William Stirling

William Stirling
William Stirling
● William Stirling, 1889 (HA)

probably born in Scotland

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

The midfielder probably joined Thistle in 1882.

He made his first known appearance on Saturday, 14th October, 1882, in a 4-3 friendly defeat away to Beith.

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

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 19th May, 1883, in a 2-0 friendly win at home to Partick, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 4 occasions.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle.

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

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Bio Extra

This disciplined looking club member was a fringe player in terms of the first eleven, but his leadership qualities were such that, in his day, he was captain of the Second Eleven, or the Partick Thistle Swifts as they were known. He notably made 4 appearances for the first team in season 1882-83 – and had some tales to tell. It wasn’t entirely uncommon for outfield players to take a turn in goals if required, and William did this on two occasions. His second such stint was actually in the Scottish Cup in a 3-3 draw at home to Cambuslang in October 1882. As a result of one of the SFA’s quirkier 19th Century rulings, both sides progressed since it was the second time the tie had been drawn! The versatile William had two further successes in the springtime, playing at full back in a 2-0 home victory over Rangers in April, and then turning out at half-back in a 2-0 derby victory at home to Partick a month later. Our man went on to serve as a committee member throughout the latter half of the 1880s in various capacities including Vice-President and Honorary Secretary.



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