James Douglas
James Douglas
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

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

The forward signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Monday, 17th May, 1937, having most recently been with Standburn Rangers Juveniles.

He made his debut appearance on Saturday, 4th September, 1937, in a 0-0 draw at home to Arbroath in the SFL First Division.

James scored his first two goals for Thistle on Saturday, 26th March, 1938, in a 3-0 win at home to Motherwell in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 11 goals on Saturday, 16th December, 1939, in a 2-1 win away to Airdrieonians in the Regional League, Western Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 27th April, 1940, in a 3-1 defeat away to St Mirren in the Regional League, Western Division, having appeared as a Jag on 67 occasions.

His club-list included Partick Thistle and Stenhousemuir.

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

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Bio Extra

James joined Thistle in May 1937 from Sandburn Rangers Juveniles, starting out as inside left. James then moved to the left half position for a handful of matches before reverting to the forward line again. Thistle finished in 7th position in the 20 team SFL First Division that season, which made it a relatively successful season. James scored 3 League goals during this first campaign in Jags’ colours. He embedded himself in the team for the following season, despite not getting a League start until the end of October. His season total for league goals was again 3. In 1939-40 James played in all 5 of the initial SFL League 1 matches that were completed but declared void before the League campaign was abandoned. Like others, James didn’t play so often in 1939-40. James joined the Army, and military duty took precedence over football. Alex McSpadyen was often the provider for James’ goal attempts, but he too joined the Army. In November 1941 he played an Army representative match for the Infantry Training Centre against The Royal Corps of Signals. The match ended 2-2 and was played in Perth. James later joined Stenhousemuir.

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

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