John W. Holm
John W. Holm
John W. Holm
● John W. Holm (QPC)

probably born in Scotland

John Wilson Holm was born on Tuesday, 4th December, 1855, in Anderston, Glasgow.

The defender first appeared for Thistle in August, 1886, having most recently been with Queen's Park.

Aged 30, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 28th August, 1886, in a 1-0 friendly win at home to Vale of Leven.

There were no known goals for John during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 25th September, 1886, in a 3-1 friendly defeat at home to Cambuslang, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 5 occasions.

His club-list included Ayr Thistle, Parkgrove, Queen's Park, Pollokshields Athletic, Corinthians and Partick Thistle.

John died on Friday, 21st June, 1918, in Dennistoun, Glasgow, aged 62.

Bio Extra

The son of John Holm (surveyor of taxes) and Isabella Holm (née Hair).

John was a teammate of the famous Andrew Watson at Parkgrove in the 1870s and also going into the new decade with Queen's Park. The two were said to have been close friends and also played several times together in the Corinthians team, notably on their first-ever tour of the North at the end of March 1883, and again on the second tour in December 1884, where he partnered Watson in a 4-4 snowstorm draw against F.A. Cup winners Blackburn Olympic.

The 30-year-old John spent a month with Partick Thistle at the beginning of season 1886-87 and appeared on 5 occasions, all at right back. It would have been a great talking point for the Scottish game when he turned out for Thistle in the Scottish Cup against his old team-mates from Queen's Park in September, 1886. A new record attendance for a Thistle home match of 5,500 (forever the record at Inchview) witnessed a great game, the mighty Queen's Park narrowly winning by 3 goals to 2.

John was one of three footballing brothers, Andrew (Queen's Park & Scotland) and William (Queen's Park) being the others. Later in life, he became a commercial traveller, and was working as a mercantile clerk when he died in Dennistoun in 1918.


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