George Cleghorn
George Cleghorn
A. Player

born in Scotland

George Cleghorn was born on Sunday, 15th February, 1874, in Peebles, Tweeddale.

The defender appeared as a guest for Thistle in April, 1899, having most recently been with Peebles Rovers.

Aged 25, he made his only known appearance on Monday, 3rd April, 1899, in a 2-0 friendly defeat at home to Hibernian.

There were no goals for George in his only known appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Peebles Rovers and Partick Thistle.

George died on Wednesday, 8th February, 1950, in Peebles, Tweeddale, aged 75.

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Bio Extra

The son of Robert Cleghorn (general labourer) and Mary Cleghorn (née Hunter). In the 1881 census, the family all lived in Peebles and 7-year-old George was the third youngest of 8 siblings; Ellen (22), Sarah (15), Robert (13), Christina (11), Iasabella (9), James (5) and William (8 months).

The Cleghorn brothers (James, goalkeeper & George, right back) both played their one and only game for Thistle on the same day. The occasion, on Monday 3rd April 1899, was billed as a "Grand Holiday Match", Hibernians the opponents at Meadowside. The match kicked-off at 1.30pm and a 3.05pm special train was laid on, departing from the adjacent Partick West station, bound for Parkhead, where Celtic were set to entertain Third Lanark. A goal in each half sealed the win for the Edinburgh side. There were six low-ley games offering opportunity before the call for the season, but, perhaps tellingly, neither brother featured again.

(WS/JK)




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