalry Primrose, moving to St Bernard’s for seasons 1898-99 and 1899-1900. He played on 31 occasions for St Bernard’s over the 2 seasons. He joined Thistle in June 1900, and made his debut in a top-flight game away to Celtic on 15 August 1900, the match ending in a high scoring 3-3 draw. Alec went on to make 33 competitive appearances for the club that season, second only to Tom Harvey, who appeared on 34 occasions. Sadly the Jags finished bottom of the 11 team First Division, and were not re-elected. He made a total of 39 club appearances, and moved on to Sheffield United.

When war came, Alec joined the 11 Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. He was killed in action on 15 February 1917. This was in all probability at Ancre, close to the end of the 1916 Somme offensive. Alec, 37 years old when he died, is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

We commemorate his life in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle Fallen →.


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