Manager George Easton
George Easton
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George Easton
● George Easton, 1911 (SR)

born in Scotland

George Alexander Easton was born in 1875, in Holytown, North Lanarkshire*. He had one spell as manager at Firhill.

MANAGERIAL SPELL

(Tue-04-Aug-1903 ↔ Sat-01-Apr-1929; 25y,7m,28d)

As a teenager, the would-be “faither of Firhill” was drawn from his Larkhall home to Glasgow, where he would ply his trade as an accountant. The young man first became involved with the Jags in 1894, when the club still played at Inchview. At this stage, the arrangement was likely to be informal, and was certainly part-time as he was in full-time employment as a book-keeper for a sales firm. In time, Thistle would become his full-time employer and number one concern. With each passing year, his tasks and responsibilities grew, as he worked his way through various roles described as treasurer, treasurer-secretary, secretary-manager and manager, flitting with the club from Inchview to Meadowside then Firhill, the ground which he was instrumental in identifying and acquiring. His roots in finance served him well throughout his career, but it was after Thistle became a limited company in 1903 when he started becoming more directly involved with on-the-park matters.

In his era, the manager's job description was rather different to the one we're used to nowadays. Responsibility for picking the team remained with a director's collective, although George undoubtedly had a big say as the chief executive, and would often be the man feeding the press with the pre-match team news. “Big Geordie”, genial of character and well respected throughout the game, had excellent man-management skills, and had an ability to attract a calibre of player that might otherwise have been out of reach, such as Alec Raisbeck, who certainly held him in high regard. This, and his forte for talent-spotting in the juniors and acting to strike the right deal at the right time, lay at the heart of his success. Ex-player and fellow director William Ward said of him: “George had the junior field continually under his survey. There was no player of promise he did not know about, and his sources of information ranged all over the country.

As far as Thistle managers go, he can lay claim to most entries in the honours list, with 4 trophy wins and 9 runners-up spots. As a winner: Scottish Cup (1921), Stirling Charity Cup (1924), Glasgow Charity Cup (1927) & Glasgow Dental Cup (1928). As a runner-up: Glasgow Charity Cup (1905), Glasgow Cup (1911), Glasgow Cup (1914), Glasgow Charity Cup (1916), Glasgow Cup (1917), Glasgow Charity Cup (1918), Glasgow Cup (1919), Stirling Charity Cup (1926) & Stirling Charity Cup (1927). Thistle fans who recently celebrated the much coveted “Top 6” finish in the League can't fail to be impressed by the tally of 12 “Top 6” finishes in the George Easton era.

He himself once pulled on the centre-forward's shirt in a Partick Thistle committee v Clyde committee charity match (30th April 1900) but the scoreline remains elusive. In a way, we're quietly pleased about this, as the possibility of a George Easton goal for Thistle remains alive in the imagination!

(28y) Sat-15-Aug-1903 [a] L1-2 Celtic (SFL First Division - game 1)
first – last of 1,205
(53/54y) Sat-30-Mar-1929 [a] L0-5 Aberdeen (SFL First Division - game 33)

The 46-year-old had given more than a quarter-century of service by 1921, and would literally serve the club until the day he died, 8 years later. He was the proudest man in Scotland when Thistle won the Scottish Cup, but it might be argued that his defining legacy was the identification of the Firhill land in 1908, the outright purchasing of the same in 1916, and developing the excellent main stand in 1927 thanks, in no small part, to his wheeling and dealing in the players market. As his wife, Jeanie, and two sons would likely confirm, “the advancement and welfare of the club was his chief aim and ambition in life”. His ambitions were met, and the only thing missing to complete his story is the George Easton Stand; there are none more worthy.

He was in charge of Thistle, his only managed club, for 1,205 games in total.

George died on Saturday, 1st April, 1929, in Glasgow, aged 54.

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