280 Hugh Farquharson

Biography

Scottish goalkeeper Hugh Hamilton Farquharson was born in Paisley to a father who worked in the nearby shipyard. Hugh himself spent time working in shipyards while playing amateur football for Renfrew Juniors. In October 1934 he joined the cavalcade of Scotsmen signed by Jack Hill’s Tigers to provide a support role for long standing netminder George Maddison. He immediately went into Hill’s first team for four games due to an injury for Maddison, conceding 11 goals in three heavy defeats but keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over Bradford Park Avenue. Maddison’s consistency meant that Farquharson waited eleven months for another first team chance, conceding six times in heavy defeats against Charlton Athletic and Manchester United. His final appearance came seven months later under replacement manager David Menzies, with Hugh continuing his disappointing run by conceding six goals against Swansea Town. He left the club in the 1936 close season.

In June 1936 Farquharson signed for Dunfermline Athletic and while The Pars slumped to relegation from the Scottish First Division in his first season, Hugh impressed with his brave and unconventional goalkeeping style. He drifted out of the first team in his second season and in October 1938 he nearly switched to Forfar Athletic, but the move fell through because of Farquharson’s work commitments. He was eventually released by Dunfermline in May 1939.

Hugh returned to live in Paisley and worked in a Renfrew shipyard. In November 1940 he died in tragic circumstances, falling into the River Clyde while performing his Air Raid Precautions warden duties – his body was only discovered downstream at Clydebank four weeks after the tragic accident. Although born and raised in the Glasgow area, Farquharson was buried in Hull.

Details

Nationality: Scotland
Date/Place of Birth: 17 September 1910, Paisley
Hull City First Game: 6 October 1934, Fulham A (Division Two), 24 years, 19 days old
Hull City Final Game: 18 April 1936, Swansea Town A (Division Two), 25 years, 214 days old

Clubs

Renfrew Juniors, Hull City (1934-1936), Dunfermline Athletic (1936-1939)

Hull City Record

Career: 7 apps, 0 goals

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