Scotzine’s Partick Thistle blogger Raymond Stark, takes a look ahead to tomorrow’s Ramsdens Cup Final against Queen of the South.
42 years after their last appearance in a Cup Final, for Partick Thistle the waiting is almost over. On Sunday at 4.05pm the Jags will kick off their quest to bring silverware back to Maryhill. Its been a long wait for this day to come around for us Jags fans and the hype and excitement around this game cannot be put into words. It’s hard to believe that its been six months since we beat Cowdenbeath in the semi-final at Central Park.
With Thistle’s league form continuing as it is, it is only expected that this week the build-up has begun in earnest for what all Jags fans hope is the first part of a double winning season. Make no mistake we are in no way complacent as we face a good Queen of the South team who have won their league by a country mile scoring goals and conceding few. But with around 6,000 Thistle fans attending this game some of whom are coming as far afield as New Zealand, Spain, USA and UAE it gives you some idea of the imagination that this Final has captured for the Jags fans.
For myself and thousands of other Thistle fans this will be our first final, a day to enjoy and to remember, to sing and shout louder like we have never done before. To let the players know how much we are behind them and how much belief we have in them. For the players, well this will be the biggest day in their playing careers and a chance for them to show how good a team they are and to give us fans the success we have craved for years. One thing is for certain there will be no lack of effort and will to win from both the players and us fans. I’m also sure there will be nerves in both camps so from that point of view it’s up to the fans to help ease any nerves on the pitch by getting right behind the team from the second they step out onto the pitch.
As for the players themselves, if you are going to watch the game on TV as a neutral keep an eye out for Chris Erskine. The guy can change the game in a flash. Tremendously talented and a skillful dribbler who loves to run at players. Most Jags fans will tell you there is nothing more exciting than seeing him in full flow. It would be remiss of me not to also mention the back four of O’Donnell, Balatoni, Muirhead and Sinclair who have contributed so much with their defensive work along with keeper Scott Fox to ensure we don’t concede goals. Allied to that fact is both O’Donnell and Sinclair are very attack minded and both very pacey who like to burst forward. I could mention the whole team, that’s how good and how much joy this team has given us so far this season. Most likely we will see both our U21 cap Stuart Bannigan who has all the attributes to go to the top in the game and Sean Welsh who quietly goes about his business with a minimum of fuss. We are all hopeful our skipper Paul Paton makes it as well as he has been injured recently.
So there you have it an exciting time to be a Partick Thistle fan, player and hopefully any neutrals who will hopefully enjoy the game, the way we play and most of all a Thistle victory. I’m sure nobody would grudge just a little success.
Potential Partick Thistle Line-up
Scotzine will be at the game tomorrow, producing the customary match report, as well as a live blog of the match action. Our photographers will be at the game also, both outside the ground taking photos of the fans and inside taking photos of the match action.
We will also try to talk to a few fans from both sides before kick off to gauge their thoughts and after the game as well.