Jags Disabled Supporters’ Club News

Hi Everybody,
Hope you are enjoying the close season and getting ready to follow Thistle next season.
I am glad to report that Ian Maxwell at Partick Thistle let me know that the club were successful in being awarded some funding from the Scottish Football Partnership (SFP). The SFP approved the funding for resurfacing and regrading work required at the disabled entrance, a ramp at the rear of the Main Stand which will allow disabled access to the Aitken Suite and the installation of a disabled toilet in the old Warriors shop in the Jackie Husband Stand.
I do not know at the moment at what stage this work has reached but hopefully we will see a lot of the improvements in place when the matches start at Firhill again. With access to The Aitken Suite we can hopefully hold meetings there.
I am due to meet with Ian Maxwell soon to discuss and receive updates on a number of issues, including car parking, catering arrangements and website information. If you think of anything which could improve the matchday experience then let me know.
I am delighted that the club are making the improvements. Ian Maxwell has said that Thistle will be happy to do anything they can and spend money when it becomes available on those things which the fans consider to be important. In the future there are a number of further improvements which could be made and personally speaking I would love to eventually see all of the following:
• Elevated position in the Jackie Husband Stand for wheelchair users
• Access to The Alan Rough Lounge in the Jackie Husband Stand
• Covered area at the front of the North Stand
• Extended space in The Main Stand Enclosure and more seating for carers
• Elevated position in the North Stand
• Elevated position in The Main Stand
• Elevated positions to be made available in any new development at Firhill
Some of the above may not be possible or simply too costly but these are avenues which hopefully can be explored. Over a year ago Thistle had actually planned to install a wheelchair area in the Jackie Husband Stand, level with the concourse. Approval had been sought and obtained from Glasgow District Council for its installation. However Keith Ferguson, Secretary of The Scottish Disabled Supporters’ Association, was consulted about the planned installation and pointed out some flaws and problems in its design which had not been recognised. As a result the planned installation did not take place. However I would like to see the technical difficulties looked at again and hopefully a viable solution found.
Thistle had also planned last summer to install a lift in The Jackie Husband Stand which would have enabled access to The Alan Rough Lounge. Unfortunately this had to be postponed due to cost issues. Hopefully at some point it will be possible for access to be made available.
Please let me know what you think are the most important targets to aim for in terms of improvements and what you would most like to see. Obviously the costs involved could be a big stumbling block but consideration could be given as to how they could be overcome. I would be delighted to hear of any ideas and suggestions you may have.
Hope you enjoy the build up to the start of the season and hope to see you at the matches,
Dougie McInnes Secretary Jags Disabled Supporters’ Club

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Jags Trust PoTY – Sold out!!

We’re delighted to announce that, despite moving to a larger venue, the Jags Trust Player of The Year Presentation & Dance is now sold out!

Fans are reminded that entry to the event is by ticket only and Partick Thistle Football Club will be providing security for this event.

We look forward to hosting another fantastic night and celebrating another successful season!

Player of the Year function

Saturday 23 May 2015 8pm – late.
Venue – Alan Rough Lounge, Jackie Husband Stand.

Tickets £5 (access by ticket only)

The unknown permutations of the games after the “split” do not make organising end of season celebrations particularly easy, so it was booked for the very last day of the season. This would ensure that the “social night” would not interfere with the on field hopes and aspirations of all at Firhill.

Well, we aren’t at home, however the computer has been fairly kind in that the Team and the Jags fans are only a few miles along the M74 at Motherwell on the last day of season 2014 – 2015.

As is customary individual Supporters Branches will make presentation to their chosen player(s) which will take place at 8.30 – 8:45pm approximately. We look forward to hearing (speech, song, etc) from those players receiving awards and Alan Archibald with a summary of the season past and his aspirations for 2015 – 2016.

As The Jags Trust finalise the plans for the presentation and dance we look forward to welcoming you, the players and management to this fans event.

The Trust thanks you in advance for your continued support and hopes that everyone will enjoy the evening and spend time for photos, autographs and to chat about the season’s memories before partying on into the night.

Ticket orders taken at chair@jagstrust.co.uk or secretary@jagstrust.co.uk
Arrangements for collection can be made to meet Morag (seat Q80) or the Kiosk in the JH Stand or at CCH
For sale at the last three games of the season from Jags Trust Committee Members & Supporters Branches; or Gary from The Jags Trust c/o Community Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Rd, G20 7YE.

“Colour of Our Scarves”

Scottish Government continue to fund this amazing football project “Colour of our Scarves” lead by Mark Reid, Project Manager.
The photographic record of visits to Scottish Football Grounds will be at Firhill this Saturday 11 April 2015.

Prior to the Motherwell match, view the photographs in front of the main door of the Jackie Husband Stand and take part in a short football survey.

The Jags Trust sponsors the Firhill Cup!

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We are happy to announce that the Jags Trust has confirmed that they will be the event sponsors for the 2015 Firhill Cup.

Jags Trust chairperson, Morag McHaffie, said: “Over the seasons The Jags Trust has always offered its support through the sponsorship of a team to play on the hallowed turf at Firhill. This year we were pleased, when approached by the organisers, to give our financial backing and sponsor the Firhill Cup. The funds raised from this end of season supporters’ event benefit the manager and the club.

“If you’re not fit enough to sign up as a member of a team don’t worry, come along and join us in the stands to cheer on these brave lads.”

The Firhill Cup returns!

The Jags Trust are delighted to continue our support of the now annual Firhill Cup. This years tournament will take place on Sunday 24th May at Firhill and will feature 8 teams of Thistle fans battling it out for the nearly famous Trophy.

The day raises funds for the Club, with all donations received going directly to the managers playing budget. In the last 4 years, over £25,000 has been raised!

This year, the donation for a playing place is £30 Adults and £10 for Under-14′s. To register to take part, please email your name, age and playing position to thefirhillcup@live.co.uk. Donations can be made via paypal or at the club offices at the stadium – if donating at the stadium, don’t forget to leave your name, age, position and email address!


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Jags Trust Race Night – Friday 7th November

Join us for a Night at the Races!

An equine extravaganza takes place next Friday, 7 November 2013, at the newly refurbished Aitken Suite at Firhill. Doors open 7:30pm and first race is off at 7:45pm.

All Thistle fans, friends and neighbours are invited to get along and join in the fun!

Don’t worry if you can’t tell a thoroughbred from a donkey it all adds to the enjoyment and excitement of the evening.

Visit the bar to quench your thirst or lubricate the vocal cords for cheering on the winners!

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the newly refurbished Aitken Suite then this is your ideal opportunity!

TICKET £6 – includes a choice of fish or pie supper(a vegetarian option is available upon request).

Tickets are available from Committee members, Community Central Halls, Cumbernauld, City Centre & North West bus convenors or you can turn up next Friday and pay at the Door!

Come along and place your bets!

The Jags Trust AGM and Meet The Manager

The Jags Trust AGM will take place two weeks from now on Thursday 2nd October, at Community Central Halls in Maryhill Road (next to Taggarts garage) starting at 7.30pm.

Following the official business will be our annual “Meet The Manager” Q & A, with manager Alan Archibald, where you can ask Archie your questions on the team and football in general!

The AGM is a members only event, but last year a number of people indicated that they would have liked to have attended the Meet The Manager part, so we are opening this up to all Jags fans, for a small entry fee.

The Meet The Manager section will start around 8.15pm and everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are available in advance by email – boardrep@jagstrust.co.uk or you can just turn up on the night.

Entry is £5 with all proceeds going towards our continued work with the club and in the community.

You can join or renew your Trust membership on the night or via this website http://www.jagstrust.co.uk/join-the-trust/ to take part in the AGM and the Meet The Manager discussion.

Individual Membership – £10
Individual (Unwaged) Membership – £5
Family Membership – £20

Player of The Year

After the final game of the season celebrations took place with the Trust hosting the supporters groups, management and playing staff at the Player of the Season 2013-2014 in the Aitken Suite, Firhill.

Well done to Archie, and all the Team, with special mention to Stuart Bannigan, Kris Doolan, Gary Fraser, Paul Gallacher and Kallum Higginbotham. Winners of awards for the following – Young Player and Player of the Season, Best Goal; Scorer of 6000th Thistle Goal.

For long service as Club Doctor a well deserved thank you to Doc Robertson who is entering his 40th year at Firhill.

Best wishes to Kenny Crichton physio who is moving onto pastures new.

Kenny and the Doc

Kenny and the Doc

Official Club Photographer Tommy Taylor took a record of the evenings presentation which will soon be available for you all to view.