Partick Thistle Reserves Season 1988-89
PTFC Kit 1988-89
1988-89 (Reserves)
The 114th season of Partick Thistle F.C.
scorers in CAPS • used subs in brackets
1. Tue-02-Aug-1988 [a] W2-1 Carluke Rovers (Friendly)
MP 13/8/1988. MacLean, Spittal, Elliot, Purdie, McGhie, Docherty, Kelly, MITCHELL, Grant, THOMSON, McDonald. (Graham, McGinley, McCulley.)
Carluke hit the bar early on. They wouldn't allow Thistle to settle in midfield so it was a long clearance that allowed Mitchell to round the keeper for 1-0. As the locals tired, Thistle found lots more space and Thomson headed the second. A late free-kick gave Carluke their goal.
2. Tue-09-Aug-1988 [a] L0-1 Forth Wanderers (Friendly)
MP 16/8/1988. Graham, Spittal, Elliot, Purdie, Maher, Law, McGinley, Thomson, McCartney, Gallagher (S), Mitchell. (Mosson, Campbell, Trialist, Trialist.)
Thistle never got on top of a lively Forth team. Elliot ran through and chipped the keeper but his effort was just wide. A shot under the keeper proved the only goal. Chances in the 2nd half weren't taken and Thistle never looked like breaking down a stubborn defence.
3. Sun-14-Aug-1988 [h] D2-2 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 3/9/1988. Graham, Trialist Elliot, Mosson, MAHER, Law, Trialist, Gallagher (S), Trialist, CAMPBELL, McGinley. Played at Grangemouth Stadium.
Campbell gave Thistle an early lead but a blunder by Graham when he dropped a high ball let in Falkirk for an equaliser. A second-half header by Maher at a corner put Thistle ahead again but they were caught square once too often and it ended 2-2.
4. Tue-30-Aug-1988 [a] D3-3 Albion Rovers (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 3/9/1988. Brough, Spittal, Elliot, Mosson, Maher, McDonald, Trialist, McGinley, Gallagher (S), McCOY, McGUIRE (2). (Graham, Trialist.)
McCoy scored from close in but Rovers got on top and levelled. The second half was minutes old when a Maher og put Rovers 2-1 up. Down to 10 men (Gallagher injured), McGuire chipped the keeper for 2-2. He then scored from distance but after 4 corners Rovers scored (90).
5. Thu-01-Sep-1988 [a] L0-1 Morton (Scottish Reserve League)
MP17/9/1988. Graham, Spittal, Elliot, Mitchell, Maher, Mosson, McGinley, Trialist, Grant, Trialist, Trialist. (Trialist, Campbell.)
Thistle had lots of the play but never looked like scoring - and so it proved. A McGinley shot hit the post and bounced into the keeper's arms. As the chances dried up poor defending led to Morton's winner. Thistle rallied late on but couldn't find the net.
6. Mon-05-Sep-1988 [a] D1-1 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League)
MP17/9/1988. Graham, Spittal, Trialist, Mosson, McGhie, ELLIOT, Mitchell, McDonald, Campbell, McGinley, Gallagher (S). (Trialist, Maher.)
Thistle asked all the questions in the first half, several chances made but missing narrowly. An og by Spittal just on half-time gave Killie an undeserved lead. It looked as if Thistle would never score until a parried shot by Mitchell was tucked away by Elliot. The least they deserved.
7. Sun-11-Sep-1988 [a] W2-1 Stranraer (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 8/10/1988. Graham, Trialist, Mosson, Spittal, Maher, Elliot, TRIALIST, McGinley, Campbell, GRANT, Gallagher (S). (Trialist, TRIALIST.)
8. Tue-13-Sep-1988 [a] L1-1 Raith Rovers (Scottish Reserve League Cup 1st Round)
MP 8/10/1988. AET. Lost 2-3 on pens. MacLean, Spittal, Workman, Purdie, Dempsey, Elliot, Docherty, McDonald, Gallagher (E), Grant, FLOOD. (McGinley.)
A fine move involving numerous passes set up Flood from 15 yards (13). Thistle's dominance continued well into the 2nd half but chances weren't taken and Rovers equalised (71). Penalties brought no joy, indeed 3 Thistle players missed theirs.
9. Mon-19-Sep-1988 [h] W1-0 Dumbarton (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 8/10/1988. Graham, Trialist, Workman, Trialist, Maher, Trialist, TRIALIST, Trialist, Kelly, Grant, McGinley. (Trialist, Campbell.)
The teams traded the few chances that were made. Play was largely in midfield. Dumbarton hit the woodwork three times in the second half. Their keeper was judged to have kicked the ball from hand just over the 18-yard line and a trialist fired home the free-kick.
10. Sun-25-Sep-1988 [a] W1-0 Queen of the South (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 15/10/1988. MacLean, Maher, Spittal, Mosson, Trialist, Workman, McGINLEY, McDonald, Law, Trialist, Trialist. (Trialist, Trialist.)
Thistle played some good football on the rain-soaked pitch, creating lots of chances. McGinley headed home for 1-0 then Queens had their first attempt at goal (44). Their better spell of pressure after half-time petered out and the game got bogged down in midfield.
11. Tue-04-Oct-1988 [h] W2-1 Queen's Park (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 15/10/1988. Brough, Dinnie, Trialist, DOCHERTY, Grant, Spittal, GALLAGHER (S), Mitchell, Flood, McCoy, Elliot. (Mosson, Campbell.)
It took some time for the game to liven up until Queens scored but a looping header by Gallagher found the net a minute later. Docherty was dominant in the second half and capped his performance with the winner from the edge of the box. Mitchell hit the post late on.
12. Mon-10-Oct-1988 [a] W2-1 Airdrieonians (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 29/10/1988. Graham, Spittal, Thomson, Docherty, Maher, McGinley, Grant, Gallagher (S), CAMPBELL (2), Elliot, Mosson. (Trialist, McPherson.)
Elliot chased a pass back and the keeper hit the ball off him into Campbell's path for 1-0. McGinley missed a pen just on half-time. Campbell helped in a swirling cross that deceived the keeper. Airdrie pulled one back late on. On play, it should have been a bigger win.
13. Mon-17-Oct-1988 [a] D0-0 Ayr United (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 29/10/1988. Graham, Spittal, Thomson, McDonald, Maher, Docherty, McGinley, Campbell, Gallagher (E), Gallagher (S), Elliot. (Mosson, McPherson.)
A poor game but Thistle went top. Airdrie seldom showed in attack whereas Thistle made a good number but couldn't finish.
14. Mon-24-Oct-1988 [a] L0-3 Clyde (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 12/11/1988. Brough, Spittal, Workman, Docherty, Dempsey, McDonald, Trialist, Trialist, McGinley, Purdie, Trialist. (Mosson, Gallagher (S).
After some early chances for Thistle, Clyde scored with their first real attack. Two second-half goals (both coming after unchallenged runs from the Clyde half) emphasised Clyde were the better team on the night.
15. Mon-31-Oct-1988 [h] D0-0 Clydebank (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 26/11/1988. Graham, Spittal, Mosson, Dempsey, Maher, Mitchell, Campbell, McDonald, Grant, McGinley, Elliot. (Trialist.)
Neither side impressed in a poor, goalless first half. Elliot (with a good chance in either half) looked most likely to score but he was a lone figure. The poor Clydebank side almost stole it at the end with a couple of shots going narrowly past.
16. Mon-07-Nov-1988 [h] L1-2 Celtic (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 12/11/1988. Brough, Spittal, Workman, Dempsey, MAHER, McDonald, Trialist, Law, Elliot, Purdie, McGinley. (McGhie.)
Thistle had all the early play and chances but Celtic took the lead with an unmarked header. Maher headed home soon after however. Celtic moved up a gear and scored from a well-rehearsed free-kick. The difference was Thistle made less use of more chances than Celtic.
17. Thu-17-Nov-1988 [a] L1-2 Falkirk (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 26/11/1988. MacLean, Spittal, Workman, Purdie, McGhie, McGinley, CAMPBELL, Maher, Trialist, Elliot, Trialist. Thistle had no substitutes "because of a mix-up over arrangements".
Campbell cut inside, beat two defenders and scored with a low shot in a first half that looked certain to be goalless. Poor marking led to a header for 1-1 then a long ball from defence provided the chance for a low shot to beat MacLean. Thistle tired and offered little.
18. Tue-29-Nov-1988 [a] D2-2 Albion Rovers (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 3/12/1988. MacLean, Spittal, Workman, Collins, McGhie, McGinley, Trialist, Abercromby, Elliot, Gallagher (B), GRANT. (CAMPBELL, Purdie.)
A bad pass back led to a simple goal by Grant but a header flicked on from a free-kick made it 1-1 at half-time. Campbell scored with a great 20-yard drive. Workman went off injured and when Purdie was caught in possession in the box Rovers got the equaliser against the 10 men.
19. Mon-05-Dec-1988 [h] W1-0 Kilmarnock (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 17/12/1988. MacLean, Spittal, Workman, Purdie, Maher, McGhie, Campbell, MITCHELL, Grant, Abercromby, Thomson. (Elliot, Graham.)
20. Mon-12-Dec-1988 [h] W4-0 Stranraer (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 17/12/1988. MacLean, Spittal, WORKMAN (pen), McGhie, Maher, THOMSON, Kelly, Abercromby, Grant, TRIALIST, ELLIOT. (Campbell, Graham.)
An easy win over a Stranraer side comprising largely their youth side. Trialist finished off a Thomson pass but Thistle took their foot off the gas. Elliot made it 2-0 soon after half-time then Workman scored with a pen (Grant fouled).The trialist set up Thomson for 4-0.
21. Mon-19-Dec-1988 [h] D0-0 Morton (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 7/1/1989. MacLean, Spittal, Workman, McGhie, Maher, Elliot, McDonald, Trialist, Campbell, Grant, Thomson. (Trialist.)
2nd v 1st was a goalless disappointment. Morton had the best of things early on but Thistle got into the game and Campbell missed a good chance. Morton's defence proved too strong and with only MacLean to beat late on they might easily have taken the points.
22. Sat-07-Jan-1989 [a] W5-4 Albion Rovers (Friendly)
MP 4/2/1989. MacLean, Spittal, Trialist, Collins, Maher, Watson, Kelly, McDonald, GRANT (3), McCOY (2), Thomson. ( Elliot.) Played at Monklands Leisure Centre.
Thistle led 2-0 at the break through McCoy and Grant. Grant scored again but Rovers capitalised on a static Thistle defence to reduce the lead. McCoy scored then Thistle's defensive frailties let Rovers in twice for 4-3. Grant got a fifth before Rovers got a fourth.
23. Tue-17-Jan-1989 [a] L1-2 Airdrieonians (Friendly)
MP 11/2/1989. MacLean, McGhie, Thomson, Spittal, Dempsey, Watson, TRIALIST, McDonald, Workman, Grant, Trialist. (Elliot, Maher.) Played at Scotstoun Showgrounds.
Airdrie mastered the marshy pitch more quickly than Thistle and went 2-up thanks to defensive lapses. Trialist No 7 turned and shot home to put Thistle back in in the game then he "sored" but the ball stuck in the mud and was cleared. The 2nd half was uneventful.
24. Mon-27-Feb-1989 [a] W2-1 Queen's Park (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 18/3/1989. Line-up comprised MacLean, Spittal, McGee, TRIALIST, GRANT, Thomson. (Campbell.) and 5 x youths and trialists.
Queens began the better and their headed opener was due reward. Trialist No 9 bundled in (although it could have been an og). Queens hit the bar then missed a sitter before half-time. A cross-cum-shot hit the bar and Grant was on hand to convert and take the points.
25. Tue-07-Mar-1989 [h] L0-1 Ayr United (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 1/4/1989. Graham, McGhie, Cranmer, Workman, Spittal, Thomson, Trialist, McDonald, Grant, Elliot, McGee. (Campbell.)
Possibly the worst game of the season to date. An experimental line-up struggled against a poor Ayr side who nonetheless had several good chances well saved by Graham. In the second half Ayr's keeper was busier and one goal was enough for the win.
26. Mon-13-Mar-1989 [h] W1-0 Clyde (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 1/4/1989. Graham, Trialist, McGee, Thomson, McGhie, Abercromby, Workman, Elliot, Trialist, McDonald, GRANT. (Cranmer, Campbell.)
Another poor game. The only bright spot was a move started by McGee who came from his own half and slipped the ball to Grant 20 yards out and his shot proved to be the only goal.
27. Wed-26-Apr-1989 [h] L0-2 Celtic (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 6/5/1989. MacLean, McGhie, Workman, Trialist, Thomson, Trialist, Trialist, McGee, Campbell, Trialist, Elliot.
Celtic clinched the Reserve League (West) title with 2 free-kicks.
28. Thu-27-Apr-1989 [a] L0-1 Clydebank (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 6/5/1989. Graham, McGhie, Cranmer, Trialist, Maher, Thomson, Trialist, Trialist, Grant, McDonald, McGee. (Gallagher (B), Workman.)
Most of the first half belonged to Clydebank but they seldom bothered Graham. Gradually Thistle improved and they had several good chances. After half-time Graham had a good stop but chances were at a premium before a fine move was finished off with a chip over the keeper.
29. Mon-01-May-1989 [h] W1-0 Airdrieonians (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 6/5/1989. Trialist, McGhie, McGee, Trialist, Trialist, Elliot, Cranmer, McDonald, Campbell, Abercromby, TRIALIST. (Trialist.)
Trialist No 11 scored an early goal. Play was even and trialist keeper had some good saves. Airdrie's tactic of playing high crosses into the box was unsuccessful and their only real chance was shot parried then saved by trialist keeper.
30. Tue-02-May-1989 [h] L1-2 Queen of the South (Scottish Reserve League)
MP 6/5/1989. Line-up comprised Abercromby, TRIALIST and 9 x trialists.
The last game of the season saw 10 trialists and disjointed Thistle went behind to a header but trialist no 9 scored with a low header. There were several good chances made but as the youngsters tired poor defending to clear a cross was punished for 2-1.
1988-89 Reserves summary notes

P30 W12 D7 L11 (1.433 ppg)

Historical PT Reserves average: 1.462 ppg (@ 22-Aug-2023)
  • The points-per-game measurements (ppg) above are calculated on the same principle as the first-team's all games category, and are based on 1 point for a draw and 3 points for a win across all eras.
  • Final League Position: 5th of 14, 27/50 pts. Season 1988/89 was a 14-team league meaning 26 matches in total, but Thistle played 1 game short (Dumbarton (A). Only 5 teams fulfilled their fixtures. Dumbarton withdrew from the competition on 5/2/1989 after 18 matches.
  • During the Clyde-sharing seasons, it was rare for either team to use Firhill for home reserve matches. Thistle appear to have conceded home advantage for a number of their fixtures and played them “away”.

see also:
1988-89 (Scottish Youth Cup) →
1988-89 (first-team) →

PTFC Kit 1988-89

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