James Hirst
James Hirst
A. Player

born in England

James Hirst was born sometime between 1st June, 1872 and 29th June, 1872, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

The defender signed for Thistle on Wednesday, 24th March, 1897 (after a trial game), having most recently been with Arthurlie.

Aged 24, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 20th March, 1897, in a 5-0 win at home to Leith Athletic in the SFL Second Division.

There were no known goals for James during his time with Thistle.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 22nd January, 1898, in a 3-1 friendly defeat at home to Dumbarton, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 16 occasions.

His club-list included St Mirren, Arthurlie and Partick Thistle.

James died on Saturday, 29th June, 1946, in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, aged 74.

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Bio Extra

Son of George Hirst (print worker) and Elizabeth Hirst (née Crawford). Had one older brother, George, b. 1871.

Often represented Renfrewshire in his younger days. He had a great old time of it in 1897, his year getting off to an almighty start when Arthurlie turfed the famous Glasgow Celtic out of the Scottish Cup, 4 goals to 2, still recognised as one of Scottish football's biggest-ever shock results. Several short weeks later, James was a Jag, and the left-back helped guide Thistle to the Second Division title, winning promotion to the top-flight for the first time. He found the going tough in the top-flight however, and stepped back to Arthurlie in February, 1898.

James worked as an engineer and was married to Elizabeth Kincaid. He died of a Cerebral haemorrhage at his Barrhead home in 1946. His son, George, signed the death register entry.

(WS/JK)



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