Manager Derek Johnstone
Derek Johnstone
For the timeline overview see our Partickle: The Managerial Comings And Goings →; see also: Derek Johnstone (player) →
Derek Johnstone
● Derek Johnstone, 1986 (HA)

born in Scotland

Derek Joseph Johnstone was born on Wednesday, 4th November, 1953, in Dundee. He had one spell as manager at Firhill.

MANAGERIAL SPELL

(Mon-21-Jul-1986 ↔ Thu-05-Mar-1987; 227 days)

Things were looking promising with the second coming of Bertie Auld but, alas, a very promising future path was literally destroyed when new owner, Ken Bates, imposed Derek Johnstone as a player-coach, getting him off the Chelsea pay-roll at Thistle's expense. Getting wind of Johnstone's salary and perks, Bertie's assistant Mike Jackson quit and, 4 days later, Bertie did likewise, unhappy at having been undermined with regards to Johnstone's appointment in the first place. It was a somewhat bewildered Johnstone who then took on the role of Partick Thistle's first-ever player/manager. He had thought he was joining as a coach, but the resignation left him in an unexpected situation.

(32y,8m,27d) Thu-31-Jul-1986 [a] L0-1 Queen's Park (Friendly)
first – last of 38
(33y,3m,27d) Tue-03-Mar-1987 [h] L1-2 Kilmarnock (SFL First Division - game 33)

In reality, Johnstone was ill-equipped to be a manager, and the somewhat shambolic season which ensued came no surprise. As one Thistle fan put it, “the only good thing to come from DJ's short reign at Firhill was the birth of the Derek Johnstone's Red and Yellow Army' chant, stolen from West Ham and their Johnny Lyall's Claret and Blue Army.” Johnstone was sacked just 7 months into the job and never worked in professional football again.

Derek was in charge of Thistle, his only managed club, for 38 games in total.

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(age) 1986-87
1. (32y,8m,27d) Thu-31-Jul-1986 [a] L0-1 Queen's Park (Friendly)
2. (32y,9m,0d) Mon-04-Aug-1986 [h] W1-0 Celtic XI (Friendly)
3. (32y,9m,5d) Sat-09-Aug-1986 [h] L1-2 Dumbarton (SFL First Division - game 1)
4. (32y,9m,9d) Wed-13-Aug-1986 [a] D1-1 Forfar Athletic (SFL First Division - game 2)
5. (32y,9m,12d) Sat-16-Aug-1986 [a] L1-3 Montrose (SFL First Division - game 3)
6. (32y,9m,16d) Wed-20-Aug-1986 [h] L0-1 East Fife (League Cup 2nd Round)
7. (32y,9m,19d) Sat-23-Aug-1986 [h] D1-1 Queen of the South (SFL First Division - game 4)
8. (32y,9m,26d) Sat-30-Aug-1986 [h] D0-0 Clyde (SFL First Division - game 5)
9. (32y,10m,2d) Sat-06-Sep-1986 [a] L0-1 Airdrieonians (SFL First Division - game 6)
10. (32y,10m,9d) Sat-13-Sep-1986 [h] L2-5 Morton (SFL First Division - game 7)
11. (32y,10m,12d) Tue-16-Sep-1986 [a] L0-2 Dunfermline Athletic (SFL First Division - game 8)
12. (32y,10m,16d) Sat-20-Sep-1986 [a] L0-2 East Fife (SFL First Division - game 9)
13. (32y,10m,23d) Sat-27-Sep-1986 [h] W1-0 Brechin City (SFL First Division - game 10)
14. (32y,10m,26d) Tue-30-Sep-1986 [h] W1-0 Kilmarnock (SFL First Division - game 11)
15. (32y,11m,0d) Sat-04-Oct-1986 [a] D2-2 Dumbarton (SFL First Division - game 12)
16. (32y,11m,4d) Wed-08-Oct-1986 [h] D1-1 Forfar Athletic (SFL First Division - game 13)
17. (32y,11m,7d) Sat-11-Oct-1986 [a] D1-1 Queen of the South (SFL First Division - game 14)
18. (32y,11m,14d) Sat-18-Oct-1986 [h] W5-0 Montrose (SFL First Division - game 15)
19. (32y,11m,21d) Sat-25-Oct-1986 [a] W2-1 Morton (SFL First Division - game 16)
20. (32y,11m,25d) Wed-29-Oct-1986 [h] L0-1 Dunfermline Athletic (SFL First Division - game 17)
21. (32y,11m,28d) Sat-01-Nov-1986 [h] W2-0 Airdrieonians (SFL First Division - game 18)
22. (33y,0m,4d) Sat-08-Nov-1986 [a] D3-3 Clyde (SFL First Division - game 19)
23. (33y,0m,11d) Sat-15-Nov-1986 [h] D3-3 East Fife (SFL First Division - game 20)
24. (33y,0m,18d) Sat-22-Nov-1986 [a] W1-0 Brechin City (SFL First Division - game 21)
25. (33y,0m,25d) Sat-29-Nov-1986 [a] L2-3 Kilmarnock (SFL First Division - game 22)
26. (33y,0m,27d) Mon-01-Dec-1986 [a] L3-4 Preston North End (Friendly)
27. (33y,1m,2d) Sat-06-Dec-1986 [h] L0-2 Dumbarton (SFL First Division - game 23)
28. (33y,1m,9d) Sat-13-Dec-1986 [a] W2-1 Forfar Athletic (SFL First Division - game 24)
29. (33y,1m,23d) Sat-27-Dec-1986 [a] D0-0 Montrose (SFL First Division - game 25)
30. (33y,1m,30d) Sat-03-Jan-1987 [a] L0-1 Airdrieonians (SFL First Division - game 26)
31. (33y,2m,20d) Sat-24-Jan-1987 [a] D1-1 East Fife (SFL First Division - game 27)
32. (33y,2m,23d) Tue-27-Jan-1987 [h] W3-0 Queen of the South (SFL First Division - game 28)
33. (33y,2m,30d) Tue-03-Feb-1987 [a] L1-3 Motherwell (Scottish Cup 3rd Round)
34. (33y,3m,3d) Sat-07-Feb-1987 [h] D0-0 Brechin City (SFL First Division - game 29)
35. (33y,3m,6d) Tue-10-Feb-1987 [h] L0-1 Morton (SFL First Division - game 30)
36. (33y,3m,17d) Sat-21-Feb-1987 [a] L1-2 Dunfermline Athletic (SFL First Division - game 31)
37. (33y,3m,24d) Sat-28-Feb-1987 [a] L0-1 Dumbarton (SFL First Division - game 32)
38. (33y,3m,27d) Tue-03-Mar-1987 [h] L1-2 Kilmarnock (SFL First Division - game 33)



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