Robert G. Houston
Robert Houston
Robert Houston
● Robert Houston, 1915 (DR)

born in Scotland

Robert Gardner Houston was born on Saturday, 28th July, 1888, in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire.

The goalkeeper signed for George Easton's Thistle on Wednesday, 3rd January, 1912, having most recently been with Kilbarchan Athletic.

Aged 23, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 6th January, 1912, in a 3-0 win away to St Mirren in the SFL First Division.

In doing so, Robert joined the goalies' clean-sheet debutant's club.

He registered the last of his 6 clean-sheets on Wednesday, 1st May, 1912, in a 0-0 neutral-venue defeat (on corners) against Celtic in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 1st April, 1913, in a 3-2 defeat away to Third Lanark in the Glasgow & District Mid-Week League, having appeared as a Jag on 24 occasions.

His club-list included Kilbarchan Athletic, Partick Thistle, Royal Albert, Abercorn and Johnstone.

Robert died on Sunday, 9th May, 1915, in Pas de Calais, aged 26.

Bio Extra

This Kilbarchan-born goalkeeper played for his local side Kilbarchan Athletic. He played in a representative match in Belfast between the Scottish Junior League and the Irish Reserve League. He subsequently moved to Thistle in January 1912, playing his first match 3 days after joining, keeping a clean-sheet in a 3-0 League win away to St Mirren on 6 January 1912. He went on to play in 14 matches in the 1911-12 season, with all 6 of his clean sheets in that season. He played on 12 occasions in the 1912-13 season, his final first-team match being a 3-2 defeat against Third Lanark at Cathkin Park on 1 April 1913. All of Robert’s games were in competitive action. In April 1913 Robert switched to Royal Albert of Larkhall for a short spell, before signing a permanent deal with Second Division Abercorn in August, 1913. He made 14 League appearances for the club that season, before signing for their League rivals, Johnstone, in May 1914.

Robert joined the Royal Artillery, but served with 1 Battalion Seaforth Highlanders in France. He was killed on 9 May 1915 at Pas de Calais aged 26. Robert is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.

We commemorate his life in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle Fallen β†’.


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