James Steel
James Steel
James Steel
● James Steel, 1911 (AN)

probably born in Scotland

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

The forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Wednesday, 4th May, 1910, having most recently been with Lanemark.

He made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 4th May, 1910, in a 1-0 defeat at home to Clyde in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

James scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 20th August, 1910, in a 1-1 draw away to Morton in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 10 goals on Saturday, 15th March, 1913, in a 5-3 win at home to Morton in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 1st April, 1913, in a 3-2 defeat away to Third Lanark in the Glasgow & District Mid-Week League, having appeared as a Jag on 50 occasions.

His club-list included Cronberry Eglinton, Lanemark, Partick Thistle, Johnstone, Southport Central and Dumbarton.

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

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compiled from our All Games criteria.
Goal(s) Match
goal.png 20.08.1910 Morton [a] D1-1 (SFL First Division - game 1)
goal.png 27.12.1910 Distillery [a] W6-3 (Friendly)
goal.pnggoal.png 29.04.1911 Falkirk [h] W3-1 (SFL First Division - game 34)
goal.png 13.09.1911 Celtic [h] W3-0 (Glasgow Cup Quarter Final replay)
goal.png 26.12.1911 Distillery [a] W4-2 (Friendly)
goal.png 01.01.1912 Third Lanark [h] D2-2 (SFL First Division - game 20)
goal.png 05.11.1912 Morton [h] W2-0 (Glasgow & District Mid-Week League - game 2)
goal.pnggoal.png 15.03.1913 Morton [h] W5-3 (SFL First Division - game 29)

Historian's note: We know this player as James from key retrospective sources such as OH and JL, and backed up by contemporary accounts. "Transfer of James Steel to Dumbarton" (DET, 26/6/1914) and a captioned image of the player (as depicted below) in the AN (25/12/1911). However, a curious piece was written in the DC (30/8/1913) which read: "John Steel, Partick Thistle, has signed on for Southport Central, one of the strongest teams in Lancashire, outside of the League circle, as forward. Steel is an all-round man, but his best position is at outside right, where he played many good games for the Thistle." PO (a Southport history site) also recognise John Steel as having transferred from Thistle to Southport. As our existing knowledge stands, we can only guess that John might have been a middle name for James.


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