Langlands
Langlands
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

Langlands (forename unknown) was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The forward first appeared for Thistle in August, 1890.

He made his first known appearance on Saturday, 23rd August, 1890, in a 4-2 friendly win at home to Methlan Park.

Langlands scored his only known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 13th September, 1890, in a 5-3 friendly win at home to Airdrieonians.

That goal came in his third (and last known) appearance for the club.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

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

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Langlands's Summary Totals
appearances position won drew lost goals
League 0 0 0 0 0
Competitive 0 0 0 0 0
All Games 3 3 0 0 1

Bio Extra

You always wonder if these unknown guys were named in code. Maybe Langlands was a trialist from Linthouse (who played at Langlands Park). Desperadoes, perhaps! Whoever he was, he seems to have been an inside forward and had a short stint at Inchview in the late summer of 1890. All 3 of his known matches resulted in wins for Thistle and goals galore.

First up was a home match with Methlan Park of Dumbarton on 23rd August. The big breaking news of the day was that Willie Paul had just left for Queen's Park. In fine sunny weather, Methlan Park took a shock lead, but Roddy McLeod equalised (15). He scored again after the break then it was 3-1 after a goalmouth scrimmage. The visitors scored again but John Gilchrist restored the 2-goal lead near the end. 4-2 Thistle, who had the best of the play.

Langlands kept his place the following Saturday for a history-making trip to Kirkcaldy - Thistle's first-ever encounter with Raith Rovers. A lively start at Robbie's Park saw chances missed at both ends. Rovers went ahead (a McCorkindale error) and solid pressure made it 2-0. “A beauty” from John Gilchrist and a “lightning shot” by Sam Clark (earmarked as Willie Paul's replacement) made it 2-2 at half-time. Clark scored again then Gilchrist was carried off. Soon it was 3-4 but Clark got his hat-trick and Roddy McLeod scored to give Thistle the 5-4 win.

Langlands broke his scoring duck in his third and final game, a 5-3 win at home to Airdrieonians on 13th September 1890. There was no shortage of attacking play and near misses. Thistle took a 4-goal lead (a goalmouth scramble, Langlands, Gilchrist, scramble) in 10 mins before Airdrie scored twice. In the 2nd half play was evenly contested but Thistle ran out comfortable winners, Gilchrist having scored (70) before Airdrie got a third.

7.7 goals-per-game, those were the days!

(WS/AFK)



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