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Preview Partick Thistle

Saturday, 21st Jan 2023

Scottish Cup Fourth Round (away), Saturday 21st January 2023 3.00pm kick off at Firhill

Partick Thistle have drawn Dunfermline ten times in the Scottish Cup and the Fifers have progressed on eight of those occasions.  Thistle have succeeded twice came in January 2008 and the last time in November 2021.

Milestones Partick (away)


Last Victory | 10/07/21 | 4-2 | Premier Sports Cup

Last Defeat | 23/04/22 | 0-1 | Championship

Best Victory | 20/04/66 | 6-2 | Div One*

Worst Defeat | 10/11/34 | 1-7 | Div One*

Last Goalless Draw | 23/10/21 | 0-0 | Championship

First Meeting | 23/10/26 | 1-5 | Div One
*
*Pre league reconstruction



In the previous 115 meetings between the clubs Dunfermline have won 52, Partick 33 and 30 have been drawn and at Firhill, Thistle are ahead with 22 wins to the Pars 20.

Last Meeting at Firhill
Championship, Saturday 23rd April 2022


Partick Thistle 1-0 Dunfermline
Sat, 23rd Apr 2022

The Pars in eighth place sought a win that would ease them away from the danger of relegation and play offs.

In the 13th minute Jakub Stolarczyk pulled off a great save to deny Brian Graham but two minutes later Thistle scored what would turned out to be the winner. A Turner corner from the left was neatly finished by Ross DOCHERTY at the near post. 1-0

PARTICK THISTLE: Jamie Sneddon: Ciaran McKenna, Kevin Holt, Lewis Mayo, Stephen Hendrie: Kyle Turner (Steven Bell 89), Ross Docherty (c), Stuart Bannigan, Brian Graham, Alex Jakubiak (Cammy Smith 65), Scott Tiffoney (Robbie Crawford HT).
SUBS NOT USED: Olatunji Akinola, Richard Foster, Connor Murray, Kyle McAllister, Juan Alegria, Andrew Firth (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Jakub Stolarczyk: Aaron Comrie (Matthew Todd 76), Leon Jones (Liam Polworth 76), Efe Ambrose, Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus (Dom Thomas 82): Steven Lawless (c), Joe Chalmers, Lewis McCann (Kevin O’Hara 76), Nikolay Todorov.
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Dow, Miller Fenton, Reece Cole, Bobby Kamwa, Neil Alexander (GK)

Last Twelve Matches v Partick Thistle



The sides last met in season 2021-2022 when they went head to head six times. Partick won three including a Scottish Cup tie, Dunfermline two and one match was drawn. will be the sixth match between these sides this season.

The last dozen games between the teams have seen Dunfermline win five, drawn three and lost four.



Date | H/A | F-A | Scorers


23/04/22 A 0-1 [0-1] Docherty
22/03/22: H 4-1 [0-1] Docherty, [1-1] Mayo og (10), [2-1] Todd, [3-1] Edwards, [4-1] Thomas.
26/11/21: A 0-1 [0-1] Docherty

23/10/21: A 0-0

07/08/21: H 0-3 [0-1] Docherty, [0-2] Holt, [0-3] Graham (og 78).

10/07/21: A 4-2 [0-1] Graham, [1-1] Todorov, [2-1] Comrie, [3-1] Macdonald, [4-1] Todorov, [4-2] Rudden.

10/03/20: A 1-1 [1-0] Murray [1-1] Graham.

30/11/19: H 5-1 [1-0] Nisbet [2-0] Martin [3-0] Nisbet [4-0] Nisbet [5-0] Nisbet [5-1] Cole.
21/09/19: A 3-0 [1-0] Nisbet, [2-0] Dow, [3-0] Turner

06/04/19: A 2-2 [1-0] Beadling: [2-0] Anderson: [1-2] Blair (og): [2-2] McDonald.

26/02/19: H 3-0 [1-0] Anderson, [2-0] Devine, [3-0] Anderson

08/12/18: A 0-2 [0-1] Spittal, [0-2] Storey.

Scottish Cup Meetings



Despite Thistle being founded in 1876 and Dunfermline nine years later in 1885, it wasn’t until 1955 that the two clubs were paired in the Scottish Cup.

Thistle v Pars: The Cup Record

East End Park P5 W5 D0 L 0 F15 A4

Firhill P6 W3 D1 L2 F8 A45
Total P11 W8 D1 L2 GF23 GA9

That very first meeting took place at East End Park on 5th February 1955 in the Fifth Round of the competition. Most of the 10,500 fans at the match were disappointed as the Jags went two up before half time against Second Division Pars through goals from George Smith and Willie Sharp. In the second half the home side turned it around with two George Duthie penalties and goals from Felix Reilly and Colin McKinlay to go through 4-2.  Not that it did Dunfermline much good because they were to lose 7-0 to Airdrie in the next round.



Eleven years would pass before the clubs were drawn together again. It was a home tie for the Pars and by this time in February 1966, both teams were in the top flight. Future Scotland Manager Andy Roxburgh scored for Thistle but Alex Smith, Bert Paton and Jim Fleming did likewise for the Pars in a 3-1 win.



Next season a crowd of 19,104, the biggest gate ever to watch a Thistle v Pars Scottish Cup tie, witnessed a 1-1 draw at Firhill.  Billy Cunningham`s cross unfortunately led to an own goal from Roy Barry but before half time Dunfermline were back on level terms when Alex Ferguson scored. In the replay the Dunfermline attack tore Thistle apart and while their defence concentrated on stopping Fergie, Pat Delaney hit a hat-trick. Goals from Hugh Robertson and Ferguson made the tally five with one reply from Arthur Duncan.

In season 67/68 the teams were drawn against each other again, this time in the last eight and for the third time in three years Dunfermline progressed thanks to a Bert Paton strike. A semi final win over St Johnstone took the Pars to the Cup Final where they famously won 3-1 against Hearts.



In January 1999 the then Second Division, Thistle were drawn at home to SPL Dunfermline. Twice in the first half George Shaw was able to elude a challenge from Des McKeown and twice Shaw`s crosses were converted by Andy Smith.   Robert Dunn raised the the Thistle hopes when he got one back from the penalty spot but Dunfermline went through to face Celtic.

Co-managers Gerry Britton and Derek Whyte welcomed Dunfermline to Firhill on 6th March 2004 but again the Pars won through 3-0. Richie Byrne put the Pars ahead after just ten minutes.  Further goals from, captain for the day, Barry Nicholson and a gem from Craig Brewster sealed the Fifers place in the last four.


A Stephen Simmons double was enough to put Thistle out when the teams met in the Cup on 24th February 2007. Again the Pars went on to reach the Cup Final and in that respect Thistle have been lucky omens but they finally broke their duck with a 2-1 win in 2008. After Scott Wilson had put the Fifers ahead, two goals from Liam Buchanan caused the Pars cup exit.

The clubs met in the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup in December 2012. A red card for Thistle’s centre back Aaron Muirhead for a last man tackle on Craig Dargo in 28 minutes made the home side’s challenge all the more difficult. Eight minutes later Josh Falkingham won the ball on the right and Husband centred for Andy Barrowman to rise highest and send the ball into the bottom left of the home net. 

Drama in 72 minutes when Geggan took down Erskine on the left side of the box. Referee McLean pointed to the spot and Forbes` effort was magnificently turned on to his right hand post by Gallacher and the ball travelled along the goal line to be cleared at the other post by Jordan McMillan.


At Firhill in November 2021 it took until 82 minutes before the only goal was scored and it came for Thistle. Sub MacIver threaded the ball to Docherty to his left and the Thistle captain floated the ball into the top right corner giving Fon Williams no chance.

Last six matches



DUNFERMLINE

Peterhead (H) W 4-0
FC Edinburgh (A) W 1-0
Kelty Hearts (A) W 2-1

Arbroath (A) W 5-1

Queen of the South (H) D 1-1
Peterhead (A) W 2-0



PARTICK THISTLE

Morton (H) W 2-1
Queens Park (A) L 0-2
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 5-1
Ayr United (H) W 3-2
Cove Rangers (A) D 1-1
Kelty Hearts (H) W 3-0

League Record



DUNFERMLINE

League One Position: 1st

League Points: 45

Goal Difference: +21

Away League Record: P10 W8 D1 L1 GF16 GA3

Last Six Match Form: WDWWWW



PARTICK THISTLE

Championship Position: 4th

League Points: 33

Goal Difference: +6

Home League Record: P7 W5 D2 L2 GF29 GA17

Last Six Match Form: WDWWLW

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Peterhead):
Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Kyle Benedictus (c), Aaron Comrie: Kyle Macdonald, Chris Hamilton, Joe Chalmers (Nikolay Todorov 81), Josh Edwards (Robbie Mahon 81): Chris Mochrie (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 78), Matthew Todd (Kevin O’Hara 78): Craig Wighton (Lewis McCann 78).
SUBS NOT USED: Rhys Breen, Miller Fenton, Sam Young, Max Little (GK)

PARTICK THISTLE (v Morton): Jamie Sneddon: Jack McMillan, Aaron Muirhead, Kevin Holt, Lee Hodson, Ross Docherty, Stuart Bannigan, Steven Lawless (Scott Tiffoney 68), Kyle Turner, Aidan Fitzpatrick (Danny Mullen 77), Brian Graham (Anton Dowds 68).
SUBS NOT USED: Darren Brownlie, Cameron Smith, Cole McKinnon, James Lyon, Zander Mackenzie, David Mitchell (GK).

Referee will be Scott Lambie.

Other Scottish Cup ties

Hibernian v Hearts

Kilmarnock v Dumbarton

Dundee United v University of Stirling

St Mirren v Dundee
Celtic v Morton

St Johnstone v Rangers

Elgin City v Drumchapel United 

Arbroath v Motherwell

Linlithgow Rose v Raith Rovers

Alloa Athletic v Falkirk

Darvel v Aberdeen

Stenhousemuir v Livingston

Hamilton Academical v Ross County

Inverness Caley Thistle v Queens’ Park

Cove Rangers v Ayr United



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