Thursday 26th March, 2020 at 12:56pm
It was with extreme sadness that we learned that lifelong Thistle fan Jimmy Mathie has passed away at the age of 93. On a personal note my memories of Jimmy can be traced back to the 1950s and even slightly beyond. A group of like-minded people took up our places on the terracing in all kinds of weather to roar on the Jags and Jimmy was always there. We followed the team regularly to away games also. Those clad in the famous red and yellow hoops could always rely on Jimmy’s unfailing support. It’s a hard road, but like all true Thistle people he was effusive in victory and philosophical in defeat. There’s always next week. Not now, however, is there next week. Jimmy’s passing is a sad blow to us all.
On a lighter note, I recall our group enjoying a half-time diversion – a small sweepstake. The little bits of folded paper identifying possible scorers of the first goal for example, home I/L (inside-left, who would be the outstanding Willie Sharp) or home O/L (outside-left, the jet-paced Jimmy Walker) went into a bag. It was a bit of fun and our Jimmy was a keen participant like the rest of us.
We will all miss him. In the meantime we at the Club offer our sincere condolences to all members of Jimmy’s family at this very sad time.
Robert W. Reid.