Bert Houston
Bert Houston
Bert Houston
● Bert Houston, 1939 (DC)

probably born in Scotland

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

The goalkeeper signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Saturday, 17th February, 1945, having most recently been with Raith Rovers.

He made his debut appearance on Saturday, 17th February, 1945, in a 6-2 defeat at home to Third Lanark in the Southern League.

Bert kept his only clean-sheet on Saturday, 3rd March, 1945, in a 2-0 win at home to Clyde in the Southern League Cup.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 21st April, 1945, in a 2-1 win away to St Mirren in the Southern League, having appeared as a Jag on 8 occasions.

Bert's club-list included Dundee Violet, Raith Rovers, Dundee, Partick Thistle and Cupar Hearts.

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Bio Extra

Bert came through as a junior goalkeeper with Dundee Violet and signed for Raith Rovers in May 1939. There could hardly be a worse time to become a professional footballer. Two months into the war, he switched to Dundee and was a registered player at Dens Park for 5 years, although it was all rather academic, with Bert serving in the middle east. Towards the end of 1944 he switched back to Rovers for a 3 month spell. He was loaned to Thistle in February 1945 and played in 2 Southern League matches and 5 Southern League Cup matches before the end of the season. 14,000 were at Firhill on 3rd March 1945 to see Thistle defeat Clyde by two goals to nil in the second game of the Southern League Cup section, his only clean-sheet as a Jag. In May 1947, Bert turned out for Cupar Hearts in a 4-3 win over a "German Prisoners of War" side, a well-attended match which benefitted the Thistle Foundation.

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


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