Andrew "Andy" Thomson

Andrew Thomson was a coal merchant all his working-life, recorded as such from fifteen years old so both when also playing football and afterwards as his business prospered. He was born in Barrhead and brought up there, the son of parents from Kirkintilloch, his father a Machine Printer, joining firstly local, junior side Levern and then at seventeen the equally local but senior, Arthurlie. There he soon proved himself a reliable full-back, selected for Renfrewshire at nineteen and at twenty for Scotland for the first of two caps.

In fact that first cap was to the only one to be gained whilst with Arthurlie. His next, which, as Andy Mitchell points out, might not have been the last but but the second of many but for the presence of Queen's Park's Wattie Arnott, would come in 1889 and as captain after he had joined Third Lanark the previous year. He was then just twenty-five and coming into his prime, which instead would be spent taking the Third's to victory in the Scottish Cup Final that same year and into the Scottish League on its formation in 1890. 

In the new league the Hi-Hi's would first achieve mid-table safety, their best placing being fourth in 1893 the year before Thomson would hang up his boots. It would also be two before he would marry, in Barrhead, his bride Elisabeth McLay, born in Alexandria. They would have two sons and a daughter, who died aged four, the couple soon moving to Pollokshields, where all the children would be born. And there the family settled, that is until Andy's final retirement at which point he and Lizzie would move to a bungalow in Prestwick. And it was there that Andy passed away in 1936 at the age of seventy, Lizzie outliving him by sixteen years, dying still in the seaside town in 1951, aged eighty-seven. Both are buried with their infant daughter in Neilston Cemetery.

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