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  1. 12 points
    It is with great sadness that I post that lifelong Thistle fan Jack (John) Cross unfortunately passed away last night after a short illness, aged 95. Jack has been a regular at Firhill, attending his 1st match at the age of 14 in 1937, rarely missing a match home or away since. Although many may not know the name, I'm sure most would know & have seen his face at Firhill & away stadiums around the country over the years. Despite Jack being the best part of 70yrs older than me, I have him to thank for making me a Thistle fan, we have travelled the country together following Thistle for the past 15-20yrs & it really won't be the same without him. At the time of his passing Jack was the oldest living Thistle fan, Jack's last game was Stenhousemuir away where fittingly Thistle ran out winners. Jack was a keen golfer & up until a few weeks ago was still playing Bowls for Westermains BC in Kirkintilloch. Jack loved football but more importantly loved Thistle, thanks for the memories! Just wanted to post this on here for those that may have known Jack, I've attached a photo from the Play-Off Final last season so people can perhaps put a face to the name.
  2. 8 points
    Perhaps we should be radical and give the signings a chance to play before we criticise them?
  3. 7 points
    I just went to sponsor his shirt and was told the premium kit would be £1.2 million.
  4. 6 points
    Au contraire, the club have every right to be very annoyed by O'Ware's untimely tweet. As a business, the club has a duty to gain any advantage it can or, as in this case, mitigate any disadvantage. Alerting agents that we are desperate, three days before the window closes, puts the club at a negotiating disadvantage. Also, Morton now have prior warning of our (increased) defensive frailty. Perhaps, sometimes, there are good reasons for keeping quiet.
  5. 5 points
    Any clown can coast along during the good times. It's when your back is against the wall, when you're just about hanging on, you can either fold or you can fight, it's the ones that carry on fighting, they're the true winners. When things go well everyone wants to know you, when you're in the shit, many fair weather friends will turn their backs and the vultures always start to circle. It was never going to be easy for Archie to rebuild a team this season. The deck is well stacked against him, every other club would have sacked him long ago. But we're not every other club: Are we? Big game tomorrow, looking forward to it.
  6. 5 points
    Lucky for Motherwell they did not listen to fans calling for the manager's head when they were struggling: https://www.steelmenonline.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/15690-robinson-how-do-we-think-hes-doing/ Dundee fans who wanted Hartley out are now after McCann's head. Falkirk fans who wanted Houston out are now after after Hartley's head. Jack Ross was getting in to the crowd to "chat" with fans who were calling for his head before becoming the hero of Paisley. Football fans are a very fickle group and if we go on a good run a lot of people wanting the manager out will disappear (until the next defeat). Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is the place for them but I would just say that the Board have given absolutely no indication that they will sack Archie so is it a good use of your time to keep on that particular issue. It is like me constantly telling Megan Fox that I am the man for her - I know I am right but it ain't going to happen (according to her lawyers anyway).
  7. 5 points
    9000 COMPETITIVE GOALS Rejected for Scottish Cup entry by the SFA, mainly on the grounds that they played in public parks, a number of clubs in the West of Scotland decided to form their own association, and on 30th October 1877, 60 clubs sent representatives to Whyte’s Temperance Hotel in Glasgow and formed the West of Scotland FA. In December 1877, the draw for the inaugural West of Scotland FA Cup took place, with some 50 clubs "in the hat". Partick Thistle were given a home tie, and Cowlairs of Springburn were to be our first visitors to Overnewton Park in "official" competitive action. The game took place on Saturday, 19th January, 1878, and, as Niall Kennedy reports: "Praise was high for the players of both teams, except for the Thistle backs, who were criticised for “playing rather loose”. This would appear to be rather harsh for the game ended in a 4-1 win for Thistle (T.Brown (2), J.Inglis, J.Bennie for Thistle, Greoch for Cowlairs)." Alas, the scoring sequence is not known, so we can't be sure as to who grabbed that all-important first competitive goal. Brown, Inglis, Bennie - your Jaggy descendants salute you one and all! From that day 'til now, including all major and minor tournaments, and excluding all games which were voided by the governing bodies, the Partick Thistle first eleven have played in 5,592 competitive matches, scoring 8,998 goals. The only word of caution for these figures would be that we are always on the look out for new, obscure discoveries which could, even yet, change our data. Only last year, afkincaid discovered the hitherto unknown Sir William Cunningham Cup from the nineteenth century, so these things can happen... The 1000 goal milestone come around every 16 years or so, on average. It's that time again. Who will become Thistle's ninth competitive goals millenialist? The history books are waiting to be written... #1000 ROBERT CONNER 22.11.1902 Queen's Park [h] W4-2 (SFL First Division - game 14) Robert Conner (1-0, 1st half); Robert Conner (2-1, 1st half); Robert Conner (3-1, 1st half); David C. Walker (4-1, 2nd half) 6,000 @ Meadowside As the fog of the Clyde hovered around Meadowside, Thistle did their utmost to brighten the day for their patrons, none more so than Robert Conner who bagged a rare first-half hat-trick. We care not a jot that the milestone goal - converted from a John Muirhead cross - was suspiciously offside! Robert was on a great run of personal form this November, scoring in four consecutive games against Rangers, Celtic, Queen's Park and Hearts. This was a big breakthrough season for Thistle - the very start of a near 70-year-run as one of Scotland's top-flight sides. #2000 JOHN BLAIR 11.09.1920 Motherwell [a] W4-0 (SFL - game 8) Jimmy McMullan (1-0, 40 mins); Andrew Kerr (2-0, 41 mins); John Blair (3-0, 70 mins); Willie Hamilton (4-0, 75 mins) 10,500 @ Fir Park George Easton's troops were shaping up as contenders at this time, and this fine victory put us joint-third-top. On the day, a rampant Thistle would have won by more were it not for the performance of Rundell in the Motherwell goal, although the 'keeper was blamed for the third - Thistle's milestone entry. He had come rushing out of his goal in attempt to sweep up the danger, but was left high and dry, and John Blair was left with the simple task of rolling the ball into the net. It's the duty of every Jags fan to remember well John's name, for he's the man whose trusty shot at Celtic Park on April 16th 1921 won the Scottish Cup for Partick Thistle. Scoring Thistle's 2,000th competitive goal was merely a warm-up for the main event! #3000 GEORGE WYLLIE 28.03.1932 Queen's Park [h] W2-1 (SFL First Division - game 34) George Wyllie (1-0, 8 mins); George Wyllie (2-1, 32 mins) 10,000 @ Firhill After just eight minutes of play, the Monday bank holiday crowd were treated to Thistle's opener, and it was a good 'un, Davie Ness slipping the ball up the middle and George Wyllie putting the Jags ahead with an unsaveable shot. Capping off a great day for himself, the bustling forward held off three to fire home the match-winner on 32 minutes, Thistle's 3,000th competitive goal. George certainly made his mark during his time at Firhill, with no less than 3 top-flight hat-tricks to his name, despite never being fully in control of the #9 jersey during his several seasons of service. #4000 JACKIE JOHNSON 30.09.1944 Hamilton Academical [a] W4-3 (Southern League - game 7) Joe McGeachy (1-0, 13 mins); Jackie Johnson (2-1, 33 mins); Jackie Johnson (3-2, 63 mins); Alex Gourlay (4-3, 82 mins) 6,000 @ Douglas Park This 7 goal thriller at Douglas Park produced 4000th competitive goal, and the honour fell to Jackie Johnson, Thistle's wartime guest from Stockport. The outside right was on fire this day, with two goals and two assists. Later in the season, Jackie led Thistle to Hampden glory in the Summer Cup, viewed as the club's second major trophy at the time. With his 5 goal tally, Jackie finished alongside Gordon Smith (Hibernian) as the tournament’s joint-leading marksman. That's the sort of guest that'd be welcome back anytime! #5000 DAVIE MATHERS 28.04.1956 Aberdeen [a] W4-0 (SFL First Division - game 33) Johnny MacKenzie (1-0, 18 mins); Davie Mathers (2-0, 32 mins); Tommy Ewing (3-0, 89 mins); Alex Wright (4-0, 90 mins) 16,000 @ Pittodrie This was a stunning result for Davie Meiklejohn's mid-table side, as Aberdeen, Scotland's reigning champions, were second placed at the time. Indeed, it was the club's record victory at Pittodrie at that stage, although they'd actually go one better several years later. Thistle's 5000th competitive goal came around the half-hour mark, inside-left Willie Crawford passing back to the onrushing Davie Mathers who drove home a powerful right-footer from more than 20-yards out. Typically, the euphoria was short-lived and normal service was resumed just 2 days later as we lost 2-0 at home to… Aberdeen. Oh Thistle. #6000 JOHN FLANAGAN 11.08.1969 Rangers [h] L2-3 (Glasgow Cup Final replay) Jimmy Bone (1-1); John Flanagan (2-3, pen 87 mins) 15,000 @ Firhill Heard the one about the domestic cup tie that took two seasons to complete? Back in April (the 1968-69 season), Thistle had battled to a 2-2 draw in the Glasgow Cup final at Ibrox, playing a lot of good football into the bargain. Unluckily for us, a combination of Rangers having a bit of a fixtures backlog, appearing in the Scottish Cup final, and Firhill being used for the Juniors meant that a suitable date could not be found for the replay and it was held over until the start of season 1969-70. Even then, the fixture was not treated with due respect, and was squeezed into an August Monday evening. With moon fever sweeping the nation, Malcolm Murray opined that "man may land on Mars before Thistle win their next trophy", and, with Rangers having rocketed into a 3-1 lead, Thistle's silverware prospects were certainly looking bleak. A penalty three minutes from time - Thistle's 6,000th competitive goal - at least forced a jittery Rangers to resort to time-wasting. Wee Johnny Flanagan, compared to Denis Law on more than one occasion during his time, was a steady scorer for the Jags in the latter half of the 1960s and it's a pity he never played in a more successful Thistle team. Thistle would finish the season rock-bottom and were relegated for the first time in nearly 70 years. Jags fans were left hoping man would just hurry up and land on Mars. #7000 KENNY WATSON 10.03.1984 Meadowbank Thistle [h] W2-1 (SFL First Division - game 29) Kenny Watson (1-0, pen 20 mins); Kenny McDowall (2-0, 35 mins) 1,732 @ Firhill Peter Cormack's Jags had just been knocked off the top perch in the First Divison for the first time in five months, and it was very much a case of sleeves needing to be rolled up. One man who could always be relied upon in such circumstances was Kenny Watson, and the 28-year-old defender helped Thistle on their way to a crucial two points in this one. 18 of Kenny Watson's 58 Jags goals came from the penalty spot, and so it was for Thistle's 7000th competitive counter, his "easily converted" spot-kick having been awarded for handball. Kenny's place in Thistle's hall of fame is thoroughly merited - he was a gem in a very unglamorous period in the club's history. Were it not for his goals and inspirational persona who knows how bad it might have got for Thistle in the 1980s… #8000 DEREK FLEMING 14.08.2001 Raith Rovers [a] W5-3 (Challenge Cup 2nd Round) Murray McDowell (1-1, 35 mins); David McCallum (2-2, 74 mins); Derek Fleming (3-2, 100 mins); Derek Fleming (4-2, 105 mins); Martin Hardie (5-2, 114 mins) 1,585 @ Stark's Park Having just won there 3 days earlier on League business, Jags were back at the San Starko to see if we could make it a neat double. The Challenge Cup tie went into extra-time and it was soon apparent that there was only going to be one winner on the night, for Thistle were superb in that period. The 8,000th goal was a 30-yard-screamer from Derek Fleming - his first competitive goal for the club - and he followed it up just 5 minutes later with a stunning 25-yard free-kick. An adventurous left-back, "Flea" would go on to play a big part in Thistle's title win this season, immortalizing himself in Jaggy folklore by scoring in the 2-0 win at Love Street which secured the title in April, breaking his leg in the process. Such was the dedication to the cause of Lambie's boys!
  8. 5 points
    Coulibaly was unhappy with the way he was treated by the club's cairopractor.
  9. 4 points
    The really sad thing at the moment is that I just don't really care about the results. I've always been a fanatical Jags fan, but thanks to the results and style of football Archibald has played over the past 18 months, I am utterly apathetic about this club.
  10. 4 points
    Is it no just easier going up to Dundee?
  11. 4 points
    And that would have ended the speculation? If it did no doubt the thread would have turned to why we signed a player who can't get international clearance etc, etc. Face it there are just those individuals like yourself who will complain/criticise regardless.
  12. 4 points
    I'm in. Where do I sign up for a season ticket? Never doubted Archies scouting network. Man is a genius.
  13. 3 points
    We were told that we would have a competitive budget to support the club's ambition to go straight back up. The nature of a number of signings suggest that statement was inaccurate. I can certainly understand why there is frustration and anger among the fans.
  14. 3 points
    What have I said, that you agree with?
  15. 3 points
    If there is a chance of resurrecting Stuart’s career we should take it. He was/is a fantastic Jagsman
  16. 3 points
    Scenes Hilarity as no ability or agility from Tumility causes humility, despite Thistle's fragility.
  17. 3 points
    Sorry to hear this. I did not know Mr Cross personally but any loss in the Thistle family is always sad. We have our differences now and again but we are all Thistle fans.
  18. 3 points
    If you were a motherwell fan and even if they hadn't got the last minute equaliser I think you could have looked at that team and thought they gave everything. They didn't show the opposition too much respect and played a controlled amount of aggression We on the other hand have no aggression whatsoever. Storer is the only 'nasty' one in our team and to be honest he looks more of a liability than an asset. Even when we drew 2-2 in the game Barney referenced we didn't batter sevco in the way that motherwell did today. We are a club missing a 'nasty' streak. Our chairman is a nice person, our manager is a nice person, our captain is a nice guy, we try to play nice football and we are nice to players. We need to bring back the nasty.
  19. 3 points
    If our away form hasn't improved by then ,it should be moved to the horror channel for us Thistle fans.
  20. 3 points
    I know what an iPad is, tho' I don't have one. Not got a clue what a vpn is. I'm taking a bit of a stab in the dark here, but is "the big screen" a technical name for a telly?
  21. 3 points
    Never believe everything you read in the papyrus.
  22. 3 points
    I don't see any reason why Coulibaly can't play on Saturday - if anyone comes after us we just tell them that the player is "imperfectly registered, but eligible" © Sandy Bryson, Head of Registrations Department, SFA
  23. 3 points
    As a manager or as a player?
  24. 3 points
    Livi fan saying on P&B that they have approached Arbroath about The Bunnet. Hilarious if true.
  25. 3 points
    But is he really a striker?
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