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Players of the 90's


GRANT TIERNEY - APPS 87 (9) GLS 5
The current manager of Camelon Juniors, he joined Thistle in the summer of 1990 from Dunfermline. A tall commanding centre half Tierney relished a physical battle with forwards - and had the scars to prove it - and enjoyed particular success against Mark Hateley of Rangers. Always a threat at set pieces he took time out from his defensive duties to score Thistle's second goal in the famous 3-0 win over Rangers in May 1993.

PAUL TOSH - APPS 13 GLS 5
Joined Thistle in 1998/99 for a 3-month loan period from Hibs. Added some fire power to the Thistle forward line and during his spell at Firhill he scored 5 times, 4 in the Scottish Cup. He netted one in the First Round, 8 man triumph over Arbroath and followed that up with a hat-trick, the last Thistle player to score a hat-trick, in the next round against Cowdenbeath. Now playing for Forfar.

TOMMY TURNER - APPS 49 (7) GLS 5
Arrived at Firhill from St Johnstone, in an exchange for Isaac English at a stage of the 94/95 season when relegation from the Premier League seemed inevitable. In a remarkable second half to the season Thistle confounded their critics, including sections of their own support, by avoiding both the automatic relegation spot, that went to Dundee United, and the play-off that was contested between Dunfermline and Aberdeen.

Turner, plus a number of other very astute signings made by John Lambie were instrumental in what was fast becoming an annual Premier League escape act. Sadly there was no escape act the following season nor promotion back to the Premier League 12 months later. Turner left Thistle for St Mirren at the end of that season.

ANDY WALKER - APPS 4 GLS 0
Experienced striker who joined Thistle on a short-term contract but was unable to add any firepower to a struggling forward line. Had a brief spell with Alloa and then in Junior football before hanging up his boots.

NICKY WALKER - APPS 64 GLS 0
Like Turner, Nicky Walker joined Thistle when all looked lost during the 94/95 season. A former Scotland internationalist he came to Firhill from Hearts with Craig Nelson going the other way. Walker soon won over the Thistle fans who were disappointed at Nelson's departure with a string of top quality performances in the Thistle goal. One in particular in the wet against Celtic was as good a goalkeeping display seen at Firhill.

Although Thistle were relegated the next season Walker regained his spot in the Scotland squad and became the last Thistle player to be capped at full level by Scotland when he played against the USA prior to Euro 96. He was also part of the Scotland squad that participated in that tournament. He signed for Aberdeen just prior to the start of the 96/97 season but that move never really worked out and he went on to play for Highland rivals Ross County and Inverness Caley Thistle.

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GREGG WATSON - APPS 186 (2) GLS 2
Was an early season arrival from Aberdeen in 1993 and despite suffering a badly broken nose in a League Cup tie with Morton he soon became a permanent fixture in the Thistle defence and remained so for the next 5 years. Few players suffered the heartache of that dreadful relegation at Tannadice more than Gregg Watson did. Now playing in the lower leagues after a spell at Livingston where he won a Second Division Championship medal.

STEVIE WELSH - APPS 66 GLS 0
Steve Welsh's Thistle story is a similar one to that of Tommy Turner and Nicky Walker. Formerly in the army, Steve returned to his native Scotland from Peterborough halfway through the 94/95 season and his strength and pace became a malor asset in the heart of the Thistle defence.

BRIAN WRIGHT - APPS 25 GLS 3
Vastly experienced midfielder who ioined Thistle from Clydebank in the summer of 1989. Spent a couple of seasons at Firhill, skippering the side for much of the 89/90 season.

RODDY WYLIE - APPS 2 GLS 0
Central defender who spent a couple of seasons at Firhill without making a significant intrusion into the first team.