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  1. Stream worked well for me. Our defence looked ok but Airdrie ran away from our players a few times which was worrying - especially when they picked it up in midfield and were coming onto us. Thought out keeper could have came and claimed a few of their long throws which would have helped my blood pressure at times. Glad we got a win.
  2. The highlights have the trialist listed as Charlie Reilly, young boy who played with Hamilton Accies https://www.hamiltonacciesfc.co.uk/contract-news-charlie-reilly/ They also listed Scott Fox as the keeper so not sure whether we had an interloper in goals or someone’s trying to jinx Sneddon!
  3. Ruben looks good in this compilation of clips...sorry, meant to say l think you can see him in this compilation of clips! A lot of this footage looks like how l imagine our livelink will be if it’s still no fans by the time we get to kickoff!
  4. Ok, l followed the Partick link and answered my own question. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partick_F.C. Who said the internet can be a place where you only learn what you are prepared to look for! Anyway, the story about Partick FC and us looks interesting.
  5. It's testament to how bored l am that l've started trawling Netflix for things to watch. Anyway The English Game, which is loosely based on history, features two Scottish players Fergus Sutar and James Love who leave Partick to join Darwen. The date of their move is 1878. Anybody know what (or who) the football team Partick are - is it us? And if it is, why do we not know more about the best players in the world at that time beginning their careers with us? Anyway, here's what they have on Wikipedia about Sutar https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fergus_Suter
  6. Just been watching the Gary Fraser goal against Dundee on the club's Twitter account and it got me thinking, why does it not happen for some players who really should go on to bigger things or at least do more than they ended up achieving? I know everyone has an opinion on why so and so didn't become the next big thing, and a lot of it has to do with variables like attitude + opportunity x big slice of luck. But has anyone had the chance to ask ex-players like Gary Fraser or Adam Strachan or Martin Laughlin or Mo Johnston (ok, he might be an exception) or any other number of names over the years why playing for us was the pinnacle of their achievements? And if you did, what did they say? Oh, and in case you didn't see it, here's the Fraser goal https://twitter.com/PartickThistle/status/1243135721000574984?s=19
  7. Given the rather abrupt end (or pause) to this season, l thought it would be interesting to hear from any of you who have had previous seasons cut short for unexpected or unforseen reasons. I appreciate that some may have gone to games with family and/or friends who became unwell or died and that stopped your trips to watch football. But are there any other stories people have about having to stop going early/mid or late season? Did you get home from school as a kid to be told you were moving to Hong Kong a week on Tuesday? Did dad tell you the French tutor could only do Saturday at 3pm so that stupid football would have to stop? Or did securing that dream retail job in Exeter mean the last pages of your Thistle season ticket remained forever attached to the spine of the book? Abrupt ends to football seasons can be traumatic. They can be fortunate. They can be frustrating. But they've happened to individual supporters before for all sorts of reasons. So in the absence of being able to at least check the scores, why not sit down and tell us your experience of football ending abruptly for you.
  8. Watch both Rovers goals and tell me that our defending is anything other than comical. Watch us going forward and tell me, do you think we are going to have a shot on goals or are we gonna start passing side to side before the opposition close us down and take the ball off us. Watch us trying to pick up their players and failing miserably to stop them because nobody knows who/what they should be picking up. I know next to nothing about tactics and formations. On the evidence of last night's performance that puts me on a par with our management team.
  9. Not making a judgement on whether we should sign him or not, however l have seen people talk about Michael Tidser possibly being a target. Anyway, Falkirk have freed him. https://www.falkirkfc.co.uk/2020/01/24/michael-tidser-departs/
  10. I like Stuart Bannigan and am delighted he's signed. To be honest l'd rather he went to Aberdeen and didn't suffer that terrible injury because he was one who, at that point in his career, could really have kicked on and done well. I think it's a big pity he never got that chance. But given how things played out, l personally think we done the right thing sticking by him during the injury - it was the decent thing to do and was to Archie's credit that we treated Stuart as a person and not a commodity. If he had never kicked another ball for Thistle, l would have been content that we stuck with him. Recently when he hasn't at his best, l don't remember thinking that Stuart Bannigan has hidden during games. Or not tried. Nor given the impression he couldn't care less. That can't be easy, especially when you know you're not playing well in a poor team. If l was in the current Thistle team (a middle aged man can dream!) and was asked to pick the players l wanted to start an end of season do-or-die match with me, the first name l would put is Stuart Bannigan. For me he defines an attitude that you want beside you on the pitch. We have seen, signed and persevered with players a lot worse than Stuart Bannigan. If he performs like he has recently, l can't think of many l would have before and rather than Stuart Bannigan.
  11. Having achieved very little of note during nearly two years as manager, Benny Rooney is replaced in March 1986 . Bertie Auld takes over until the end of the season but is not kept on as new controlling shareholder Ken Bates starts doing things his way. So a city holds its breath on the next managers appointment which will hopefully herald a new dawn for Thistle. And when the decision is announced, the new guy in charge is ex-Rangers striker Derek Johnstone. Letting go of its breath, the city's reaction is a very half hearted 'meh'. So what do you remember of DJ's nine-ish months in charge? I know this will be painful for some, but during his time with us did you get a chance to see him training the team in Ruchill Park and thought, wow, those training methods are revolutionary. Or did you leave Jaconelli's in disgust just before kick off one Saturday when Derek managed to order the last two fish for a sneaky supper he planned to wolf before taking his place in the dugout? Maybe your memory is as simple as seeing him pull up in his car outside Firhill and having a quiet chuckle as you realised that as he got out of the drivers seat, his trousers were the flares only a square would wear. This might be the most difficult one yet. Let's hear what our memories and opinions are of a man who's spell in charge was the very definition of the word flop.
  12. Season 1983/84 ends with Peter Cormac resigning as the Board decide that a part-time, rather than full time, manager is required to meet the season coming up. Into the managers position, and the financial uncertainty which surrounds the club, comes ex-player Benny Rooney. Staying for two seasons, Rooney's time in charge is predominantly characterised as a struggle to stay in the division. Thistle fans at this time are getting pretty used to what now (and probably back then) felt like the wilderness years. But it was more than that. Benny, and erstwhile assistant Mike Jackson, must have a special place in the treasure trove of memories. Did Benny loan you a quid one Saturday before the game which you've never paid him back? During a chance meeting with him on Woodlands Road, did he tell a bewildered young you that we were two wins off going on a Liverpool-esq period of European football domination? Or did you watch opened mouthed as Benny, one grim November night, argued with a taxi driver while getting out his cab about the financial policies of Margaret Thatcher's Tory Government. Thank you to those who contributed to the Peter Cormac thread. It's now time to air your indifference on the guy who followed him.
  13. After six years in charge of Thistle, Bertie Auld decides that 1980 is the time to move on and do something else, somewhere else. And off he goes to Hibs. In his place, the club appoint ex-Hibs player Peter Cormac. And his four year tenure as Thistle boss begins. So what do you remember and what are your stories from the 1980-84 management reign of Peter Cormac? Did his time in charge coincide with your only game in the Thistle reserves that you'd like to tell us about? Did Peter Cormac sit next to you in the University café and, over an egg roll and Irn Bru, tell you that a young guy called Maurice Johnston was gonna be the next big thing for Thistle? Or was a telephone call from you to the club office answered by Peter early one Wednesday and the subsequent conversation set you on a career path that you've never looked back on? Thanks for all the Bertie Auld stories, it's really great to read people's recollections and thoughts on his time at Thistle. Please now feel free to do the same with Peter Cormac.
  14. It's June 1974 and Davie McParland shocks everyone with his decision to leave Partick Thistle after a disagreement with the Board of Directors. Appointed to replace McParland is Robert 'Bertie' Auld. Maryhill born, Bertie takes his first steps into management with Thistle following a distinguished playing career. Managing the club twice, 1974-1980 and briefly in 1986, Bertie took charge of over 300 Thistle games. But what do you remember about Bertie's Thistle? Do you have any stories about Bertie visiting your school on a Wednesday afternoon to let you know the importance of the green cross code? Was a rift in your family opened because he signed and played Brian Rodman, a player who was clearly never Thistle quality but your uncle thought was the missing cog in defence which could seal the league? Did a girlfriend tell you it's me or the Thistle team of 1978 and, 40 odd years on, your not sure you made the right decision to follow the advice of Bertie when you asked him on Maryhill Road what you should do? Or do you have something else just as special to recall or share about Bertie's time as Thistle manager. Now's the time to tell. A big thanks to everyone who contributed stories to the Davie McParland thread. Please feel free to do the same with Bertie Auld.
  15. I realise David McParland was probably manager before some of us were born (or maybe just me!), but his time with us certainly included a number of highlights. I found this wee clip from ten years ago in which the man himself talks about being a player and manager at Thistle.
  16. Apologies if this topic comes across as an indulgence too far. I thought it would be interesting, cathartic and, hopefully, entertaining to go through a list of our previous managers and give any recollections, opinions, stories or general observations you have about their time in charge of Thistle. Starting at Davie McParland, we take a week to recollect what they did and didn't do, could and should have done along with anything else of interest that happened for you during their time as manager. Especially interested in any personal interactions/stories you might have with or involving given manager. We'll then move onto the next person in charge. For the avoidance of confusion, we'll roll any multiple periods of being manager that individuals had (Lambie, Bertie and McCall ) into one. So get started. If you have a story about Davie McParland meeting you in the street, a letter he sent you after you wrote to the club or a time when he rolled out a pub and you saw him being sick in the street, now's the time to tell it.
  17. I like Bannigan, l think he opens play and has a good range of passing which reminds me of the job Danny Lennon used to do for us. But the sending offs are getting too much. From the same area of the pitch, he got sent off today, against Ayr and, last season, Falkirk. It's a real pity because l would love to have seen him celebrate a win with the rest of the team at the end. But getting sent off in a fairly safe area of the pitch is really damaging. I hope McCall manages to get it sorted because, across 90 minutes, you'll struggle to find a player less likely to hide or go missing than Stuart Bannigan. Fact check and apology - Sorry, got mixed up with Bannigan and Harkins re: Falkirk sending off. It was only a yellow he got that day - sorry Stuart!
  18. They didn't give a name but did say he was quick and the hope was that he would sign tomorrow. GC said that he does want more pace in the team and that this signing, if it happened, would address that as far as the forward position was concerned.
  19. I really enjoyed tonight's session. Was set-up differently from the last time with, l think, slightly less people there. Only Gerry and Gary there from the club but they were both very engaging and it all felt a bit more relaxed than last time. I'll try and give a very broad summary of how l think it went and the content of the evening. Others can chip in and correct where l have picked things up wrong. Started with Gerry saying, with tongue in cheek, that it had been a quiet summer (getting a laugh from quite a bit of the audience) then telling us that hopefully things will start to move and become clearer in the next few weeks. He then handed over to Gary. Gary was very relaxed and spoke, l thought, really well. Went through the pre season training routines and gave an overview of what he was trying to do - Gary spoke about the lack of strikers making that area difficult to practice. His opinion is it had gone well to date and he was happy with things so far. Players had worked hard. He then went on to discuss how he has worked on an idea of what the players identify the club with/as and what they would want it to be identified as. This was agreed by the players and it will be the mantra they adopt in terms of looking to achieve and bond over the season. Intention of this is to create a common purpose which will be the motivation for working as a team and building a spirit and unity. After this he spoke about how we got ready for the two Hearts games - this was pretty in-depth as we looked at preparation techniques like video's, drills, intended positioning, targeting pitch areas/opposition players. This might sound boring but it was actually very interesting and peppered with people asking questions and making observations which Gary answered and gave his perspective on. It then developed into a very random question and answer session with player strengths, our defending corners, the new rule on bye-kicks and how the team position to maximise the change, possible signings, view on who we have signed, budget still available, the merits of the academy and how players transition from one to the other (and what they need to learn in order to move on), views on artificial pitches, not having a dedicated training ground, arrangements for loan players, thoughts on division opponents and our games to date were some of the questions l remember. But there were stacks of questions which Gary took and answered as well as he could. It then finished with Gerry thanking everyone for coming along and asking that we give Gary a round of applause. In all, about an hour and a half long with a positive vibe generally being the mood. Hope this is useful and, as l say, happy to have others disagree with my take or how l caught some aspects of the evening.
  20. I know it's not a signing, but here's a wee article from the Derbyshire Times about Sam Scriven and his time on trial with us. https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/sport/football/chesterfield-trialist-who-spent-time-with-gary-caldwell-s-partick-thistle-deserves-opportunity-says-former-manager-1-9876952
  21. Highlights of the game from the Airdrie website. https://www.airdriefc.com/dtv1920/130719
  22. More information https://ptfc.co.uk/ptfc-news/an-evening-with-gary-caldwell/
  23. Not looking great for our Lochburn Park neighbours. www.footballscotland.co.uk/spfl/other-football/future-doubt-historic-scottish-non-16349820
  24. What l took from last night was that he realised promotion wasn't going to happen very quickly after he was appointed. Knowing that, and identifying that the team needed a 'spine' to ensure we could better compete, he went to work on that. Part of the 'only spent a third' was put down to Gerry getting players out. He made a point of saying that player psychology is important in the modern game and on appointment our team was incredibly fragile. A significant element of the January recruitment seemed based on dealing with that and he mentioned Cardle, Anderson and McDonald as being good to have in the dressing room for dealing with this. My conclusion on this is that l don't think he ever thought one or two players would get us in a position to reach a play off position. He aimed for safety with his actions and anything else would have been a bonus.