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Players of the 90's


GEORGE SHAW - APPS 88 (11) GLS 23
Shaw Without any doubt one of the key Thistle players of the 1990's. Joined Thistle as part of the elaborate swap deal that took Chic Charnley and Davie Elliot to Love Street and Shaw and Mark McWalter to Firhill. His 10 goals in season 92/93 went a long way in helping Thistle to promotion to the Premier League in his first season with Thistle but it was his form in the first few months of the following season that really brought Shaw to the eye.

He netted four times as Thistle defeated Dundee 6-3 at Firhill and scored both the Thistle goals in the famous 2-1 win over Celtic at Parkhead and eventually finished the season with 11 goals. His partnership with Gerry Britton was an extremely fruitful one and the Thistle fans were not best pleased when the two players left to join Dundee. Shaw did sign off his Thistle career in the best possible way scoring the only goal as Thistle defeated Celtic 1-0, this time at Firhill. Still scoring goals in the lower divisions in Scotland.

TONY SHEPHERD - APPS (1) GLS 0
Was Murdo MacLeod's first signing as Thistle manager but didn't last long making just one substitute appearance against Raith Rovers at Starks Park while on a short term contrad before leaving the club.

JIM SLAVIN - APPS 33 GLS 0
Nicknamed, not inappropriately,"The Honey Monster" by the Thistle fans, Slavin made the switch from Celtic Park to Firhill towards the end of the 95/96 season. Was an ever present in the Thistle team until the end of the season, playing in both play-off games with Dundee United and was a regular in the first team at the start of the following season. However, a long-standing problem with his weight never improved and he lost his place in the side and was given a free transfer at the season's conclusion.

BOBBY SMITH - APPS 13 (1) GLS 1
John Lambie brought Smith to Firhill from Dunfermline in the summer of 1989 and although he only stayed at Firhill for one season his experience in the left back slot was invaluable as Thistle climbed to the top of the league in the early stages of the season. Scored one goal in Thistle colours - a long range effort against Clydebank.

TOM SMITH - APPS 40 (15) GLS 6
First appeared in the first team as a 16 year old in an end of season match against Airdrie in 1991. It took him a few more seasons to establish himself in the top team - although he did make a Premier League debut at Ibrox against Rangers - but once he had done so his versatility proved to be a great asset. He scored a number of very important goals for the club including a late equaliser against Celtic at Parkhead, after only minutes earlier seeing a similar effort disallowed for offside, that helped secure Premier League survival for another season. Left Firhill to join Ayr United before eventually moving to Edinburgh to play in the SPL with Hibs. But his career at Easter Road was cruelly cut short due to injury.

JERRY STIRLING - APPS 68 GLS 16
Stirling Deadly from penalty spot, the vast majority of his 16 goals coming via that avenue, Jerry possessed one of the finest left foots seen at Firhill for many a year. After progressing through the youth ranks he made his first team debut against Celtic near the end of the 95/96 season and impressed greatly winning the man of the match award. Kept his place in the team the following week at Hibs but missed both legs of the play-off with Dundee United.

The following season he was one of the few successes as Thistle failed to return to the top division and he began the next campaign in dispute with the club. Eventually he signed a new contract but his form dipped as Thistle suffered another relegation. Like many others he was given a free transfer at the conclusion of the season and it was perhaps a little surprising that he was picked up by SPL Motherwell. Initially things went well for him at Fir Park but he left the club at the end of the season. Returned to Scotland after a spell in Ireland, and briefly returned to Firhill before joining Stranraer, and is now at Albion Rovers.

ANDY STEWART - APPS 9 GLS 0
Arrived at Firhill on loan from Dundee United with the reputation as a young keeper with a bright future ahead of him. Failed to shine at Firhill and his return to Tannadice allowed Kenny Arthur the opportunity to establish himself in the Thistle goal.

STEPHEN TAIT - APPS 1 (1) GLS 0
Spent only a month at Firhill after receiving a free transfer from Airdrie at the start of the 97/98 season as John McVeigh frantically searched for enough players to field a team for the opening game of the season against Hamilton at Coatbridge.

ALEX TAYLOR - APPS 46 (12) GLS 8
Taylor Was re-united with John Lambie his manager at Hamilton when he joined Thistle from Falkirk for the closing months of the 92/93 season making his Thistle debut at Fir Park as Thistle came from 2-0 down to win 3-2. A skilful midfielder who had seen service with Dundee United and Walsall as well as Accies and Falkirk, he wasn't a prolific scorer from midfield in the mould of Ray Famingham and Albert Craig but he did have the pleasant habit of netting late goals against Rangers - twice in the closing minutes of games Alex's goals earned Thistle a point. He helped Ross County to the Third Division title a few years ago and played out the rest of his career in the lower divisions.

JESUS TEJERO - APPS (1) GLS 0
Spanish trialist who made a solitary substitute appearance for Thistle against Airdrie while Murdo MacLeod was manager at Firhill.