John Atkinson
John Atkinson
John Atkinson
● John Atkinson (SD)

born in Scotland

John Atkinson was born on Friday, 5th December, 1884, in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire.

The forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Saturday, 19th March, 1910, having most recently been with Hamilton Academical.

Aged 25, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 26th March, 1910, in a 3-1 defeat away to Celtic in the SFL First Division.

That day, John became a member of our scoring debutant's club.

He played his last game for the club on Wednesday, 6th April, 1910, in a 1-1 draw away to Dundee in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 4 occasions.

His club-list included Earnock Rovers, Port Juniors, Hamilton Academical, Scottish Amateurs, Queen's Park, Celtic and Partick Thistle.

John died on Thursday, 26th November, 1914, in Ghana, aged 29.

Bio Extra

Forward John, an amateur during his career, was born on 5 December 1884 in Cambuslang. He joined Thistle from Hamilton Academicals in March 1910 as a 25-year-old. He played for Thistle on 4 occasions, all matches being SFL First Division fixtures, and in his first match against Celtic away on 26 March 1910 he scored against them in a 3-1 defeat in the SFL Division 1 game. He also took the number 10 jersey for League games against Dundee home and away, and Falkirk. He left the Jags during the following month in April 1910.

John played for Hamilton Academical for a 7 year period between 1903-1910, with 97 appearances and 27 goals. He also had short loan spells at Queen’s Park and Celtic, playing on one occasion for Celtic. He scored twice for them in a 5-1 SFL League win against Morton at Celtic Park. John qualified as a medical doctor, working in County Durham. When war broke out he went to Madagascar to work. He accidentally drowned off the west coast of Africa on 26 November 1914.


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