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Players of the 90's


CHIC CHARNLEY - APPS 94 (3) GLS 16
What can possibly be said about Chic that hasn't already been said? John Lambie made him one of his first signings during his first spell as Thistle manager in January 1989 and despite some initial reservations from the Jags support he quickly became very popular. No more so than when he helped inspire Thistle to a famous Scottish Cup victory over a then Premier League St Mirren side. Chic left Thistle for the first time at the end of the 90/91 season in a deal that saw him and Davie Elliot leave Firhill for St Mirren with George Shaw, Mark McWalter plus cash moving in the opposite direction.

It was a move that never worked out for Charnley and after a spell in Sweden he was back of Firhill in November 1993 and was soon weaving his magic, twice helping Thistle to beat the drop. He was given a surprise free transfer after the second escape act and that looked to spell the end of the Partick Thistle story for James "Chic" Charnley. Not so, he was back in Thistle colours once more in February 1998 when money raised through "Save the Jags" enabled John McVeigh to bring Chic back. There was no happy ending this time as Thistle took the drop with Chic missing the last few weeks of the season suspended.

GORDON CHISHOLM - APPS 8 (1) GLS 0
Promotion to the premier league brought on end to the central defensive partnership of Jim Duffy and Gordon Rae. Chisholm was brought in from Dundee to help replace them. He started the season in the first team but it soon became clear that his future lay on the coaching side. He enjoyed a period as an SFA community coach before being appointed assistant manager to Murdo MacLeod. Currently assistant manager at Ross County after leaving a similar position at Clydebank at the end of last season.

MARTIN CLARK - APPS 22 (1) GLS 0
Like Chisholm Clark was signed to help fill the gap created by the departures of Duffy and Rae. The former Clyde and Notts Forest defender who was signed from Mansfield Town enjoyed a good start to his Thistle career but an injury kept him out of the team and by the time of his return Davie Irons was firmly established in his position. Rejoined Clyde halfway through his second season at Firhill.

GERRY COLLINS - APPS 2 GLS 0
Our current assistant manager first pulled on a Thistle jersey during Bobby Watson's period of temporary control back in 1988. When John Lambie took over he relied heavily on Collins' influence on and off the park. By the time Lambie left to return, briefly, to Hamilton Collins was already in semi-retirement on the playing side but Sandy Clark pressed him back into action, his last appearance coming against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup.

GRAHAM CONNELL - APPS 36 (1) GLS 1
A regular in the team during 98/99, Graham was given a free transfer at the conclusion of the campaign. A hard working midfielder, Connell scored once for Thistle a spectacular strike against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

ROBERT CONNOR - APPS 3 GLS 0
A short term signing made by John McVeigh prior to the start of the 97/98 season, the former Scotland internationalist made little impact while at Firhill.

TOM CORRIE - APPS 5 (2) GLS 0
Signed from the junior ranks by John Lambie, Corrie made a handful of appearances for Thistle during Sandy Clark's brief tenure as Thistle manager.

ALBERT CRAIG - APPS 115 (4) GLS 29
A free transfer from Dundee the midfielder more then repaid the money that wasn't spent on him. In his first season he managed just one goal from that midfield berth but the next season that figure was increased to an astonishing 18. A figure that not only made him Thistle's top scorer but one of the top scoring midfielders in Britain. He remained with Thistle during the 95/96 season but left to team up with John Lambie at Falkirk but not before he found the net on a further 10 occasions for Thistle. Returned to Firhill during for one final season following a spell at Stenhousemuir before hanging up his boots in June 2000.

DAVID CRAIG - APPS 1 (5) GLS 1*
Defender who was recruited from the amateur ranks and spent the infancy of his senior career at Firhill, enjoying his longest run in the team under Sandy Clark. David was never able to fulfil his early potential as a Thistle player and left the club to join East Stirling and has since had spells at Dundee United, Hamilton, Raith Rovers, and is now at Ayr United.
* According to Alasdair MacKay, Craig scored a looping header in his debut game

HARRY CURRAN - APPS 5 (6) GLS 2
Arrived at Firhill as part of a swap deal that took Roddy Grant back to St Johnstone. Perhaps because of this he was never fully accepted by the Thistle fans despite two goals from midfield in his first two games for the club. Left to join Dunfermline and was most recently with Morton.

LEE DAIR - APPS 1 GLS 0
Impressed Tommy Bryce playing and scoring against Thistle while on trial with East Fife. Subsequently played one trial game for Thistle, a defeat at Arbroath, with any interest not followed up. Later signed for East Fife.