James Donald
James Donald
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

James Donald was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The forward appeared as a guest for George Easton's Thistle in the springtime of 1913, having most recently been with Vale of Leven.

He made his debut appearance on Tuesday, 4th March, 1913, in a 3-1 defeat at home to Kilmarnock in the Glasgow & District Mid-Week League.

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

He later played his second and last game for the club (as a trialist) on Wednesday, 5th May, 1915, in a 1-1 defeat (on corners) at home to Celtic in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

His club-list included Vale Allandale, Vale of Leven, Partick Thistle and Nithsdale Wanderers.

We don't know where or when James died. *

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Bio Extra

James Donald was described as “the clever Vale of Leven forward” during his time at the club in 1916. He started his career at Vale Allandale, before moving to Vale of Leven. During his time at the Alexandria based club, James played a couple of trial matches for the Jags, the first in the Glasgow and District Midweek League against Kilmarnock at Firhill on 4 March 1913, the away side winning by 3 goals to nil. His second and final contest in Thistle colours was at the end of the 1914-15 season, when he played against Celtic in the Glasgow Charity Cup Final at Firhill. The match ended 1-1, but Celtic won 4-3 on corners. James played in the outside right position in both matches. A report in the Daily Record of 20 January 1916 stated that James had joined the Army Service Corps. After the war, James returned to Vale of Leven, and subsequently went on to play for Nithsdale Wanderers.

On account of his service during WWI, James is included in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle returned →.


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