James Henry Davie
James Henry Davie
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

James Henry Davie was born on Monday, 16th September, 1872, in Milton, Glasgow.

The forward probably joined Thistle in 1890 or 1891.

Aged 18, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 24th January, 1891, in a 3-2 friendly win at home to Mossend Swifts.

James scored his first known goal for Thistle on Monday, 30th March, 1891, in a 3-3 friendly draw away to Ardwick.

He scored the last of his 8 known goals on Saturday, 9th January, 1892, in a 2-1 friendly win at home to Glasgow Wanderers.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 30th April, 1892, in a 5-0 defeat away to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Alliance League, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 33 occasions.

His club-list included Partick Thistle, Glasgow Perthshire, Rangers and Glasgow Thistle.

James died on Saturday, 3rd January, 1948, in Glasgow, aged 75.

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Bio Extra

The son of James Davie and Margaret Davie (née McKay).

This left-sided forward spent two seasons at Thistle, entirely as a teenager. He got off to a winning start on his debut, but proceeded to go on a run of 9-without-a-win to end his first season on a low note. He played in Thistle's first-ever League game, namely the Scottish Alliance fixture at home to Ayr on 8th August 1891, won by 3 goals to 2. James featured in 23 matches that season, scoring 6 goals in the process. It was all rather meh, and losing 3-0 at home to Hurlford in the preliminary round of the Scottish Cup was a low point for all at the club. During the season (in December), James guested for Glasgow Perthshire against Glengowan.

Despite his rather dull spell with Thistle, James, a protestant, got a move to Rangers and played 6 times in their Scottish Football League campaign of 1892-93 when they finished runners-up to Celtic by a single point. His great highlight there was playing in the side which defeated Celtic 3-1 in the Glasgow Cup Final of February, 1893. He stayed with the Ibrox club for a few seasons, but was always a fringe player, and had a spell with Glasgow Thistle in 1893-94.

In his personal life, James married Margaret George Ward and they lived at Dixon Avenue in the Govanhill area. He died in a nursing home in his mid 70s, and was laid to rest at Cathcart Cemetery.


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