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Partick Thistle appoint Alan Rough to club's board

Partick Thistle legend Alan Rough has joined the club’s board as a director and set his sights on helping them return to the Premiership. The former Firhill goalkeeper, who also had spells at Hibs , Celtic , Hamilton, Ayr,...

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Gerry Britton's team-mates will never believe the dressing room joker is Partick Thistle's chief executive

DURING the years Gerry Britton juggled being a coach at Partick Thistle with his law training he always insisted that a busy life was a happy one.

He put forward this argument once at a press briefing when he revealed his favourite television programme as a youth, tellingly, was Petroceli who was someone Firhill’s finest (only) defence lawyer felt was a kindred spirit.

As Britton said: “I’d be there, one brick at a time.” For those who watched the show in the 1970s, you will get the reference.

Back then, his life was planned out. After football, he would become a star in court. This was always his ambition and he got there.

However, it’s not easy to forget a first love and he returned to Thistle, firstly as head of the youth academy and now, following Ian Maxwell’s promotion to the SFA, the King of Spain, as he is known to the supporters, is running the show at Firhill as chief executive along with new chairman – her choice of word – Jacqui Low.

“The type of person I am is never to do things by half,” said Britton. “When the opportunity came up to move into this role, I had to think long and hard about it given the passion I have for the academy.

“After considering everything, I felt this was the right thing both for me, for the club and for the academy as well. I also know we have someone in there running the academy in Scott Allison who has put in the hours and will be great.

“I will still have an involvement which will be more a personal than a personal involvement.

“That is just the way the club is functioning. A big part of this club going forward is about youth development. Every director and staff member at this club takes an interest in the academy and that won’t change.”

Ask anyone who played with Britton and they will tell you he is the funniest team-mate they ever had. Also, that he was daft but without question the brains of every dressing

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Gerry Britton's team-mates will never believe the dressing room joker is Partick Thistle's chief executive

DURING the years Gerry Britton juggled being a coach at Partick Thistle with his law training he always insisted that a busy life was a happy one.

He put forward this argument once at a press briefing when he revealed his favourite television programme as a youth, tellingly, was Petroceli who was someone Firhill’s finest (only) defence lawyer felt was a kindred spirit.

As Britton said: “I’d be there, one brick at a time.” For those who watched the show in the 1970s, you will get the reference.

Back then, his life was planned out. After football, he would become a star in court. This was always his ambition and he got there.

However, it’s not easy to forget a first love and he returned to Thistle, firstly as head of the youth academy and now, following Ian Maxwell’s promotion to the SFA, the King of Spain, as he is known to the supporters, is running the show at Firhill as chief executive along with new chairman – her choice of word – Jacqui Low.

“The type of person I am is never to do things by half,” said Britton. “When the opportunity came up to move into this role, I had to think long and hard about it given the passion I have for the academy.

“After considering everything, I felt this was the right thing both for me, for the club and for the academy as well. I also know we have someone in there running the academy in Scott Allison who has put in the hours and will be great.

“I will still have an involvement which will be more a personal than a personal involvement.

“That is just the way the club is functioning. A big part of this club going forward is about youth development. Every director and staff member at this club takes an interest in the academy and that won’t change.”

Ask anyone who played with Britton and they will tell you he is the funniest team-mate they ever had. Also, that he was daft but without question the brains of every dressing room;

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Partick Thistle's new leading lady Jacqui Low will get the club back to the Premiership

JACQUI Low is an expert in dealing with horror and so, the dark joke goes, nobody is better qualified to become the new chairperson of Partick Thistle.

But when you’ve been a Scottish Office information officer whose time in the job covered Lockerbie, Piper Alpha and Dunblane, this impressive lady will never be so glib to use the word disaster after a last minute defeat.

Low is quite possibly the first Tory to be elected to anything in Maryhill, and while not many with blue rosettes have ever won much in that area of Glasgow, the new boss at Firhill is out to show she isn’t some token woman, her words, and that she is, to borrow an outdated joke, the best man for the job.

“I have seen real disasters where people have died,” she said when asked about Thistle’s relegation. “‘I was working the night of Lockerbie. I worked when Piper Alpha happened and also the tragic shooting in Dunblane.

“I was in communications and I hope I am never tested in any of those areas in anything related to football. But what those experiences do is give you clarity of thought and an ability to assess things quickly and not to panic.”

Low has been on Thistle’s board for three years and has impressed all whose path she has crossed.

She is a football fan, always has been, and knows what the short-term goals are for a club who find themselves down but still looking upwards.

“It’s all about focus,” Low insisted. “In among everything we have to do, we have to retain our focus. We said we are going for promotion in one season and it’s my role to make sure everyone at the club believes that.

“We need direction and everything we do is driven towards getting us back up in one season. I worked in politics for years and there’s a saying in politics that when you are in opposition that’s the time when you do your thinking and re-organise.

‘You iron out the wrinkles you couldn’t do when you were busy governing.

‘That’s my

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Ayr United manager Ian McCall insists his side won't be fazed by Partick Thistle double header

Ian McCall insists his side won’t be fazed by playing Partick Thistle twice in a week.

Ayr United will visit Firhill on July 28 in the Betfred Cup group stages before hosting the relegated Premiership side in a glamour league opener on August 4.

But McCall, who was manager at Firhill for four years, reckons it’s important his side get off to a flyer.

He said: “It doesn’t matter what team we are playing, we want to win.

“Playing at Somerset especially we will have a right go at them.

“We are playing them twice in a row, but Scottish football is like that sometimes.

“A couple of years ago it felt like we were playing Dunfermline every second week, we just have to get on with it.

“But I am looking forward to it.

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“It’s a great game for the fans that’s for sure.

“Having been Thistle’s manager for four years I know that Ayr is one of their favourite away days.

“I think they’ll bring a right good crowd down, and if our fans turn out there could be north of 3500 in the ground.”

United will head to the Highlands on match day two when they visit Inverness before hosting Dunfermline and then visiting Queen of the South.

McCall said: “I started looking through the fixtures but stopped after the third or fourth because there’s no point trying to pick out games we can win.

“They’re all winnable, and they’re all loseable – they are just all hard games as there is no weak team in the league.”

•The Honest Men were back in training on Saturday as they were put through their paces at the Low Green by McCall and former Bolton and Blackburn assistant Sandy Stewart.

“Full focus is on pre season training and the rest should take care of itself.

“We will then get ready for the game against Morton.”

Declan McDaid (Image: SNS Group)

•Declan McDaid put pen to paper last week and becomes the latest to commit his future to Ayr.

“Getting Declan tied up on a

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Partick Thistle chairman David Beattie steps down from role

Partick Thistle chairman David Beattie has stepped down from his role at the club and been replaced by director Jacqui Low.

Director, Greig Brown, has also stepped down from the Firhill club’s board.

Partick Thistle, relegated to the Scottish Championship in May, said that having spent 11 years on the board – seven of them as chair, Beattie has decided that “the time is right to hand over to a new chairman to take Thistle on to the next stage in its development”.

Brown, who served on the board for seven years, has resigned “due to increased work commitments”.

Beattie said: “While I am sad to leave the board, the time is right to do so. Despite the challenges facing us, I leave the club in a strong and stable position, many miles away from where Thistle was when I first came to the club in 2007. Since then, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster at times but I wouldn’t have missed a minute of it. Now is the time to let the board move the club forward in a fresh way and that means under the direction of a new chairman.

“I have been a Thistle man all my life and that won’t stop now. I will continue to watch the club and look for the result first when I can’t get to the ground. I wish Jacqui Low all the best in her new role.”

Low said: “On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank both David and Greig in the strongest possible terms for all they’ve done for this club.

“It’s easy to forget that we had debts that ran in to millions when David joined and over his tenure as chairman, he’s taken Thistle to the stable and financially sound club it is today. We are grateful for his many achievements and he will be sorely missed, but we respect his decision to stand down at this time. In his usual fashion, David recognised that we are at a point where change is happening and he wanted to let that happen under new leadership. He will

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