Alfred Edward
Alfred Edward
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

Alfred Joseph Edward was born on Tuesday, 26th July, 1881, in Forfar, Angus.

The forward signed for Thistle on Tuesday, 5th August, 1902.

Aged 21, he made his only appearance on Tuesday, 19th August, 1902, in a 4-0 friendly win at home to Third Lanark.

That day, Alfred became a member of our scoring debutant's club.

His club-list included Forfar Athletic and Partick Thistle.

Alfred died on Saturday, 20th June, 1942, in Gartloch, Glasgow, aged 60.

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Bio Extra

The son of James Edward (a mantle salesman) and Elizabeth Edward (née Tosh). Alfred had several siblings, and he was one of the youngest.

Signing Forfar Athletic's outside right for a season of top-flight football seemed like a surprise move, but on 19th August 1902, Alfred scored on his debut to try and appease any doubters. 1,500 were at Meadowside for the Tuesday evening pre-season friendly with the mighty Third Lanark. Play was even for a short time, then Thistle got on top. Goals by Walter Lindsay (10) and John Law gave Thistle a half-time lead. Thirds came more into the game after the break, and had a few chances but Thistle scored two more through Arthur Edward and Brownlie, who was on trial from Cambuslang Rangers. Neither team was at full strength, and play was described in the Scotsman as “listless”. Unfortunately for Alfred, his good start proved to be anticlimactic and he was back playing with his hometown team before the year was out.

Alfred soon returned to Glasgow where he'd settle for life, although there was no advancement in the footballing aspect of his career, certainly not in senior terms at least. There, he married Mary Catherine Quigley in 1904. He worked as a tile layer and was living on Shettleston Road with Mary at the time of his demise in 1942 due to Pulmonary TB. He succumbed to the illness at the Gartloch Hospital. His son, J. Edward, signed the register entry.


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