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Players of the 90's


BILLY MacDONALD - APPS 51 (19) GLS 2
Made the same trip from West Brom to Thistle as James McCue but did so some months earlier. A serious of impressive displays in the reserves earned him a call up to the first team where he performed, despite Thistle's eventual relegation from the Premier League, with some distinction. He was at the centre of media attention following a highly controversial game with Rangers where his midfield baffle with Paul Gascoigne resulted in a red card. Billy remained at Firhill for a further two seasons but was never able to recapture the form of that first season, a troublesome injury not helping him. Since leaving Thistle he has had spells with Livingston and Dunfermline and most recently with Stranraer. Always ensured of a warm welcome when he retums to play at Firhill.

Paul McDonald

PAUL McDONALD - APPS 31 (2) GLS 3
Spent most of season 98/99 with Thistle initially playing as a trialist before committing himself to the club until the end of the season. Like most wingers he was often infuriatingly inconsistent but on his day there was no better player in his position in the league. Left Firhill in the summer but not before scoring the vital penalty against Forfar that helped prevent the unthinkable relegation to the Third Division.

ROD McDONALD - APPS 36 (7) GLS 12
Controversy surrounded almost his whole career with Thistle most notably when he was booked for allegedly making the sign of the cross as he left the field of play at half time during a match with Rangers. On the receiving end of some terrible racist abuse a further caution led to a red card. On a much happier note he marked his Thistle debut with a spectacular goal against Motherwell and the transfer fee paid to Walsall looked to be money well spent. Although his talent was never in question his work rate often was and he spent a long period an the sidelines out of favour after Murdo MacLeod took over. He did return to the side, scoring a number of important goals including Thistle's counter in the Rangers match referred to above, but his relationship with the manager was clearly strained culminating in being dropped for the second leg of the relegation play-off with Dundee United. Left Thistle at the end of that season and ended up playing non-league football in England.

COLIN McGLASHAN - APPS 98 (15) GLS 34
McGlashan First come to the attention of the Thistle fans when he developed the annoying habit of scoring against Thistle in the colours of Clyde. When he made the move from Clyde to the much bigger stage of Firhill the Thistle fans considered it on excellent piece of business if only to stop him scoring against Thistle. His worth to Partick Thistle proved to be much greater than that however. He struggled a little in front of goal in his first season at Firhill but it was his goals the following season that helped fire Thistle towards promotion. The arrival of Gerry Britton limited his opportunities in the Premier League with Thistle but he still managed to score a couple of vital goals during season 92/93. He left Thistle early in the next season to join Ayr United before moving to Montrose, and then Arbroath.

PAUL McGOVERN - APPS 13 (14) GLS 4
Joined Thistle on a free transfer from Hibs in the summer of 1990 after a number of seasons on the fringe of the first team at Easter Road. A prolific scorer for the Thistle reserve team he was unable to translate that form into goals for the Thistle first team at a consistent rate. Left Firhill on a free transfer at the end of the 91/92 season and has been playing non-league football in Scotland since.

WILLIE McGUIRE - APPS 1 (2) GLS 0
Brought to Firhill by Billy Lamont who had been McGuire's boss at Falkirk. A tricky forward that made a reputation as a player able to win penalty kicks, something Thistle benefited greatly from during season 87/88. He stayed at Firhill for a number of seasons and made a handful of appearances early in 1990 before retiring from the game at the end of the season.

SCOTT McHARG - APPS 1 (1) GLS 0
Played twice in the Thistle first team during the course of season 98/99 as a trialist following his release from Clyde. Before being freed and ending up playing with Maryhill Juniors.

PAUL McINTYRE - APPS 6 (1) GLS 0
Joined Thistle from Clydebank in November 99 in a swap deal that took Kenny Brannigan back to Clydebank. Paul had an unfortunate debut for Thistle being sent off in a 0-0 draw with Hamilton. And that set the tone for his rather unsuccessful spell at Firhill and he was freed at the end of the season after only making a handful of appearances.

COLIN McKEE - APPS 1 GLS 0
The former Manchester United and Kilmarnock forward had the briefest of possible careers at Firhill lasting less the 45 minutes of a First Division game against Raith Rovers as a trialist while John McVeigh was manager.

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EDDIE McGUINNESS - APPS 1 (4) GLS 0
Another of the players who joined Thistle in the summer of '99 from the Junior ranks. Despite the reputation as a midfielder who could score goals Eddie was unable to make any impact in his few months at Firhill and returned to the Junior grade to sign for Shotts Bon Accord.

KEVIN McKEE - APPS 41 (2) GLS 0
Made his debut for Hibs while just 16 but it was as a Hamilton player under the management of John Lambie that he began to emerge as an accomplished defender. He continued to be admired by Lambie even after the manager swapped life at Douglas Park for Firhill and the only surprise was that it took until 1994 Before he became a Thistle player. Despite turning in solid consistent performances for Thistle at right back he was never truly accepted by the Thistle fans.

JAMIE McKENZIE - APPS 14 (13) GLS 1
Came through the youth ranks at Firhill, playing in the successful U18 team of 1997 before breaking into the Thistle first team the following season. Despite relegation for Thistle the season ended on a high for Jamie as he was capped by Scotland at Under 17 level. But he struggled to gain a regular spot in the Thistle first team the following year and during the summer he left Firhill to sign for Raith Rovers.