You Couldn't Make It Up!

by Jack Little

On 12/12/1891, away to Northern, things must have looked good after 5 minutes because Thistle were 2-0 up. Even at 4-2 at half-time, 2 points must have looked safe. The home team rattled in 7 without reply in the second half for what must be a strong candidate for an entry in the "how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" handbook. However, there were mitigating circumstances. Read on…The match was played in a blizzard that was sweeping the city. It should have been postponed. The "Scottish Referee" reported that for the sake of the players' safety it should have been abandoned. Most of the crowd had drifted away towards the end but there were reports of a fight breaking out in the pavilion only for one official to say that things were under control because there was one policeman per spectator. Such was the ferocity of the weather that only 5 players a-side braved it out until the end. The second half was so one-sided, the Northern keeper "donned his overcoat" to the amusement of the (dwindling) crowd.

Publishing date An original Thistle Archive publication, 07-Sep-2020.
Latest edit date Latest edit version 02-Jun-2020.

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