He was one of the best

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Andy Mcgilvray

Trib­utes were this week paid to former Hamil­ton and Partick This­tle man­ager John Lam­bie, who died on Tues­day aged 77.

Lam­bie was a pop­u­lar fig­ure in the game and led Ac­cies to First Divi­sion ti­tle wins in 1986 and 1988 and also en­joy­ing three suc­cess­ful stints at Firhill.

Hamil­ton Ac­cies is­sued a state­ment on Twit­ter which said:“the club are deeply sad­dened to learn of the death this morn­ing of former man­ager John Lam­bie.

“John came to us in 1983, be­came man­ager in Jan­uary 1984, left for Partick This­tle in Novem­ber 1988, re­turn­ing to us a year later for an­other seven-month spell.

“John was cer­tainly a unique char­ac­ter as man­ager; he twice took us up to the Premier League and our thoughts are with his fam­ily and friends at this time.”

Partick This­tle’s state­ment read:“partick This­tle FC is deeply sad­dened to learn that former man­ager, Hall of Fame in­ductee and This­tle leg­end John Lam­bie has to­day passed away.

“The thoughts of ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with Partick This­tle FC are with John’s fam­ily and friends at this dif­fi­cult time.”

Former Hamil­ton and Partick This­tle sec­re­tary Alan Dick, who worked with John at both clubs, said:“john was an amazing man­ager, a fan­tas­tic mo­ti­va­tional man­ager and could mould a side to­gether with great aplomb.

“He was a fan­tas­tic fig­ure, prob­a­bly one of the best in the lower leagues in Scot­land ever.

“He could mo­ti­vate play­ers and had a great eye for tal­ented play­ers, while bring­ing out the best in oth­ers.

“He was a gem of a man­ager and it’s a very sad day.”

Former Ac­cies gaffer­john Lam­bie in the 1984/85 sea­son

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