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Players of the 90's


IAIN NICOLSON - APPS 25 (8) GLS 2
The holder of the record number of caps for Scotland at schoolboy level, Iain joined Thistle from Rangers during the 97/98 season and came to Firhill with a high reputation. With Thistle a club in crisis on and off the field during that season, Thistle being relegated at the season's completion, Iain was never really able to perform to his full potential at Firhill but signs of his undoubted talent were to be seen and he was expected to be a key player for Thistle the following season. It was a major shock, therefore, when during the pre-season build up he was sold to St Mirren much to the dismay of a large section of the Thistle support.

GARY O'CONNOR APPS 5 GLS 0
The former Hearts keeper joined Thistle on a short-term deal at the start of the 97/98 season. Marked his Thistle debut with a penalty save against Hamilton but struggled to show consistent form and he didn't remain at Firhill beyond the opening weeks of the season.

LEE PALIN APPS 5 GLS 0
Picked up by John Lambie from English football in 1993 Lee possessed natural talent in abundance but a problem with his fitness never allowed him to exhibit that talent to any great extent in the Thistle first team and consequently his Thistle career was a short one.

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ERIC PATON APPS 10 (4) GLS 0
Another player whose fitness hindered his career. He joined Thistle from Hibs in the summer of '99, and although injury hampered his first few months with the club but he was soon showing the form that made him a much-sought after youngster following his release from Easter Road. Despite his ability, his fitness level was never that great and he's was freed at the end of the season. Played with Clydebank in their final season, and now at Queen of the South.

GARY PEEBLES APPS 51 (10) GLS 4
Joined Thistle from St Mirren in the 88/89 season and was a regular feature of the Thistle side for the next few seasons. A highly versatile player he could play equally well in a number of different positions. A very nasty injury sustained in a pre-season friendly in the summer of 1991 ruled him out for nearly the whole of the 91/92 season but he did return in the closing weeks of the season, playing in the crucial match against Forfar Athletic, to help Thistle over the promotion finishing line. He continued to play with Thistle in the Premier League before trying his luck in Northern Ireland playing with top sides Linfield and Portadown. Returned to Scotland for a spell in Junior Football.

STEVE PITTMAN APPS 49 GLS 4
American central defender who joined Thistle from Dundee in September 1994. He was sent off on his debut for the club, but went on to become an important player in the Jags defence alongside the likes of Stevie Welsh and Gregg Watson. A big, strong defender, his two years at Firhill ended disappointingly when he was given the equivilant of three red cards in the tunnel after the final whistle for comments he made to the referee about Rod McDonald being sent off (and reported for crossing himself in front of the Rangers fans!). It resulted in an eight game ban, and he didn't play again that season.

GORDON RAE APPS 81 (4) GLS 4
"He's fat, he's round, he's worth a million pound, Gordon Rae" - was a very popular chant with the Thistle fans as the promotion winning season of 91/92 neared it's conclusion. Best remembered by many as a Hibs player, Rae was signed by John Lambie immediately upon his return from Hamilton in March 1990 and he proved to be one of Lambie's best signings.

His partnership with Jim Duffy, although perhaps not the quickest, was certainly one of the most formidable in the First Division as Thistle's ultimate promotion was due in no small measure to a tight defence. Having helped Thistle to the Premier League, Rae, or Duffy for that matter, never got the chance to play in the top flight with the Jags where their lack of pace could possibly have been exploited. At any rate Rae was a pivotal member of the promotion squad and a player remembered fondly by the Thistle fans. Had a spell in charge of Gala Fairydean during one of their league applications and was also at East Fife.

JOHN RITCHIE APPS (1) GLS 0
Made his one solitary appearance for Thistle as a substitute on the last day of the 96/97 against St Mirren at Love Street before leaving the club during the course of the following season.

GRAEME ROBERTSON APPS 75 (4) GLS 0
Robertson was one of a number of signings made by John Lambie in the summer of 1990 and for the next two seasons he was a regular in the Thistle side mostly in the right back slot, although he did play a number of games in the Thistle midfield in the closing weeks of the 91/92 season. Never the most popular of players with the Thistle support he was nevertheless a steady if not particularly outstanding performer and his contribution to the promotion winning squad shouldn't be under estimated. Left Thistle to join Ayr United.

DECLAN ROCHE APPS 11 (4) GLS 2
Joined Thistle from Celtic early in 1990 as a young player of some promise, he was capped at under 21 level for the Republic of Ireland while a Thistle player. He was unable to regain his place in the Thistle side after recovering from a nasty injury picked up in match against Meadowbank Thistle at the Commonwealth Stadium in August 1991. He is probably best remembered for scoring one of Thistle's three goals in the epic 4-3 Scottish Cup defeat against Falkirk in January 1990.

STEVIE ROSS APPS 10 GLS 0
Was brought to Firhill by Tommy Bryce as understudy to Kenny Arthur. An injury to Kenny gave Stevie the opportunity to make his Thistle debut against East Fife and kept his place in the team for the next 9 games before Kenny regained his spot in the first team. Remained at the club until the end of the season before receiving a free transfer.