Hall of Fame Inductee

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The first inductee this year into the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame Dinner is not a single individual but rather a collection of 11 individuals.

Of Thistle's two major cup successes it is the 1971 League Cup triumph, a 4-1 victory against an almost all conquering Celtic side, that receives by far and way the greatest attention.

In contrast our 1921 Scottish Cup win against Rangers, perhaps due to the passage of time, is often overlooked. Yet that 1-0 victory proved to be every bit as stunning at the time as the win against Celtic fifty years later would prove to be.

Rangers in the early 1920s were every bit as dominant as Celtic would be five decades later. Eight times in the 1920s Rangers would win the League Championship. In season 1920/1921 they did do, at a time when it was just two points for a win, by a massive ten points and lost just one of their 42 games. Maximum points too were accrued from the two league meetings with Thistle. Rangers scoring five goals across the two games with Thistle not mustering a single goal of their own.

It was hardly a surprise, therefore, that Rangers, contesting their 10th Scottish Cup Final were overwhelming favourites to defeat a Thistle side that had reached the Cup Final for the very first time.

The Thistle cause was hardly helped either by the absence through injury of such important players as Willie Hamilton and Jimmy McMullan.

‘The Daily Record' summed up Thistle's pre-match hopes as follows;

"Lots of Partick people will tell you that one side is just as good as another, but deep down in their hearts or at the back of their heads, they have the feeling that the best that can be expected from their pets is a good show."

It was more than a good show that the Thistle fans saw their team produce at Celtic Park on April 16th 1921.

On a cold, windy afternoon Thistle did take a little time to settle on the big occasion with keeper Kenny Campbell making some timely interventions but as time went on Thistle grew with confidence.

The game's only goal arrived in the 20th minute. Jimmy McMenemy started the move pushing the ball out wide to winger Willie Salisbury. Salisbury in turn crossed the ball for John Blair who shot into the back of the net and into the pages of Partick Thistle's history.

Thistle had to withstand some heavy Rangers pressure in the second half but would come close to scoring themselves before the they were able to get their hands on the Scottish Cup.

In inducting the entire 1921 Scottish Cup winning side into the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame the heroes of 88 years ago can finally receive the recognition that their triumph deserves.

The victorious eleven that afternoon were

Kenny Campbell

Tom Crichton

Wiilie Bulloch

Joe Harris

Matt Wilson

Walter Borthwick

John Blair

Jimmy Kinloch

Davie Johnstone

Jimmy McMenemy

Willie Salisbury

The 2nd Partick Thistle Hall of Fame Dinner will be held in the Alan Rough Lounge on Friday 8th May.

Tickets are priced at £45 and can be purchased through the Business Club by emailing enquiries@mccreafs.co.uk

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