John Burleigh
John Burleigh
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

John Burleigh was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The forward probably joined Thistle in 1877 or 1878.

He made his first known appearance on Saturday, 21st September, 1878, in a 2-0 friendly win at home to Springvale.

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

He scored the last of his 8 known goals on Saturday, 29th December, 1883, in a 4-0 friendly win at home to Clyde.

That turned out to be his last known game for the club, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 13 occasions.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

We don't know where or when John died. *

* If you can help us to improve any of these marked points on The Thistle Archive, then please do get in touch →

compiled from our All Games criteria.
Goal(s) Match
goal.png 21.09.1878 Springvale [h] W2-0 (Friendly)
goal.png 09.11.1878 Vale of Clyde [h] W1-0 (Friendly)
goal.png 23.11.1878 Dumbarton Albion [a] W3-0 (Friendly)
goal.pnggoal.png 07.12.1878 Petershill FC [h] W3-0 (Friendly)
goal.png 28.12.1878 Thornliebank Rainbow [a] W2-1 (West Of Scotland Cup 2nd Round)
goal.png 19.11.1881 Mavisbank [h] W3-0 (Friendly)
goal.png 29.12.1883 Clyde [h] W4-0 (Friendly)

Historian's note: This is a man we'd love to identify as he's a founding member candidate, but we're hampered in a number of ways, not least of which is the confusion of the spelling of his surname - is it Burleigh or Burley? The press have it both ways, and there's even been the odd Birley. There are several candidates including, intriguingly, the Reverend John Burleigh (1850-1922)!

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