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Hampden heroes Rough and Rae help Jags launch 1971 celebrations

1971 League Cup heroes Alan Rough and Alex Rae were at Firhill today to launch the start of the celebrations planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the club’s most famous success.

On Saturday, 23 October, 1971, Davie McParland’s Jags shocked the footballing world with a 4-1 Hampden final victory over Jock Stein’s Celtic, with captain Rae among the goalscorers.

This autumn, 50 years on, the club will mark the unforgettable cup run and iconic final victory with a range of celebrations, commemorative items, unique content and special events, some of which will be unveiled this week, with the club keeping some surprises up their sleeves over the next nine weeks

Rough, Thistle’s record appearance holder, and Rae – who scored the opener in the final – today helped launch the celebrations, with this Saturday marking the 50th anniversary of the opening game of the 1971 cup run.

Alan Rough said: “It’s incredible that this cup win is now 50 years ago however I can still remember it like yesterday. It was a joy to launch the programme of celebrations today after Ian and the team enjoyed such a great result at the weekend and we are all looking forward to marking the club’s most famous win by a three-goal margin in October!”

Alex Rae added: “Like Roughie said, I can’t believe it’s been 50 years. It was not only an incredible cup final but a memorable cup run from start to finish so I can’t wait to join the fans in taking a trip or two down memory lane.”

The Club is proud to start by unveiling a range of commemorative packages which are now on sale to begin the celebrations of Thistle’s 1971 League Cup win.

Three new products available in packages today are:

A replica winner’s medal – Following the phenomenal popularity of the 1921 replica winner’s medal, the club have increased the number of these medals which will be available for purchase. Order early to avoid disappointment.

A commemorative book – A colour book which tells the full story of our epic League Cup run, from the group stage through to the iconic final. Included within the book are details on every match including player profiles, team lines and a special section on the final itself

1971 documentary – a newly commissioned commemorative film will bring the 1971 League Cup success to life featuring interviews with each member of the Jags squad who played on the famous day in October 1971.

These can be purchased from today in the following packages:

The Alan Rough Package – a commemorative book and online access to the viewing of our 1971 documentary priced at £15.

Click here to purchase your Alan Rough Package.

The Alex Rae Package – a replica medal and online access to the viewing of our 1971 documentary priced at £25.

Click here to purchase your Alex Rae Package.

The David McParland Package – replica medal, commemorative book and online access to the viewing of our 1971 documentary priced at £38.

Click here to purchase your David McParland Package.


Partick Thistle CEO Gerry Britton said: “Following our 1921 Scottish Cup celebrations earlier this year, so well received by fans, we are thrilled to be able to do justice to the famous 1971 victory with a wide range of celebrations, products and events. Supporters can look out for more announcements this week with more to come between now and October.”

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