Manager David Meiklejohn
David Meiklejohn
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David Meiklejohn
● David Meiklejohn, 1950s (DR)

born in Scotland

David Ditchburn Meiklejohn was born on Wednesday, 12th December, 1900, in Govan, Glasgow. He had one spell as manager at Firhill.

MANAGERIAL SPELL

(Thu-05-Jun 1947 ↔ Sat-22-Aug-1959; 12y,2m,17d)

The Rangers legend had retired as a player 11 years earlier, and had been working as a sports writer for the Daily Record and others since then. He did incredibly well for us, finishing in the Top 10 in 10 successive seasons and reached several Cup Finals. Arguably, he was the greatest of all Thistle managers, and, had he continued, there's every chance he'd have bagged one or another of the major trophies, possibly even the flag itself.

(46y,7m,28d) Sat-09-Aug-1947 [a] W6-5 Falkirk (League Cup Division A, Section B - game 1)
first – last of 581
(58y,8m,10d) Sat-22-Aug-1959 [a] L0-4 Airdrieonians (League Cup Section 1 - game 4)

12 succesful years came to an end unexpectedly when he collapsed and died from a heart-attack at Broomfield in August, 1959. As Monday's Times put it “To be cut-off so quickly without being allowed to see so much good at Firhill bear rich fruit is a thing to be deeply regretted”. For the first time, managerial appointments had become a big deal and post-Meiklejohn, the press speculated over possible candidates, notables including Andy Beattie, Jackie Husband and George Young.

He was in charge of Thistle, his only club managed, for 581 games in total.

David died on Saturday, 22nd August, 1959, in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, aged 58.

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