Founder member of Scottish Division Two 1893
1904-1905 g r
1905-1907 g r
1907-1909 g r
1909-Feb1925 a g p r
1934-Jan1935 a g
Jan1935-1948 a b g
1949-1958 b g
1978-79 early a
1984-1986 a h n o
1986-1987 h i j o
1987-1989 a i j k no
1989-1990 a m n
1990-1991 a i m n
1991-1993 a i m n
1993-1994 a i m n
1994-1995 a i l m
1995-1996 a i m
1996-1997 a l m
1997-1999 a m
1999-2000 a l
2000-2002 a m n
2002-2004 a m
2004-2006 a m
2006-2007 f m
2011-Feb 2012 f
March-May 2012 f
When the club was formed in 1876, Partick was a burgh in its own right, independent of Glasgow. They played at a number of grounds including the site of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum before they moved to the Maryhill district in 1909 to play at Firhill Park, which is still their home today (and, as it happens is in the Maryhill district rather than Partick). They started out playing in navy, white and red, common colours for Scottish clubs in the late Victorian era.
In 1885 Partick entered the English FA Cup, going out in the first round to their powerful Glasgow neighbour, Queen's Park. The following season they reached the fifth round where they were narrowly beaten by Old Westminsters.
The banner shown here was raised by supporters who traveled to away games in large horse drawn "brakes," vehicles capable of carrying 20 people. "Brake clubs" were the forerunner of modern traveling supporters' clubs.
In 1891, Partick Thistle joined the Scottish Alliance, one of several competitions set up immediately after the formation of the Scottish Football League in 1890. In 1893 the Alliance formed the backbone of the new the Scottish Second Division, Partick among them. The club won the Second Division championship in 1897 and were elected to the First Division (this was before automatic promotion and relegation). The following season they were re-elected after finishing in eighth place but the year after that they were less fortunate and returned to the Second Division. This may have prompted a change to gold and black colours and an improvement in their fortunes. In 1900 they were elected back to the top level, having finished as Second Division champions again, were relegated the following season and then promoted in second place in 1902. This time they would establish themselves as a permanent fixture in the top level for almost 70 years.
Between 1905 and 1909 the Jags played in claret and blue, an unusual combination in Scotland, and then reverted to their traditional navy shirts, emblazoned with a thistle badge. This, we now know, also appeared on the hooped 1902-03 jerseys.
In 1921 The Jags won the Scottish Cup, beating Rangers 1-0, their first major honour. They met Rangers in the final again in 1930 but this time they were beaten 0-1 in a replay.
In January 1935, the club adopted a highly distinctive red and yellow hooped shirt trimmed with black that would be worn virtually unchanged for the next 36 years. It is believed these first appeared when the team borrowed a set of jerseys from the West of Scotland Football Club (who, despite the title, play rugby union). The traditional thistle continued to appear but was made somewhat larger.
In 1948 Thistle finished in third place in Division A, ten points adrift of runners up Rangers, their highest finish to date. During the fifties and early sixties they came frustratingly close to winning silverware: they finished third in Scottish Division One in 1954 and 1963 and reached the Scottish League Cup final in 1953, 1956, 1958. They did, however, win the Glasgow Cup in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1961 1981 and 1989.
After 68 years in the top flight, Thistle were relegated in 1970 but bounced back immediately. The following season they met a powerful Celtic in the final of the Scottish League Cup. Against all expectations Thistle ran out 4-1 winners. They went down again in 1975 but were promoted after only one season.
The traditional crest was updated in 1978 and now appeared out of a roundel with the club's name and year of formation.
In 1982 they were relegated and this time they spent ten seasons in the second flight before returning to the Premier Division in 1992 for two seasons.
A radical, modernistic club crest was introduced in 1990.
Thistle then fell into very serious financial difficulty. The "Save the Jags" campaign, organised by supporters raised enough cash to stave off bankruptcy but they could not avoid relegation to the Scottish Second Division (third level) in 1998. In 2001 they won promotion and remarkably the following season they returned to the Scottish Premier League. They held on for three seasons until finishing bottom in 2004; relegated again the following season, they found themselves back in the Second Division, only to win promotion back to Scottish Division One (second level) after a dramatic play-off victory on penalties against Peterhead.
A rather more traditional crest was introduced in 2008, not unlike the 1978 version.
Eight years after their return to Division One, Thistle won the 2012-13 title and returned to the top tier of what was now the Scottish Professional Football League.
With their record for unpredictability and chronic underachievement, Partick Thistle have always been the butt of jokes. In a city where football is disfigured by the religious divisions associated with the Old Firm, Partick's small, devoted support is rightly proud of their non-sectarian tradition and their highly distinctive playing strips.
- (a) ptfc.net - a fine unofficial site with a comprehensive photographic kit history.
- (b) London Hearts
- (c) Football Focus
- (d) Riccardo Bertani
- (e) Over Land and Sea
- (f) Partick Thistle Official Site
- (g) Alick Milne
- (h) Ralph Pomeroy
- (i) Gordon D Peden (Vice Chair of Partick Thistle FC)
- (j) John Penman
- (k) jumpers4goalposts
- (l) Bryan McCoo
- (m) OldFootballShirts.com
- (n) Barry McKenna
- (o) Donald Gellatly (HFK Research Associate)
- (p) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
- (q) Willie McKay
- (r) The Partick Thistle History Archive
Photograph courtesy of Scottish FA website. Modern crests are the property of Partick Thistle FC.