James Ward
James Ward
A. Player

born in India

James Templeton Ward was born on Thursday, 26th June, 1862, in West Bengal.

The goalkeeper appeared for Thistle in October, 1881.

Aged 19, he made his only known appearance on Thursday, 13th October, 1881, in a 12-1 friendly win at home to Strathmore.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

James died on Wednesday, 22nd October, 1930, in Scotstoun, Glasgow, aged 68.

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Bio Extra

Son of (Englishman) George Ward (wine & spirits merchant) and Mary Jane Ward (née Templeton). Sadly, his Mum died (aged 31) in Faizabad, when James was just 4.

James, initially a scupltor to trade, was the first of three Ward brothers to appear for the club. He's the first-known non-Scot to have played for Thistle. He was followed by his brother George several years later, and half-brother William, some 18 years later. William would later become club president and was the first chairman of the new Partick Thistle Football Club Limited in 1903. James followed in his father's footsteps and became a well known and respected member of the Scottish Licensed Trade. In 1891, he took over the running of the Victoria Bar on Dumbarton Road, and the pub stayed in the Ward family until 1930.

(WS/JK)



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