George C. Robertson
George C. Robertson
George C. Robertson
● George C. Robertson, c1910 (SC)

born in Scotland

George Clarke Robertson was born on Saturday, 7th March, 1885, in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire.

The forward appeared as a trialist for George Easton's Thistle in March, 1906, whilst a Yoker Athletic player.

Aged 21, he played on Tuesday, 27th March, 1906, in a 3-1 defeat at home to Clyde in the Glasgow League, although the match was abandoned and his only known appearance was therefore scrubbed from the records!

There were no goals for George in his unofficial "appearance" for Thistle.

His club-list included Menstrie Victoria, Yoker Athletic, Partick Thistle, Motherwell, The Wednesday and East Fife.

George died on Monday, 10th May, 1937, in Providence, Rhode Island, aged 52.

Historian's note: An unidentified Robertson played at centre-forward on 14th May 1904 in a 2-1 friendly defeat against Queen's Park, whilst our man, George C. Robertson (identified in the DR as Robertson, Yoker Athletic) played at outside-left on 27th March 1906 in a 3-1 (abandoned) Glasgow League defeat against Clyde. Might these two be one and the same, kept in mind by the directors for a second trial nearly 2 years later? We may never know, but an illuminating snippet in the SR (25-Feb-1910) read: “Robertson was the distinct find of the Firhill trial, and will be selected v. Wales, if not other nations. Curious. Partick Thistle played him in three matches previous to his going to Motherwell [June 1906], but saw nothing of the gem in the old Yoker Athletic lad.” If our theory were correct, these would account for 2 of the 3 suggested appearances, but we've yet to find a third. Of course, it may be that he appeared in reserve fixtures.

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