McLean [i]
McLean [i]
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

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

The forward joined Thistle for a trial period in December, 1894, whilst a Partick Elm player.

He made his first-known appearance on Saturday, 29th December, 1894, in a 4-1 friendly defeat away to Aberdeen FC.

There were no goals for McLean during his spell with Thistle.

He made his second and last-known appearance on Tuesday, 1st January, 1895, in a 2-1 friendly win away to Inverness Thistle.

His known club-list included Partick Elm and Partick Thistle.

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

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Bio Extra

Although it was after the event, the Scottish Referee of 4th January 1895 had a snip which informed "McLean of the famous team Partick Elm, has been selected to fill the vacancy in the Partick Thistle team on their New-Year tour to the North." It was a three game tour as we suspect the game at Clachnacuddin (31st December 1894) didn't come off.

McLean turned out in the first two, playing in the inside left position on both occasions. The tour began with a visit to the Chanonry Grounds on Saturday 29th December 1894 to take on Aberdeen FC. Played in several inches of snow, sleet and a gale, Thistle were outplayed by the home side, who had already hit the bar before taking a 2-goal lead at h-t. Thistle made little use of the wind in the 2nd half. They had a goal disallowed for off-side then an og reduced the lead but 2 more goals made for an emphatic win.

Three days later, Thistle Park, Inverness, was the venue for a 12-noon kick-off with the local Thistle. The snow was cleared from the pitch but the game was a disappointment. “Partick Thistle, two goals; Inverness, one goal. A hard and well-contested game took place at Inverness” (SC). “The form of the Partick Thistle team was but little better than Inverness Thistle. The game was hard fought, if not brilliant” (IC).

(WS/AFK/JK)



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