John Galloway
John Galloway
John Galloway
● John Galloway, 1891 (ACA)

probably born in Scotland

John Galloway was probably born in the late 1860s, and is most likely to be Scottish. *

The forward joined Thistle in January, 1894.

He made his first known appearance on Saturday, 13th January, 1894, in a 5-3 win at home to Cowlairs in the SFL Second Division.

That day, John became a member of our scoring debutant's club, and did so with a brace.

He scored the last of his 4 known goals on Saturday, 21st April, 1894, in a 3-2 friendly win at home to Cartvale.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 28th April, 1894, in a 3-1 friendly defeat at home to Battlefield, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 12 occasions.

His club-list included Whitefield, Caledonian, Airdrieonians and Partick Thistle.

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

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Bio Extra

This left-wing stalwart of several years at Airdrie was a surprise acquisition at the turn of the new year in 1894. He had played around 10 times against Thistle in recent seasons and was well known to the men in the committee. Perhaps it was a convenient arrangement due to work, we may never know, but John, a 3 month wonder at Inchview, was a near ever-present from when he joined to the end of that season, Thistle's first in the Scottish Football League. Airdrie, who were League opponents for Thistle in the Scottish Alliance of 1892-93, were left behind when the SFL Second Division was formed, and this could well have been another contributing factor. John notched a brace on his debut - a 5-3 League win at home to Cowlairs - but these proved to be his only competitive goals as a Jag, his others coming in friendly wins at home to Port Glasgow Athletic (5-0) and Cartvale (3-2).

A profile piece in the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser (25th April 1891) gave some insight into his career to date, although we can't be quite sure as to which variants of Whitefield or Caledonian were his initial teams. Most likely it was Whitefield (Govan) and Caledonian (Rutherglen). The article is fully transcribed below:


The Airdrieonians centre half-back - W. Lithgow - has done some good things in his day for the county champions, but, perhaps the best of all was when he unearthed the player whose portrait we give above, and thereby brought into prominence one of the finest wing players that Lanarkshire has possessed for some years. Mr. Galloway began his football career in the Woodvale XI of the Whitefield club five years ago. After an apprenticeship of a season and a half he joined the Caledonian along with his friend, Lithgow, playing for that club till it disbanded, when he returned to his first love, and remained there till he was asked to assist the Airdrieonians against Celtic, at Parkhead, two and a half seasons ago, and from that time till the present he has earned his place by rare ability in conjunction with his partner, R. Scott, this pair being the talk not only of the county, but far outside.

As proving this, I may point out that this season both were asked to play in the international trial games, but on his partner declining on account of domestic bereavement the subject of my sketch also declined that honour; while he also lost a county cap through sticking by his club in an important engagement. The Airdrieonians have always had a grand left wing pair, but it is a matter for doubt whether they have displayed greater resource and finer tacticians than Messrs Scott and Galloway. The latter is full of resource and has made his name by playing football as it ought to be played. Charging, or foul play of any description, is an unknown quality in Galloway, and he is one of the few players who have never been known to take undue advantage of an opponent. He is the jester of the Airdrie team, and if asked would tell you he wears 15-inch collars although only 20 years of age.

He plays football for the love of the game, and says that so long as he can work and is able for employment he will score to be a pro. That he is respected by Airdrieonians needs no words of mine to tell, it being a well-known fact that no more popular player has ever trod the uneven surface of Mavisbank Park, where I trust he will long continue to entertain spectators by football as it should be played.


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