Walter Fairgrieve

Walter Fairgrieve
Walter Fairgrieve
● Walter Fairgrieve, c1899 (FFW)

born in Scotland

Robert Walter Fairgrieve was born on Sunday, 30th August, 1874, in Edinburgh.

The forward signed for Thistle on Friday, 29th June, 1900, having most recently been with Hibernian.

Aged 25, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 15th August, 1900, in a 3-3 draw away to Celtic in the SFL First Division.

There were no goals for Walter during his spell at Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 20th October, 1900, in a 1-0 defeat away to Third Lanark in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 9 occasions.

His club-list included Dalry Primrose, Glasgow Perthshire, Liverpool, Everton, Southampton, Luton Town, Hibernian, Partick Thistle and Heart of Midlothian.

Walter died on Wednesday, 2nd June, 1915, aged 40.

Bio Extra

The forward known as Walter joined Thistle aged 25 in June 1900, having had a lengthy career with Dalry Primrose, Glasgow Perthshire, as well as trials at Liverpool and Everton. He played at Southampton, Luton Town and Hibernian. The much-travelled forward had his most successful spell at Luton Town, with 15 appearances and 5 goals. Walter was a Scottish Junior international, and represented Glasgow. He made his debut against Celtic away on 15 August 1900. The match ended 3-3. Robert played on 9 occasions for the Jags, including a friendly against King’s Park. He also played in the 2-0 Glasgow Cup tie against Normal Athletic. His final match for Thistle was a 1-0 defeat away to Third Lanark on 20 October 1900.

Walter went on to play for Hearts on leaving Thistle. He worked as a wood turner, and enlisted at the outbreak of war in 15 Battalion Royal Scots. On 2 June 1915, when the Battalion were training for active service, Walter suffered an attack of Angina Pectoris, and passed away aged 40. We commemorate his life in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle Fallen →.

(DMAC)



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