The club prides itself from being non-sectarian,[58] and therefore not involved in the Old Firm division.[59]

Although it was over 30 years before Thistle achieved further cup success they not only maintained their top tier status during this period but finished third in the league in 1947–48, 1953–54 and 1962–63.

In 2008–09 and 2009–10, Thistle became the first football club in Scotland to use pink as the primary colour in their away kit. In 2008–09 this took the form of silver- and pink-hooped tops.

Few surprises are expected in Scotland's top flight but intrigue can still be found lurking in its midst, writes Richard Wilson.

On 7 May 2016, Thistle secured their Premiership status with a 2-0 away victory to Kilmarnock, with goals coming from Steven Lawless and Kris Doolan. This result meant that Archibald overtook former manager Johnny Davidson as the record holder of top-flight victories.

The 2015–16 Scottish Premiership season saw Thistle secure long-term contracts for many of their key players, including Kris Doolan, Callum Booth, Tomáš Černý and Mustapha Dumbuya.

Thistle fans sing songs during matches, some of which are relatively generic but others which are unique. Choruses of "Rellow Army", "Mary fae Maryhill", "Over Land and Sea", "Forever and Ever", "We've Followed the Thistle for Many a Day", "Oh Maryhill is wonderful", "Do Do Do Conrad Balatoni" and "Gerry Britton is the King of Spain" are commonly heard in the singing section of the home support, in the North Stand or "New Shed".[64]

Thistle's kit maker is Spanish manufacturers Joma, having replaced Puma Sports at the start of the 2013–14 season.[69]

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Since the 1980s, the club has a small firm called the North Glasgow Express.[60] The firm have right-wing views.[citation needed]

BBC Scotland asks supporters of Scottish Premiership clubs about their hopes for the January transfer window.

BBC Scotland gives a rundown of the arrivals and departures during January in the Scottish Premiership.

Maryhill railway station, which is served by trains from Glasgow Queen Street, is the closest railway station to Firhill.[53] The walk between the two sites takes between 20 and 25 minutes.[53] On the Glasgow Subway network, Kelvinbridge and St George's Cross are within 15 minutes walk of the stadium.[53] The A81 road (Maryhill Road), leading to Firhill Road, runs from the M8 motorway.[53]

Between 2011–2015, Thistle's mascot was Jaggy MacBee, a large bumble bee that had been introduced as part of the clubs sponsorship with MacB Water.[73] Before that, Thistle used a brightly coloured toucan called Pee Tee as its official mascot.[citation needed]

BBC Scotland gives a rundown of the arrivals and departures this summer in the Scottish Premiership.

In October 2013, millionaires and long time Thistle fans Chris and Colin Weir donated £750,000 to Partick Thistle to set up a new advanced youth academy. The academy was named the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and is run by former striker Gerry Britton.[75]

The team train at the Firhill Complex in Maryhill.

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The first crest to appear on a Partick Thistle kit was a thistle design, and every logo since has featured a thistle. The thistle appeared first in 1902, then again in 1909. It remained until 1978, when a new logo with the thistle housed inside a roundel was used. A modernist logo with the thistle on a rectangle was introduced in 1990, and the current crest was introduced in 2008.[38]

Partick Thistle chairman David Beattie reflects on financial challenges, eroding perceptions, and off-field innovation.

The club are managed by former defender Alan Archibald, who took over the role on 30 January 2013, following the departure of Jackie McNamara to Dundee United. Under Archibald's management, the club achieved promotion to the newly formed Scottish Premiership in 2013, and have remained there for three consecutive seasons.

In 1921 Thistle won the Scottish Cup, beating Rangers 1–0 in the final.[8] Johnny Blair scored the only goal of the game, which was held at Celtic Park.[7] The Jags reached the final again nine years later, facing the same opposition, but Rangers won 2–1 in a replay following a 0–0 draw in the first match. In 1935 the Jags won both the Glasgow Cup and the Charity Cup, competitions that were taken seriously at the time.[9]

The club has a relatively modest fanbase, mostly centred around Northern Glasgow although they do have pockets of fans from across the globe.[57] Being in close proximity to a large student population the club attracts many new fans from the local universities.[citation needed]

In 1999 John Lambie commenced his third period as manager of the club and under his stewardship Thistle enjoyed a brief revival, winning back-to-back promotions in 2000–01 and 2001–02, the second of which earned the club a place in the Scottish Premier League.

McCall quit his post as manager in April 2011, citing personal reasons.[21] Jackie McNamara was initially appointed as caretaker manager[22] before being made full-time manager of the club at the end of the 2010–11 season.[23]

Two first-half goals are enough for Rangers to beat Partick Thistle in their first Glasgow derby since 2008.

Before moving to the Maryhill area in 1909, Partick Thistle hosted their home games over numerous sites in and around Glasgow including Kelvingrove Park, Jordanvale Park and Muir Park. In 1891, the club moved to Meadowside, near the River Clyde. However, in 1908 Thistle were forced to vacate the area to make way for a new shipyard.

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During their previous foray into the top flight of Scottish football in season 2002–03 attendances exceeded 6,000, whereas in the lower divisions they have tended to range between 2,000 and 4,000.

BBC Scotland gives a rundown of the arrivals and departures this January in the Scottish Premiership.

American actor David Hasselhoff says he supports Scottish outfit Partick Thistle because they are "a team for the people".

Scotland's top league offers intrigue, drama and chaos despite all of its flaws, argues BBC Scotland's Tom English.

BBC Scotland gives a rundown of the arrivals and departures during summer 2016 in the Scottish Premiership.

Pat Bonner, Willie Miller, Michael Stewart and Steven Thompson say how they think this season's Scottish Premiership will go.

During the 2013/14 season, the Main Stand was re-opened to seat the high number of away supporters. In one instance, the North Stand was used for Celtic supporters as fears grew over fire dangers. During early June 2016 the North Stand was renamed The Colin Weir Stand in honour of Colin Weir who was made the first ever patron of Partick Thistle after making numerous donations to the club's youth team The Thistle Weir Academy.

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Reports that Joey Barton will not return to Rangers on Monday as Scotland players react to their Lithuania draw.

On the day of their return to the top flight against Dundee United on 2 August 2013, the attendance at Firhill was 7,822.[65] Average home attendances for Thistle's maiden season back in the Scottish Premiership was around 5,000, however the 2014–15 season saw a 25% drop with an average home crowd of only 3,500.[66]

The club train at the Garscube Sports Complex in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire.[54]