Archie Freebairn
Archie Freebairn
Archie Freebairn
● Archie Freebairn, 1904 (GI)

born in Scotland

Archibald Freebairn was born on Monday, 2nd August, 1869, in Whiteinch, Glasgow.

The 5' 7 (12st 0lbs) midfielder joined Thistle in 1889, having most recently been with Whitburn.

Aged 19, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 13th July, 1889, in a 4-1 neutral-venue defeat against Cowlairs in the Sir William Cunningham Cup.

Archie scored his first known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 14th September, 1889, in a 3-2 friendly win at home to Cambuslang.

He scored the last of his 4 known goals on Saturday, 15th March, 1890, in a 3-1 friendly win away to Linthouse.

He played his last known game for the club on Wednesday, 13th June, 1894, in a 5-4 defeat at home to Govan Select in a benefit match, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 57 occasions.

His club-list included Whitburn, Partick Thistle and Bolton Wanderers.

Archie died on Monday, 27th August, 1917, in Bolton, Greater Manchester, aged 48.

Bio Extra

Son of Archibald & Mary Freebairn (née Young), who had six children; Mary, Archibald, David, William, Janet & James. Three of the brothers - Archie, David & William - all played for Thistle. Was a Bolton stalwart, spending 14 seasons with the Trotters. Played in the FA Cup final of 1904, Bolton losing by one to nil vs. Manchester City in front of 61,374 at the Crystal Palace.

(WS)



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