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Players of the 90's


HREINN HRINGSSON - APPS 2 GLS 0
Arrived at Firhill in March 1997 from Icelandic side Thor amid a blaze of publicity, the striker describing how he would celebrate all his goals for his new club. Typically proceeded to make no impact at Firhill and was given a free transfer at the end of that season.

DAVIE IRONS - APPS 90 (1) GLS 10
One of John Lambie's best signings as Thistle boss. Irons' first season at the club, the promotion winning season of 91/92, was spent in midfield where he overcame some initial unpopularity among the Thistle fans to score 8 goals. The following season in the Premier League Lambie moved Irons to a berth in the centre of the Jags defence for a league game at Parkhead. Thistle won 2-1 and Irons was immense and remained in that position for the remainder of the season becoming the overwhelming choice for Player of the Year by the Thistle fans. The player and the manager had a well publicised fall out in the close season and Irons jumped ship and signed for St Johnstone.

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QUNTON JACOBS - APPS 5 (2) GLS 0
Became the first non-European to play for Thistle when he made his debut at Stranraer in September of 1999. A long drawn out work permit application saga threatened his transfer from Namibian League Champions Black Africa to Firhill. Holder of 25 caps for his native Namibia, 2 of which were won while a Thistle player. He became a bit of a favourite with the fans in his season at Firhill although his form was a bit eratic, incoming manager John Lambie wasn't so impressed and his contract wasn't renewed at the end of the season.

WILLIE JAMIESON - APPS 118 (3) GLS 8
Another of John Lambie's shrewd moves in the transfer market. First came to Firhill in the early stages of season 92/93 as a trialist following a surprise free transfer from Dundee, the side that had pipped Thistle to the First Division title the season before. Despite an inauspicious start to his Thistle career, the Jags losing his first game 4-1 to Rangers and Willie himself was sent off 7 days later at Aberdeen, he did enough to earn a contract. He quickly established himself in the heart of the Thistle defence and became a lynchpin as Thistle twice staved off relegation. Moved to Hearts in exchange for Wayne Faster and missed out on a third successive successful fight against relegation. Later moved to Ayr United before sampling life in Northern Ireland and rejoined Thistle in the summer of 1998 as part of a new three man managerial team. Despite performing solidly enough he was clearly not the player he hod once been and he left the club in the summer.

IAN JARDINE - APPS 10 GLS 0
Previously a Thistle player in the Premier League under Bertie Auld and Peter Cormack, Jardine rejoined Thistle to take up a player/coach role under the management of Sandy Clark. Featured in the Thistle side in the latter half of the 89/90 before moving on in the summer of 1990.

SAMMY JOHNSTON - APPS 48 (15) GLS 4
Yet another player to have had two spells with Partick Thistle. First joined Thistle from Ayr United in a swap deal that took Andy Murdoch to Somerset Park. Missed a large part of the promotion-winning season of 90/91 with a nasty injury picked up in a game against Clydebank but returned to the side for the clinching game against Forfar on the last day of the season. Was still a squad player in Thistle's first season back in the Premier League but was freed at the end of that season. Returned to Firhill in 98/99 as player/assistant manager to Tommy Bryce and showed on occasion that he could still contribute on the field. It was no surprise, however, following the arrival of John Lambie, that he departed the club in the summer and ended up playing with top Junior side Pollok.

DAVID KENNEDY - APPS 28 GLS 0
Became Tommy Bryce's first signing as Thistle manager when he joined The Jags from Queen of the South in the summer of 1998. Was a regular in the side in the early stages of that season before injury restricted his availability. His best moment as a Thistle player came when he took over in goal from the injured Kenny Arthur in a game at Alloa, keeping a clean sheet as Thistle won 1-0.

ALEX KENNEDY - APPS 18 GLS 1
Was signed by John Lambie from Motherwell un the summer of 1989 and started that season, as did the whole team, in a confident manner. Suffered badly under Sandy Clark and was never able to regain his form and was in dispute with the club for a long period. Remained at Firhill over the next couple of seasons and played a number of matches during the promotion winning season of 91/92. Left Firhill at the end of that season and joined an increasing colony of former Thistle players at Glenafton.

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PAUL KINNAIRD - APPS 31 (12) GLS 4
The stereotypical Scottish footballer either exasperating or brilliant. Had no fewer than three spells at Firhill a testimony to his ability while on form. First joined Thistle half way through season 91/92 and had a big part to play in Thistle's eventual promotion to the Premier League. He was able to torment defenders in the higher league before moving down south to sign for Shrewsbury Town before once again plying his trade with Partick Thistle. He was back on his travels before too long before briefly rejoining the club during the Intertoto Cup campaign.

MARTIN LAUCHLAN - APPS 21 (11) GLS 6
An almost instant hit when John McVeigh introduced him to the Thistle first team as a substitute against Morton at Firhill, heloing the Jags to earn a 3-3 draw from 1-3 down. During that season Martin was just one of a number of young players introduced to the team but youthful exuberance wasn't enough to prevent Thistle from being relegated to the Second Division. A short stay in the Second Division looked on in the early stages of the 1998/99 season but a nasty ankle injury picked up by Martin didn't help Thistle's long term prospects. When he returned to fitness Martin was unable to reproduce his early season form. Did end his Thistle career with two goals on the last day of last season before joining St Johnstone in the summer. He hasn't done much to impress in Perth, and his career has faltered badly since the early promise he showed at Firhill.

BOBBY LAW - APPS 139 (1) GLS 3
A Thistle player since the mid 1980's few players deserved to be successful in the Premier League with Thistle more than Bobby Law. Was the centre of more heated terracing debates any other player in recent history but nobody could deny Bobby's commitment to Thistle although he did have a few moments that he would care to forget. The good far outweighed the bad however, the highlights of his Thistle career probably coming when he captained the side for two games, and never a prolific scorer, scored in both matches.

ALAN LAWRENCE - APPS 18 GLS 3
In an inexperienced Thistle side of season 97/98 Lawrence was brought to Firhill by John McVeigh to add some badly needed experience to the side which he more than did. Led the Thistle front line with great enthusiasm and no lack of talent and scored memorable winning goals against Hamilton and St Mirren. Left Thistle on a free transfer after relegation to join Stenhousemuir.