Austin Collier
Austin Collier
Austin Collier
● Austin Collier, 1938 (CW)

born in England

Austin Collier was born on Friday, 24th July, 1914, in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

The 5' 7 midfielder temporarily transferred to Donald Turner's Thistle in August, 1940, from his parent club, York City.

Aged 26, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 24th August, 1940, in a 1-0 win at home to Albion Rovers in the Southern League.

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

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 8th April, 1944, in a 6-0 defeat away to Celtic in the Southern League Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 47 occasions.

His club-list included Upton Colliery, Frickley Colliery, Mansfield Town, York City, Partick Thistle, Celtic, Third Lanark, East Fife, Aberdeen, Queen of the South, Rotherham United and Halifax Town.

Austin died in May, 1991, in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, aged 76. *

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Bio Extra

Yorkshireman Austin Collier started his career as a wing half with Upton Colliery in 1935. He moved on to Frickley Colliery in August 1937, moving on to Mansfield Town in May 1938. Austin made 26 appearances for Mansfield before going on to York City, where World War 1 interrupted his career.

Austin joined Thistle in August 1940. He made guest appearances for other clubs including Celtic and Third Lanark before returning to Thistle in 1942-43 season. He made 29 appearances in 1941-42, and 18 appearances in 1942-43. All were competitive fixtures. During the war Austin was a physical training instructed with the army, being stationed in the Glasgow area. Later in the war Austin was stationed in Italy and in 1944 played for a British Army side against France in Naples. Post war he played for Queen of the South, and was assistant manager at Halifax Town. Aged 76, Austin passed away in the town where he was born, Dewsbury.

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


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