J. McKay [ii]

J. McKay [ii]
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

J. McKay (forename unknown) was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The midfielder first appeared for Thistle in May, 1912, having most recently been with Nairn County.

He made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 1st May, 1912, in a 0-0 neutral-venue defeat (on corners) against Celtic in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

There were no goals for McKay during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Monday, 7th April, 1913, in a 2-0 win away to Raith Rovers in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 4 occasions.

His known club-list included only Nairn County and Partick Thistle.

We don't know where or when McKay died. *

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Bio Extra

McKay, predominantly a left half, made the switch from the Highlands to Maryhill in the late springtime of 1912. The former Nairn County man stayed for around a year and was a regular in the reserves throughout the 1912-13 season in which Thistle were the defending champions of Scotland.

Shortly after arriving, he was handed his big debut at Ibrox on May day 1912, as Thistle took on Celtic in a goal-less Charity Cup encounter. Jags lost out 3-8 on the corners count. Celtic lost a forward after 20 mins with an eye injury but it made little difference. Thistle's forwards were poor and it made for a poor game. There were chances at both ends but defences were always on top. Celtic's corner tally reflected their share of attacking play.

It was 10 months later when McKay got another chance in the first team, appearing in low-key defeats to Kilmarnock and Third Lanark in the ill-fated and disrespected Glasgow & District Mid-Week League, a competition which was never completed.

McKay's 4th and final match as a Jag came on 7th April 1913 when he finally got his first start in the League team when Thistle, on a poor run of one win in eight, travelled to Kirkcaldy to take on a Raith Rovers side which, although was 2nd bottom, were on a good run of form at Stark's Park and were through to the final of the Scottish Cup. It was goalless at half-time, but not for the want of chances; both teams made and missed them. Things improved for Thistle, and Branscombe scored twice not long after half-time before lethargic Rovers woke up and hit the bar late on. It was a surprising win, and a great way for McKay to bow out on a positive note.


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