About Kilpatrick Thistle Football Club
Formed in 1996, Kilpatrick Thistle FC has won numerous trophies in the amateur leagues and we have ambitious plans for the future.
Laying the Foundations
Kilpatrick Thistle Amateur Football Club was formed in 1996 by numerous players from all over the Clydebank and Dumbarton area. The club’s first management team were Joe Penman and Ian McGinty, both from Old Kilpatrick.
After managing the club for 2 years in the Strathclyde Civil Service League (now the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Football League), Joe Penman left the club to concentrate on work commitments.
Kilpatrick struggled for the first 3 years and it wasn’t until Player/Manager Scott McCallum took over the management of the club that performances started to improve.
The club reached its first Cup Final in season 2000-2001 when they met Shawbridge AFC to contest the Strathclyde Cup. Kilpatrick won 2-0 to lift their first piece of silverware. It was the start of good period for the club.
Although league performances started to improve in 2001-2002, Kilpatrick enjoyed numerous Cup runs resulting in their second Cup Final in season 2002-2003. This time, however, they tasted defeat in at the hands of Windlaw AFC.
The Forbes Years
The 2003-2004 season saw the arrival of a new manager in Ian Forbes. Forbes guided Kilpatrick to a 3rd place finish in the second division - enough to see the team promoted. Another Cup Final appearance in the Tommy Marshall Cup landed Kilpatrick their second piece of silverware.
Before the start of the 2004-2005 season, Kilpatrick joined the Glasgow Central Football Association. It was a great first season in the new league with Kilpatrick reaching 2 Cup Finals resulting in both success and failure.
Everyone associated with Kilpatrick were very proud of the club’s performance in the first season of the new league. This winning mentality would give Killie the determination and fighting character that exists throughout the squad today.
Season 2005-2006 saw Killie crowned Champions of the Glasgow Central Football Association, a landmark moment in the clubs history. However, celebrations would be short lived when it came to light that the other member clubs had voted for Killie to be removed from the league setup.
After a summer of uncertainty, Ian Forbes decided to end his tenure as manager with a promotion, 2 league cup wins and a league championship to his name - a fantastic achievement.
The Cairney Years
A new era began with season 2006-2007. John Cairney took over as manager and Kilpatrick were accepted into the Glasgow District Saturday Morning League (GDSML).
On Saturday 21st April 2007, Kilpatrick were once again celebrating Cup success, this time winning the Vince McGlinchey Shield. One month later, Kilpatrick Thistle became GDSML Division B Champions. It was the perfect ending to a fantastic season where the club notched up an incredible 14 game winning streak.
Kilpatrick Thistle moved into season 2007-2008 on a high. The history books will say the club finished in 4th position in their first season in the top flight, however, the club were deducted 24 points for fielding players who played in a Welfare Football League. A very harsh lesson learned.
Cairney's final season in charge saw Killie reach the William Drummond Trophy Final, only to be denied glory on penalties. It was a poor year by Killie's standards with a number of factors contributing to a trophy-less season.
Cairney's final game in charge ended in a credible 5-2 victory over Vale United which would leave Killie in 3rd position Division A, their highest position yet in the top flight.
Robbie ‘the Maestro’ Devlin
Following Cairney’s departure, Killie went through a period of uncertainty again in 2008-2009, before Robbie Devlin was finally introduced as manager towards the end of the season.
Devlin brought fresh ideas and personnel to the club for the 2009-2010 season. Success on the pitch was not forthcoming, however, and with Killie struggling to show the same winning mentality that had been evident on previous seasons, Devlin decided to bring his tenure to a close.
The Nixon Era
After a number of seasons without success it was important for Killie to create stability at management level. Stephen Nixon, a Kilpatrick player since 1997, decided to step as manager
In his first season in charge, Nixon helped Killie to life their first silverware since 2007 by winning both the Vince McGlinchey Shield and the GDSML Cup. With a mid-table position secured in the league it was a very successful start for Nixon.
Unfortunately, success would yet again be short-lived for Killie. They finished second bottom of the Premier Division in 2012-2013 and were relegated to the 1st Division. The season as a whole was very poor by Killie’s standard.
Before the start of the current season Killie, have gone through significant squad changes as part of a rebuilding strategy with the simple aim of securing promotion back to the Premier Division.
Club Roll of Honour
STRATHCLYDE SATURDAY MORNING LEAGUE
- Strathclyde Cup Winners 2000/2001
- Strathclyde Cup Runners Up 2002/2003.
- Tommy Marshall Cup Winners 2003/2004.
GLASGOW CENTRAL SATURDAY MORNING LEAGUE
- League Cup Winners 2004/2005.
- Jim Harvey Cup Winners 2004/2005.
- Jim Harvey Cup Winners 2005/2006.
Division 1 Winners 2005/2006.
GLASGOW DISTRICT SATURDAY MORNING LEAGUE
- Division B Winners 2006/2007
- Vince McGlinchey Shield Winners 2006/2007
- William Drummond Trophy runners up 2008/2009
- Vince McGlinchey Shield Winners 2011/2012
- G.D.S.M.L Cup Winners 2011/2012