The Club has formed strong links with the Scots Guards, based at Catterick Barracks and Scots Guards Drill Sergeant Lilley, a Jags fan, is responsible for putting players through their paces in pre-season. Because of this the Club decided to give something back by allowing members of the Armed Forces free entry to Firhill (on production of their Forces ID cards at the Ticket Office) on Saturday November 10th for the Top of the Table clash with Dunfermline.
On the day of the game there will also be uniformed Scots Guards soldiers at the ground collecting for the 2012 Scottish Poppy Appeal to raise funds for Scotland’s veterans and their families.
Colin Flinn, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland: “We are very grateful to Partick Thistle for organising a uniformed collection on behalf of the 2012 Scottish Poppy Appeal and I hope that both Jags and Dunfermline fans will give as much as they can at the match on 10th November. The money raised will be put to good use – ensuring that Scotland’s veterans and their families receive the support that they need and deserve.”
Partick Thistle assistant boss Simon Donnelly said: “The boys probably enjoy and dread their pre-season week with the Scots Guards at Catterick in equal measure because John likes to work them until they drop – but, to be fair, he always looks after us really well. Being at the barracks for the week is a real eye opener for the boys as they’re living alongside soldiers who have been on the front line, some who have been injured in battle and others who are waiting to go deploy.
“We just felt this was an opportunity to give something back to John and the soldiers at Catterick as a thank you for everything they’ve done for us. Our match with Dunfermline on the 10th is probably the game of the day in Scotland as we’re sitting joint top with them so we’re hoping for a big crowd.”