Hugh Hill
Hugh Hill
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

Hugh Hill was born on Tuesday, 1st December, 1863, in Whiteinch, Glasgow.

The 5' 4 (10st 10lbs) midfielder joined Thistle in 1889.

Aged 25, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 28th September, 1889, in a 6-2 friendly defeat away to Albion Rovers.

Hugh scored his only known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 4th January, 1890, in a 5-2 friendly win away to Aberdeen FC.

He played his last known game for the club on Thursday, 1st January, 1891, in a 2-2 friendly draw away to Bootle, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 6 occasions.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

Hugh died on Thursday, 19th March, 1953, in Springvale, Maine, aged 89.

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Bio Extra

The son of James Hill (b. 1842, iron turner) and Sarah Jane Hill (née Dawson, b. 1853). Both parents were Irish. By 1881, Hugh had an older brother, George (18), as well two younger sisters - Mary Elizabeth (13) and Grace (9). At that time he was apprentice ship fitter and blacksmith, and the latter trade would stay with him for a number of decades.

Hugh was the stated captain of the second eleven side of 1889-90, but still managed to register a handful of appearances in the first eleven that term, a real mixed bag run; Albion Rovers [a] L2-6, Aberdeen FC [a] W5-2, Kilbirnie [h] W5-2 and Methlan Park [h] L2-7. He scored his one and only first team goal in the aforementioned Aberdeen game, played on New Years Day. He was involved again during the festive period the following season, turning out in the 4-0 win at home to Pollokshaws (27th December) followed a few days later by the 2-2 draw at Bootle on New Years Day, 1891.

After Hugh stopped playing for Thistle in 1891, he married Agnes McDougall/Martin and they raised a large family together. They emigrated to the United States of America in 1922, arriving in New York and settling in Springvale, Maine, for some 30 years. In April 1923, when he filled in his 'Declaration of Intention' to become a naturalised American citizen, Hugh described himself as a Whiteinch-born blacksmith, of fair hair and blue eyes, standing at 5' 4 and weighing in at 150 lbs. He, Agnes, and a couple of the children (most of them stayed in Scotland) were already settled in at 3 George Street, Springvale.

Hugh lived to the grand old age of 89 and when his time came, the local paper (see 'Scrapbook' tab) stated that he was survived by 5 sons, 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Hugh was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery (see 'Gallery' tab) in his home village of Springvale.

(WS/JK)



Historian's note: Could well be the same player as Hill who registered one appearance in December 1885, but we haven't found a link to make us comfortable with the 3+ years gap.

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