As i have said before i started watching the harrywraggs in 1989 so i have seen plenty of players in that time, some great and heroes of mine with some good players and plenty of not so good but the less i mention them the better. It has taken a lot of thought to go into this team and on several occassions i thought i had it ready and finished only to have another player come into my mind and it was back to square one. So team my team, i have pick a 4-4-2 formation and 5 subsitutions and have given my reasons for picking. Some will not agree with my selections but trust me its hard to pick my favourite 11 and i urge you to give it a go also i welcome some feedback.
Craig Nelson - Nelson started his career with partick thistle and was with us for 4 years before moving onto hearts and several clubs and is still currently playing with second division side brechin city at the ripe old age of 40.
Craig Nelson has been my favourite goalie ive seen in a thistle jersey, in my opinion he was a complete keeper, good shot stopper, great at coming from crosses and was very reliable. I believed if he had stayed with us he could have been an even greater fans favourite but in the 4 years he was with us i was certainly a fan of his. Nelson made over 90 appearances for thistle
My choice for partnering rae in defence was a tough one, i had already got my tough defender so i was looking for someone with composure and who was great with the ball at his feet. I narrowed it down to 2 players who's careers where both affected by injury.
On the left i think there is only one player i could have chosen and i think every jags fan would have him in there team,
Chic played over 100 times for the mighty jags.
In the centre of midfield i have went for two players who fought for evry ball and worked for the full 90 minutes from box to box and one of thise still plays today.
Danny lennon was an instrumental part of the 2 in a row title winning teams and was a classy midfielder during his career, he worked hard in the midfield and was never shy in a tackle and could also play at bit aswell. Lennon is highly thought of at thistle and has recently its been announced that he will be inducted into the clubs hall of fame. Its not only at thistle that he is remebered well, he was the raith rovers player who scored to put them 1-0 up at half time away to bayern munich. Lennon played over 100 games for thistle.
On the right i have chosen a midfielder that could play just about anywhere for thistle and a player who we could call upon to score a vital goal when required.
Hardie was a versatile player who played in possibly every attacking position for thistle and even had a spell as a supersub. He was a player who was great in the air and was great with the ball at his feet and boy did he know where the goal was. Big mad mental martin hardie as he was renamed during his time with the club was only a part time player when he joined the club but was never lacking in fitness and was a total committed player. I dont think there would be many fans teams that wouldnt have hardie in it as is such the impact he made in his time with the club. hardie made over 100 appearences for the club.
At the time of Colin McGlashan's signing for thistle i had not long been going to games as a fan and we had just signed him from clyde fc our old rivals and he was from then on branded a judas by the gypsy army which i believe mad him an instant hero to jags fans. He was my first hero as i was a kid, starting to go to games we always go for the goalscorers and mcglashin was one. He was part of the thistle squad that won promotion in 1991/92 season. Colin was not the tallest player but his stocky build made it hard for defenders to play against. Colin played over 100 times for thistle and scored over 200 goals in his career.
So there you have it my choice of the greatest thistle 11 that i have had the privellige of watching pull on the famous red and yellow top of my beloved club partick thistle fc. There will always be different opinions from fellow supporters and loads of disagreement with what is the greatest thistle side ever, so i say give it a try and pick out your side and share it with us.
P.S. - just for good measure here are the 5 subs i would have on the bench,
Scott fox, Jim Duffy, Scott McClean, Graham Dorrans and Quinton jacobs.