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Players of the 90's


PAUL GRAHAM - APPS 1 GLS 0
Grant Young keeper who spent a number of seasons in the Thistle reserve team without, one Glasgow Cup tie excepted, making the break through into the first team. Was given the chance to impress in the penultimate game of the 1989/90 season at Albion Rovers but had a poor game as Thistle drew 2-2. Subsequently handed a free transfer.

RODDY GRANT - APPS 58 (11) GLS 20
Picked up on a free transfer from Dunfermline Athletic, Roddy more the repaid the faith shown in him by John Lambie. Netted on his debut against Albion Rovers, the 11th goal of an 11-1 victory, and finished the season with a further 14 goals as Thistle completed one of John Lambie's famous escape acts. He more than did his fair share the following season although an eye injury did restrict his appearances. Left Thistle in the middle of the Intertoto Cup campaign to rejoin St Johnstone in a swap deal that saw Harry Curran move to Firhill.

DONAL GRAY - APPS (1) GLS 0
A highly promising young Irish lad who really should have made a name for himself in football. Spent one season at Firhill where his talent shone through at youth and reserve level and fully deserved his call up into the first team for a league game at Aberdeen. Didn't return to Firhill the following season and an incident off the field ended his career.

LINDSAY HAMILTON - APPS 5 GLS 0
A loan signing from Queen's Park, Lindsay kept goal for Thistle in the closing games of the 97/98 keeping clean sheets in all but the crucial last game against Ayr United. Signed for Stenhousemuir at the completion of that season.

SCOTT HARVIE - APPS 8 (2) GLS 0
Signed from Aberdeen early in season 91/92, Harvie spent a couple of seasons at Firhill on the fringe of the first team. Moved to St Mirren after being freed by Thistle where unfortunately a couple of very nasty iniuries signalled the end of his career.

Henderson

NICKY HENDERSON - APPS 59 (15) GLS 8
Nicky became Murdo MacLeod's first significant signing as Thistle manager when he exchanged Albert Craig for the Falkirk player who while playing for Cowdenbeath scored the goal that knocked Thistle out of the Scottish Cup. Initially not the most popular player with the Thistle supporters as Thistle were relegated from the Premier League he soon began to win them over with some excellent displays. A serious injury sustained during training kept him out of the Thistle team for close on 12 months but if anything showed better form upon his return to the team. However, he was unable to prevent a second relegation in three seasons for Thistle and left to loin Hamilton Accies following the inevitable Firhill clearout.

PETER HETHERSTON - APPS 7 GLS 2
Joined Thistle not long after John McVeigh assumed the managerial reigns at Firhill. Started the season in the first team and performed well scoring a couple of goals from a midfield berth but a long standing injury soon brought an end to his playing career. Stepped up to assistant manager after the departure of Kenny McDowaII to Celtic and remained in that role until he and McVeigh left Firhill following relegation. Followed McVeigh to Raith Rovers and took over as manager himself for a while but eventually left by mutual consent.

JOHN HILLCOAT - APPS 26 GLS 0
Goalkeeper whose tour of Scottish clubs took in Firhill during the 96/97 season. Dislodged Mark Cairns from the Thistle goal during the course of that season and turned in a number of fine displays. Left Firhill on a free transfer and has since had spells at Morton, Hamilton and Queen of the South, and most recently St Mirren.

CHRIS HONOR - APPS 2 GLS 0
A player probably best remembered for a dispute with Airdrie. Played a couple of games for Thistle while John McVeigh was manager and performed well. However, no deal was able to be agreed between player and the club.

GREGG HOOD - APPS 5 GLS 0
A former Scotland Under 21 internationalist while at Ayr United, Gregg joined Thistle in the second half of season 98/99. Was badly affected by injury during his brief stay at Firhill and was given a free transfer at the season's conclusion. He ended up playing with Maryhill Juniors.

SCOTT HOUSTON - APPS (2) GLS 1
Part of the Thistle youth set up for a number of years, Scott was given his opportunity in the Thistle first team towards the end of 98/99 season. Scored against East Fife and impressed the Thistle fans but was surprisingly given a free transfer at the end of the season, and then promptly disappeared without a trace!

Howie

WILLIE HOWIE - APPS (1) GLS 0
Member of the current Thistle squad who has come up through the youth ranks and impressed John Lambie with his form for the U18's towards the end of season 98/99. Was rewarded with a long-term contract and his first team debut as a substitute at Queen of the South on the last day of the season.