Willie Moyles
Willie Moyles
A. Player

born in Scotland

William Moyles was born in Glasgow, although his date of birth remains unknown to us. *

The 5' 8½ (11st 5lbs) goalkeeper signed for Donald Turner's Thistle on Wednesday, 6th August 1930, having most recently been with Albion Rovers.

He made his only appearance on Wednesday, 27th August, 1930, in a 3-3 draw away to King's Park in a benefit match.

Willie's club-list included Bridgeton Waverley, Rangers, Third Lanark, Albion Rovers and Partick Thistle.

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Bio Extra

Before he turned senior, the big highlight of Willie's junior career came with Bridgeton Waverley in 1926 when they reached the final of the Scottish Junior Cup. Two games were required to settle the final, but it was silver for Willie in the end, Strathclyde winning the replay 2-0 on 25th May 1926, just 3 days after a 1-1 draw. 20,000 watched each of the games which were played at Firhill, as were so many high profile junior games in those days.

The 'keeper signed for Rangers the very next month, and there he would stay for 4 seasons, broken with loan spells at Third Lanark and Albion Rovers, both in 1928. He permanently switched to Albion Rovers in February 1930, and landed at Firhill for the start of 1930-31. As was the story of his senior career, he rarely was able to dislodge the #1 wherever he went, and this was especially true at Firhill where Johnny Jackson was an immovable object, featuring in a mighty 313 consecutive appearances from 1926 to 1933.

Willie's one and only appearance for the Jags first team came in August 1930, a low profile benefit match for the Kings Park centre half, Robert Baird, in front of 1,000 at Forthbank Park. Surprisingly competitive, the match was played at a fast pace, despite the heat. Willie Miller opened the scoring (10) but King's Park equalised with a free-kick by h-t. The home side went ahead (80) but Peter Cunningham equalised (82) before a beautiful goal 4 minutes from time looked like it had given Kings Park the spoils, but a last-minute penalty conversion by John Torbet ensured that Willie remained forever unbeaten as a Thistle first-teamer.

(WS/AFK)


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