Anthony Johnston
Anthony Johnston
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

Anthony Colin McAllister Johnston was born on Wednesday, 6th June, 1917, in Plantation, Glasgow.

The 6' 3 (12st 0lbs) defender signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Friday, 19th May, 1939, having most recently been with Queen's Park.

Aged 22, he made his (legitimate) debut appearance on Tuesday, 29th August, 1939, in a 4-1 defeat at home to Rangers in the Glasgow Cup (after having played in 4 voided League fixtures).

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

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 22nd April, 1941, in a 5-3 defeat away to Clyde in the Southern League, having appeared as a Jag on 18 occasions.

His club-list included Queen's Park, St Bernard's, Partick Thistle, Stirling Albion, Raith Rovers and Brora Rangers.

Anthony died in 1993, in East Renfrewshire, aged 76. *

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Bio Extra

Plantation born Anthony Johnston signed for the Jags from Queen’s Park in the summer of 1939, as a 22-year-old defender. He played for Queen’s Park from 1935 to 1939 before joining Thistle, having made 33 starts for the Spiders. When with Queen’s Park he was awarded a cap by the Scottish International side in 1939, against England. He played 4 SFL Division 1 matches against Heart of Midlothian (twice), Albion Rovers and Queen of the South in August 1939, although these were lost from his appearances tally when the SFL abandoned the League and declared the competition voided. He didn’t play in the fifth fixture against Alloa Athletic. His remaining match in August 1939 was against Rangers in the Glasgow Cup. That went ahead ok, but Thistle lost 4-1 at Firhill. Anthony started out wearing the number 5 centre half shirt, but moved across to the number 2 right back position. Unfortunately for Anthony he was called up to the Army, and although he did play on 18 occasions before his final match in April 1941, the war effectively ended his Thistle career.

He did appear as a guest for St Bernard’s in 1940. Post-war, he went on to play with the newly formed Stirling Albion as well as Raith Rovers and Brora Rangers. He passed away in 1993 in East Renfrewshire aged 76.

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

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