You Couldn't Make It Up!

by Jack Little

Close season? What close season? At the end of season 1920/21 the SFA undertook a representative tour of Canada and Eastern USA. They believed in getting the most out of the players, playing 25 games in 62 days and travelling over 12,000 miles in the process. 3 days after Thistle's last game of the season, the party sailed from Liverpool on the maiden voyage of the Cunard-Anchor line's "Cameronia" and among the 1,600 passengers were Willie Bulloch and Jimmy McMenemy who had been included in the party of only 16 players. Just 14 days after the end of the domestic season both of them played in the opening game of the tour in Halifax. Bulloch had played 33 games that season, McMenemy 31. Bulloch played in 15 games and McMenemy 18. Both played 2 games in 2 days at one stage during the tour. The party returned to Liverpool on the White Star liner "Celtic" (!) on 1/8 and season 1921/22 began 15 days later. McMenemy missed the first 3 games of the season and played his first game (of 36 that season) on 30/8. Bulloch had a longer rest. He missed 8 games and played 23 beginning on 19/9.

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

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