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Players of the 80's


GEORGE CLARK (1982/83) - Pl 3*
Signed from Balloch Juveniles in 1978, George made his debut in 1978 but did not play regularly until 1980. Teamed up with Maurice Johnston and scored at Ibrox in the 2-0 win in 1981. Played just two games in the First Division before he was transferred to Baillieston. From there he stepped up again to Stenhousemuir and Falkirk before signing for Pollok. * Appearances from 82/3.

SANDY CLARK (1989/90) - Pl 1 (2)
After John Lambie left the club in November 1989 Sandy was appointed player/manager in his place, and made his playing debut shortly after. The bustling style which had been effective in the Premier Division with Hearts was affected by his lack of fitness and as a consequence he played rarely. He was sacked soon after as performances deteriorated.

IAN COCHRANE (1984/85) - Pl 11, gls 2
Ex-Morton player who was signed by Benny Rooney at the start of 84/85 season. He was a regular in the team in midfield at the start of the season but was soon replaced and was transferred later that year to Cowdenbeath.

JOHN CONNOLLY (1986/87) - Pl 1 (5), gls 1
Tall centre-forward who was signed from Glasgow Perthshire by Derek Johnstone. Despite scoring on his debut he was not given a run in the team, appearing usually as a substitute. He appeared to struggle to make the step-up from the juniors, and returned to Petershill and then Perthshire at the end of the season. Tragically died in a car crash; Thistle played in a benefit match for his family.

PETER CORMACK (1983/84) - Pl 1
Player/manager appointed half-way through 81/82 season. At the beginning of 83/84 season the team was struggling against an injury crisis and Cormack was forced to play himself against Brechin. Despite vast experience at the top level he showed little and did not play again.

TOM CORRIE (1989/90) - Pl 5 (2)
Signed from Coliness in 1989, he played well in the reserves and fully deserved his call-up to the first team. Tended to be played out of position in midfield rather than in defence and his performances suffered. Transferred to Stranraer towards the end of the season.

JIM CREANEY (1986/87) - Pl (2)
Young trialist who played under Derek Johnstone as a substitute in just two games before disappearing as quickly as he had appeared.

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JIM DEMPSEY (1988/89-1989/90) - Pl 36 (4), gls 1
Tall defender who played centre-half with Thistle, but had also played as a loft-back with his previous dubs, Motherwell, Clyde and Falkirk. Powerful and difficult to beat in the air, his only goal for the club came from a header against Morton at Cappielow. He had been loaned out to Dumbarton, but was recalled for a match against St. Johnstone but he was sent off in this match. Soon after this he joined Dumbarton on a permanent basis.

GERRY DOCHERTY (1982/83) - Pl 6 (4)
Young midfielder-cum-forward who joined the club from juniors, Armadale Thistle in 1982, and played once in the Premier Division. Unable to keep his place in the promotion-seeking team of 82/83.

GORDON DALZIEL (1984/85-1985/86) - Pl 36 (11), gls 7
Joined Thistle from Manchester City, having gained experience previously with Rangers. Began well at Firhill, and was popular for a time. However, he began to give an impression of not wanting to play for the club and also seemed unfit at the beginning of his second season.

ALAN DINNIE (1987/88-1989/90) - Pl 96, gls 4
Joined Thistle from junior club Baillieston Juniors in the close season of 1987 and had an outstanding first season with the club, sweeping the board at the Player of the Year awards. Very successful in that first season as a man-marker, the following seasons he became an orthodox right back who was able to support the midfield and forwards. Joined Dundee in the Premier Division shortly after Sandy Clark became manager.

JIM DOCHERTY (1982/83-1983/94) - Pl 1 (9), gls 1
Previously with Hearts and St. Johnstone he was signed from the Perth club in 1982 but was unable to make much impact on the first team in his first season. In the first game of the following season he appeared as a substitute against Clyde. After falling over the small fence around the pitch at Shawfield he embarrassedly punched the ball away while lying on the ground and was sent off for this offence. Scored once against Meadowbank Disappeared from Firhill soon after.

PAT DOCHERTY (1988/89) - Pl 23
Signed by Billy Lamont on a free transfer from Airdrie, and played poorly in midfield. When John Lambie arrived at Firhill he stated that free-transfer players from Airdne were not good enough to play for Thistle. However, when converted to playing sweeper Pat made the manger eat his words. He had just begun to play very well when he left the dub to join the police, and went on to play representative matches for Strathclyde and Scottish police.

ROBERT DOCHERTY (1986/87) - Pl 2 (1)
Played three games for the club as a trialist under Derek Johnstone in midfield, he showed a little promise and ability but did not figure in the team again. Previously with Hamilton, Dundee and East Stirlingshire for similarly short periods.