Willie Wiseman
Willie Wiseman
Willie Wiseman
● Willie Wiseman (QPFC)

born in Scotland

William Wiseman was born on Sunday, 11th October, 1896, in Rayne, Aberdeenshire.

The 5' 11 (13st 0lbs) defender appeared as a guest for George Easton's Thistle in April, 1926, whilst a Queen's Park player.

Aged 29, he made his only appearance on Tuesday, 27th April, 1926, in a 5-2 defeat at home to Glasgow Select in a Benefit match.

There were no goals for Willie in his one-off appearance for Thistle.

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

Willie died on Friday, 2nd January, 1981, in Edinburgh, aged 84.

Bio Extra

Defender Willie Wiseman’s only appearance for Thistle was in Tom Crighton’s second testimonial game on Tuesday 27 April 1926 at Firhill. He was one of five Queen’s Park players to turn out for the Jags who lost 5-2 to a strong Glasgow select. Tom suffered a compound fracture of his leg in a game against Queen’s Park, and didn’t recover sufficiently to restart his football career. The decision was taken to award Tom a second testimonial, and a large crowd turned out for one of the stars of the 1921 Scottish Cup Final victory against Rangers. Although Willie only ever played in this game for Thistle, his football career and life make an interesting bio.

Willie left university in Aberdeen in 1916 to join the Gordon Highlanders. While serving on the Western Front, he was wounded, gassed and missing in action for a week. He transferred to the Tank Corps, and ended the war with the rank of captain. He went to India to assist with the Indian Army restructure at the end of the conflict.

Returning to Scotland Willie went to Glasgow Technical College to complete his studies, and worked as a roads’ surveyor for Dunbartonshire Council.

Willie was a Queen’s Park player between 1922 and 1930, with 264 appearances for the Spiders. Willie was capped twice for Scotland, six times for the Scotland Amateurs side, and once for a Scotland League XI. He later served on Queen’s Park’s committee.

He wasn’t finished with the military, for in World War 2 Willie served as a Major in the Royal Engineers, principally on recruitment and training.



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