John Hastie
John Hastie
John Hastie
● John Hastie, 1900s (ROW)

born in Scotland

John Russell Hastie was born on Tuesday, 1st November 1881, in Lesmahgaow, South Lanarkshire.

The forward signed for Thistle in December, 1902, having most recently been with Carluke Milton Rovers.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 6th December, 1902, in a 0-0 draw at home to Celtic in the SFL First Division.

John scored his first two goals for Thistle on Saturday, 3rd January, 1903, in a 4-2 win at home to Port Glasgow Athletic in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 4 goals on Saturday, 28th March, 1903, in a 2-2 draw away to Dundee in the Inter City League.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 7th January, 1905, in a 3-1 win at home to Queen's Park in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 26 occasions.

His club-list included Carluke Milton Rovers, Partick Thistle, Bathgate, Dykehead, Heart of Midlothian and Hamilton Academical.

John died on Sunday, 5th May, 1960, in Edinburgh, aged 78.

Bio Extra

Son of Archibald Hastie (coal miner) and Margaret Hastie (nÊe Russell). He married Elizabeth Peacock Wilson on Hogmanay, 1903 - a double celebration! They went on to have 10 children in 19 years. John's brother, Isaac, was a goalkeeper with Airdrie, and his nephew, Archie Hastie (Isaac's son), would also play for Partick Thistle!

In late November 1902, John's junior career peaked when he was capped for the Lanarkshire Junior League team in the 9th annual game against the Irish Junior League team. John was praised for his performance, and he managed to get on the scoresheet in the 4-0 win at Fir Park which drew record gate receipts for the fixture (see 'Scrapbook' tab above). The family had in their possession for many years the cap and waistcoat presented to John re his selection (see 'Gallery' tab above).

John had a decent run at outside left when he first arrived at Meadowside the following month, but in time fell behind John Wilkie and Robert Gray in the pecking order, and had a 4 month loan spell at Bathgate in 1903-04. He was a registered Jag for several seasons, but first team appearances fell away to nothing, and he had longer loan spells away at Dykehead and Hearts. He finally got settled at Hamilton Academical for just over 3 seasons, signing in April, 1910. John was a near ever-present for them in their top-flight campaign of 1910-11. Brilliantly, the Accies got to the Scottish Cup final that season, drawing 0-0 before losing out 2-0 to Celtic in the replay. John appeared at inside left in both games and duly received a runners-up medal.

He finished his career in 1914-15 with Dykehead of the Scottish Union League (a competition which was not completed that season) and received another runners-up medal, this time in the reasonably prestigious Scottish Qualifying Cup, losing out 3-0 to St Bernard's in the end.

Thanks to his great nephew Billy getting in touch in early 2024, we know that John followed his father's footsteps as a coal miner, and he lived in Musselburgh. In May 1960, the 78-year-old John was pronounced deceased at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, after having suffered a heart-attack. His son, Ralph Hastie, signed the death registry entry.


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