Hugh Baigrie
Hugh Baigrie
Hugh Baigrie
• Hugh Baigrie, 1935 (HA)

born in Scotland

Hugh Wallace Baigrie was born on Sunday, 24th March, 1912, in Nigg, Aberdeenshire.

The midfielder signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Wednesday, 27th September, 1933, having most recently been with Woodside.

Aged 22, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 14th April, 1934, in a 3-0 win at home to Third Lanark in the SFL First Division.

There were no goals for Hugh during his time with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 6th November, 1937, in a 6-0 defeat away to Celtic in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 62 occasions.

His club-list included Aberdeen, Woodside, Partick Thistle, Ayr United and Montrose.

Hugh died on Monday, 24th October, 1966, in Glasgow, aged 54.

Hugh Baigrie's Summary Totals
appearances position won drew lost goals
League 45 19 10 16 0
Competitive 58 25 12 21 0
All Games 62 27 12 23 0

Bio Extra

Hugh was born in Nigg, Kincardinshire to Hugh Wallace Baigrie and Margaret Cruikshank Baigrie (née Burness). He was the youngest of 4 children, with sisters Margaret and Grace sandwiched between Hugh and the oldest sibling, his brother Alexander. Hugh married Mary Clark Young, and they had 2 children, Kenneth John and Irene Wallace Baigrie. Hugh subsequently married Edith Walker Fowler.

Hugh (who played trial games with Aberdeen in 1930-31) joined the Jags from Aberdeen & District Junior League outfit, Woodside, and got his first proper taste of senior football during the 1933/34 season, appearing on 14 occasions. The defensive midfielder played in the Glasgow Cup matches against Queen’s Park (a 4-2 win), and the final against Rangers at Ibrox on 2 May 1934. This match ended 1-1, but Rangers were awarded the cup on corners won (7-4). Thistle’s disappointment was tempered somewhat the following 1934/35 season when they became double cup winners! Thistle’s biggest win of the season was a 7-1 SFL First Division match against Dunfermline Athletic on 15 November 1934, a great highlight for Hugh. He wasn’t in the side that won the Glasgow Cup by beating Rangers 1-0 in the final at Hampden on 13 October 1934. He did, however, play in the Glasgow Charity Cup final later that season when Thistle beat Queen’s Park 2-1 on 11 May 1935 in front of 16,550 at Hampden. This was also the season Thistle first wore the iconic red and yellow strip.

Although being on the losing side on the day (3-0 at Pittodrie 22 Dec 1934) we get an essence of Hugh in the match report of that game in the Aberdeen Press & Journal: “Dons won easily but lack thrust at goal. Except for an occasional burst, and a plucky rally in the closing minutes, Partick Thistle were never in the hunt at Pittodrie. Hugh Baigrie, the former Woodside half-back, took the honours in the defensive department of the Thistle eleven. He was a rugged defender, and tried hard to get his forwards moving.

The following season, 1935/36, saw Alex McSpadyen start his Firhill career. Thistle also won the Paisley Charity Cup by beating St Mirren 3-0 on 9 May 1936. Hugh played in this match, and Alex notched up his first (but by no means his last) senior Thistle goal. Hugh spent 5 full seasons at Thistle in total, making around 60 appearances, almost half of which were made in his peak season, 1934-35. After leaving Firhill, he went on to play for Ayr United and then Montrose.

(DMAC)



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