Partick This­tle

Evergreen - - Spring 2016 - ALAN ROBIN­SON

It was in Fe­bru­ary 1876 that Partick This­tle played their first match at Overnew­ton Park in the burgh of Partick against a lo­cal team known as Va­len­cia. They set­tled at Mead­ow­field in 1891, and two years later were elected to the Scot­tish Se­cond Divi­sion, win­ning pro­mo­tion in 1897.

The club al­ter­nated be­tween the two divi­sions un­til they es­tab­lished them­selves in the top- flight in 1903 where they en­joyed an un­bro­ken spell for nearly 70 years. In 1909 the club moved to Firhill Sta­dium in the Mary­hill district of Glas­gow, which is still their home to­day.

In 1921 Partick This­tle reached the fi­nal of the Scot­tish Cup and were tri­umphant over Rangers by one goal to nil. How­ever, their Glas­gow neigh­bours gained re­venge in 1930, beat­ing This­tle in a re­played fi­nal. Soon af­ter this the club adopted their now fa­mous colours of red and yel­low shirts which gave rise to their nick­name “The Jags”.

The team were usu­ally to be found in a mid- ta­ble po­si­tion but af­ter the war their for­tunes im­proved slightly and they fin­ished third in the League in the 1947- 48 sea­son. This was the high­est the club have fin­ished in Scot­land’s top tier, a feat that was re­peated on a fur­ther three oc­ca­sions, the last be­ing in 1964. Pos­si­bly This­tle’s great­est achieve­ment came in Oc­to­ber 1971 at Ham­p­den Park when they thrashed Celtic 4- 1 in the Scot­tish League Cup Fi­nal with a team whose av­er­age age was only 22.

Partick This­tle

( 1967- 68)

Back row ( left to right): G. Muir, J. Camp­bell,

W. Tay­lor, D. McKin­non, T. Gibbs, A. Dun­can.

Front row D. McLin­don, T. Rae, D. McPart­land, A. Roxburgh, J. Flana­gan, G. O’Neill.

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