James Docherty
James Docherty
James Docherty
● James Docherty, 1906 (GLO)

born in Scotland

James Neil Docherty was born on Monday, 2nd July, 1883, in Glasgow.

The forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Friday, 1st June, 1906, having most recently been with Cambuslang Hibernian.

Aged 23, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 15th August, 1906, in a 3-1 defeat away to Third Lanark in the SFL First Division.

There were no goals for James during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 15th September, 1906, in a 3-2 win at home to Motherwell in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 4 occasions.

His club-list included St Aloysius' College, Woodburn, Lambhill Harp, Strathclyde, Hibernian, Duntocher Hibernian, Cambuslang Hibernian, Partick Thistle, Dumbarton Harp, Broxburn Shamrock and Dundee Hibernian.

James died on Friday, 13th December, 1935, in Glasgow, aged 52.

Bio Extra

The son of Patrick Docherty (mason journeyman) and Catherine Docherty (née McBride) who were married on Hogmanay 1873 at Neilston.

James could play in/outside on either wing, and was noted for his remarkable turn of speed and deadly shot in his pre-Thistle days. He featured on the right side during his short stint in the Partick Thistle first team at the beginning of season 1906-07. Although they both played for Dundee Hibernian, our James Neil Docherty is not to be confused with the Jamie Docherty who gained the distinction of scoring Dundee Hibs first-ever goal in 1909. Our James joined Dundee Hibs for what seems like his last hurrah in December 1912, but featured only once; a 1-1 draw at home to St Johnstone in the Second Division.

It's also worth noting that historian John Litster has our man listed as James Neil Doherty, borne of the family notices on his death in 1935, and the fact that Doherty appears on his death register entry. However, his birth entry was Docherty, and that was his father's name, so we stick with that.

James married Rose Forbes in 1915. Our man was employed as a solicitor at the time of his death. He died at Ruchill Hospital from acute lobar pneumonia leading to a cardiac arrest. His sister, Mary Kelly, signed the death register entry.


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