A. Player

probably born in Scotland

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

The defender appeared as a guest for Thistle in August, 1901, having most recently been with Scottish Amateurs.

He made his only appearance on Tuesday, 20th August, 1901, in a 2-0 defeat at home to Queen's Park in a Benefit match.

There were no goals for Sinclair in his one-off appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Scottish Amateurs and Partick Thistle.

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

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Bio Extra

Such was the stature of the great Willie Paul that he was afforded a second testimonial match, his second favoured team, Queen's Park, providing the opposition in August 1901. The Evening Times reported that Thistle were having difficulty in fielding an eleven and so the Scottish Amateurs (a flexible outfit closely associated with, but distinct from Queen's Park) generously offered the services of Sinclair (at right back) and Bob Smellie (outside left). Smellie was a former internationalist who had played alongside Willie for both Queen's Park and Scotland in the late 80s and early 90s. The pair seem to have developed a friendly and long-lasting bond, for Bob also turned out for Willie's first testimonial (31-May-1895) as part of a Glasgow Select side.

On the Tuesday night at Meadowside, Queen's Park were far the better team and scored in either half. Although the full-backs were sound, the half-backs “didn't shine”. The forwards were “an uneven lot” (ET). A 2,000 crowd was poor for such a Thistle legend.


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