Willie Kinniburgh
Willie Kinniburgh
Willie Kinniburgh
● Willie Kinniburgh, 2010 (SPFL)

born in Scotland

William Daniel Kinniburgh was born on Saturday, 8th September, 1984, in Glasgow.

The 6' 2 (10st 6lbs) defender temporarily transferred to Ian McCall's Thistle on Thursday, 29th November, 2007, from his parent club, Motherwell.

Aged 23, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 1st December, 2007, in a 2-2 draw at home to St Johnstone in the SFL First Division.

Willie scored his first goal for Thistle on Sunday, 10th October, 2010, in a 2-2 defeat (on pens aet) away to Ross County in the Challenge Cup.

He scored his second and final goal for the club on Tuesday, 12th April, 2011, in a 2-1 defeat at home to Falkirk in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for Thistle on Saturday, 24th March, 2012, in a 1-0 defeat at home to Ross County in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 95 occasions.

Willie's club-list included Motherwell, Ayr United, Partick Thistle, Clyde, Irvine Meadow XI, Cambuslang Rangers, Thorniewood United, Largs Thistle and Hurlford Thistle.

Bio Extra

Kinniburgh was a product of the Motherwell youth set-up and made his debut on 12 May 2002, against Dundee. On 15 November 2003, Kinniburgh signed for Ayr United on loan. Kinniburgh joined Partick Thistle on loan in late 2007 and on 18 January 2008 was signed by them for an undisclosed fee. He joined Clyde on loan in January 2010, until the end of the season. He scored his first and only goal for Partick in a 2–1 defeat to Falkirk in April 2011.

Injuries had been hampering his game time at Thistle and, in May 2012, the defender still had 12 months left on his contract with Jackie McNamara's Thistle, when he opted to leave the Jags to pursue a new career as a police officer. He signed on a part-time basis for Scottish Junior West Region Junior champions Irvine Meadow the following month. In June 2013, he signed for fellow Junior club Cambuslang Rangers, however he left the club in January 2014. Kinniburgh signed for Thorniewood United in August 2014. After leaving Thorniewood, Kinniburgh signed for Largs Thistle in March 2015. He made five appearances for the club before leaving in the summer by mutual consent.

Kinniburgh made six appearances for the Scotland U-21 team in his early career. After spending time as a coach with Partick Thistle, Kinniburgh became manager of junior side Gartcairn F. A. Juniors. He left the club in 2022. His younger brother Steven was also a professional footballer, and was involved in management with Corby Town and Kettering Town.


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