Andrew Mackay
Andrew Mackay
Andrew Mackay
● Andrew Mackay, 1889 (HA)

probably born in Scotland

Andrew Mackay was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The forward joined Thistle in 1886.

He made his first known appearance on Saturday, 27th November, 1886, in a 4-1 friendly defeat at home to Queen's Park.

Andrew scored his first known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 26th January, 1889, in a 7-6 friendly win at home to Albion Rovers.

He scored the last of his 3 known goals on Saturday, 13th April, 1889, in a 2-2 friendly draw at home to Northern.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 4th October, 1890, in a 2-2 friendly draw at home to Hibernian, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 17 occasions.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

We don't know where or when Andrew died. *

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Bio Extra

This pleasant looking fellow was listed as the vice-captain of the Swifts in season 1885-86. He displaced Willie Paul as centre forward for two appearances in the winter of 1886, in Glasgow derbies against the mighty Queen’s Park (L1-4) and Rangers (D0-0), but presumably didn’t impress enough to retain a first team place. In common with most forwards of the day, Andrew could play anywhere across the frontline, but was most commonly found in the inside right position. His main run in the first team came in season 1888-89 when he appeared more than 10 times, scoring twice. Both of his goals came in victories at Inchview. The first was in a crazy 7-6 win over Albion Rovers in January 1889 and the second in a 2-0 win against St Bernard’s, a month later.

One of Andrew’s later matches as a first team player would have been memorable for the player himself – it came at Deepdale in April 1889 as the Jags boldly squared up to the Preston North End. They had just become England’s first League champions and also the first winners of "The Double", becoming the only team to date to go throughout an entire season unbeaten in both the League and FA Cup. To boot, they had won the FA Cup without even conceding a goal:

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Played at Preston before 6,000 spectators. The game was very keenly contested throughout, and the issue was in doubt right up to the finish. Preston did most of the attacking, but their efforts were repeatedly frustrated by the fine defence of the Scotchmen. In the end Preston gained a hard earned victory by 2 goals to 1.

Our Inchview lads clearly fought well against the best of the best that the World had to offer at this time. As a side note, I’m quite amused by the fact that this report refers to Thistle as the Scotchmen. More than half of that Preston team were Scots!

(WS)



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