Eric Floyd
Eric Floyd
Eric Floyd
● Eric Floyd, 1947 (DET)

probably born in Scotland

Eric Floyd was born on Thursday, 29th February, 1912, in Dundee.

The forward appeared for Donald Turner's Thistle in January, 1942.

Aged 29, he made his only appearance on Saturday, 17th January, 1942, in a 2-0 defeat at home to Airdrieonians in the Southern League.

There were no goals for Eric in his one-off appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Dundee Arnot, Stobswell, Partick Thistle and Benburb.

Eric died in 1999, in Dundee, aged 87. *

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Bio Extra

The son of John Floyd (Iron Grinder) and Elizabeth Sutherland Floyd (nÊe Beattie). Eric was born special - he was a leap day baby in 1912!

Eric played a sole wartime match for Thistle in 1942, taking the centre-forward jersey for a Southern League encounter with Airdrieonians at Firhill on 17 January 1942. A weakened Thistle lost 2-0 in front of a 5,000 crowd. Their opener was lucky in that a shot was deflected leaving Henderson helpless (31). Thistle couldn't make any impression on a solid Airdrie defence and they scored (76) to make sure of both points.

Going into the war, Eric was playing junior football in his home city for Dundee Arnot. Like many others, his footballing activity was greatly disturbed during the war. Eric joined up with the famous regiment, The Highland Light Infantry, in August, 1940. He still managed to play here and there and was associated with Dundee junior outfit Stobswell before and after his game with Thistle. 4 months after that January '42 appearance at Firhill, he played in a Scottish Command (army) representative match against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on 4 May 1942, with the Scottish Command side running out 3-1 winners. He played in the outside right position in the game, with a 6,000 crowd present. The match was a benefit to raise funds for war charities. Jags centre half George Sutherland also played for the Scottish Command side in the fixture.

Eric, a corporal, was serving in the Middle East in 1943. He later got back into the football with Benburb, before rejoining Stobswell as the war drew to a close. 'The Stobbies' were inaugural champions of the first official Dundee & District Junior League in 1947-48.

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


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