Alex Younger
Alex Younger
A. Player

born in Scotland

Alexander Watson Younger was born on Saturday, 6th September, 1919, in Kelty, Fife.

The forward signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Monday, 15th May, 1939, having most recently been with Thornton Hibernian.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 11th November, 1939, in a 6-4 defeat away to Hamilton Academical in the Regional League, Western Division.

Alex scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 9th December, 1939, in a 4-2 win at home to Celtic in the Regional League, Western Division.

He scored the last of his 17 goals on Saturday, 11th April, 1942, in a 4-2 win at home to Airdrieonians in the Southern League Cup.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 23rd March, 1946, in a 2-2 draw away to Kilmarnock in the Southern League Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 31 occasions.

His club-list included Thornton Hibernian, Partick Thistle, East Fife, Watford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Aldershot, Clapton Orient and Ayr United.

Alex died in the second quarter of 1971, in Fife, aged 51. *

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Bio Extra

Alex Younger was a centre forward signed from Thornton Hibernian in the summer of 1939. He got his initial first team start against Hamilton Academical in a Regional League Western Division match in November 1939. The Jags lost the away fixture. Alex played on 10 occasions that season (1939-40). He scored in the 4-2 Regional League Western Division match against Celtic at Firhill on 9 December 1939. The Thistle support in the 3,500 crowd were thrilled to see Peter Ma Ba Mckennan back in the team, and Peter did please them with a goal. Alex scored the 3rd goal that day.

Alex played on 17 occasions the following season, but his appearances fell to 2 in 1941-42, and then nothing till single appearances in 1944-45 and 1945-46. Was service had interrupted his career. He scored 17 goals in 31 Thistle appearances. He did play 2 representative matches for the military, firstly on 14 December 1940 he appeared for an Army XI who were beaten 4-2 by an SFA Select at Starks’ Park Kirkcaldy. He was on the winning side when East Anti-Aircraft Units beat West Anti-Aircraft Units 6-1 at Dens Park Dundee on 13 September 1941.

On account of his service during WWII, Alex is included in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle Returned →.

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