William Anderson
William Anderson
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

William Anderson was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The defender first appeared as a trialist for Thistle in April, 1904, whilst a Parkhead player.

He made his debut appearance on Saturday, 30th April, 1904, in a 2-2 draw at home to Queen's Park in the Inter City League.

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

He played his second and last game for the club on Thursday, 11th May, 1905, in a 0-0 draw away to Clyde in a Benefit match.

His club-list included Parkhead, Partick Thistle, Motherwell and Arthurlie.

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

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Bio Extra

William was a right back who was playing in the juniors with Parkhead when he dropped in at Meadowside in the springtime of 1904 for a trial with Thistle. He made his debut appearance in the somewhat shabby Inter City League, the 2-2 draw with Queen's Park being the Thistle's 7th of 8 scheduled games in the 1903-04 competition. Our 8th and final game (vs Celtic) was never played. Celtic only managed to fulfil 2 of their 9 games in the competition. The competition crawled on sporadically for a couple of years (Thistle never took part again) but was eventually scrapped altogether by the end of the decade. Also on trial that afternoon was John Ross (Co-Operative United) at centre forward. Neither of the two were signed to terms. William did make a second appearance a year or so later, turning out in a game against Clyde, with all proceeds being for the benefit of the recently widowed Mrs. Johnston and her young family, the nearest and dearest of Partick Thistle great, Andrew Johnston.

In between times, William had been back at Meadowside - he turned out in Motherwell colours in a midweek pre-season friendly on 17th August, 1904. He had been fixed up there in June, and was clearly rated by the Fir Park executive, for he was a near ever-present in their First Division campaign of 1904-05. Each club won the home League game one nil that term, and William played in both matches. 'Well finished bottom of the League though, and William fell out of favour. He played only 4 League games the following season and was placed on the open to transfer list. In August 1906, he stepped back down to the Second Division with Arthurlie, registering 10 first class appearances during his only season at Old Dunterlie Park.

(WS/JK)



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