Players of the 80's


PAT KELLY (1984/85 - 1988/89) - Pl 104 (37), gls 25
Joined the club from the groundstaff of Nottingham Forest. In and out of the team through inconsistent performances Kelly was a player who on his day could tear defences apart with his dribbling skills. Often appeared as substitute, manager Lambie regarded him as a "30 minuteman". Left the club under a cloud in 1989 when he emigrated to South Africa, giving no notice of his departure, and returned a few months later. Later joined Clydebank.

DAVID KENNY (1982-83) - Pl 7 (7), gls 1
David joined the club on loan at about the same time as John Buckley, both from Celtic. David played wide on the left which suited Thistle's attacking style of the time. He scored once, against St. Johnstone at. Firhill.

JIM KERR (1988/89-1989/90) - Pl 65 (3), gls 3
Man of many clubs, Jim joined Thistle in mid-season and showed his versatility by playing in several positions. He eventually settled down playing at sweeper, his best position, during 89/90. During the close season of 1990 he joined Stirling Albion.

GRAEME KYLE (1985-86) - Pl 2, gls 4/0
Benny Rooney signed Graeme for a short spell while John Brough was injured, An ex-Morton player, Graeme was playing with junior club Baillieston when he was recalled to the seniors. Overweight and lacking in confidence, he played just two games before Brough regained his fitness.

JOHN LAPSLEY (1982/83) - Pl 2 (2)
John was signed by Bertie Auld from Airdrie at the end of 79/80 season. Played mostly at left back, he also played on the left side of midfield and did a competent job, playing regularly in the next two seasons. Never one of the star players, he left the club at the start of 82/83 to join Ayr. Subsequently played for Hamilton, Cowdenbeath. Ayr again, Dunfermline. Stenhousemuir. East Stirling, Falkirk and Brechin.

ALAN LOGAN (1984/85 - 1987/88) - Pl 84 (16), gls 24
Forward who began his career with Pollok before joining St. Mirren. Signed for Thistle at the beginning of 84/85 season and became a popular player due to his tireless running and hard work. Played regularly for two seasons but missed much of the following two due to injury. Alan joined Raith Rovers during the close season of 1988.

HUGH LYDON (1987/88) - Pl 2 (1)
Tall and skilful midflelder who bore more than a passing resemblance to Roy Race (of the Rovers). Signed from Junior Cup finalists of the time Kilbirnie Ladeside, he was unable to show the correct work-rate for a First Division midfielder, despite his undoubted ability. Hugh returned to the juniors with Auchinleck Talbot.

COLIN McADAM (1986/87-1987/88) - Pl 19 (7), gls 1
This was Colin's second spell at the club, having joined originally from Motherwell in 1978. He was a hugely popular centre-half turned centre-forward who scored regularly in his season up front. Played almost 100 games for the club, scoring 30 goals. Colin left for Rangers under freedom of contract and the 160,000 fee was the first transfer fee decided by an independent tribunal.

Gained European experience and Scottish Cup honours with Rangers, before leaving to play with Adelaide Juventus in Australia. On his return he joined Hearts until rejoining Thistle in October 1986. The second spell saw him as a mere shadow of himself, his fitness lacking although the old determination was still there. On leaving Firhill he joined Irvine Meadow.

JOHN McCORMACK (1987/88) - Pl 22 (1)
John was signed from Airdrie, having previously played with Clydebank and St Mirren, during an injury crisis in the Thistle defence. His performances were determined and he could lift others around him with his effort, his excellent reading of the game compensated for his lack of speed. Work commitments made it impossible for him to play on the following season.

GERRY McCOY (1983/84 - 1988/89) - Pl 42 (11), gls 25
Gerry spent time at Firhill in 83/84 on loan from Hearts but this time was not productive for the player for the club and he returned to Tynecastle. Following that he often returned to haunt Thistle defences, scoring regularly for Falkirk and Dumbarton. He was signed on a permanent basis in 1988 from Dumbarton and quickly became a favourite with the Thistle fans, scoring regularly from inside the box. However, he tended to be anonymous outside the box and left the club in October 1989 when he rejoined another of his previous clubs, Falkirk, before signing for Clyde.

MURRAY McDERMOTT (1987/88) - Pl 1, gls 4/0
Played one game, against Raith Rovers, while on loan from Meadowbank while Brough and McLean were injured. Thistle lost 3-4.

IAN McDONALD (1982/83 - 1988/89) - Pl 197 (19), gls 22
Roddie McDonald Signed from Eastercraigs in 1975, lan made his debut in 1976 and played sporadically for three seasons until he became a regular in the first team, working hard in midfield. He left the club for a short spell and moved to Motherwell, but was soon re-signed in a deal with took Jamie Doyle to Fir Park. Although never a favourite with all the Thistle fans there were some who could appreciate his efforts for the club.

RODDIE McDONALD (1989/90) - Pl 18
Experienced player with Celtic, Hearts and Morton, joined Thistle in the summer of 1989 to fill a gap in the centre of defence. Roddie did this well for a spell, but played little of the second half of the season.