Martin Lauchlan
Martin Lauchlan
Martin Lauchlan
● Martin Lauchlan, 1998 (DR)

born in Scotland

Martin Thomas Lauchlan was born on Wednesday, 1st October, 1980, in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire.

The 5' 10 (10st 7lbs) forward signed for John McVeigh's Thistle on Friday, 16th January, 1998, having most recently been with Partick Thistle Boys Club.

Aged 17, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 31st January, 1998, in a 3-3 draw at home to Greenock Morton in the SFL First Division.

Martin scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 1st August, 1998, in a 3-2 defeat (aet) away to East Fife in the League Cup.

He scored the last of his 6 goals on Saturday, 8th May, 1999, in a 2-2 draw away to Queen of the South in the SFL Second Division.

That turned out to be his last game for the club, having appeared as a Jag on 46 occasions.

Martin's club-list included Partick Thistle, St Johnstone, Dumbarton, Stenhousemuir, Finn Harps, Elgin City, Bellshill Athletic and Petershill.

Bio Extra

An almost instant hit when John McVeigh introduced him to the Thistle first team as a substitute against Morton at Firhill, helping the Jags to earn a 3-3 draw from 1-3 down. During that season Martin was just one of a number of young players introduced to the team but youthful exuberance wasn't enough to prevent Thistle from being relegated to the Second Division. A short stay in the Second Division looked likely in the early stages of the 1998/99 season, but a nasty ankle injury picked up by Martin didn't help Thistle's long term prospects. When he returned to fitness Martin was unable to reproduce his early season form. Did end his Thistle career with two goals on the last day of last season before joining St Johnstone in the summer. Didn't fulfill the early promise he showed at Firhill.


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