Brian’s Jags replay
Partick visit brings back footballing memories
A Dumbarton-born footballer returned to his old stomping ground at the weekend to the site where he made history in the 1960s.
And the special VIP welcome for Dumbarton man Brian Gallagher at Partick Thistle’s Firhill stadium was all arranged by big-hearted barman Ethan Anderson.
The pair got talking over a drink as Ethan bears a spooky resemblance to Brian in his playing days.
Brian moved to the Maryhill club aged 19 after starting his footballing career with Drumchapel Amateurs.
The winger made 63 appearances for the Jags and scored 10 goals while he played with them between 1964 and 1969.
And Ethan, who works at the Captain James Lang in Dumbarton where Brian is a regular, decided to take it upon himself to arrange the special trip back to Firhill to see the club play Dundee on Saturday.
Now the 72-year-old reckons he is a lucky mascot for Thistle as they managed to record their first league win of the season on his watch.
He told the Lennox Herald: “We lost a goal early at the start of the game but I said ‘I think they will come back’ and they did.
“It was absolutely amazing.”
Miles Storey scored in injury time to make it 2-1 to Thistle.
Brian said he, Ethan and his dad Tommy had a fabulous day at the newly-renamed Energy Check Stadium.
They had a walk round the ground with the club historian before enjoying some hospitality prior to kick-off.
The trio made a day of it, leaving Glasgow at 6pm to head back to Dumbarton.
Speaking about his time at the club, Brian said: “I was the first substitute for Partick Thistle to come on. That was in about 1967. They didn’t have substitutes in that day.
“I was glad it was me that was the first substitute because I was sitting picking the splinters out of my bum sitting on that bench.
“I’ll maybe go to a Dumbarton game but I’ve not really been back to Firhill. It was a lovely day.”
Brian damaged his cartilage in a workplace accident at Andersons Sawmill, which saw him having to rebuild his career after his stint with Partick Thistle.
He played with Morton for a spell before ending up closer to home with Dumbarton.
Brian, who is originally from Alexandria, said: “I had two seasons with Dumbarton: 70/71 and 71/72 when they won the league.
“It was fantastic, although it was a wee bit bittersweet.
“I fell out with them and told them to keep their medal, which I regret now.”
Brian went on to work as a supervisor with J&B in Dumbarton and also worked with Ballantines in the whisky trade locally.
He now enjoys his retirement looking back over his footballing career and stays at Westbridgend with wife Jacqueline.
I’ve not really been back to Firhill. It was a lovely day. Brian Gallagher
Cheers Brian Gallagher and Ethan Anderson who arranged the return visit to this former home turf
History maker Brian looks through the archives at Firhill on Saturday
Back in the day Brian Gallagher went down in history as Partick Thistle’s first ever sub
Firhill for thrills The pair enjoyed watching Thistle beat Dundee