You Couldn't Make It Up!

by Jack Little

According to the "Dundee Evening Telegraph" on 25/1/1907 in their preview of the Scottish Cup tie with Dundee, Thistle rewarded their players with a week in Garelochhead hoping a change of air might result in improved play.  A week in Garelochhead in January. Haud me back!   As a result of the frozen pitch Dundee sportingly agreed to make the match a friendly (not uncommon in Victorian/Edwardian times). Thistle lost 1-0 in a match where both sets of players didn't take things too seriously and concentrated on avoiding injury. On 28/1 the "Dundee Courier" was scathing that the Thistle directors had not invested in a few tons of sand that would have made the centre of the pitch playable. History doesn't record whether the 800+ Dundee supporters in the 4,000 crowd who travelled to Partick were too happy either. Two weeks later Thistle drew the tie 2-2. The pitch had been liberally coated with 20 tons of sand from Irvine beach and 1 ton of sea salt but a late thaw had turned it into a quagmire. They lost the replay in Dundee 5-1.

Publishing date An original Thistle Archive publication, 07-Sep-2020.
Latest edit date Latest edit version 02-Jun-2020.

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