Willie McGuire
Willie McGuire
Willie McGuire
● Willie McGuire, 1989 (HA)

born in Scotland

William Martin McGuire was born on Thursday, 24th January, 1957, in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire.

The 5' 6 (8st 8lbs) forward signed for Billy Lamont's Thistle circa Saturday, 13th June, 1987, having most recently been with Falkirk.

Aged 30, he made his debut appearance on Monday, 3rd August, 1987, in a 2-1 friendly defeat away to Baillieston Juniors.

Willie scored his first two goals for Thistle on Saturday, 8th August, 1987, in a 3-2 defeat away to Meadowbank Thistle in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 8 goals on Saturday, 20th August, 1988, in a 1-0 win away to Kilmarnock in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 14th April, 1990, in a 2-0 defeat away to Forfar Athletic in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 62 occasions.

Willie's club-list included Petershill, Airdrieonians, Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Dumbarton.

Bio Extra

Brought to Firhill by Billy Lamont who had been McGuire's boss at Falkirk. A tricky forward that made a reputation as a player able to win penalty kicks, something Thistle benefited greatly from during season 87/88. He played regularly in his first season, and sure enough his close control gained Thistle several penalties throughout the season. Willie scored a hat-trick against Clydebank in February, 1988. The following season he was unpopular with supporters over an alleged spitting incident and left the club. He was persuaded to return the following season but played only occasionally and retired from football at the end of the season.

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