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Players of the 90's


DES McKEOWN - APPS 76 (4) GLS 1
Joined Thistle from Queen of the South in the summer of 1998 and a broken arm sustained in a pre-season friendly meant he had to wait some time before finally making his debut. He took a while to win over the fans but had an excellent first half of season in 99/00 and signed an extension to his contract. However, he found his first team opportunities limited after this and eventually returned to his former club QOS in November 2000 in search of first team football.

PAUL McLAUGHLIN - APPS 66 (4) GLS 0
Become part of a Thistle transfer record when he and Andy Murdoch joined Thistle from Celtic in Januray 1991. Paul had a very unfortunate Thistle debut against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park with his first touch as a Thistle player being a poorly struck back pass which led to the game's only goal. Paul soon put that mishap behind him and although Thistle didn't win promotion that season they managed to make the step up to the Premier League 12 months later with Paul playing a big role in that success, although it's his exploits in the 1998 Tennents Sixes that he will be best remembered. Despite possessing a thunderbolt shot he only ever managed one first team goal for Thistle and that came in a pre-season friendly against Balintore - but he managed no fewer than 5 in the semifinal and final of the Tennents Sixes, with Thistle defeating Airdrie 4-3 in the final. Left Firhill on a free transfer, the manager citing a problem with his weight as the reason, and went to Ireland to play with Derry City. While at Derry he played against Thistle in a pre-season friendly with some of the travelling Jags fans good-naturedly taunting him with Mars Bars.

SCOTT McLEAN - APPS 2 GLS 0
Only just makes it into the list, signing in the last month of 1999, playing twice before the turn of the year. Scott was a frequent scorer against Thistle while playing for Inverness Caley, and he's of course proved to be a big hit with the fans and is still at the club today.

WILLIE McSTAY - APPS 4 (1) GLS 0
Signed by Sandy Clark on a loan transfer from Notts County during his brief spell as manager during the 89/90 season. McStay's last game for Thistle at Alloa also marked Clark's last as Thistle manager.

LIAM McVEY - APPS (1) GLS 0
Of all the players to have played for Thistle during the 1990's nobody was on the park for a shorter period than Liam. A late substitute for Robert Dunn against Stranraer at Firhill in November '99 the final whistle sounded just seconds after Liam entered the field of play. Despite some excellent form for the U18's, Liam left the club at the end of that season and joined Clydebank.

DON McVICAR - APPS 51 GLS 0
Prior to signing for Thistle in the second half of the 91/92 season Don's most infamous Firhill encounter came when he was sent off while playing with Montrose by his namesake referee Don McVicar. Not exactly the most popular player with the Thistle fans prior to his arrival at the club due to on unfortunate incident at McDiarmid Park during a St Johnstone Thistle match he soon won the Thistle fans over after he ioined the club. He was an ever present in the promotion run in and was outstanding as Thistle just pipped Hamilton for the second promotion spot behind Dundee thanks in no small measure to the parsimony of the Thistle defence. With Thistle expected to struggle in the Premier Leaque McVicar continued to perform to an extremely high standard and particularly seemed to enjoy Thistle's four victories over Dundee during the course of that season. Who, for example, can forget him sitting, a la Jim Baxter, on the ball in front of the Dundee fans?

MARK McWALTER - APPS 13 (8) GLS 0
A serious injury very early in his Thistle career in a game at Ayr United seriously limited his opportunity to shine at Firhill. Arrived at the club with George Shaw as part of the deal that took Davie Elliot and Chic Chamley to St Mirren. Spent a couple of seasons in the Premier League on the fringes of the Thistle first team.

DEREK McWILLIAMS - APPS 97 (12) GLS 12
McWilliams A player long time admired by John Lambie the Thistle manager finally managed to secure his services on the eve of the 94/95 season. Derek quickly endeared himself to the Thistle fans with a long-range debut strike against Kilmarnock on a beautifully sunny day at Firhill. An attack minded midfielder Derek was always able to chip in with a goal. Stayed with Thistle following relegation from the Premier League but was given a free transfer when Thistle failed to bounce back to the top division in their first attempt. He had a brief spell back at the club in season 99/00 but eventually retired after being plagued by injuries.

CRAIG NELSON - APPS 98 GLS 0
Came to Thistle from Ashfield Juniors and his Thistle career looked to be over after playing just one first team match. He played in a 3-3 home draw with Brechin City at the start of the 90/91 season and he was far from convincing. He continued to play for the Thistle reserve team until the following season when he looked set to join Pollok Juniors. The proposed transfer never took place with Ronnie Lowrie making the move instead and that decision had a major effect on Nelson's career. An injury to Andy Murdoch pushed Nelson back into the first team and this time he performed excellently as Thistle edged out Hamilton in the race for a Premier League spot.

With Thistle now in the top division Nelson held onto his position as first choice keeper for the start of the following season and like the rest of the Thistle side he was in spectacular form. His performance against Falkirk at Brockville, Thistle winning 1-0 with a goal from Gerry Britton, stands comparison with any other performance from a Thistle keeper. His form for Thistle brought him international recognition as well when he was capped for Scotland at 'B' level in a match against Wales. In December 1994 he moved to Hearts with Nicky Walker making the opposite journey to Firhill.

ALEX NESOVIC APPS 1 (1) GLS 0
Appeared on a couple of occasions for Thistle as a trialist, playing as a substitute against Clyde and from the start against Hamilton. Living and working in England made a permanent transfer to Firhill impossible.

RICHIE NEWALL - APPS (4) GLS 0
Joined Thistle at the beginning of season 99/00 from Ayr United but was unable to break through into the first team and joined the junior ranks when he signed for Glenafton.