John Hendry

John Hendry
john Hendry
● john Hendry, 1889 (HA)

probably born in Scotland

John Hendry was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The 5' 8 defender probably joined Thistle in 1878 or 1879.

He made his first known appearance on Saturday, 5th April, 1879, in a 1-0 neutral-venue win against Marchton in the West Of Scotland Cup.

John scored his only known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 2nd April, 1887, in a 3-1 friendly win at home to Cowlairs.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 21st September, 1889, in a 4-1 win away to Summerton Athletic in the Glasgow Cup, having clocked up at least 165 appearances for the Thistle.

His known club-list included only Partick Thistle and Kilsyth Wanderers.

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

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Bio Extra

John is one of the oldest and best links that we’ve got to our formative years. Here we have a man who played with Thistle in the public park days of the 1870s. He was the only player who could lay claim to having played at all 4 of our early homes; Overnewton Park, Jordanvale Park, Muir Park and Inchview.

John played at right back when Thistle won their first trophy – the West of Scotland Cup in 1879. The final was played in front of 400 spectators at the First Hampden Park on the 5th April 1879; Partick Thistle 1, Marchtown 0. The chances are high that he played in our very Scottish Cup match versus Jordanhill in October 1880, although no line ups have been unearthed for that one as yet. He was certainly there for the following round against Rangers a few weeks later. In fact, John was virtually an ever present all the way through the 1880s as Partick Thistle continued to develop into one of the most prestigious clubs in the country. To all intents and purposes, John seems to have been a one club man and appeared for the club on at least 165 occasions – an enormous total in an era when a huge number of team line ups were simply not recorded.

Until such times as we discover evidence to the contrary, our man goes down as one of those “one goal wonders”. His goal came at Inchview in on the 2nd April 1887; he put Thistle 2-1 up in a 3-1 derby victory against Cowlairs. In the 1880s, John was also listed as being in the committee and it’s my guess that he was likely to have been part of the “match committee” responsible for team selection. We probably weren’t old enough to have club legends in the late 1880s but if we did…



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