Manager Davie McParland
Davie McParland
For the timeline overview see our Partickle: The Managerial Comings And Goings →; see also: Davie McParland (player) →; Davie McParland (opposition manager) →
Davie McParland
● Davie McParland, 1971 (ET)

born in Scotland

David Carrigan McParland was born on Sunday, 5th May, 1935, in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire. He had one spell as manager at Firhill.


(Mon-13-Apr-1970 ↔ Wed-08-May-1974; 4y,0m,25d)

After 18 months as assistant, Davie McParland took over as gaffer in April, 1970, becoming the first Thistle player to take the position. Based on a great rapport with the players, he had a succesful time, winning the Second Division at the first time of asking, and causing a worldwide sensation when McParland's babes whipped Stein's lions 4-1 in the League Cup final of 1971.

(34y,11m,9d) Tue-14-Apr-1970 [a] L1-4 Morton (SFL First Division - game 33)
first – last of 228
(38y,11m,24d) Mon-29-Apr-1974 [h] W2-1 Dundee United (SFL First Division - game 34)

Looking after his players eventually cost him his job. He had promised Hugh Strachan a coaching position for season 1974-75, and when the hard-up board refused to sanction the arrangement, McParland resigned on a point of principle. It was universally viewed as a sad ending for all parties concerned.

He was in charge of Thistle for 228 games in total, as well as managing at Queen's Park (1974-1976) and Hamilton Academical (1978-1982).

Davie died on Saturday, 14th July, 2018, in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, aged 83.

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