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Blast from the Past – Dundee United

Scottish Premier League

13th March 2004

Partick Thistle 1 Dundee United 1

A draw was a fair result in a very evenly contested match. Just when it seemed Thistle might edge it, United came back to level the scores, so most of the fans would go home reasonably happy:- I think.

Our team included a fair sprinkling of foreign players, which was a bit unusual. Here is the full line-up:- Jamie Langfield, Billy Gibson, Ian Ross, Grant Murray, Kenny Milne, David Rowson, Gerry Britton, Daniele Chiarini, Stephane Bonnes, Jean-Yves Anis, Jamie Mitchell.

Jamie Langfield didn’t play so many games for us, but I do remember with pleasure the fact that he saved a Paul Sheerin penalty-kick at Pittodrie which enabled us to leave Aberdeen with a 0-0 draw. The substitute goalkeeper was Kenny Arthur. Also on the bench were Adrian Madaschi, Jorge Cadete, Derek Fleming and Andy Gibson. As mentioned earlier, Thistle got their noses in front thanks to a goal after 66 minutes from David Rowson, who was a great midfielder for us, but certainly not a prolific goalscorer. The lead was short-lived, with Barry Robson notching an equaliser two minutes later. A familiar figure, Paul Gallacher, was in goal for Dundee United.

Fashion note:- Thistle played in a claret and sky blue strip, with sky blue shorts, kind of West Ham-ish or Aston Villa-ish, if you like. I know there are no such words. I have just invented them. Anyway, it wasn’t a favourite of mine, but then we all have our personal likes and dislikes. It’s all part of one’s passion for the most popular game in the world.

Robert R.

P.S. The referee was Hugh Dallas, a well-known, sometimes controversial figure. He was originally listed from Bonkle, later Motherwell.

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