William Ward
William Ward
William Ward
● William Ward, 1904 (AN)

born in Scotland

William Ward was born on Saturday, 30th January, 1875, in Partick, Glasgow.

The forward first appeared for Thistle in February, 1897, having most recently been with Minerva.

Aged 22, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 13th February, 1897, in a 6-0 win away to Motherwell in the SFL Second Division.

That day, William became a member of our scoring debutant's club.

He played his last known game for the club on Wednesday, 8th September, 1897, in a 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Celtic, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 3 occasions.

His club-list included Lenzie, Minerva, Partick Thistle and Queen's Park Strollers.

William died on Tuesday, 8th October, 1929, in Hyndland, Glasgow, aged 54.

Bio Extra

Son of (Englishman) George Ward (wine & spirits merchant) and Jessie Ward (née Templeton).

William, a joiner to trade, came from an athletic family. Both his half-brothers (George and James) played for Thistle in earlier days. He was a keen athlete, cricketer, bowler and curler. After a modest playing career with Thistle (although Queen’s Park were amongst his other clubs), he remained associated with Thistle until his death in 1929. He was elected president of the club in 1900 and represented Thistle on the Glasgow FA. He was re-elected by Thistle members on an annual basis until 1909 and after a gap, was re-elected as president in 1913. He presided over some of the most difficult problems the club has ever had to deal with. He was elected as an SFA Committee Member in 1900 and served on the international selection committee. He was Thistle’s representative on an SFA committee in 1902 and was elected Vice-President of the “Glasgow Committee” of the SFL in 1908. He became Vice-President of the SFL the following year and was elected President in 1911 holding that post until 1914. He returned to the SFA as a Committee Member in 1921. He was highly respected in football circles.

(DMAC/JK)



Historian's note: Also acted as a match official. See: William Ward

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