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Partick Thistle
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Full name Partick Thistle Football Club
Nickname(s) The Jags
The Harry Wraggs
The Maryhill Magyars
The Maryhill Margaritas
Founded 1876
Ground Firhill Stadium,
Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity: 13,079 (10,887 seated))
Chairman Scotland Allan Cowan
Manager Scotland Ian McCall
League Scottish First Division
2009–10 Scottish First Division
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Partick Thistle Football Club are a professional association football club from Glasgow, Scotland. Despite their name, the club are based in the Maryhill area of the city, and have not played in Partick since 1908. They are members of the Scottish Football League, and currently play in the First Division after being promoted through the play-offs at the end of the 2005–06 season. At the end of season 2008–09 the side finished in 2nd place in the second year of Ian McCall's tenure as manager. They will participate in the Scottish Football League First Division during the season 2009–10.





Partick Thistle Football Club were formed in 1876 in the burgh of Partick (then administratively independent of Glasgow into which it was subsumed in 1912).

Domestic Cup Success and League Progress

The Club laid claim to their first piece of major silverware in 1921, when they won the Scottish Cup, having beaten Rangers 1–0 in the final.[1] In 1971-72, the Jags overcame the huge favourites, Celtic in the League Cup final. Taking a dramatic 4–0 lead, before eventually winning the match 4–1, Davie McParland's team were responsible for the Jags' greatest success in their history. Thistle also enjoyed relative success in League competition during the 1950s/60s/70s, finishing third in the top tier in 1948, 1954 and 1963.

Save the Jags

The clubs fortunes declined during the 1980s, and during the 1990s increasing financial problems threatened to put the club out of existence. In 1998, the club was close to going bankrupt, and it took a fan based effort to keep them afloat with the "Save the Jags" campaign. Despite avoiding financial oblivion, Thistle were relegated to the third tier of Scottish Football in 1997-98, and only narrowly avoided a further relegation the following season, finishing in eighth place.

Lambie Revival

The start of the most successful period of the Club's recent history came with back-to-back promotions under John Lambie in seasons 2000-01 and 2001-02. In order to comply with the then Scottish Premier League guidelines, the terraced section behind the North section of Firhill was redeveloped. In its place a 2000 seater stand was constructed. The terracing at the other end of the ground has also since been removed, although nothing has, as of yet, been built in its place.

Following the successive promotions, Thistle secured their place in the SPL by finishing 10th despite being favourites for relegation.

Successive relegations and Play-Off promotion

Following John Lambie's retirement at the end of the first season in the SPL, Thistle struggled and were relegated, after Inverness Caledonian Thistle were permitted to groundshare with Aberdeen (having won the First Division title). With Gerry Collins (Lambie's previous assistant) having been sacked during the previous season, the joint Player-Managers Derek Whyte and Gerry Britton struggled and were also dismissed mid-season in the First Division. Dick Campbell was appointed successor, but Thistle were relegated to the Second Division. Season 2005-06 saw the Jags return to the First Division through the newly introduced Play-offs, having finished 4th in the league.

Between 1996 and 2006, Partick Thistle were promoted three times and relegated four times, in what was an unpredictable decade in their history. The successive relegations were also the first time a side had been relegated from the top flight and faced a successive relegation in Scottish Football (excluding those caused by league reconstruction).

Despite starting well upon their return to the First Division, Dick Campbell was sacked on 27 March 2007. A Caretaker Management team of Jimmy Bone and Terry Butcher saw out the season, before Ian McCall, a former player, was unveiled as manager.

Ian McCall's tenure 2007-present

McCall's first season saw Thistle finish 6th in the First Division, as well as a good Scottish Cup campaign. Thistle reached the Quarter Finals, drawing with eventual winners, Rangers at Ibrox before losing.

In the season 2008-09, Thistle exceeded expectation, finishing 2nd in the First Division, behind St Johnstone. Midfielder Gary Harkins received a nomination for Player of the Year, and won the Irn Bru Phenominal Player of the Year. This season also saw Jonathan Tuffey become the first Thistle full international for several seasons, having been capped for Northern Ireland previously at U21 level.


Originally playing in navy blue shirts and white shorts (similar to Scotland), the Jags are now best known for their red, yellow and black attire. In the season 1936-37, Thistle changed colours having initially borrowed kit from the rugby team West of Scotland Football Club. The Club mostly play in a variation of red and yellow hooped jerseys, although there have been other styles employed. In the early 1970s, they played in yellow tops with a red trim; in the 1980s and early 1990s vertical red and yellow stripes were used; and from 2004–2006 the kit was dubiously termed "the Jester kit" by the fans, with one half all red and the other half all yellow. In 2009, a Centenary Kit was launched in the original navy blue style to commemorate 100 years at Firhill Stadium.


In their early years, the side played in several places, including what are now the sites for: Partick Railway Station, Morrisons supermarket near the River Kelvin, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The Club eventually moved to their present home in 1909: Firhill Stadium in the Maryhill district of Glasgow.


With average attendances in the region of 2500-3000, Thistle's support base is primarily drawn from the north-west part of Glasgow, but it also includes strong followings in areas of Greater Glasgow and beyond, even having a Global Supporters' Association called "The Nomads". Given the historical sectarian troubles between the two largest clubs in Glasgow (Rangers and Celtic) the Thistle support are known to pride themselves on having an anti-sectarian outlook, which is reflected in many of the songs they sing.

The Jags have a good following of University students, given the relative proximity of Glasgow University and Strathclyde University campuses. This has led to mocking stereotype by some, but a significant number of students who adopt the team temporarily whilst in the City subsequently continue for the rest of their lives.

Thistle's traditional rivals are Clyde and more recently Airdrieonians/Airdrie United. The latter grew to greatest prominence during Thistle's promotion season in 2001-02, when the two sides were the main contenders for the Title, with Airdrie subsequently going bust and reforming owing to financial pressures at the time. Thistle has the following noted fans: Craig Ferguson, Robert Carlyle, Ross King, Neil Donaldson (singer), and Cat Harvey (Real Radio).


Ignis asset management [2] is currently team sponsor of Partick Thistle Football Club.

Current squad

As of 14 January 2010 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Bryn Halliwell
Scotland GK Craig Hinchcliffe
Northern Ireland GK Jonathan Tuffey
Scotland DF Alan Archibald
Scotland DF Patrick Boyle
Scotland DF Martyn Corrigan
Scotland DF Ian Maxwell
Scotland DF Paul Paton
Scotland DF John Robertson
Scotland MF Paul Cairney
Scotland MF Ryan Conroy (on loan from Celtic)
Scotland DF Jackie McNamara (on loan from Falkirk)
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Mark Corcoran
Scotland MF Simon Donnelly
Scotland MF Chris Erskine
Scotland MF Bryan Hodge
Scotland MF Ryan MacBeth
Scotland MF Stephen McKeown
Scotland MF David Rowson
Scotland FW Liam Buchanan
Scotland FW Kris Doolan
Scotland FW Martin Grehan
England FW Steve Lovell

Players out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland DF William Kinniburgh (at Clyde until May 2010)
For recent transfers, see List of Scottish football transfers 2009–10

Notable former players


Individual Achievements

Most Appearances
Name Career Apps
Alan Rough 1969–1982 624
Davie McParland 1953–1974 587
Jackie Campbell 1963–1982 579
Willie Sharpe 1939–1957 571
Jimmy McGowan 1941–1956 543
Eddie McLeod 1926–1940 495
Willie Bulloch 1909–1923 471
Alex Elliot 1927–1940 454
John Harvey 1951–1966 435
Stewart Calderwood 1926–1938 420
All Time Top Goalscorers
Name Career Goals
Willie Sharpe 1939–1957 229
Willie Paul 1884–1899 186
George Smith 1953–1964 125
Jimmy Walker 1946–1957 121
Johnny Torbet 116
Willie Newall 101
Douggie Sommer 101
Davie Ness 97
Sam Kennedy 94
Alex Wright 1948–1962 85

Full Internationalists

The following players have participated in Full Internationals for their respective countries whilst playing for Thistle. Statistics include all caps gained in their International career, including those before or after their Thistle careers.

Name Country Caps Goals
Jákup Mikkelsen Faroe Islands 61 0
Alan Rough Scotland 53 0
Stephen Craigan Northern Ireland 40 0
James Gibson Scotland 16 1
Jimmy McMullan Scotland 16 0
Neilly Gibson Scotland 14 1
George Cummings Scotland 14 0
Alex Forsyth Scotland 10 0
Johnny MacKenzie Scotland 9 1
Jonny Jackson Scotland 9 0
Jimmy Davidson Scotland 8 1
Kenny Campbell Scotland 8 0
Harry Chatton Ireland/Irish Free State 6 0
Jonathan Tuffey Northern Ireland 5 0
Adrian Madaschi Australia 4 2
Willy Paul Scotland 3 5
Alex McSpayden Scotland 3 0
Hugh Brown Scotland 3 0
Jackie Husband Scotland 3 0
Neil Harris (1894) Scotland 2 0
Andy Kerr Scotland 2 0
Tommy Ewing Scotland 2 0
John Hansen Scotland 2 0
Nicky Walker Scotland 2 0
Willy Howden Scotland 1 0
James Kinloch Scotland 1 0
David Mathers Scotland 1 0




  • British Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1921
  • Glasgow Cup:
    • Winners (7): 1934–35, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1960–61, 1980–81, 1988–89
    • Runners up (11) 1888–89, 1900–01, 1911–12, 1914–15, 1917–18, 1919–20, 1932–33, 1936–37, 1959–60, 1966–67, 1968–69
  • Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup:
    • Winners (3): 1926–27, 1934–35, 1948–49

European Competition

Thistle have participated in European competition on three different occasions. On the first occasion, they qualified having finished third in the First Division. They progressed to the Second Round of the Fairs Cup before being eliminated by Spartak Brno. They qualified for the UEFA Cup in 1972-73 after winning the League Cup the previous season, however Hungarian side Honved eliminated them in the first tie. Their most recent venture into European competition was the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup, when they finished 4th with 4 points in Group 6.

By Season

Year / Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg
1963-64 Inter-Cities Fair's Cup 1R Northern Ireland Glentoran 3–0 4–1 7–1
2R Czechoslovakia Spartak Brno 3–2 0-4 3–5
1972–73 Uefa Cup 2R Hungary Honved 0-1 0-3 0–4
1995 Intertoto Cup Group Austria LASK Linz 2–2
Group Iceland Keflavík 3–1
Group France Metz 0-1
Group Croatia NK Zagreb 1-2


  1. ^ Beware the Jags sting
  2. ^ Ignis Asset Management
  3. ^ Known as second division prior to 1975

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