Aberdeen bus – seats left for Scottish Cup game

Thistle travel to Aberdeen to play Banks o’ Dee in the Scottish Cup on Saturday 23rd November and there are still  9 seats available on the bus. The cost is £15 and the details are as follows:

Bus leaves Thistle club house at 7:30am, stopping at Luncarty FC at 9:00am for an hour for breakfast.
Bus leaves Aberdeen at 5:30pm

Note kick off for this game is 1:45 and not 2:30 as previously stated.



Greenock v Larkhall Thistle 1st December 2012

Thistle travel to play Greenock on Saturday looking to do the double on the league leaders. The Jags produced their best performance of the season so far in the corresponding fixture at home in September, running out 5-2 winners. Read report of Larkhall Thistle v Greenock.

After back to back home wins Thistle are sitting handily placed in fourth and level on points with third placed Carluke Rovers, a win would see the Jags only three points from the top of the table.

Greenock are sharing Port Glasgow’s new ground at Parklea, just off the roundabout on the A8, while Ravenscraig Park is being upgraded for the Commonwealth Games. Kick off is 1:45pm


Once again we are on the road this Saturday, 3rd November – making it six away games from our last seven played. Included in this run are four consecutive away league matches. No other club in the region has had such a run of away league and cup matches in the fixture list to date and we doubt very much whether anyone will. Let us state at this point whilst Royal Albert are our lodgers at this time we attach no blame to them whatsoever for this situation as other clubs involved in ground sharing have not been put in this position.

It can be said that two of these away games were Scottish Cup ties at Fochabers and Cumnock and quite frankly if it had not been for the generosity of everyone who travelled on the bus that’s supporters, committee and the playing and coaching staff we would have been well out of pocket even after the guarantee from Fochabers and the half gate at Cumnock. The cost of coach hire is now quite prohibitive these days even after getting what we considered were great deals for both trips.

We attended a meeting at Hampden on the 25th October at the request of the West Region to listen to a representative of HMRC speak to us about our resposibilities as regards PAYE and corporation tax. His opening gambit was to state that while he appreciated that we the clubs were all run by unpaid volunteers, the football clubs themselves were businesses generating income and in some cases paying wages and making profit and therefore were bound by the rules and regulations that applied. However there are two sides to this because as everyone knows the main priority in any business is cash flow and with this horrendous run of away games one of our main income streams i.e. gate receipts and the associated income has been non existent.

We use our website and home game programmes to advertise and sell tickets and look for sponsors for any function we are running. A perfect example is Saturday 3rd November when we are running a race night. With our last home game having been on the 6th of October, it has made it more difficult to sell tickets for this fundraiser.

In the current economic climate when some clubs are struggling and in some cases failing to meet their financial obligations on time, cash flow and a steady stream of disposable income is a must, because no matter how your team is performing clubs who own their grounds still have monthly fixed costs to meet so a regular flow of cash is important. We have seen a significant increase in season ticket sales and personal donations and this, with other ongoing income raising avenues, will help us greatly due to the lack of home games. The club would like to put on record their sincere thanks to everyone who has helped in our fund raising to date.

As a far as fixtures are concerned we would only say that all we ask in the light of what was heard at the HMRC meeting that the generation of income on a regular basis should also be considered when whatever little fixture planning is done that everything is taken into account and not just an effort to get certain fixtures completed no matter the cost to clubs whoever they may be.

Scottish Cup Second Round Draw

The draw has been made for the Second Round of the Scottish Cup, Larkhall Thistle will go to Cumnock on Saturday 20th October. It’s a very difficult game in prospect against the Super League Premier Division side, bus details to follow.

Full Draw:
Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Linlithgow Rose
Armadale v Hall Russell
Arthurlie v Broxburn
Ashfield v Arniston Rangers
Auchinleck Talbot v Dalkeith
Ballingry v Sauchie
Banchory v Rosyth Recreation
Bellshill Athletic v Largs Thistle
Blairgowrie v Nairn
Bo’ness United v Portgordon
Bonnyrigg v Maud
Brechin Vics v Coupar Angus
Buchanhaven v Stoneywood
Burghead v Rob Roy
Carluke Rovers v Kinnoull
Carnoustie v Dundonald Bluebell
Culter v Thornton Hibs
Cumnock v Larkhall Thistle
Dalry v Cumbernauld
Deveronside v Lochore
Dundee Violet v Kilbirnie Ladeside
Dunipace v Livingston United
Dyce v Hill of Beath
Edinburgh United v Scone
Ellon v East Kilbride Thistle
Falkirk v Hermes
Fauldhouse v Lochee Harp
Forfar Albion v Saltcoats
Forfar West End v Buckie Rovers
Girvan v Penicuik
Glenafton v Clydebank
Glenrothes v Benburb
Glentanar v Blackburn
Greenock v Forres Th
Haddington v Shotts Bon Accord
Hurlford v Rutherglen Glencairn
Inverness City v Downfield
Islavale v Luncarty
Jeanfield Swifts v Port Glasgow
Kelty v Renfrew
Kilsyth v Irvine Vics
Kirriemuir v Banks o’ Dee
Lanark v Forth Wanderers
Lochee v Kilwinning Rangers
Lochgelly v Johnstone Burgh
Longside v St Anthonys
Lugar v Yoker
Musselburgh v Bridge of Don
Oakley v Stonehaven
Parkvale v St Andrews
Petershill v Newmains
Pollok v Neilston
Pumpherston v Whitehills
RAF Lossiemouth v Camelon
Rossvale v Ardeer
Royal Albert v Montrose Roselea
Shettleston v Cruden Bay
Steelend v Lossiemouth
Stoneyburn v Maryhill
Tayport v Annbank
Thorniewood v Dundee North End
Vale of Leven v Irvine Meadow
Whitburn v Newtongrange
Wishaw v Beith

Scottish Cup – Elgin bus update

Please note that the bus for the Scottish Cup game with Fochabers at Elgin on Saturday is now full. The bus leaves at 7am from the Thistle ground, picking up at Strathclyde Park then on to Luncarty for breakfast before heading to Elgin. The bus will leave Elgin at 6pm.

Scottish Cup Fochabers away – Location Confirmed

Thistle have been given official confirmation that the away tie with Fochabers will be played at Elgin. The game will take place at New Elgin’s ground, the Nicol-Togneri Park in the Pinefields area of Elgin, Morayshire.

The game will be played on Saturday 22nd September with a 2:30pm kick off time.



Scottish Cup Update – Fochabers trip

As Fochabers don’t currently have a park suitable for the game, Thistle have been told to book our bus for a journey to the Elgin area. Based on this information we intend leaving Larkhall at 7am. Stopping for breakfast after Perth with the intention of arriving at our final destination – wherever that may be – by 12-12.30pm to let everyone, players especially, get a good stretch before the kick off.

Anyone wishing to travel should contact Stevie Johnston ASAP as seats are limited.