John McLellan
John McLellan
A. Player

born in Scotland

John Robb McLellan was born on Wednesday, 5th March, 1890, in Glasgow.

The 5' 10 forward signed for George Easton's Thistle in August, 1910.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 24th August, 1910, in a 4-1 win at home to Glasgow & District Police in a Benefit match.

John scored his only goal for Thistle on Saturday, 15th April, 1911, in a 6-1 friendly win at home to East Stirlingshire.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 20th April, 1912, in a 1-0 win at home to Motherwell in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 8 occasions.

His club-list included Partick Thistle and Abercorn.

John died on Monday, 3rd February, 1919, at Flanders, aged 28.

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Bio Extra

John joined Thistle in August 1910, and made his debut later that month in a benefit game against the Glasgow and District Police on 24 August 1910. The Jags won the home match 4-1, and it was a fundraiser for the Scottish Police Federation team. John played on 8 occasions for Thistle, with 3 of those matches being competitive contests. He played in a 1-0 SFL Division 1 away win against Hamilton Academical on 24 April 1911. He was also in the team for the Glasgow Charity Cup quarter final match away to Third Lanark on 1 May 1911, which the Jags lost 2-1. John’s final first team appearance was a SFL League 1 match at home to Motherwell on 20 April 1912, which Thistle lost 1-0. John moved on to play for Abercorn FC.

Not very much is known about John’s military career. A record shows that he died in Flanders on 3 February 1919. The cause of death was not shown. John is recorded in the Roll of Honour of the Citizens of Glasgow who died in the Great War. This is a record of Glasgow’s citizens who perished in the conflict, and there are almost 18,000 names on the list. A copy is held it the City Chambers, with a 2nd copy at the Mitchell Library. John’s record shows him as being a lance corporal in the Queen’s Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry, and his Glasgow address was in Jordanhill.

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