Bobby Christie
Bobby Christie
Bobby Christie
● Bobby Christie, 1938 (ARB)

born in Scotland

Robert Watters Christie was born on Wednesday, 15th January, 1913, in Thornton, Fife.

The forward signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Saturday, 30th November, 1935, having most recently been with Lochgelly Albert.

Aged 23, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 8th February, 1936, in a 1-0 win at home to Heart of Midlothian in the SFL First Division.

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

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 12th December, 1936, in a 2-2 draw away to Hibernian in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 15 occasions.

His club-list included Lochgelly Albert, Cardenden, Partick Thistle, Arbroath, Heart of Midlothian, Dunfermline Athletic, Forfar Athletic and Stenhousemuir.

Bobby died on Tuesday, 5th August, 1980, in Kinross, Perth and Kinross, aged 67.

Bio Extra

Bobby, a left-winger, was a Fifer who stepped up from Lochgelly Albert at the tail end of 1935. He gained a lot of valuable experience at Firhill, appearing for the first team on 15 occasions, all spread throughout the calendar year of 1936. Was a Paisley Charity Cup winner with Thistle in May that year, the Jags defeating the Saints by 3 to nil on the home turf of the latter.

Bobby moved on to Arbroath in the summer of 1937, having been afforded the courtesy of a free transfer by the Maryhill executive. At Gayfield, his quest for game time was fulfilled, missing only a handful of games in his first season. An injury in September 1938 saw him miss a month of the 1938-39 campaign but he still featured in the majority of the games, as he did the following season prior to the club ceasing football operations due to World War 2. Although he never scored for Thistle, Bobby found the net when he lined up against the Jags in April 1939, scoring the opener in what was a painful League match for the visitors; Arbroath 4 Partick Thistle 0. Ouch.

During WW2, Bobby was given permission to turn out for Hearts in three different spells while home on leave, as well as three games for Dunfermline Athletic. He's also recorded as playing in Palestine while in the British Army and, upon his return to the country in January 1946, he featured back at Gayfield up until the end of the season, at which point he was released by new manager Arch Anderson. He went on to play with Forfar Athletic (1946-47) and Stenhousemuir (1947-48).

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


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