Former Thistle player from the last great Jags team Arthur Whiteside has been in touch and has very kindly contributed three photographs of the team from the 70s.
“The first one refers to a cup tie we had played against Blantyre Vics trying to reach the quarter-final of the Scottish Junior Cup. We drew 1-1 at Blantyre and 0-0 I think at home in the replay. We tossed up after the game to decide the venue and we won that so the second replay was also at home. We had high expectations of winning that game and indeed we should have, missed many opportunities to score and lost a “soft” goal which turned out to be the winner for Vics. There was one heck of a crowd at that match 2 or 3 thousand I recall.
Great team back then and two goal scoring machines in the Duffs and after 40 years I still have them as friends”
The Central First Division will be freshened up next season with five teams leaving the league and five taking their place. Long time stalwarts of the league Carluke Rovers, St Anthony’s and Dunipace have been relegated while Renfrew and Maryhill were promoted.
Their places have been taken by Forth Wanderers, Benburb and Cambuslang Rangers promoted from the Second Division and Greenock and Bellshill Athletic who were relegated from the Superleague.
Congratulations to all the champions Auchinleck Talbot, Cumnock, Renfrew and Forth Wanderers, all four leagues have now been decided.
Congratulations too to Girvan who won the Ayrshire district league having gone unbeaten all season, the only team in the west to have done so.