There are nine instances where the scheduled match was conceded to Thistle before a ball was kicked, for reasons various. By contrast, Thistle have never 'ceded a game to any other club.
Walkovers
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Sat-16-Feb-1878 Partick Thistle vs. Walworth (West Of Scotland Cup 2nd Round)
– Buoyed by an excellent 4-1 win over Cowlairs in their first-ever competitive fixture, the Thistle players must have fancied their chances in the next episode of the adventure, having been paired against Walworth from the small Renfrewshire village of Howwood. However, no press reports were ever found for this one. All we know for sure is that Thistle's name appeared in the 3rd Round draw and, since most matches in this competition were being picked up by the local press, we can be almost certain that Walworth scratched.
Sat-18-Sep-1880 Dennistoun vs. Partick Thistle (Scottish Cup 1st Round)
– On paper, Thistle's first-ever Scottish Cup tie gave no cause for concern; our only visit to Onslow Park had resulted in a 6-3 win a couple of years earlier. Alas, our Scottish Cup excitement proved to be anticlimactic, our opponents 'ceding 'ere a ball was kicked. Clearly, Dennistoun were having problems at this time; in October 1880 they were disbanded as a club, before attempting a short-lived rebirth in 1881.
Sat-18-Nov-1882 Partick Thistle vs. Glasgow University (Scottish Cup 4th Round)
– Thistle had qualified for this round on the back of two draws with Cambuslang, the quaint SFA rules of the day dictating that both sides deserve to progress after such weighty battles! Progressing in the 4th Round was even easier - Glasgow University couldn't get a team up and scratched. After this walk over, Thistle's run of luck continued with a 5th Round bye and they were duly catapulted into their first-ever Scottish Cup quarter final.
Sat-08-Sep-1883 Partick Thistle vs. Pilgrims (Scottish Cup 1st Round)
– Pilgrims were the opponents in the first round of the Scottish Cup, but were unable to raise a team and scratched from the tie. The available players from both sides turned up at the new ground in Partick and with the aid of some “trialists” a friendly was played. Thistle scored their twentieth goal in eight days at their new Muir Park home, winning 11-0 to celebrate advancement to the second round.
Sat-01-Nov-1890 Partick Thistle vs. Cowlairs (Glasgow Cup Quarter Final)
– On the eve of this Glasgow Cup tie against Cowlairs, the game was initially postponed, pending an SFA investigation into Cowlairs’ books by the Professional Committee. A preliminary inspection found that cash was unallocated, and a full investigation was to take place. Ex-Partick Thistle President Joseph Halley was now Secretary at Cowlairs, while the popular goalkeeper Andrew Duff was also at Cowlairs having left Thistle. The tie was awarded to Thistle.
Sat-03-Sep-1892 Partick Thistle vs. Maryhill (Scottish Cup 1st Preliminary Round)
– “The 'hill”, then a senior side, scratched in what would have been the biggest-ever game between the two clubs, leaving Thistle a bye into the next round, and a free Saturday. To keep the funds rolling in, a friendly was hastily arranged against Royal Albert at Inchview, and an entertaining 3-3 draw ensued.
Sat-06-Oct-1894 Pollokshaws vs. Partick Thistle (Glasgow Cup Quarter Final)
– This Glasgow Cup tie was cancelled as the Sou'siders were under SFA suspension at the time. This meant that Thistle went through to the Glasgow Cup semis to play Rangers at Inchview, after which a 1-0 home win had Partickonians in jubiliant mood. The result displeased many in Glasgow who had been looking forward to a Rangers v Celtic final. Alas, a Rangers protest on the grounds of player ineligibility was upheld by the Glasgow FA, and the public eventually got the final they craved. The appeal, incidentally, was that Thistle's goalie, Pat Smith, had played a five-a-side tournament for his old club Duntocher Harp after he signed for Thistle. You couldn't make it up!
Sat-30-Jan-1909 Partick Thistle vs. West Calder Swifts (Scottish Cup 1st Round replay)
– Thistle had been drawn at home in this tie and, being of no fixed abode at the time, would likely have played it at Shawfield, given the chance. However, a cute appeal from the West Lothian side meant that the the ground advantage was transferred to them. After playing a nil nil draw at the less than adequate Burngrange Park, Thistle rightly counter-appealed that the tie should not be replayed there. This time, the SFA sided with Thistle and ordered that the tie be replayed at Shawfield. The side from West Calder refused to travel further westwards, with the result being that both sides claimed a walkover. Needless to say, the SFA gave short-shrift to West Calder's foolishness and awarded the tie to Thistle.
day-dd-May-1989 Partick Thistle vs. Rangers (Glasgow Cup Semi Final)
– The draw for 1988-89 semi finals had paired Thistle v Rangers and Clyde v Celtic. Both the Old Firm both pulled out, leaving Thistle and Clyde to contest the last-ever senior Glasgow Cup Final.


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