Players of the 80's

BILLY DODDS (1987/88) - Pl 24 (12), gls 12
Arrived at Firhill on loan from Chelsea, he immediately showed he had potential. However, ho was played wide rather than as an out and-out forward where he had played at Chelsea. Still managed to score 12 goals in his time, he managed to split the support into "for Dodds" and "against" camps. Returned to Chelsea where he was top scorer in the reserves, playing through the middle. Went on to play for various clubs in Scoltand.

JOHN DONNELLY (1984/851986/87) - Pl 50 (2), gls 18
Previously with Morton and Dumbarton, he later joined Leeds. Came to Firhill in 1984 on loan and was very successful, but returned to Leeds. However, he was signed permanently later that season and continued to be a popular player scoring spectacular goals and creating play. The most naturally skillful player at Firhill until Charnley arrived, he was a lazy player and had a problem with attitude and was eventually allowed to leave. He joined Dunfermline and then Stranraer before joining Vale ot Clyde juniors and then Pollok.

PAUL DONNELLY (1984/85-1985/86) - Pl 44 (2), gls 1
Started at Dalkeith Thistle, then Dunfermline before joining Thistle in 1984. Initially unpopular he eventually won over the fans with a series of hard-working and brave performances in midfield and at left back. He scored one goal for Thistle, against Brechin. He left the club to move to Australia in 1986.

GERRY DOYLE (1982/83-1984/85) - Pl 52 (7)
Signed direct from school in 1981, he and his brother Jamie were rated the two outstanding prospects at Firhill. Gerry played several times for the Scothsh youth teams, he played very well in midfield or full-back in his first and second seasons, although towards the end of 83/4 his performances seemed to lack sparkle. He played just a handful of games the next season, before leaving the club. Since then he has played with Alloa and Dumbarton.


JAMIE DOYLE (1982/83-1984/85) - Pl 76 (8), gls 7
Signed in 1978 from Auchengill Boys' Club, he made an immediate impact in the team in the Premier Division. Following that first season he became a regular in the first team for five seasons. He played three btimes for the Scotland under-21 team and was watched by several top clubs.

A well-publicised bid from Celtic fell through at the last minute, but his head had been turned and he did not play for the club again with his usual keenness. He left in 1984 in a swap deal which brought Ian McDonald back to Firhill. There was talk of emigration to Australia, but he returned to Firhill for a short spell in 1987, but it was disappointing to see a player who had everything in front of him giving such a poor account of himself. Last season he was playing with Dumbarton for a spell.

ANDY DUNLOP (1982/83-1983/84) - Pl 65 (2), gls 4
Joined Thistle from St Mirren in 1981, signed by Peter Cormack. A regular in 81/82 in the Premier Division, Andy missed out on much of the following season through injury. Back in 83/84 he also found himself on the scoresheet for the first time for Thistle. Towering centre half who was good in the air, not so good on the ground.

TOMMY ELLIOT (1987/88-1988/89) - Pl 1 (1)
Young left-back or midficlder who was signed from Possil YM, then farmed out to Baillieston when Alan Dinnie was called up. In an emergency he played a fine game against Kilmarnock in 1987 before returning to Baillieston. He was called up the following season but managed only one substitute appearance for the first team. He was a reserve team stalwart all season, before being released and signing for Stenhousemuir.

RIKKI FERGUSON (1987/88) - Pl 1, gls 4/0
Another emergency choice goalkeeper, Ferguson was with Hamilton, from whom Thistle signed him on loan for one game against Dumbarton. Thistle lost 2-4 and Ferguson returned to Hamilton, before joining Queen of the South.

ROBERT FLECK (1983/84) - Pl 1 (1), gls 1
Signed for Thistle on loan for a short period while he was still trying to break into the Rangers first team. From his performances since then, he did not do himself justice at Firhill, although he scored once at Broomfield in a 1-2 defeat. After returning to lbrox he was signed for Norwich City and played full international football.

EDDIE GALLAGHER (1985/86-1988/89) - Pl 72 (28), gls 30
Signed from Campsie Black Watch, he played fairly regularly in his first two seasons, although he was not consistent enough for a regular place, and often appeared as a substitute. In his last full season he became a regular goalscorer at last, his tally of five goals in the Scottish Cup being particularly enjoyable Left Firhill to join Hamilton, before moving on to Dunfermline.

JIMMY GILMOUR (1984/85) - Pl 10 (7)
Popular winger, signed from Queen's Park, who played in the poor team which Benny Rooney constructed. One of the few constructive, exciting players in the team at the time, it was a disappointment when he was soon transferred to Falkirk in return for Alan Mackin. From Falkirk he moved to Kilmarnock and Stirling before signing for Clyde in 1990. As many ex-Jags do, he has given various Thistle defences a hard time of it.

MARCO GUILIANI (1986/87) - Pl 2
Trialist from the time of Derek Johnstone, at the time he was on the groundstaff at Firhill. Played on the left of midfield, he moved to Falkirk at the start of the next season.

PAUL GRAHAM (1988/89-1989/90) - Pl 2, gls 2/1
Young goalkeeper signed from Carluke in 1988. Paul was the regular reserve goalkeeper for these two seasons, proving himself to be an excellent shot stopper. However, in his league debut at Cliftonhill, he looked nervous and did not play well. At the end of the season he was signed by Morton.