Charlie Busby
Charlie Busby
Charles Busby
● Charles Busby, 1938 (HA)

born in Scotland

Charles Buchanan Busby was born on Monday, 6th December, 1915 in Townhead, Glasgow.

The midfielder signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Wednesday, 27th March, 1935, having most recently been with Shotts United.

Aged 19, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 30th November, 1935, in a 1-1 draw away to Celtic in the SFL First Division.

Charles scored his first goal for Thistle on Wednesday, 1st May, 1940, in a 2-0 win at home to Ayr United in the Regional League, Western Division.

He scored his second and final goal for the club on Saturday, 10th August, 1940, in a 5-2 win at home to Dumbarton in the Southern League.

He played his last game for Thistle on Wednesday, 29th April, 1942, in a 1-0 neutral-venue defeat against Morton in the Southern League Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 98 occasions.

His club-list included Shotts United, Partick Thistle, Hibernian, Falkirk, Dartford and Gravesend & Northfleet.

Charles died on Thursday, 9th May, 1957, in Dartford, Kent, aged 41.

Bio Extra

The son of John Busby (print worker) and Agnes Busby (née Buchanan). His birthplace is sometimes listed as Caldercruix, but he was actually born at the Glasgow Maternity Hospital, Rottenrow. Caldercruix, where the family lived, was where the birth was registered.

Charlie was primarily a left half and played with Shotts United in his teens. He signed with Thistle in March 1935 and stayed with the club until the end of season 1941-42. He was never quite able to nail down a permanent spot for himself at Thistle, but appeared steadily all throughout that time, racking up almost 100 appearances, 23 of which were made in his peak season of 1937-38. Charlie had a brief spell with Hibs by consent in 1942-43, before making a more permanent arrangement with Falkirk in that same season. He relocated to England after the war, and we know that he played for Dartford and the newly-formed Gravesend & Northfleet, who had merged together from Gravesend United (originally formed in 1893) and Northfleet United (originally formed in 1890). After Charlie had retired from playing, he became a reserve team coach. In May 1957, it must have come as a great shock to everyone when Charlie died at the young age of 41. 4 months later, in September 1957, the Kentish Express reported that the Southern League managment committee had agreed to donate £100 to his widow who had 2 young children to support.

(WS/AFK)



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