David Meiklejohn

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Davie Meiklejohn
Personal information
Full name David Ditchburn Meiklejohn
Date of birth (1900-12-12)12 December 1900
Place of birth Govan, Scotland
Date of death 22 August 1959(1959-08-22) (aged 58)
Place of death Airdrie, Scotland
Playing position(s) Centre back
Youth career
–1919 Maryhill
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1936 Rangers 490 (42)
National team
1922–1933 Scotland 15 (3)
1921–1932 Scottish League XI 6 (0)
Teams managed
1947–1959 Partick Thistle
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Ditchburn Meiklejohn (/ˈmkəlˌɒn/; 12 December 1900 – 22 August 1959) was a Scottish professional footballer, who played for Rangers and Scotland during the 1920s and 1930s. He later managed Partick Thistle for 12 years.


Born in Govan, Glasgow, Meiklejohn joined Rangers from junior club Maryhill in 1919 and spent the rest of his playing days with the Ibrox club.

He played 563 games, scoring 46 goals and winning 12 Scottish league championships and five Scottish Cups. On 5 September 1931, he captained the Rangers side in the Old Firm game which saw the Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson accidentally killed contesting for a ball with Rangers' Sam English. Meiklejohn was credited with having realised the seriousness of the situation and gestured to calm the home support whilst the injured Thomson was being attended to.

He was capped 15 times by Scotland during an 11-year international career. He also scored 3 times and captained the side six times. He made his debut against Wales. Meiklejohn also represented the Scottish League XI six times.[1]

Meiklejohn retired from football in 1936 and took a job with the Daily Record newspaper. In 1947 he became manager of Partick Thistle.

He collapsed and died, aged 58, in the director's box at Broomfield Park, home of Airdrieonians. On 15 November 2009 he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  2. ^ Eight more Scots greats enter Hall of Fame The Scotsman, 16 November 2009

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