Rare, presentation braided football cap dated 1906 - 07 from the Glasgow Junior Football Association. The cap was presented to Matthew Thomson when playing for Glasgow club, Maryhill. Matthew went on to play 237 games for Woolwich Arsenal including 100 senior appearances between 1909 - 1914. Also included is an original photograph of Matthew Thomson in his Woolwich Arsenal strip from his personal collection (purchased recently at auction).
Maryhill Football Club: Maryhill F. C. are an association football team based in the Maryhill area of Glasgow, Scotland. Members of the Scottish Junior Football Association, they currently play in the West Region, Central District First Division. Formed in 1884 as a Junior Club they were beaten finalists in the second ever Scottish Junior Cup in 1887 - 88 and turned Senior the following year. Competing a few times in the Scottish Cup, they returned to the Junior ranks shortly afterwards reaching the national cup finals in 8 years.
Early Honours: Scottish Junior Cup Winners 1899 - 1900. Runners-Up 1887 - 88, 1900 - 01, 1901 - 02, 1906 - 07 (losing 1 - 0 to Strathclyde). Glasgow Junior League Champions 1900 - 01, 1903 - 04, 1904 - 05.
Matthew Thomson: Matthew was born on 29 May 1886 in Maryhill, Glasgow. He was on the books of Maryhill F. C. when joining Woolwich Arsenal, an English First Division team, in June 1908 after he played on trial in the club's summer Scottish tour of 1908. In his first season at Manor Field (Arsenal's ground at the time) he played deputy to the ever reliable Percy Sands, playing only 3 League games, including his debut with Middlesbrough on 17th March 1909.
In 1909 - 10 he won a regular place in the side when he played 30 League games. However, in the following season Sands returned from injury and in that 1910 - 11 season he played in only half the club's League games. In the following season he played a further 7 League games. He was with Woolwich Arsenal when the club moved to Highbury (1913 - 14) but in May 1914 he was transferred to Swindon Town where he played 12 games. His record with Woolwich Arsenal was as follows:
League games - 89, goals 1
FA Cup games - 5, 0 goals
Other Senior games - 6, 1 goal
Friendly games - 29, 5 goals
London League games - 16, 1 goal
South Eastern League games - 83, 0 goals
London FA Cup games - 8, 0 goals
Other Youth games - 1, 0 goals
Total - 237 games, 8 goals.
Summary: This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a rare Glasgow Junior Football Association Presentation Cap presented to a Maryhill Football Club player who went on to play 100 senior games for one of England's top clubs at the time - Woolwich Arsenal.