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Players of the 80's


ANDY SMYTH (1982/83-1984/85) - Pl 2, gls 3/1
Brought through the ranks from an S-form signing, he played only twice in three seasons as cover for McNab and Brough. He was freed at the end of the season and joined Troon juniors.

IAN SPITTAL (1986/87-1988/89) - Pl 39 (6)
Tall and slightly-built centre half-cum-left back signed from Pollok Juniors in 1986. He played regularly in his first season and looked to have some potential as a ball-playing defender. However, a bad injury meant that he missed most of the following eason, and in the subsequent season was unable to win his place back. In 1989 he left to join Stranraer.

HUGH STEVENS (1987/88) - Pl 1, gls 2/0
Signed on loan from Dumbarton at a time when both keepers were injured Played one game at East Fife, conceding two goals before returning to Dumbarton.

JIM STEWART (1986/87) - Pl 10, gls 13/2
Signed from St. Mirren as cover for the injury-prone Brough, he started the season as first choice keeper, but quickly lost his place. An experienced goalkeeper with two Scotland caps, he had played with Kilmamock, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Dumbarton, and on leaving Firhill he rejoined Kilmarnock.

NELSON STILL (1985/86) - Pl 16, gls 24/2
Signed as competition to Brough, both keepers alternated in the first team. Nelson made a terrible blunder at Cappielow, missing completely his headed clearance outside the penalty are and having to watch as the ball rolled into the net. He played in only a few matches after that game and left Thistle to join Falkirk.

GREGOR STEVENS (1984/85-1985/86) - Pl 5
Signed from Motherwell after spells with Leicester, Rangers and Hearts, he arrived at Firhill as part of the swap deal which took Jamie Doyle to Motherwell. However, he was unfit when signed and did not make his debut for almost six months. The following season he was unable to get a first team place, and left to join Brechin in 1986. Later joined Dumbarton.

Ian Thomson

IAN THOMSON (1988/89) - Pl 18 (9), gls 2
Ian had made a name for himself as one of the top players in the Second Division while playing for Stenhousemuir, and signed for Thistle in 1988. He started the season regularly in the first team, but was unable to play well enough to merit a long run. He scored twice for Thistle, both goals against Queen of the South in one match at Palmerston. At the end of the season he joined the Dumfries sid.

JOHN THOMSON (1987/88) - Pl 1
Young midfielder who signed from Albion Rovers towards the end of 87/88. He played in a few reserve games, and played in one first team game against Forfar at Station Park. At the end of the season he was released.

DAVID WALKER (1984/85-86/87) - Pl 72 (2)
Signed from St. Mirren, David was a versatile defender who played either at right back or centre-half. He played regularly in the three seasons he was at Firhill until he left the club to emigrate to Australia, although he did return to Scotland a few years later and joined East Stirling.

KENNY WATSON (1980/81-88/89) - Pl 216 (1), gls 41
Kenny began his career with Montrose before joining Rangers and then Thistle in 1980. An outstanding servant to the club, he began his time at Firhill in midfield, but as the years passed he moved further back to left-back and then to sweeper. His anticipation of play was excellent, while his left foot was extremely accurate.

The time he spent at Firhill was the worst in recent history and Kenny held the side together. Without him the club would arguably have been relegated. He received numerous Player of the Year Awards, while the Thistle programme described him as the Player of the Decade recently. He played 300 times for the club between signing and retiring due to injury.

FRANK WELSH (1980/81-82/83) - Pl 40 (2)
Signed from Kilmarnock in 1980 Frank made a good start to his time at Firhill, but an unfortunate injury stopped his career after one season. He made an attempted comeback in 82/83 season, but eventually left the club. Later he played with Hamilton Accies and Morton.

COLIN WEST (1986/87) - Pl 25, gls 10
Much has been written already in this season's programmes about Colin West. At the time he was on loan from Chelsea, and proved himself a popular and dangerous player with pace, control and strength. He returned to Chelsea and immediately made his first team debut, scoring against Arsenal. He returned to Scotland in 1990/91 to play for Dundee.

BRIAN WHITTAKER (1974/75-1983/84) - Pl 51, gls 1
Established himself as the regular left-back in the successful Thistle team of the late 70's and was subject of several reported transfer bids. However, he remained at Firhill until a transfer to Celtic in 1983 which brought John Buckley to Firhill. Since then he has played with Hearts and Falkirk. His casual style did hot endear him to all the Thistle fans, but in all, played over 300 times for Thistle.

JOHN WILSON (1984/85) - Pl 4, gls 11/2
Signed on loan to cover for the injured John Brough, he started well in his time at Firhill with two shut-outs, but had an appalling game against St. Johnstone when he conceded 7 goals. He left Firhill and returned to Celtic, before joining Berwick Rangers.

Workman

JOHN WORKMAN (1984/85-1988/89) - Pl 107 (13)
Signed from Drumchapel Amateurs in 1984 at a time when Thistle fans were used to seeing players going through the motions with little effort, the commitment shown by John Workman meant that he was a popular player His tremendous enthusiasm for the game overcame his limited technique, and many people, were very disappointed to see him leave in 1989. Moved to Stranraer before signing for East Stirling.

BRIAN WRIGHT (1989/90) - Pl 47, gls 5
Experienced midfielder signed from Clydebank after spells with Hamilton and Motherwell. An intelligent playerwho could read the game superbly, he was voted Programme Player of the Year in 1990. However, his temper often got him into trouble with referees, and when he lost some of his fitness early in season 90/91, he was allowed to leave the club, and returned to Clydebank.