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Our History

HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Origins

The club is reported to have been established in 1970 by Chris Husband with only one team at Under 10 level - the club was named Troon Thistle and this name has survived to the present day.

Ex Players

Our most famous ex-player to date has been Steve Nicol who played for Ayr United before starring in the famous Liverpool team of the late 1980's/early 1990's, he won the European Cup, 4 English Premier League titles, 3 FA Cup medals as well as 27 Scotland caps. He is currently a successful coach in USA.

Another ex-Thistle star also made it to the World Cup stage as Fraser Park turned out for the Turks & Caicos Islands, where he was resident, after answering an internet advert for players.

Donald McMaster also played for Liverpool FC with Steve Nicol, Kenny Dalgleish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen.

Another ex-player who made a name for himself was Martin Fraser who was a goalkeeper with the Scottish Youth squad, where he was the only non-pro player.

Many of our ex-players have played the game with professional clubs, both here in Scotland and elsewhere in the world, including Neil Murray with Glasgow Rangers F.C. and teams on the Continent.

Current stars playing at a high level are Alan Hutton with Aston Villa, and a Scotland international (also Glasgow Rangers F.C./ Sunderland F.C/ Tottenham Hotspur F.C./Mallorca F.C), Neil Collins with Sheffield United F.C (also Sunderland F.C./Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C/ Preston North End F.C./Leeds United FC), Jamie Ness with Plymouth Argyle (also Scunthorpe United, Stoke City FC, Crewe Alexandra FC, Leyton Orient FC and Glasgow Rangers FC), Craig Sansom with Motherwell FC also Kilmarnock FC, Ayr United, Dundee United, Dundee and a number of Scottish and English clubs), Thomas O'Ware with Greenock Morton FC and Rory McKenzie with Kilmarnock FC (also Brechin City).

Achievements

Our club has successfully competed in various leagues at all age groups and we have in the past been represented at various international tournaments including Amsterdam and Barcelona and UK tournaments including Silloth and Southport, the most notable one being the prestigious Gothia Cup in Sweden in 1999 which was attended by 26 different countries and where our club was chosen to represent Scotland.

A significant success was by the U16 team which won the Amsterdam tournament in 2002.

Our greatest triumph was the Scottish Cup win by the U13 team in 1997.

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