Jackie Husband

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jackie Husband
Personal information
Full name John Husband
Date of birth (1918-05-28)28 May 1918
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Date of death 1992 (aged 73–74)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Centre Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Yoker Athletic
1938–1950 Partick Thistle 371 (12)
National team
1946 Scotland 2 (0)
1947 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
Teams managed
1967–1968 Queen of the South
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Jackie Husband (1918 – 1992) was a Scottish internationalist professional association footballer and manager.


Partick Thistle[edit]

Husband signed for Partick Thistle in 1938 and, apart from a brief spell as manager of Queen of the South, spent the rest of his adult life there. He was a centre back and is generally considered as one of Thistle's greatest ever players.[1] He amassed 371 appearances and scored 12 goals during his playing career with Thistle. Husband was also capped by Scotland twice in 1946.[2] He was noted for his ability to throw the football forty yards at throw-ins.[1]

Husband spent 52 years at Partick Thistle, first as reserve player and progressing through roles as player, captain, trainer, coach, physio and kitman and was a regular at Firhill until days before his death in 1992.[1] His greatest triumph at Thistle came in 1945 where he captained the team to a win over Hibernian to win the Summer Cup (the competition that replaced the Scottish Cup during the war).[1] The home support stand at Firhill Stadium, home of Partick Thistle, is named after Husband.[3]


Husband collected three caps for Scotland, but also played in another two unofficial internationals in 1945, before football resumed after the Second World War.[4] As a farm-worker, Husband was exempt from military service. Husband also represented the Scottish League once.[5]


Husband managed Dumfries club Queen of the South in 1967-68. In his time at Palmerston Park he worked with players such as Allan Ball, Iain McChesney and Billy Collings.