Derek McWilliams

Derek McWilliams
Derek McWilliams
● Derek McWilliams, 1995 (ALL)

born in Scotland

Derek McWilliams was born on Sunday, 16th January, 1966, in Broxburn, West Lothian.

The 5' 10 (12st 0lbs) midfielder signed for John Lambie's Thistle on Tuesday, 2nd August, 1994 (after a short trial period), having most recently been with Dunfermline Athletic.

Aged 28, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 30th July, 1994, in a 2-0 friendly win away to Derry City.

That day, Derek became a member of our scoring debutant's club.

He scored the last of his 16 goals on Saturday, 8th April, 2000, in a 3-1 win away to Ross County in the SFL Second Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 9th September, 2000, in a 1-0 win away to Queen's Park in the SFL Second Division, having clocked up 116 appearances as a Jag.

Derek's club-list included Hibernian, Broxburn Athletic, Dundee, Stirling Albion, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Partick Thistle, Äppelbo, Clydebank, East Stirlingshire, East Fife, Airdrieonians and Pumpherston.

Bio Extra

A player long time admired by John Lambie, the Thistle manager finally managed to secure his services on the eve of the 94/95 season. Derek quickly endeared himself to the Thistle fans with a long-range debut strike against Kilmarnock on a beautifully sunny day at Firhill. An attack minded midfielder Derek was always able to chip in with a goal. Stayed with Thistle following relegation from the Premier League but was given a free transfer when Thistle failed to bounce back to the top division in their first attempt. He had a brief spell back at the club in season 99/00 but eventually retired after being plagued by injuries.

(TH)



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