William Dorans
William Dorans
William Dorans
● William Dorans, 1919 (EBY)

born in Scotland

William McEwan Dorans was born on Saturday, 13th April, 1895, in Glasgow.

The defender signed for George Easton's Thistle on Saturday, 3rd April, 1920, having most recently been with Portsmouth.

Aged 24, he made his only appearance on Saturday, 10th April, 1920, in a 1-0 win at home to Dumbarton in the Scottish Football League.

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

His club-list included Portsmouth, Partick Thistle and Third Lanark.

William died on Friday, 9th April, 1954, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, aged 58.

Bio Extra

William, a Scot who would settle in England, could play anywhere in the full-back or half-back line, but struggled to command a regular first team place at any of his three senior clubs. He was part of the Portsmouth squad who went on to be Southern League champions in 1919-20, but landed back in Scotland by March of that season where he signed for Thistle after playing as a trialist in the reserves. His only first team appearance came on 10th April 1920 at Firhill, a 1-0 League win over Dumbarton. “The game, though lacking in the finer touches, was keenly contested” reported the Scotsman. The first half was even, but after the interval Thistle had more of the game and a single goal by John Bowie near the end after good work by Willie Hamilton was enough to earn the 2 points. It was a tough match with numerous injuries. In footballing terms, William was last heard of with Second Division Third Lanark in 1925-26.


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