James Cleland

James Cleland
James Cleland
● James Cleland (LFH)

born in Scotland

James Cleland was born on Thursday, 7th October, 1869, in Glasgow.

The forward first appeared as a guest for Thistle in May, 1894, having most recently been with Third Lanark.

Aged 24, he made his first known appearance on Wednesday, 16th May, 1894, in a 6-1 neutral-venue win against Johnstone in the Greenock Charity Cup.

James scored his first known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 26th May, 1894, in a 3-2 neutral-venue defeat against Battlefield in the Greenock Charity Cup.

He scored the last of his 3 known goals on Saturday, 13th November, 1897, in a 3-2 win away to Clyde in the SFL First Division.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 21st October, 1899, in a 2-1 defeat away to Ayr in the SFL Second Division, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 10 occasions.

His club-list included Minerva, Third Lanark, Partick Thistle, St Bernard's, Liverpool and Abercorn.

James died on Monday, 16th November, 1942, in Glasgow, aged 73.

compiled from our All Games criteria.
Age Goal(s) Match
24y, 7m, 19d goal.png 26.05.1894 Battlefield [n] L2-3 (Greenock Charity Cup Semi Final)
28y, 0m, 23d goal.png 30.10.1897 Clyde [h] D1-1 (SFL First Division - game 8)
28y, 1m, 6d goal.png 13.11.1897 Clyde [a] W3-2 (SFL First Division - game 10)

Historian's note: Not to be confused with John White Clelland (b. 6 January 1863, Hamilton) who played with Royal Albert and was capped for Scotland. After first appearing as a guest in 1894, our James Cleland formally joined Thistle 3-and-a-half years later.


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