Jackie Husband

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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 half
Youth career
Yoker Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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.

John "Jackie" Husband (1918 – 1992) was a Scottish internationalist professional association footballer and manager. Husband spent the majority of his career at Partick Thistle, where he made almost 400 appearances for the club and was also capped twice by Scotland. Husband also spent a short time as manager of Queen of the South.


Partick Thistle[edit]

The home support stand at Firhill Stadium, home of Partick Thistle, is named after Husband.

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.