What was the date, score or venue?
01-Jun-2022 A total of 31 matches (20 of which are "off database") are giving us trouble in terms of the date, the scoreline, the name of the venue or the home/away designation. If you can help with any of these please do get in touch. n.b. the nominal dates below prefixed with a "?" are simply educated guesses.
# DB? match date match ?
31 No Tue-06-Aug-1985 Troon F.C. [a] ?-? (Friendly) The HA lists this game in the first-team section, but no result has been found as yet. A programme was produced for the game and we're labelled as “Partick Thistle XI”, so this may not be a first-team match.
30 Yes Sat-07-May-1960 Clachnacuddin / Inverness Thistle XI [a] W4-0 (Friendly) On which ground was this played?
29 Yes Wed-02-May-1956 Inverness Select [a] L1-2 (Friendly) On which ground was this played?
28 Yes Mon-26-Apr-1948 Celtic [n] D2-2 (Benefit Match) What was the neutral venue for this match?
27 No Mon-03-Sep-1945 Maryhill [h] ?-? (Benefit Match) Nothing else to go on at the moment, but on Wednesday, 5th September, 1945, the Kirkintilloch Herald reported: “Maryhill and Partick Thistle met at Firhill on Monday in a benefit for Harry Gillies, a Twechar youth, who is on the sick list. Harry, who was outside left in the Maryhill team last season, is the former Townhead School footballer.”. Might there be something in the Evening Times we wonder?
26 No Mon-11-Sep-1933 Rangers [n] ?-? (Friendly) Noticed in the Halifax Courier was a reference to this game in connection with the 50th anniversary of the BB in September 1933. As part of the celebrations held in Glasgow (100,000 at Hampden on the 10th for a church service), many of the boys were treated to a sail doon the watter followed by an exhibition match with Alan Morton (old BB boy) as referee. Belfast Tel, Falkirk H and W Lothian Courier all confirm this took place on the 11th - most likely at the main tented camp at Dechmont near Cambuslang - but no further details found. Perhaps the Daily Record might have something.
25 Yes Sat-31-May-1930 Vaalerengens [a] L3-4 (Friendly) What was the name of the Vaalerengens ground?
24 No Tue-27-Apr-1915 Queen's Park [n] ?-? (Pollok FC Fund Raiser) The DR (26/4/1915) noted: “International James Gordon has taken on a job for Tuesday evening. The popular Ranger is to referee the Queen's Park v. Partick Thistle match at Hagg's Park, Pollok. The proceeds go to swell the funds of Pollok FC”. Teasingly, the SP (2/5/1915) reported: “Muir and Ross of St Anthony turned out for Partick Thistle against Queen's at Hagg's Park on Tuesday evening with great success”.
23 No Mon-21-Aug-1911 Royal Albert [?] ?-? (Friendly) Where was it played and what was the score? “Partick Thistle play Royal Albert this evening, when advantage will be taken of the opportunity to try Curtis and Coham, the Southampton recruit, on the left wing.” (SR, Monday, 21st August, 1911). No further information has been found for this game, but it looks like it could have been John Coham's debut, a couple of weeks earlier than current knowledge has it.
22 No Thu-20-Apr-1911 Churches League Select [h] ?-? (Friendly) What was the score? “Now that the championship has been settled, attention must be paid to the representative games, the first of which is due at Firhill against the Partick Thistle, on Thursday evening, April 20, at 6.30. Mr Easton, the genial secretary of the Firhill club, has agreed to put a strong team on the field, and as the select of the League is, by no means, weak, a splendid contest is sure to be forthcoming. All well wishers of the League – and there are many – should make a point to be present on the 20th. The League team is as follows:- J. Tweedle (St Barnabas’); D. Cathro (Bluevale) and R. Jones (St Rollox); A. Chisholm (Dennistoun), A. Baxter (St Mark’s) and W. Coulter (Pollokshws); A. Davidson (Gorbals’), R. Gardner (Whitevale), A. Heggie (Rutherglen), D. Woods (West Maryston) and R. Lyon (Kelvinside)” (SR, 10th April, 1911). An advert for the match appeared in the 17th April edition of the same paper.
21 No Thu-04-May-1905 Glasgow Perthshire [a] ?-? (Friendly) Part of a Scottish Referee box advert (Mon-01-May-1905) read: “THURSDAY NIGHT, 4th MAY, PERTHSHIRE v. PARTICK THISTLE. Nelson Park, Bilsland Drive, Maryhill. Kick-off, 7 prompt. Admission, 3d, boys 1d.” As yet, we've been unable to find any subsequent reporting of the match, so we can't be sure that it took place. Adding weight to the possibility that it didn't take place is the fact that the aforementioned advert also talked of a Perthshire present v Old Perthshire match taking place on the Tuesday (2nd), and Friday the 5th's edition of the Scottish Referee chats at length about that game, with no reference to the Thursday match. Similarly, the Daily Record (Thursday 4th) has an account of the Tuesday game (a contested 4-4 draw). As ever, until such times as we see a cancellation quoted we'll keep the prospect alive.
20 No Fri-25-Apr-1902 Milngavie [?] L?-? (Partick & Whiteinch Masonic Lodges Benefit) KG (Saturday 3/5/1902) reported: “Milngavie beat a strong team of PT on Friday”. Given there is a report of another match “on Saturday” we assume it's referring to the week before, and that the Milngavie game was therefore on Friday 25/4. No scoreline has yet been found. Just to cover all bases, we note that Thistle played on two successive Saturdays: 26.04.1902 Clyde [a] W3-1 (Western League - game 7) & 03.05.1902 Motherwell [a] D0-0 (Friendly)
19 No Thu-15-Feb-1900 St Mirrren [h] L4-6 (Friendly) This game appeared on the HA so we're lead to believe it was there for a reason. However, no contemporary account can be found. SD (27.04.2017) reports: “DR Feb 1900 Spool missing or being used. GH on 15th, 16th or 17th Feb has no mention. ET on 15th, 16th or 17th Feb has no mention. So look's like this can be deleted unless I can turn something up in the DR or PDE”.
18 No Fri-31-May-1895 Glasgow Select [h] ?-? (Willie Paul Benefit) EY reports: "During the close season, faithful servant Willie Paul was rewarded for his eleven years as a member of the club, with a benefit match against a Glasgow Select. Paul was presented with a purse of sovereigns as his testimonial". We would dearly like to find out the details of this match played in honour of such a Thistle giant. The SR (31/5/1895) wrote: "Partick Thistle play a match with a select team of Glasgow players tonight at Inchview, Whiteinch, the proceeds of which will go towards the testimonial to Mr. William Paul. Several old friends will be in the Glasgow team - namely George Gillespie, Tom Robertson, R. Smillie [sic] & co. - and the Partick Thistle will have out their full team. It is hoped there will be a bumper gate, as no one deserves it more than the genial Willie Paul." It looks like a cert for inclusion in our first team database - if we can find the score!
17 No Fri-16-Jun-1893 Minerva [h] ?-? (Whiteinch Orphanage Benefit) Partick Thistle meet a team of Old Minerva players at Inchview on Friday evening first. This is the annual match in aid of funds of the Whiteinch Orphanage. Thistle will play the following team:- J. McCorkindale, William Prodfoot, Peter Rodger, William Edgar, Stewart Munn, D. Bruce, J. Gilchrist, W. Freebairn, B. Fyffe, G. Hurry and Hope Robertson. Minerva's team will be:- C. McCall, W. Sinclair, D. Stewart, R. Craig, J. Harvie, A. McLachlan, R. Currie, A. Stewart, M. O. White, J. Mulvey and J. Gellaity.” (SR, 16/6/1893). Friday evening first is a bit ambiguous, given the paper was published on the Friday. We presume it to be Friday 16th June, although it could be Friday 23rd June. Looks a cert for the first team DB, just awaiting the score reveal to clarify all.
16 No Fri-01-Jan-1892 Glasgow Thistle [a] ?-? (Friendly) The GEP (25/12/1891) reported: “Partick Thistle will play the Glasgow Thistle at Beechwood Park on New Year's day”. No subsequent reports have been found, so we can't be sure that the match even took place. We note that our reserves played on both the 1st and 2nd of January, and that the first team also played on the Saturday: Sat-02-Jan-1892 Rangers [a] L1-3 (Friendly)
15 No ?Sat-30-May-1891 Partick Thistle Past [h] ?-? (Whiteinch Orphanage Benefit) EY reports: “The second charity match [at the end of 1890-91] was more interesting, combining a team of past Thistle players with the current side. The match was in aid of the Whiteinch Orphanage funds. The Past team was: Andrew Duff; John Hendry, Thomas Campbell; Robert Robertson, Geo Ward, Robert Marshall; Jerry Suter, Andrew Johnstone, A.Mackay, John Young, David Hislop. The current team lined up: John McCorkindale; John Herd, William Proudfoot; J.Smith, John Cameron, John Stewart; Willie Paul, J.H.Davie, Walter Keay, Sam Clark, John Gilchrist”. Hopefully we can retrace steps and have the actual date and scoreline confirmed at some stage.
14 No Tue-26-May-1891 Abercorn [a] ?-? (Friendly) The GEP (22/5/1891) reported: “The Partick Thistle will visit Paisley on Tuesday evening [26/5] to meet the Abercorn”. Alas, we can find no subsequent reports to confirm the scoreline, or whether the match even took place.
13 No Mon-25-May-1891 Irving Dramatic Club [h] ?-? (Grand Character Match) EY reports: “One of the end of season matches at Inchview in 1890-91 was played in aid of charity and was billed as a “Grand Character Match”, involving the Irving Dramatic Club. The players who took part got into the spirit. Partick Thistle lined up: Artful Dodger; Dudeworthy, Sweeney Todd; Chinaman, Tommy Atkins, Mary Anderson; Silver King, McGinty, Prince Charlie, Tom Bowling, A Warrior Bold. The Irving team was: Pirate; Policeman, Slavey; Nero, Malabar, Mikado; Alley Sloper, Tootsie, Bluebeard, Annie Rooney, Rob Roy. The referee was Old Nick, who rode about the field on horseback.” We have no result for this game, but it can be dated via the GEP (22/5/1891) who wrote: “The Partick Thistle will meet the Irvine [sic] Dramatic Club at Whiteinch on Monday first” [25/5]. We suspect that the Dramatic Club might have had some connection to Thistle. Shared committee members maybe? We note that Minerva played them in 1890 (circa August), we played them in 1891 (circa May) and Partick Virginia played them in mid-June, 1892. All three of these matches were for charity and were played at Inchview.”
12 No ?Sat-19-May-1888 Northern [a] L0-2 (Friendly) A 2-0 end-of-season defeat at Hyde Park was reported in the EY season review text, but we need to find a date for the match. Hopefully we can retrace steps and have this one confirmed at some stage.
11 Yes Sat-21-May-1887 Caledonian Thistle [a] L0-2 (Friendly) What was the name of Caledonian Thistle's ground?
10 No ?Mon-04-Jan-1886 Barrow [a] ?-? (Friendly) Game gets a mention in the EY season review text which states that “no outcome was reported”. Was a date scheduled we wonder? Did the match take place? Two tour games were played down south that New Year: Fri-01-Jan-1886 Everton [a] W3-0 (Friendly) & Sat-02-Jan-1886 Stoke City [a] L1-2 (Friendly)
9 No Sat-10-Dec-1881 Clarkston [h] ?-? (Friendly) GEP, on Friday, 9th December, 1881, wrote “Tomorrow's Football… Partick Thistle v Clarkston at Whiteinch”. As yet, we've found no subsequent trace of this fixture but it may have been postponed because of the weather. We have no reported games for 3 consecutive December Saturdays; the 10th, 17th or 24th.
8 Yes Sat-11-Dec-1880 Helensburgh Victoria [a] W1-0 (Friendly) What was the name of Helensburgh Victoria's park?
7 Yes Tue-30-Mar-1880 Renfrew Ramblers [a] D1-1 (Friendly) What was the name of the Renfrew Ramblers park?
6 Yes Sat-06-Mar-1880 Parkhead Rangers [a] D1-1 (Friendly) What was the name of the Parkhead Rangers park?
5 Yes Sat-28-Feb-1880 Ardayre [a] W6-1 (Friendly) What was the name of Ardayre's park?
4 Yes Sat-28-Dec-1878 Thornliebank Rainbow [a] W2-1 (West Of Scotland Cup 2nd Round) What was the name of Thornliebank Rainbow's park?
3 No ?Sat-06-Oct-1877 Lumsden [h] L?-? (Friendly) Listed as “a single goal defeat” in the EY season review text. We're hoping to retrace steps and have this one confirmed at some stage.
2 Yes Sat-25-Mar-1876 Smithfield [a] W2-1 (Friendly) What was the name of Smithfield's park?
1 No Sat-11-Mar-1876 Valencia [a] ?-? (Friendly) The “return leg” of our 19th February fixture was advertised (NBDM) in editions from 24th February to the very day of the match. It was to be played at Glasgow Green. Alas, there was no result listed in the edition of Monday, 13th March, nor in any other paper that we've checked.


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