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Players of the 90's


JULLIAN BRODDLE - APPS 6 GLS 0
Injury and illness hampered the time spent at Firhill by the Englishman who had been very popular while at St Mirren. With the number of appearances he was able to make limited it was no surprise that he was given a free transfer. He later joined Raith Rovers.

TOMMY BRYCE - APPS 19 (1) GLS 3
Was a major surprise as the man chosen to succeed John McVeigh. Tommy had plenty of experience of football in the lower divisions and it was thought that that experience plus his talent on the field would be a winning combination. Initially things looked to be going well as Thistle topped the division but a run of 7 consecutive defeats left the team and the manager struggling. The end came on March 8th, ironically just after Thistle had defeated Alloa. Tommy briefly remained as a player before rejoining Queen of the South. He spent another season playing at Abroath before retiring at the age of 40.

KEVIN BUDINAUCKAS - APPS 19
Kevin has had a few spells at Firhill and second time round signed in the summer of 1999 initially as back-up to Kenny Arthur. A finger injury to Kenny in the very first game of the season handed Kevin an opportunity to finally make his Thistle first team debut (during his previous spell at Firhill he was unable to make the step up into the first team) and he made full use of his opportunity. He went on to win the Player of the Year award at the end of the season, and promptly left for Clyde who offered him a better contract, before returning to Firhill once again to battle with Kenny for the first team jersey.

JOHN BUCKLEY - APPS 28 GLS 5
After a spell with Thistle in the mid 1980's John rejoined Thistle from Rotherham in the early months of the 90/91 season not long after Jim Oliver assumed control of the club. In what was arguably the most exciting to watch Thistle side of the decade Buckley fitted in well. Nevertheless the team were never able to consistently perform well and promotion would not be achieved until the following season. By then Buckley had again left the club; unable to sell his house in England he moved back south to sign for Scunthorpe before rejoining Rotherham. While at Rotherham he suffered a head injury that ended his playing career and for a while even threatened his life. Thankfully he made a full recovery.

GORDON BURNS - APPS 6 GLS 0
One of two loan signings made by John Lambie prior to the transfer deadline in the run-in to the 1998/99 season. Gordon was signed from Ayr United and played in each of the closing six games before returning to Somerset Park.

DAVID BYRNE - APPS 37 (4) GLS 0
The original man of many clubs, Byrne first came to the attention of the Thistle management team while playing with St Johnstone against Thistle, ironically scoring an own goal that handed Thistle a precious point. The next season saw him line up in Thistle colours and for the next couple of seasons was a very useful squad member. Played with numerous clubs after leaving Firhill including Tottenham Hotspur in the Intertoto Cup.

GUS CAESAR - APPS 1 GLS 0
The former Arsenal and England Under 21 Cap, his Thistle career lasted just 45 minutes. Listed as a trialist, he played the first half of a 2-2 draw with Ayr United at Somerset Park before being substituted just after the half time interval.

MARK CAIRNS - APPS 21 GLS 0
Agent Callaghan Previously on the books of Hearts, Mark was spotted playing against Thistle for Gala Fairydean in a pre-season friendly. Initially signed as a back up keeper he played a number of games in the Premier League when injuries kept Nelson and Walker out of the side. Upon Walker's departure to Aberdeen Cairns shared the goalkeeping duties for a season with John Hillcoat before signing for Alloa after being given a free transfer in one of the many Firhill clear outs.

TOMMY CALLAGHAN - APPS 14 (12) GLS 0
This man of many clubs was signed by Tommy Bryce and was in and out of the Thistle team. He spent his final year at Firhill coaching the Under 18's before hanging up his boots to become a football agent.

WILLIE CALLAGHAN - APPS 8 (6) GLS 0
Cousin to Tommy Callaghan, Willie also joined Thistle in the 98/99 season. The striker was far from a favourite with the Thistle fans and accepted the offer of a free transfer half way through the season without scoring a first team goal.

Cameron

IAN CAMERON - APPS 147 (19) GLS 15
Out of a number of very shrewd moves in the transfer market by John Lambie the signing of Ian Cameron was among the very best. Signed on the eve of the 92/93 season, Thistle's first back in the Premier League, he missed just two games scoring five times from midfield as Thistle defied the critics to stay in the top division. Cameron was also part of the Thistle sides that did the same in each of the following two seasons before the heart breaking play-off defeat at Tannadice in May 1996 meant relegation for Thistle. With just 40 seconds remaining it looked as if Cameron's second half penalty would keep Thistle in the Premier league for another season but fate decreed otherwise. Joined Hibs that summer before moving to Raith Rovers.

CALLUM CAMPBELL - APPS 33 (12) GLS 11
John Lambie signed this striker from Airdrie literally just hours before the start of the 89/90 season and he made an immediate impact scoring a debut goal just minutes into the opening day fixture at Clydebank. Campbell was in excellent form that season, particularly in the first few months, and would finish the season as top scorer with 19 goals, 13 of which were scored before the tum of the year. The following season wasn't so successful with only 5 goals to his name, 3 of which come against Kilmarnock the club he would leave Thistle to join a few months later.