On Saturday members of the Trust will again be in the Warriors’ shop in the Jackie Husband Stand (beside the entrance to section 6). We will have Centenary Fund application forms, pens and envelopes so people can sign up for this important fundraiser in a couple of minutes prior to the match starting. Given the recent comments of the Chairman on how the Centenary Fund played an important part in the Club’s ability to extend the contracts of 4 of our players and the manager’s desire to add to the squad now is an excellent time to join up - you will be making a positive impact on the Club as well as giving yourself the chance to win prizes on a monthly basis!
Also, we will have application forms for the Trust so that you can join up and give the Trust a stronger voice. You will also be able to register you interest in purchasing either a ticket or a horse for the Race Night that the Trust are running in the Aitken Suite on the 27th of November.
We look forward to seeing lots of you on Saturday (and the rest of the home games as well) and remember, as someone once said: You have to be in it to win it!
A new website has been set up to act as a sort of database of media for Partick Thistle FC. It’s designed to gather all the images, videos, text & audio, basically anything Thistle related, and store it all here in the one place.
It’s the fans that make Partick Thistle great and the site has been set up for the fans. If you support the Jags, please sign up and get yourself a profile. Even if you don’t want to share media you can still sign up and view other peoples, meet new Jags fans etc.
If you’re interested, please visit www.wearethistle.co.uk
Partick Thistle 2 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic
Saturday 19 September 2009 3.00 pm
Referee: C. Richmond
by Kieron Dempsey
In the absence of a formal match report I felt that it may be worth reporting on the match day experience as it was for me, as a way of covering this. The day started with the Centenary Gala outside the stadium. This was to celebrate the fact that this was one hundred years since the Dumbarton Harp lined up against us for our first match at Firhill. Organised by the club and manned by the trust, the Gala events I have been told were very well attended. I never saw any of it though, as I was preparing for our match day guests.
By Martin Towers
As we enter the month of September the centenary of Firhill grows ever nearer and our minds focus on not only the great times we have had at “The Stadium of Dreams” (copyright Campbell Hughes) but what the future holds for our Club. Nobody knows for certain what the future will bring but the one thing that is certain is the fact that Partick Thistle needs to generate more revenue each season.
Guest article from http://www.theawayend.net/
St Johnstone eventually clinched the title, after much deliberation over whether they actually wanted promotion or not, with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Greenock Morton. As much as Partick Thistle have put up a spirited title race, they just haven’t had a good enough squad to be able to compete with St Johnstone. St Johnstone have missed players such as Jody Morris and Andy Jackson for large spells of the season, but have had players such as Kevin Moon and Steven Milne to come in, and both have performed admirably. Thistle on the other hand have really struggled to replace Liam Buchanan, and this is one of the main reasons they have finished behind St Johnstone.
After an appeal to the fans last week a number of Jags Fans brought along some of their old Thistle scarves and tops that they no longer needed so that they could be given over to the latest addition to our fan base: the kids from the Roma community. These kids have been attending Firhill for the last three home games of the season and have adopted the Jags as their club.
They come from a youth group in the south side of Glasgow and their visits are part of the club and trust’s community engagement programme. They have learned to sing a couple of Thistle songs and they look forward to coming to Firhill - indeed it was described today by one of the visitors as the best thing that has happened to them in the last two years. They greatly appreciate the moves the club and fans have made in welcoming them into our club. To me, what was great about this was that the club gave them and their workers free admission, the trust paid for their bus fares and the fans gave them their gear. The symbolism in this for me is really important. In this case it was the ordinary fans who directly handed their own personal Thistle things over for these kids to wear. That was the real welcome.
Some of the older teenagers have been working on the idea of having their own football team and one of our fans has stated that he will get them kitted out in full Thistle gear. Now, this offer came just after a similar offer had been made to them by another Glasgow team, but they turned them down in order to stick with “their own team” Partick Thistle. The name of this Roma based team will now be named Govanhill Thistle.
The community really do appreciate the efforts made by the club and fans in welcoming them into the Thistle family. If any of you were lucky enough to see the excitement amongst the young ones when they went through the stuff handed out to them, you would really appreciate how powerful this felt to them. Shirts and scarves were immediately put on. Some of them were also amazed that they were allowed to keep them.
I am no photographer but here is a picture of them just after the final whistle with the gear on. Can I just add that later in the evening around Allison Street and Calder Street in the south side of the city all you could see were kids in Thistle gear singing Thistle songs - a really weird experience, let me tell you. Let me just say a big thankyou to all who contributed and to Dave from the shed for helping hand them out.
If you have any more stuff could you please let me know so that I can arrange to collect and pass on to them during the close season in readyness for 2009-2010 season.
Tom Hosie is a man of multi talents. Not content with just editing the programme, Tom has taken on many different Thistle related roles even though he is not a paid employee. Updating the official website www.ptfc.co.uk, a member of the Alan Archibald’s testimonial committee, co-wrote the Partick Thistle Legends book and just to round things off has been co-opted back onto the Jags Trust board. A position he has previously held.
Gerry Britton Hails Centenary Fund
By ERIK GEDDES
IN A week that has seen one of Glasgow’s football clubs on the verge of civil war, the Jags displayed a united front as they unveiled their new campaign.
BY Ben “The Arch” Archibald
Today I caught up with Gardner Speirs, perhaps the nicest man in football/the whole world, to get his opinion on Queens Park’s amateur status for a feature article I’m doing. He was so nice that I thought I’d push for a few snippets on his opinions of everything Thistle related, and he was nice enough to indulge me, so here they are:
by Blackpool Jag
The misery of setting off early in drab conditions, and the ensuing turgid trek via the M6 and M74, was soon forgotten upon arrival in Glasgow’s most colourful district. (more…)