Joe McInnes
Joe McInnes
Joe McInnes
• Joe McInnes, 1960 (EBY)

born in Scotland

Joseph Clarke McInnes was born on Friday, 9th December, 1932, in Glasgow.

The 5' 6 (10st 6lbs) forward signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle on Friday, 12th September, 1952, having most recently been with Larkhall Thistle.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 13th December, 1952, in a 5-4 win at home to Hibernian in the SFL First Division.

Joe scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 20th December, 1952, in a 4-2 defeat away to Aberdeen in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 11 goals on Saturday, 5th November, 1955, in a 2-0 win at home to St Mirren in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 17th December, 1955, in a 5-1 defeat away to Celtic in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 59 occasions.

His club-list included Vale of Clyde, Kilmarnock, Larkhall Thistle, Hamilton Academical, Partick Thistle, Accrington Stanley, Third Lanark, Stirling Albion and Bangor.

Joe died on Sunday, 29th August, 2021, in Glasgow, aged 88.

Joe McInnes's Summary Totals
appearances position won drew lost goals
League 35 17 5 13 8
Competitive 56 26 9 21 10
All Games 59 29 9 21 11

Bio Extra

A product of the juniors, this wee left winger got his first taste of the men's game with Vale of Clyde, and spent a couple of years on the books at Kilmarnock in the late 1940s, without making any significant breakthrough at Rugby Park. Stepping back to the juniors, the teenager cut his teeth at Larkhall Thistle for a couple of years in the early 50s and had a trial at Hamilton Accies during that period. Despite all of this CV development, Joe was still only 19 when he signed for David Meiklejohn's high-achievers in September 1952. It was no easy task holding down a first-team place at Firhill during this era, but Joe held his own and racked up almost 60 appearances across his 3½ years stint as a Jag. During that time, he contributed to Glasgow Cup wins in 1952 and 1954, to the League Cup final run in 1953, and to the third place league finish in 1954.

In March 1956, Joe tried his hand at the English game, signing for Accrington Stanley of Division 3 (North) who were packed full of Scots that season. So much so that, earlier in that season, they became only the second English club to field an all-Scottish eleven, following on from Sunderland! Joe was soon back up the road for season 1956-57, and began a 7 year long association with Third Lanark where he was very highly regarded. The front line in the early 60s – Jim Goodfellow, Dave Hilley, Alex Harley, Matt Gray and Joe McInnes – was renowned for "wild attacking football" and, on their day, could run any defence in Scotland ragged. In all competitions, Joe racked up some 30 goals in around 150 appearances for the Hi-Hi. Joe featured in the 1959 League Cup Final played in front of 57,994 at Hampden. He gave Thirds an early lead, but Hearts, who had defeated Thistle in the final the year before, came back for a 2-1 win. Joe and Thirds struck gold in April 1963 when they defeated Celtic 2-1 in the final of the Glasgow Cup, the club's last-ever trophy win.

Joe had a season with Stirling Albion in 1963-64, before finishing his playing career with a stint at Bangor in the Irish League. As well as being a footballer, Joe also worked at the Albion Motor Works in Scotstoun.


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