John McCorkindale
John McCorkindale
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John McCorkindale
● John McCorkindale, 1888 (HA)

born in Scotland

John McCorkindale was born on Friday, 30th August, 1867, in Dalmuir, West Dunbartonshire.

The goalkeeper joined Thistle in February, 1888, having most recently been with Dalmuir Thistle.

Aged 20, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 11th February, 1888, in a 2-1 friendly defeat at home to Cambuslang.

John kept his first known clean-sheet on Saturday, 13th October, 1888, in a 2-0 friendly win at home to Rangers.

He registered the last of his 12 known clean-sheets on Saturday, 3rd October, 1891, in a 5-0 win at home to Cathcart in the Glasgow Cup.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 26th December, 1891, in a 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Queen's Park, having clocked up at least 143 appearances for the Thistle.

His club-list included Dalmuir Thistle, Partick Thistle, Rangers and Clyde.

John died on Sunday, 24th May, 1953, in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, aged 85.

Bio Extra

“Corky” had previously played with our great rivals, Partick FC, but really made a name for himself as the No.1 for the Thistle of the Pertyck. He appeared over 140 times, from early 1888 to late 1891, and was around long enough to play in the inaugural Scottish Alliance of 1891-92 - our very first League campaign. In February 1890, he was selected by the Glasgow FA to play against the East of Scotland FA, which Glasgow won by 3 goals to 2. He played 3 times for Glasgow in all. Our man brought great honour to the club when he became the first Thistle goalie to play for Scotland. His one and only cap came on the 21st March 1891 when he was reportedly kept very busy at the Racecourse Ground; Wales 3, Scotland 4.

As was the norm in the days of the amateur, John occasionally guested for others, including Rangers. We’ll no’ hold it against him though; the wee feller done us proud in his time at the club. Halfway through season 1891-92, he was finally tempted away from Inchview by Clyde, who were able to offer him something we couldn’t – a platform in the second season of the Scottish Football League. John is one of the super seven who contributed to all three victories against Rangers in season 1888-89.


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