Dick Richmond
Dick Richmond
Dick Richmond
● Dick Richmond, 1898 (SR)

probably born in Scotland

James Richmond is thought to have been born in 1880, and is most likely to be Scottish. *

The midfielder signed for Thistle on Friday, 24th June, 1898, having most recently been with Dumbarton.

Aged 17 or 18, he made his first known appearance on Wednesday, 17th August, 1898, in a 4-0 friendly defeat at home to Celtic.

Dick scored his only known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 22nd October, 1898, in a 3-2 win away to St Bernard's in the SFL First Division.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 13th May, 1899, in a 1-0 defeat away to Third Lanark in the Glasgow League, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 18 occasions.

His club-list included Dumbarton, Partick Thistle and Johannesburg.

We don't know where or when Dick died. *

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Bio Extra

He was known as 'the Mighty Mite' (he was a tough wee centre half) and 'the Holt of Scotland' (a reference to Everton's Johnny Holt). Played with Dumbarton in 1897-98. Registered as a Jag for 7 seasons, although in reality he only played at Meadowside for one season, running into a financial dispute with the club by September, 1899. Possibly fled, frustrated. Was playing in South Africa with Johannesburg in August, 1903, making him the first Jag that we know of to have played abroad!


Historian's note: Although he was quoted as an 18-year-old when he joined Thistle in the close season of 1898, the sketched player in the Scottish Referee (5-Aug-1898) looks a little older. He was born James but known as Dick, possibly due to his surname or a middle name. In Scotland's People, James Dickson Richmond (birth registered in Campsie, 1876) looks like an excellent candidate, which would also tie in with the sketch as being more like a young man in his early 20s.

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