Jerry Suter
Jerry Suter
Jerry Suter
● Jerry Suter, 1889 (HA)

born in Scotland

Jarvis Suter was born on Wednesday, 3rd June, 1863, in Partick, Glasgow.

The forward probably joined Thistle in 1881 or 1882, having most recently been with Partick.

Aged 18, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 11th February, 1882, in a 10-0 friendly win at home to King's Park.

Jerry scored his first known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 18th March, 1882, in a 5-1 friendly win at home to Vale of Teith.

He scored the last of his 54 known goals on Saturday, 4th May, 1889, in a 6-2 friendly win at home to Rangers.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 22nd March, 1890, in a 5-3 friendly win at home to Morton, having clocked up at least 158 appearances for the Thistle.

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

Jerry died sometime between 1st January 1901 and 2nd June 1901, in Blackburn, Lancashire, aged 37. *

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Bio Extra

Jarvis “Jerry” Suter, more often than not a left sided forward, was another of those who could qualify as a bit of an early Thistle legend, making well over 150 appearances between 1882 and 1890, passing the half-century mark of goals in the process. Again, it should be emphasised that many goal scorers in these days went unreported and almost certainly do not reflect the full extent of each player’s prowess. Nonetheless, his known 11 goals total in season 1884-85 is enough to give him the accolade of joint-top scorer for that campaign.

His talents at that time were recognised by the Glasgow FA and he was selected to play against Dumbartonshire in October 1884, scoring twice in a 3-3 draw. Alongside him that day were fellow Jags Andrew Duff, John Hendry, Jack Beattie and Bob Robertson. Jerry was honoured with two further appearances for Glasgow in February 1887, again scoring vs Edinburgh (L2-3), and providing assists vs Sheffield (W10-3). Amongst his many scoring highlights for Thistle were 3 career hat-tricks including one in the FA Cup (11-1 vs. Cliftonville, Dec 1886) and one in the Scottish Cup (10-0 vs. Westbourne, Sep 1887).

Undoubtedly, our man would have been inspired by his older brother, Fergus, who had moved down South and gained some degree of fame as an early professional and pioneer of the passing game.

Unlike his brother, Jerry remained in Scotland and his strong commitment as a Jags man was underlined in the mid-1880s when he accepted the dual role of Player / Match Secretary, taking chief responsibility for arranging a fixture card which was as attractive as possible for the treasurer.

(WS)



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