Joint Update from the Working Group and Three Black Cats on Fan Ownership

Working Group (WG) Chairman Ian Wright has met with Jacqui Low, Director of Three Black Cats (3BC), for an update on the project to transfer the majority shareholding, main stand and land at the south end of Firhill to fan ownership. It was a positive and productive meeting, from both perspectives.

Ms Low said that Colin Weir’s death was very unexpected and, as a result, time was needed to resolve his personal matters through the course of this year. However, she stressed that he had left instructions to continue with plans for the transfer of ownership of the shares, main stand and land to fans. (The main stand and land had not been transferred within the original timeframe due to issues related to tax. As soon as this arose, Three Black Cats immediately granted a legally-binding licence to the Club to use the main stand and land until the transfer of ownership was completed in line with Colin’s commitment made in November 2019.)

That process had been due to begin with a proposal from the WG being presented to 3BC at the end of March. Both now agreed that, with hindsight, the original date was overly optimistic although done with the best of intentions. It did not reflect the scale of work identified by the WG to be done to bring forward a fully formed proposal for approval by 3BC. The question of a revised date would have been raised with 3BC at the start of the year when it began to look unachievable. However events, which were out with anyone’s control, took over.

Fan engagement was an area acknowledged by Mr Wright that had been lost sight of in the desire to achieve the deadline. As this was an element that 3BC places great importance on and it was yet to happen, it was agreed there had to be time available to do this.

For those reasons, the WG and 3BC have decided to relax the timetable for bringing forward the proposal. The WG is still tasked with producing a workable proposal, but it needs time to have an open and honest conversation with the Thistle support to shape the model. This will involve a concerted effort to identify and address the concerns of those who remain sceptical or fearful of the concept of fan ownership and what it would mean for Partick Thistle.

3BC acknowledged that the WG is passionate about the opportunities that they believe a fan-owned club would have but recognised that it had to better articulate what those opportunities are. In short, there had to be structured engagement with supporters to feed their input into the proposed model for fan ownership. The success of a fan-owned Club is, to a great extent, directly linked to the level of participation in it. From the outset, 3BC had stated that as many fans were to be consulted as possible.

Once the proposal detailing the way ahead is signed off by 3BC, and then by the Board, the model will begin to be rolled out. Once Colin’s personal matters are settled, the shares, main stand and land will be transferred to the new entity resulting in the Club being fan-owned.

Ian Wright said:

“The Working Group welcomes a revised, relaxed timetable for this process to be completed. The need to do this correctly far outweighs the need to do this quickly.

“With the majority shareholding comes the future of Partick Thistle Football Club and we need to involve more of the fan base to bring them with us.

“It would be irresponsible of Three Black Cats to pass that shareholding to a fans-led organisation that hasn’t been properly structured or constituted. It would be equally irresponsible of the Working Group to propose that the shareholding be handed to an organisation that cannot demonstrate that it is fit for purpose.

“We believe strongly that the long-term best interests of the Club, the best way in which to protect Thistle for future generations, is by it being owned by the community that will forever have the club’s best interests at heart, the fans of Partick Thistle Football Club.

“The Working Group’s commitment to turning that opportunity into a reality is undiminished and is as strong now as it was when the process first started.”

Jacqui Low added:

“I am grateful to Ian for having an open conversation about progress to date and the way ahead. The priority is getting the new ownership model and its implementation right and the WG needs time to do that with the support of the fan base. 3BC’s purchase of the majority shareholding was to be a “once and for all” event for Thistle that gave both stability and the right ownership model going forward. It has taken years for other clubs to achieve and Colin was aware that the deadline might be too tight. I am confident that allowing more time is in line with his vision.

“Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and skills for the WG to date. I hope that this update reassures fans that Colin’s plan for fan ownership continues to move forward exactly in line with his wishes.”

A full communications/fan engagement programme will be now instigated by the WG, including regular updates to supporters to share progress.

Programme Notes v Raith Rovers – 14/02/2020

It’s not going to have escaped the attention of even a single Partick Thistle fan that we haven’t had our troubles to seek on the field of play this season. While tonight’s fixture with Raith Rovers offers us the opportunity to reach a national Cup Final as well as some welcome respite from the slog of league football the fact that we sit foot of the Scottish Championship with a dozen league games to go is never far from the thoughts of Thistle fans.

If it has been, another, difficult season on the pitch then it has hardly been plain sailing or uneventful off the pitch either. We currently have our third different Board of Directors presiding over the affairs of the football club this season. Football is often a turbulent business and is often a more interesting, more intriguing, beast for that turbulence but the amount of change that Partick Thistle have had to contend with this season can hardly be conducive to stability.

Yet despite all the on field struggles and off field flux this remains an exciting time for Partick Thistle Football Club. From all the flux and change has emerged a fantastic opportunity; the opportunity for Partick Thistle to be owned by the people who care most about its future, the supporters of Partick Thistle Football Club.

When Colin Weir, through Three Black Cats (3BC), purchased the majority shareholding in our football club on November 21st last year the purchase was completed with the intent to gift, and we can’t underplay the significance or generosity that comes attached with that word, that shareholding to the Thistle fan base via the creation of a fan shareholding entity.

The not inconsiderable task that has been handed to this Working Group is to develop that fan shareholding entity, to produce a model of fan ownership that, once approval has been provided by 3BC, will be implemented once the shares are gifted to the fan shareholding entity.

Nobody, least of all this Working Group, is under any illusion that exciting opportunity as this may be, that it comes without challenges that will need to be met. Nobody is under any illusion that the untimely passing of Colin Weir in December last year doesn’t add further complexities to the task in hand. It remains a task, however, that the Working Group is continuing to perform with drive, enthusiasm and vigour. This is an opportunity that is about so much more than just the foreseeable future of our Club. This is about creating something that future generations of Thistle fans can take pride in, and ownership of, in the years ahead.

To try and ensure that the Working Group, which is 100% independent of any pre-existing fan group, is as representative of the Thistle support as possible volunteers were sought from within the fan base to participate in the process of creating the fan shareholding entity that will ultimately receive the gifted shareholding. The quality of applicants looking to take part in this process was impressive to say the least. There is a huge, largely untapped, skills set within the Thistle support which belies any suggestion that becoming an effective, robustly structured fan owned club is out with our capabilities.

The creation of the fan shareholding entity and model for fan ownership involves the Working Group having to complete a variety of tasks. To help facilitate the completion of those tasks various sub-groups were created with the Chair of each sub-group reporting back to the Working Group.

In the last programme we turned the spotlight on the sub-groups responsible for creating the structure of the shareholding entity and the sub-group looking at Finance and Membership.

Today we focus on the New Legal Entity and Fan Engagement Sub-groups.

New Legal Entity

The task that this sub-group has been asked to look at is the creation of the legal framework for the new ownership entity.

This group is Chaired by Stewart Rennie. Stewart is a Jags fan of some 40 years standing and is a lawyer, and partner in niche firm Rennie McInnes LIP, who specialises in corporate and insolvency law. Stewart brings relevant football experience to his role with the Working Group having acted for a group of investors who formed a consortium with the Clyde Development Trust to buy out the then chair of Clyde FC and clear their debt through a CVA. Stewart is supported in his sub-group by:

Russel McPhate:

Russel’s introduction to Partick Thistle came in season 1973-74 when we played Ferranti Thistle in the Scottish Cup. Brought up in Partick, Russel now lives with his wife and children in Dunfermline and is a solicitor in his home town. Despite living in deepest, darkest Fife, Russel has been a Thistle season ticket holder for more than 20 years and he watches Thistle, in the company of his dad, son and equally long suffering friends, from the confines of the John Lambie stand.

Gordon Shaw:

A trustee of the PTFC Trust, Maryhill born Gordon first started attending Firhill in 1966 and has seen the Jags playing at all but two current Scottish grounds.

Gordon taught in Glasgow secondary schools for eight years and then spent more than 20 years in FE colleges. His college career progressed from lecturing to various management areas, including marketing. Gordon then spent six years managing national educational development work before retiring. 

Elainne Sibbald:

Elainne has been a Thistle fan for 30 years having being introduced to Thistle at the tender age of 8 by her dad, Iain, who runs the John Lambie Jordanhill Supporters Bus. Aside from being a Jags fan, Elainne has never had any previous involvement with the club but is keen to get involved in this new, exciting chapter in the Club’s history where her legal background can be useful in navigating some of the challenges ahead.

Fan Engagement

The Fan Engagement sub-group has responsibility for organising all public events, surveys and consultations but has a brief that in truth extends beyond those parameters. The sub-group is Chaired by Andrew Donnelly is a Jags fan with a young family all of whom are passionate Thistle fans. Andrew is a contributor to the highly entertaining and often though provoking Jagscast podcast.

Andrew is supported in his role by:

Craig Brown:

Craig is a young Thistle fan keen to get more involved with the club that he supports and helps offer an invaluable fresh perspective on the subject of fan engagement.

Donna Inglis:

A long standing Thistle fan, Donna’s face is one of the first you will see on a matchday if you enter the Jackie Husband Stand at the south end. Donna is one of the Club’s 50/50 half time draw ticket sellers. Popular and engaging with the ‘gift of the gab’ she is ideally suited to the Fan Engagement sub-group.

Idem Lewis:

Idem has been a Thistle fan for 38 years and has been active in campaigning for disability rights since the mid 1990s, including being involved with the Disability Rights Commission. Additionally Idem has been active in raising awareness of learning disability rights within political parties as well as being involved in STUC anti-racism campaigns.

Donald Mackinnon:

Donald is a season ticket holder of many years standing. After spending 28 years as a Training Manager with a large Scottish voluntary organisation, Donald retired 2 years ago.

Simon Munro:

Simon is a lifelong Jags fans who has spent many years working in the printing industry. For 27 years he ran his own printing business and now works for the biggest print group in Scotland. Simon has previously been involved in Thistle voluntary projects through selling club calendars and as far back as the ‘Save The Jags’ campaign through printing and donating tickets, leaflets etc.

In other news we are still trying to firm up a confirmed date for the next Working Group public meeting. We will naturally provide more information once we have a confirmed date but at the time of this article going to print we are looking towards sometime in the middle of next month for this. We thank you for your continued patience on this issue.

Partick Thistle FC Working Group: Programme Notes – 31st January 2020 v Ayr United

In our article in the programme for our Scottish Cup tie with Celtic we provided a brief overview of the Working Group’s overall structure. Today we turn our attention towards just a couple of the sub-groups, the areas that they have responsibility for and the individuals that comprise the sub-groups. Over the course of future programme articles we will take a look a look at the other sub-groups and, of course, the Working Group itself which oversees the work of the sub-groups.

Model for Community Ownership

The overall responsibility of this sub-group is to help create the structure of the shareholding entity that will hold the majority shareholding when it is transferred over.

This sub-group is Chaired by Paul Goodwin and with his experience of taking Stirling Albion into community ownership, saving them from potential liquidation in the process, plus his contribution towards the community ownership models at Hearts, Dunfermline and Annan Athletic makes him the ideal individual to take the lead in this sub-group.

Paul will be ably supported in the task detailed above by a very strong team which comprises of:

Jim McLaggan:

A lifelong Thistle fan, Jim is a Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance professional with 20 years experience working with boards, membership organisations and governing bodies. Additionally Jim is a director of the Scottish Youth Football Association where he is the Chair of football operations.

Gavin Smart:

For the last 10 years Gavin, a qualified Management Accountant, has been working in corporate finance roles as a valuation and business modelling consultant. He is strongly motivated to help put in place a structure that will put Thistle in a strong position for decades to come.

Gordon Scott:

Currently working in social care with East Dunbartonshire Social Care Partnerships, where he often works alongside various social enterprises, Gordon previously served on the Board of a fairly large housing association and for 5 years was the Chair of that housing association.

Gordon is a strong believer that communities should own and control their own assets.

Martin O’Neil:

Martin is a season ticket holder at Firhill and has 20 years experience in IT management setting up governance structures in both the public and private sector. A trade unionist and political activist, Martin has a passion for democracy.

Andrew Holloway:

Introduced to Thistle by his father, Andrew has been supporting the team since season 1995-1996.

A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, Andrew leads the Entrepreneurial Taxes team in a chartered accountants and business advisors company where he is involved in structuring various employee-owned corporates.

The concept of a sustainable future for Thistle is something that Andrew finds incredibly important.

Davy Mains:

Between the years 2012 and 2014 Davy was a Board member of the Jags Trust before going on to serve as a Board member and trustee of the Partick Thistle Charitable Trust.

He was also a founding member of the Partick Thistle Football Fans In Training football team and is an occasional contributor to the Jagscast podcast.

Away from Thistle and football, Davy has worked in recruitment for 25 years and his industry knowledge in the Digital and Technology sector led him to being selected as a judge at The Herald Digital Business Awards.

Finance and Membership

This sub-group will look at who will be members of the new shareholding entity, what it will cost to run, how finances will be arranged and pledges made and is chaired by Stuart Callison, a Thistle fan of some 50 years standing and is the CEO of St Andrews First Aid. Stuart will be supported in his sub-group by:

Stewart McLuckie:

Stewart has been a Thistle fan since 1968 and for the last 30 years has been a Finance Manager with a Glasgow security firm.

Morag McHaffie:

Morag has been attending Firhill for over 50 years and currently works for a non-departmental organisation.

A season ticket holder, Morag was secretary to the original Partick Thistle Supporters Federation and has served as a committee member, secretary and is presently Chairperson of the Jags Trust. Morag is firmly involved in the Trust movement and is currently Chairperson of Supporters Direct Scotland.

Her main interest though lies in the future of Partick Thistle Football Club.

Billy Gow:

A Thistle supporter since the 1960s, Billy retired in April of 2019 after a career spent mainly in finance/accountancy in the private sector, latterly as operations director in a manufacturing company.

Jim Isherwood:

Long standing Thistle fan, Jim is retired having spent most of his working life in an office environment as a buyer in the shipbuilding industry.

Linda McGowan:

Linda is a member of the Jordanhill Supporters bus and is a passionate Thistle fan who cares deeply about the opportunity ahead.

Her professional life lies in the banking industry where she has worked for over 40 years managing small teams with tight deadlines and is currently working in the policy and regulatory team.

Linda also volunteers as a mentor for the MCR Pathways, mentoring a high school pupil.

Robert Taylor:

A season ticket holder, Robert has also supported the club by sponsoring players’ and managers’ tops.

Robert has been the director of two large credit unions and volunteers with the SSAFA as a Care Worker Training Officer.

Additionally, Robert has been a co-opted member of the PTFC Trust.

All sub-groups report back to the Working Group itself and, as detailed at the top of the page, we will provide a little more biographical detail of who sits on the Working Group in future programmes.

Meantime we are still in the process of arranging our next public meeting and we thank you for your patience while we do so but please rest assured that although the Working Group may not be publically visible at present much hard work is going on in the background. The purpose of our next public meeting will be to introduce, face to face, as many members of the Working Group and its sub-groups as possible thus giving a public face to the Working Group. We also intend to have a guest speaker from a club already operating with a fan ownership structure who will share some of their experiences before the floor will be opened for what we are sure will prove to be a lively question and answer session. Please check our social media platforms and the official club website for more information.

Partick Thistle FC Working Group: Programme Notes – 18th January 2020 v Celtic

While it may appear differently from the outside the Working Group have been very busy of late and over the course of the next couple of pages we will provide an update on our most recent activities. Before doing that, however, there is no harm in providing a brief overview of precisely what the Working Group has been tasked with doing.

As all Thistle fans will be fully aware of, on November 21st 2019 Three Black Cats (3BC) acquired the majority shareholding in Partick Thistle Football Club with the intent of gifting that shareholding to the fans upon the creation of a democratically based member organisation that supports the practical operation of community ownership. Something very much along the lines of what is successfully operating at Motherwell FC. An associated transaction on the same day also saw 3BC purchase Firhill Development Ltd which sees ownership of the Colin Weir Stand and the undeveloped land behind the goal at the South end of the stadium return to the football club.

So why has the Working Group been created and what is its role?

To help create the organisation to which the majority shareholding will be gifted to, 3BC invited the PTFC Trust, who own 19.28% of the shares of Partick Thistle Football Club, and the campaign group Thistle For Ever (TFE) to set up a Working Group to identify the best model for fan ownership of Partick Thistle. This Working Group was to operate fully independently of any one fan group and was created to provide a forum to bring fans from all parts of the Club together and engage with fans directly about the project.

It is with those latter activities that the Working Group has been primarily involved with over the last few weeks, the holidays over Christmas and New Year inevitably prolonging that process.

Applications were sought from within the fanbase as a whole from those that had an interest in assisting with the Working Group and its various subgroups so as to maintain its overall independence and ensure that it is a representative of the Thistle support as possible.

The Working Group were delighted with the number and range of applications received and as we indicated in our programme notes in the Dundee United programme we were actively engaged in matching those applicants’ talents and approaching them to see if they were happy to take on the roles offered to them. That process has been completed and we are now in the position of being able to provide an overview of the Working Group’s overall structure. Also in today’s programme, we start to provide a brief background on some of those already involved. Future programmes will allow us the opportunity to explain the roles of Members and Sub Groups in greater detail and to introduce more members of the Working Group and subgroups. With the range of supporters involved we hope most of you will find at least a few familiar names.

So without further ado.

CHAIR: Ian Wright

Ian is a lifelong Jag with a long standing association with Thistle having been either a season ticket holder or Golden Thistle member for over 30 years as well as being a shareholder in the club. Ian founded and for 25 years, until it was successfully sold, directed Garthland Design and Print who for 18 years produced the Thistle programme. Trained as a graphic designer, Ian also has qualifications in business management and most recently qualified as a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. He hopes to use all his experience to help steer Thistle on a clear course to a bright future.

SECRETARY: Allan Heron

Allan is a retired IT Operations & Release Manager who has followed Thistle since 1968. He has been a past Secretary of the Jags Trust.

WORKING GROUP MEMBERS

Gavin Taylor

Sandy Fyfe

Pauline Gordon

Frank Peiri

Gordon Shaw

PROJECT MANAGEMENT CHAIR: Craig Dunn

Craig is a Project Manager who has been a Thistle fan for 35 years and attends matches home and away with his young family.

Group Members:

Allan McGraw

John Brydon

MODEL FOR COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP CHAIR: Paul Goodwin

Responsible for: Creating the structure of the shareholding entity that will hold the gifted majority shareholding.

A lifelong Jags fan Paul is a marketer to trade, Paul worked on a range of high profile roles including marketing director for HMV culminating in establishing his own successful specialist Sports and Entertainment agency. Paul ran the first major campaign to bring Stirling Albion into community ownership saving it from liquidation. His experience and knowledge contributed to the successful community ownership at Hearts, Dunfermline and Annan. In 2015 Paul co-founded the SSFA and continues to work with a number of clubs around community ownership.

Group Members:

Jim McLaggan

Gavin Smart

Gordon Scott

Martin O’Neil

Andrew Holloway

Davy Mains

FINANACE AND MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Stuart Callison

Responsible for: Determining who will be members, what it will cost to run and how finances will be arranged and pledges made.

Stuart is a Thistle fan of 50 years standing. For the last 10 years Stuart has been the CEO of St Andrews First Aid and has been instrumental in transforming that organisation into a respected part of Scotland’s third sector landscape. Stuart, a CIPFA qualified accountant, has a strong financial background with experience of Value for Money programmes from his time at the UK National Audit offices in both London and Edinburgh.

Group Members:

Steuart McLuckie

Morag McHaffie

Billy Gow

Jim Isherwood

Linda McGowan

Robert Taylor.

NEW LEGAL ENTITY CHAIR: Stewart Rennie

Responsible For: creating the legal framework for the new ownership entity by working with external specialist lawyers.

A Jags fan for well over 40 years, Stewart is a lawyer who specialises in corporate and insolvency law and is a partner in niche firm Rennie McInnes LLP. Stewart has relevant football experience having acted for a group of investors who formed a consortium with the Clyde Development Trust to buy out the then chair of Clyde FC and clear their debts through a CVA.

Group Members:

Elainne Sibbald

Russel McPhate

Gordon Shaw

FAN ENGAGEMENT CHAIR: Andrew Donnelly

Responsible For: Organising all public events, surveys, consultations etc.

Andrew is a Jags fan with a young family who are all passionate Thistle fans. Andrew is a contributor to the highly entertaining Jagscast podcast.

Group Members:

Craig Brown

Donna Inglis

Simon Munro

Idem Lewis

Donald Mackinnon

COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR: Tom Hosie

Responsible for: All written materials and social media

Tom has been a Thistle fan since 1977 and between the years 1992 and 2014 edited the Club’s official programme as well as in the latter portion of that period filling the role of website and social media editor as the club started to develop its social media profile.

Group Member:

Barry McKenna

As indicated in our last update we decided to reschedule our next public meeting until a respectful period after Colin Weir’s funeral. With that service now having taken place we hope to be able to confirm a date for this very soon. We intend to have a guest speaker from a club already operating with a fan ownership structure, then to introduce as many members of the Working Group and subgroups as possible before inviting questions from the floor. Please check our social media platforms and the official club website for more information.

Partick Thistle FC Working Group: Programme Notes – 11th January 2020 v Dundee United

The below appeared on the Working Group’s double-page spread in yesterday’s matchday programme:

It’s been anything but an uneventful time around Firhill over the last few months with an announcement made on November 21st 2019 that Three Black Cats Ltd (3BC) had acquired a majority shareholding in Partick Thistle Football Club. An associated transaction also saw 3BC purchase Firhill Developments Ltd which sees ownership of the undeveloped land at the south end of the stadium and the main stand, known as the Colin Weir Stand, return to Thistle.

The majority shareholding purchased by 3BC is to be gifted to a, as yet to be created, fan shareholding entity. It is the purpose of the Partick Thistle FC Working Group to develop that fan shareholding entity.

Three Black Cats was owned by Thistle fan and Club Patron Colin Weir.

It would be remiss of us at this point not to extend our deepest sympathies to Colin’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time for them. Like it did with all Thistle fans the news of Colin’s passing on December 27th 2019 came as a profound shock to the Working Group.

In the announcement of the purchase of the majority shareholding Colin commented;

“Thistle For Ever planted the thought of fan ownership as a real option in my mind. From there, 3BC has taken the dream and is turning it into a reality. Today is a great day for a Club that means everything to me. I hope that fans can get behind this exciting development. They talk about Thistle being their Club – and now it really will be.”

Colin will be greatly missed at Firhill but his incredible generosity will hopefully see his vision turn to a legacy that will see Colin remain a part of Thistle’s future forever.

Colin recognised that events had happened at a greater than anticipated speed which is why he allowed a window for the new fan entity to be operational ensuring a smooth transfer of ownership.

The above is precisely why the Working Group has been created.

The Working Group has been tasked with:

  • Producing  a model of fan ownership that will be implemented following the gifting of shares, after receiving approval from 3BC
  • Engaging  with and involving fans of Partick Thistle Football Club in the process of creating the aforementioned mode.

On December 17th 2019 we began that process when we hosted the first of a series of events with the aim of:

  • Allowing fans to learn more about fan ownership and how it works
  • Explaining the mechanism by which Thistle will move towards fan ownership
  • Involving Thistle fans directly in identifying the best possible model for fan ownership of Partick Thistle Football Club

At our first event, entitled ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Fan Ownership’ we had presentations relating to fan ownership from Paul Goodwin and Bryan Jackson before the floor was opened up for what proved to be a fairly robust question and answer session. The two presentations are available to view via the Working Group social media platforms and the Official Club website where you can also find a dedicated section relating to the Working Group and our activities.

It had been our intent to hold our second public meeting, focusing more directly on how fan ownership will impact upon Thistle, on Thursday of this week but felt that a more appropriate action would be to delay that meeting to a respectful period after Colin’s funeral. We will provide details of the rescheduled date and venue as soon as we are in a position to confirm them.

The Working Group did, however, meet on Tuesday of this week where we took time to go through the applications received to join the Working Group and its various sub-groups.

Although it was Thistle For Ever that planted the thought of fan ownership in Colin Weir’s head it is important to stress that the Working Group is independent of any one fan group. Indeed it is vital that the Working Group is representative of the Thistle support as a whole and not only be reflective of a few small groupings. We believe that the variety of applications received has provided us with an opportunity to ensure just that.

Between our meeting on Tuesday and the time you read this article we have been busy matching applicants’ talents and approaching them to see if they are happy to take on the roles offered within the Working Group and sub-groups. We hope to be able to provide a much better overview of the Working Group’s overall structure in the programme for our Scottish Cup meeting with Celtic next weekend.

Meantime you can keep up to date with the Working Group’s activities via social media and on the Club’s website.

You can find us on Facebook at Partick Thistle FC Working Group, on twitter on @PTWorking Group and on the Club website at https://ptfc.co.uk/club/working-group/about-the-working-group/

Update From The Working Group – 2nd January 2020

Like it has with all Thistle fans the news last week of Colin Weir’s passing came as a profound shock to the Working Group.

It had been our intention to hold our next public meeting on Thursday January 9th. In light of recent events we feel that the more appropriate action would be to delay this meeting until a date a respectful period after Colin’s funeral. We will naturally provide details of the rescheduled date and venue as soon as we are in a position to confirm them.

Meantime the initial closing date for applications to join the Working Group has now passed. We were greatly impressed not just by the number of applications received but by the diversity of skills offered and the cross section of the Thistle support that they represent.

The Working Group will now take a few days to consider all the applications and how best to utilise those skills to take forward Colin Weir’s vision of Fan Ownership of Partick Thistle Football Club. It is vital that the Working Group is representative of the Thistle support as a whole and not reflective of a few small groupings. We believe that the wide variety of applications received provides us with an excellent opportunity to do just that.

To conclude we would like to thank the Thistle supporters for their patience at this time but are confident that our reasoning for rescheduling our next public meeting will be understood. In the meantime we would like to wish Thistle fans, near and far, a very happy New Year as we approach what could be a momentous 2020 for our club.