9 January 2007

The Partick Thistle Connection

With a very Irish name (well nearly) Partick have fielded two current (Northern) Ireland internationals in their 130 plus year history...

Founded: 1876
Grounds: Originally played in the burgh of Partick (since incorporated into Glasgow); Meadowside, Partick; 1909 Firhill Stadium, Maryhill, Glasgow.

League History:
Founder members of Scottish League Division Two (II) 1893/94-1896/97; First Division (I) 1897/98-1898/99; Second Division (II) 1899/1900; First Division (I) 1900/01; Second Division (II) 1901/02; First Division (I) 1902/03-1938/39; A Division (I) 1946/47-1955/56; First Division (I) 1956/57-1969/70; Second Division (II) 1970/71; First Division (I) 1971/72-1974/75; Division One (II) 1975/76; Premier Division (I) 1976/77-1981/82; Division One (II) 1982/83-1991/92; Premier Division (I) 1992/93-1995/96; Division One (II) 1996/97-1997/98; Division Two (III) 1998/99-2000/01; Division One (II) 2001/02; Premier League (I) 2002/03-2003/04; Division One (II) 2004/05; Division Two (III) 2005/06; Division One (II) 2006/07-date.

Club Honours:
Best season: Scottish League A Division (I) 3rd (1947/48, 1953/54); First Division (I) 3rd (1962/63).
Scottish League Second Division (II) Champions (3) 1896/97, 1899/1900, 1970/71, Runners-Up (1) 1901/02.
Scottish League Division One (II) Champions (2) 1975/76, 2001/02, Runners-Up (1) 1991/92.
Scottish League Division Two (III) Champions (1) 2000/01.
Scottish Cup Winners (1) 1920/21, Runners-Up 1929/30.
Scottish League Cup (1) 1971/72, Runners-Up 1952/53, 1955/56, 1957/58.
Glasgow Cup Winners (7) 1934/35, 1950/51, 1952/53, 1960/62, 1980/81, 1988/89.

European Competitions:
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup entrants (1) 1963/64.
UEFA Cup entrants (1) 1972/73.
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Players Capped by the Irish FA while at Partick
.....................Partick........League...........Caps
Player.............. Career .....App(sb)/Gls ...at Club Total
Stephen Craigan*.... 2003 ...... 102 (1)/ 0 ...... 3 .. (26)
Harry Chatton....... 1924-1925 .. 71 (0)/ 2 ...... 3 ... (3)

Other Partick players capped by IFA
Billy Simpson....... 1959 ........ 6 (0)/ 2 ...... 0 .. (12)
Sam Irving.......... 1923 ....... ?? (0)/?? ...... 0 .. (18)
Tom Scott........... 1898 ........ 4 (0)/ 0 ...... 0 .. (13)
John Houston........ 1919 ....... 17 (0)/ 1 ...... 0 ... (6)

Danny Hegan (7 caps, 1969-73) had a trial with Partick during the 1974/75 season.
Danny Lennon (4 'B' caps, 1995-1996 while with Raith) played for Partick (86(11)/12, 1999-2003).
Youth international Jonathan Tuffey and Under-21 Mark McChrystal are currently at Partick. Another Under-21, Gavin Melaugh, was on trial with the club in the summer of 2003.
Former schoolboy international, Marc Smith, was at Firhill during the 2005/06 season, he has since declared for the Republic of Ireland.

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