James Killin
James Killin
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

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

The midfielder joined Thistle in 1889.

He made his first known appearance on Saturday, 11th May, 1889, in a 5-2 friendly win at home to Airdrieonians.

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

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 25th January, 1890, in a 2-0 friendly defeat at home to Rangers, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 25 occasions.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

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

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Bio Extra

Little is known of James's footballing career - where did he come from, where did he go? We do know that he mainly played at right half for Thistle and was really prominent for several months. He got off to a winning start home and away to Airdrie in May 1889 (W5-2) and August 1889 (W7-2), and proceeded to rack up a further 24 known appearances in six months from there. James played his part in a very unusual part of Thistle history. The club embarked on a tour of the North in the New Year of 1890 and contested 4 matches in consecutive days from the 1st to the 4th; Dundee Harp (W11-0), Victoria United (W2-0), Montrose (W4-1) and Aberdeen FC (W5-2). He made two further appearances that month, but was never heard of again. Tour burnout?!

(WS/AM)



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