An English Football League side, their club colours are red, yellow and black, although their replica kit has often been predominantley yellow and black (hence the nickname the hornets). Their colours are not the only link with Thistle, they of course bought a young Mo Johnston from the Jags for ?200,000 back in 1983, and went on to sell him to Celtic for double that just under a year later...
From the depths of Division Four in the mid-70's they've climbed up the divisions and under Graham Taylor they won Division Two in 1998 and then promotion to the Premiership via the play-offs the following year. Their stay in the top-flight only lasted one year, but following an unsuccesful, and very expensive, stint under the stewardship of Gianluca Vialli in season 01/02, they are now back on track.
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We did ask for obscure teams, so here's a Norwegian Fourth Division side, Freidig (Forthright). They're from Trondheim, home to the somewhat better known Rosenborg. Founded in 1903, they won the Norwegian series in the 1947-48 season.
Official website: freidig.idrett.no/fotball
Not quite as well knows as their Brazilian counterparts, this version of Santos are from Cape Town in South Africa. Little is known about them, other than that they were formed in 1982 and that they won the South African Premier League last year (2001/02) edging out SuperSport United by four points. This season they've had to make do with mid-table as Orlando Pirates race to the title.
Links: Super Soccer
Suggested by: Alan Turnbull
English non-league side Banbury United currently play in the Dr Martens Eastern Division (two levels below the Nationwide Conference). Based in Oxfordshire they were founded back in 1931 and play at The Stadum (capacity 6500 where they average a support of around 400.
Nicknamed The Puritans, they were hit with financial problems in the 80's which eventually led to them being relegated to the Hellenic League and it took them a number of years to get back on their feet. They won promotion back to the Dr Martens League in 2000 and last season finished 8th. Their biggest claim to fame is taking Northampton Town to a replay in round 1 of the 1973-74 FA Cup.
Official site: www.banburyunited.co.uk
Suggested by: Stephen Mulrine, C Fyfe, Paul Allison, Alan Sproull