Hugh Goldie
Hugh Goldie
Hugh Goldie
● Hugh Goldie, 1959 (GH)

born in Scotland

Hugh Goldie was born on Monday, 23rd January, 1939, in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

The 5' 7 (10st 8lbs) forward signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle on Saturday, 28th March, 1959, having most recently been with Heart of Midlothian.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 28th March, 1959, in a 3-2 defeat away to Dundee in the SFL First Division.

Hugh scored his only goal for Thistle on Wednesday, 21st October, 1959, in a 5-3 friendly defeat away to Dumbarton.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 24th October, 1959, in a 1-0 win at home to Stirling Albion in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 7 occasions.

Hugh's club-list included Slateford Athletic, Heart of Midlothian, Partick Thistle, Morton, Raith Rovers and Stranraer.

Hugh died on Wednesday, 21st October, 2020, in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, aged 81.

Bio Extra

Hugh joined Thistle from Heart of Midlothian in late March 1959, as a 20-year-old centre forward. Andy Kerr was the man who played in his position for many years, but Andy had moved on to Manchester City. Hugh played in 7 matches for Thistle. He moved onto Morton in October 1959. Although a North Lanarkshire native - he was brought up in Gartness - Hugh, who played men's football with Forth Wanderers as a 14-year-old (see 'Scrapbook' tab), started his senior career with Hearts, having been a Scottish Schools footballer in 1953 and 1954. “Powerfully built, he is the fast, dashing, type of leader” was how a programme entry for that period described him. Before signing senior forms, Hugh had scored 55 goals in 22 matches for Slateford Athletic, according to an obituary written by his grandson after his death in late 2020. Hearts were a good side at this time, winning the Scottish Cup in 1956, beating Celtic in the Final, having also beaten Rangers on the way there. Because of such stiff competition, Hugh was a reserve team player with the club, even though he was a prolific goal scorer.

After leaving Firhill, Hugh moved on and had short spells with Morton, Raith Rovers and Stranraer. Although always retaining his love of the sport throughout his life, away from football Hugh was a draftsman at Lambertons in Coatbridge, and went on to become manager of a factory in Auchterarder before joining a firm that specialized in the manufacture of magnetic cores. The successful company even exported products to NASA. A religious man, Hugh was an Elder in the High Kirk in Airdrie, and was involved in Sunday School and Bible Class for his church. He was an under 18 coach at Airdrieonians. His grandson related how much of a family man Hugh was, and he succumbed to cancer in late October 2020.


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