Fergie Millar, a tough news editor on the Daily Record for almost 30 years in its halcyon days, will be remembered on Thursday 28 July in Glasgow at his favourite football ground – Firhill. He died in May, aged 83. He left instructions for an ‘informal, not sombre’ gathering to be held and had even written a speech to be read out by one of his long-standing friends.
Partick Thistle and The Firhill Development Company have an put out an open invitation to residents for plans they have for the development of old the south terracing.
A meeting at Firhill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23 between 3pm and 7.30pm.
North Kelvin and Possilpark Community Councils will also be consulted and residents are being asked to attend a meeting at 7pm at St Charles School, 13 Kelvinside Gardens on Wednesday, March 17th.
Ian McCall claimed his Thistle team are still in the hunt for the Scottish First Division title after watching them win ugly over bottom club Airdrie United.
It was Thistle’s first win since early January and brings to a welcome end to their losing streak.
With Dundee’s match at Ayr postponed and Ross County drawing with Dunfermline, the three points keep the Glasgow side’s faint promotion hopes alive.
Speaking after the match, McCall said: ‘Nothing is settled yet, we have a lot to do and we need all our injured players back, but I’m delighted with the win.’
Paul Cairney scored twice as Partick Thistle put Airdrie to the sword.
Cairney followed up to finish off a Liam Buchanan effort that was fumbled by the Airdrie ‘keeper Stephen Robertson, giving Thistle a 29th-minute lead at Firhill.
The former Queen’s Park player added his second with a low drive shortly before half time.
The home side were penned in by struggling Airdrie, who started the second half brightly but found Jonny Tuffey in the Thistle goal in top form.
However, it should be noted that referee Scott McDonald helped out Thistle when he waved away strong penalty claims after substitute Scott Gemmill was bundled to the floor by David Rowson.
Indeed, The Jags came back into the match and may well have added to their lead.
Steve Lovell can think himself unlucky not to score following an effort that struck the inside of the post and crept along the goal line.
A bizarre refereeing performance was capped in the closing 10 minutes as McDonald red-carded a player from each team.
The visitors’ Alan Trouten and Thistle’s Rowson were sent to an early bath for second yellow cards in the closing stages, neither of which merited a foul, let alone a card.
Gary Harkins followed up social networking online wind-ups and helped deliver three points for Dundee at Firhill.
Throughout the week, Harkins enjoyed banter with his Jags pals on Facebook and claimed he would score against his former employers.
He did – and marked an excellent performance that helped Dundee to victory and three points that put a serious dent in the Glasgow club’s promotion credentials.
Despite Ian McCall’s side having the bulk of the play in the opening 45 minutes, it was the visitors who ran out easy winners.
A strike right before half time by Colin McMenamin took the wind out the Thistle sails and the Dens men coasted to victory after Harkins doubled Dundee’s lead early in the second half.
Harkins said: ‘It’s a massive result, we’re delighted to have won here.
‘I knew that I’d get a bit of stick down here, but it was great.
‘When I got subbed the Partick Thistle fans applauded me and then after the game the clapped me again.
‘The Partick Thistle fans are great fans and they are just supporting their team.
‘Firhill is one of the toughest places to come and I’m delighted that we won what is one of the biggest games of the season.’
Thistle boss Ian McCall wasn’t in the mood for excuses but claimed his team were still a match for the league leaders.
He said: ‘There is nobody to blame except ourselves, we missed the chances.
‘It’s hard to watch Gary playing like that, in the second half he ran the game.
‘Dundee are a good side, whoever finishes above them will win the league, and I believe we are as good as them.’
Rangers or Celtic, Celtic and Rangers, Rangers v Celtic…. Can get a wee bit tedious from time to time, don’t you think?
Glasgow’s ‘other’ senior professional team have been called everything from Partick Thistle Nil to The Thinking Man’s Team.
Anyway, everyone knows a Partick Thistle supporter, but what do you know about the club?
Through photographs and objects, this exhibition celebrates Thistle’s first 100 years at Firhill Stadium.
100 Years of Firhill Stadium runs from Saturday 25 July to Sunday 6 September at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.