Jim Marshall
Jim Marshall
Jim Marshall
● Jim Marshall, 1922 (VIF)

born in Scotland

James Marshall was born on Monday, 9th June, 1890, in Glenugie, Aberdeenshire.

The forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Thursday, 2nd November, 1911, having most recently been with Bo'ness.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 4th November, 1911, in a 1-0 win away to Kilmarnock in the SFL First Division.

Jim scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 11th November, 1911, in a 2-2 draw at home to Heart of Midlothian in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 56 goals on Saturday, 17th May, 1919, in a 2-2 defeat (on corners aet) at home to Clyde in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

That turned out to be his last game for the club, having clocked up 100 appearances as a Jag.

His club-list included Vale of Grange, Bo'ness, Partick Thistle, Bradford City, Ayr United, Oldham Athletic, Bangor City, Southport, Rotherham County, Lincoln City, Queen of the South and Stranraer.

Jim died in 1958, aged 67 or 68. *

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Bio Extra

Centre forward Jim Marshall joined Thistle in early November 1911, from Bo'ness. He played principally as a centre forward during his Jags’ career, but the versatile player played all along the Thistle front line during his time at Firhill. Jim made 14 competitive appearances during the 1911-12 season, in a strong Thistle side that finished 4th in an 18 strong SFL 1st Division. Jim scored the 1st of his 56 goals in his 2nd outing in a Thistle 1st team against Hearts at a frost bound Firhill on 11 November 1911. The 8,000 crowd saw “a capital game” according to a press report, and it ended 2-2. Jim was a regular scorer thereafter. Jim played in Alex Raisbeck’s testimonial, when an International XI beat Thistle 7-5 at Firhill on Tuesday 6 January 1914. The match was played on a frosty pitch, and Jim scored 4 goals after Neil Harris got Thistle’s 1st. A healthy crowd of 10,000 were in attendance for the Tuesday afternoon fixture. Willie Allan, a Jags’ player at that time played for the International XI, and rather unusually for the period Thistle’s Alf Gittins replaced Bobby McNeil of Hamilton as a substitute for the International XI. Jim played the final match in his 1st Thistle spell on 28 April 1914 against Queen’s Park.

Jim transferred to Bradford City in June 1914. War interfered with his Bradford City career, with English League football being suspended for the duration. He played as a guest player for Ayr United in 1916-17, and returned to Thistle as a guest player in the 1917-18 season, playing his opening 2nd period fixture against Morton in a 3-3 draw in the Scottish Football League at Firhill on 18 August 1917, more than 3 years after he had left for Bradford. He scored 2 goals that day – back to where he had left off! Jim pulled on Thistle colours on around 100 occasions, scoring 56 goals. The player returned to Bradford post war. Jim moved to Oldham Athletic in September 1920, as 1st team appearances at Bradford were sporadic. He left the Bantams in 1923 having made 84 appearances for the club, then played in Wales with Bangor City. He had short periods with Southport and Rotherham County, then played for Lincoln City. He ended his playing career at Queen of the South and Stranraer, having moved to Dumfries-shire for the 1925-26 season.

An interesting snippet appeared in the Dundee Courier (18/8/1930): "Marshall the former Partick Thistle forward has accepted a post as a trainer-coach to a club in Norway. Jimmy should fit the bill all right."


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