Norrie McCredie
Norrie McCredie
Norrie McCredie
● Norrie McCredie, 1953 (HA)

born in Scotland

Norman James McCredie was born on Thursday, 17th May, 1928, in Glasgow.

The 5' 8 (10st 10lbs) forward signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle on Monday, 28th June, 1948, having most recently been with Yoker Athletic.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 30th October, 1948, in a 3-1 defeat at home to Third Lanark in the SFL First Division.

Norrie scored his first goal for Thistle on Wednesday, 13th April, 1949, in a 3-0 win at home to St Mirren in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 19 goals on Saturday, 13th February, 1954, in a 9-1 win away to Tarff Rovers in the Scottish Cup.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 2nd October, 1954, in a 1-1 draw at home to Raith Rovers in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 68 occasions.

His club-list included Yoker Athletic, Partick Thistle, Third Lanark, Accrington Stanley, Southport, Barrow and Bacup Borough.

Norrie died on Thursday, 8th June, 2006, in Accrington, Lancashire, aged 78.

Bio Extra

A product of the Whe Ho, this full back played for several years in David Meiklejohn's hugely succesful teams from the late-40s to the mid-50s. As such, Norrie had to be content with a squad player's role, but still racked up some decent stats all the same, doing well to score so many goals as a defensive player. The 20-year-old notched his first goal for the Jags In October 1948. A penalty, it helped Thistle on to a 3-0 League win over St Mirren in front of 15,000 at Firhill. Willie Sharp got two for the Jags, and Johnny MacKenzie's brilliance at outside right had the papers raving. Norrie was keeping some fine company! He was a bit of a penalty expert it seems, and converted all 5 of his spot-kicks. Norrie's one of a rare group to have scored two penalties on one day, doing so in a 4-1 Glasgow Cup win over Third Lanark in September 1950.

Frustrated as his game time further decreased in 1954, Norrie won a transfer to Second Division Third Lanark early in 1955. They were looking to stimulate their fading promotion hopes, but fell well short in the end. He played 13 League games for the Hi-Hi before opting for a complete change of scenery in 1955-56, signing with Accrington Stanley of Division 3 North. With the Accy, he was now playing first team football nearly every week, and did so for two seasons before switching to Southport in 1958-59, where he was also a near ever-present. Moved to Barrow for season 1958-59, before finishing his playing career with Bacup Borough in the Lancashire Combination Division 1, as the decade turned.

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