Willie Cairns
Willie Cairns
Willie Cairns
● Willie Cairns (HA)

born in Scotland

William Robert Cairns was born on Saturday, 8th April, 1961, in Glasgow.

The 5' 11 (11st 10lbs) defender signed for (his Uncle!) Bertie Auld's Thistle circa Saturday, 12th July, 1986, having most recently been with Queen's Park.

Aged 25, he made his debut appearance on Monday, 4th August, 1986, in a 1-0 friendly win at home to Celtic XI.

There were no goals for Willie during his time with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 25th July, 1987, in a 0-0 neutral-venue friendly draw against East Stirlingshire, having appeared as a Jag on 44 occasions.

His club-list included Queen's Park, Partick Thistle and Dumbarton.

Willie died in 1995 or 1996, in Canada, aged 34. *

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Bio Extra

Strong midfielder or centre-half who was signed from Queen's Park. Showed his better form playing in defence although he played most of his games in midfield unconvincingly, showing the poverty of the team at the time. Never able to make the transition he moved to Dumbarton at the end of the season.


Bio Extra

Nephew of Thistle and Celtic legend, Bertie Auld. A fitter to trade, Willie emigrated to Australia in his late 20s. He died tragically of a heart attack in Canada, aged just 34.


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