Thistle's milestone clean-sheets

compiled from our League criteria.

clean-sheet.png 1000 DAVID MITCHELL
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03.09.2022 Arbroath [a] W2-0 (SPFL Championship - game 6)
2,065 @ Gayfield
David Mitchell did well to win the jersey from the record-making Jamie Sneddon at the start of the season but, with the emphasis on a more attacking style of play, this was the first clean-sheet of the new League campaign. Thistle had been 21 years (9 games) without a win versus Arbroath, but proceeded to beat them twice in 4 days to end the hoodoo. Fitting then, that this typically unpredictable behaviour would result in the landmark clean-sheet, the club's 1000th in the League. For the second time in 4 days it was a late show which earned the win to nil. Goals from Anton Dowds (86) and Cole McKinnon (90) secured 3 valuable points as Thistle maintained second place.

clean-sheet.png 750 ANDY STEWART
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01.11.1997 Dundee [a] D0-0 (SFL First Division - game 11)
3,560 @ Dens Park
The first clean-sheet of the season was earned away to the league leaders, big-spending Dundee. Far better teamwork and solid defending was the key, and although Dundee enjoyed a lot of possession, Thistle always looked comfortable. A couple of half chances in the second half might even have produced a win. Andy was a 19-year-old loanee from Dundee United who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, for what proved to be his only clean-sheet in 9 attempts. Thistle fans were indifferent to his returning to Tannadice, and this allowed Kenny Arthur the opportunity to establish himself in the Thistle goal.

clean-sheet.png 500 ALAN ROUGH
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13.01.1973 Airdrieonians [h] W2-0 (SFL First Division - game 21)
4,395 @ Firhill
Isolated at the bottom, Airdrie missed several good chances before a hand ball and Ronnie Glavin scored with the pen (28). Just before h-t Airdrie had a goal disallowed (harshly) for off-side. Joe Craig beat two men in midfield and scored after a fine solo run (47) and the game petered out. Thistle were just good enough. Alan Rough remains Thistle's record-holder in many ways; most appearances (631), most clean-sheets (191) and most-caps as a Jag (51). With Thistle he won 2 titles, 1 League Cup, 1 Glasgow Cup. Oh, and the International Gathering of the Clans tournament!

clean-sheet.png 250 JOHNNY JACKSON
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02.11.1929 Falkirk [h] W5-0 (SFL First Division - game 13)
3,000 @ Firhill
Alex Lambie and Johnny Ballantyne “excelled in cleverness” (GH) and were outstanding as Thistle scored 5 against Falkirk, whose goalkeeper was injured early on. Willie Miller and Johnny Ballantyne made it 2-0 at h-t. The three Johns - Ballantyne, Simpson and Torbet - killed off a plucky 10-man Falkirk side who had started the second half well. If there was going to be a clean-sheet milestone between 1926 and 1933 then it was always going to belong to Johnny Jackson, for he was an immovable object between the sticks, appearing in 313 consecutive competitive games, 28th Aug 1926 to 25th Mar 1933. A mighty club-record.

clean-sheet.png 100 WILLIAM CAMPBELL
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27.03.1915 Airdrieonians [a] D0-0 (SFL First Division - game 33)
3,000 @ Broomfield
The match “lacked interest from start to finish” (GH). Showing four changes, Thistle had the best of the first half but couldn't score and the roles were reversed in the second. Neither keeper had much to do. Thistle remained 6th, Airdrie 7th. “A less interesting game could hardly be imagined” (SC). If only the Scotsman reporter had realised this was Thistle's 100th League clean-sheet, he could fluffed up his piece! William's unwanted claim to fame is that, in 1909, Dumbarton Harp scored the first-ever goal at Firhill when he was in goal. All the same, he was a fine keeper (all-time 8th in terms of most clean-sheets in all games) and had racked up almost 50 clean-sheets by the time of his last game early in 1916. War service denied him the chance of breaking through the personal 50 landmark.

clean-sheet.png 1 PAT SMITH
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25.05.1895 Port Glasgow Athletic [h] W5-0 (SFL Second Division - game 18)
3,500 @ Inchview
After 25 minutes John Proudfoot shot Thistle in front and Willie Paul made it 2-0. They led 3-0 at h-t. Proudfoot scored 3 more. Port tried hard but enjoyed no luck in front of goal and the comfortable win put Thistle safe, 1 point above having to apply for re-election. It was very much a different game back then and clean-sheet ratios for the season were very often way less than 10%. In actual fact, this was Thistle's ONLY clean-sheet in their first 3 League seasons and this was the 36th attempt!

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