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.


(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, and his record as Jags boss is second to none. Our esteemed manager finished 3rd in the League twice, had an unprecedented 10 consecutive seasons in the Top 10, got to 3 League Cup finals and won 4 of the Glasgow Cups. 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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