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Davie McParland (5 May 1935 – 14 July 2018)[3] was a Scottish football player and manager. He played for Partick Thistle for his whole senior career, making over 400 league appearances.[4]

Davie McParland
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-05-05)5 May 1935
Date of death 14 July 2018(2018-07-14) (aged 83)[1]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Larkhall Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1969 Partick Thistle 416 (71)
National team
1962–1964 Scottish League XI[2] 3 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1974 Partick Thistle
1974–1976 Queen's Park
1976–1978 Celtic (assistant)
1978–1982 Hamilton Academical
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

After retiring as a player, he took over from Scott Symon as manager at Partick Thistle in 1970. McParland led Thistle to promotion to the top division in his first season as manager,[5] and the following year guided them to arguably their greatest triumph, a 4–1 win in the 1971 Scottish League Cup Final against Celtic.[5][6] Following mid-table finishes in 1972-73 and 1973–74, McParland walked out on Thistle after a disagreement with the board.[5]

In June 1974 McParland left Partick Thistle to become head coach at lower league Queens Park. This was the first time at Queens Park that team selection was handed over totally to the coach.[7] In his first season, Queens Park could only finish 16th in the old Scottish Second Division, well away from getting into the new First Division as the League structure was altered to three divisions.[5] The following year saw them finish fourth in the new Scottish Second Division (third tier), still short of winning promotion.[5]

McParland joined Celtic for the start of season 1976-77 as assistant manager, working under Jock Stein.[5][8] McParland took charge of the 'tracksuit' aspects of coaching at Celtic whilst Stein watched from the touchline, still not fully recovered from the serious car smash he was involved in the year before.[8] His first season saw Celtic win a league and cup double,[9] however the club finished trophy-less the following season and slumped to a fifth place league finish. He was released by the club at the end of that season.[10]

McParland then became manager of Hamilton Accies, where he spent four seasons before leaving in the autumn of 1982.[5] He had spells as Head of Youth Development at Airdire,[11] Dunfermline[12] and Motherwell.[13] In October 2001 McParland was appointed Director of Football at Dumbarton[14] but was released from his role in May 2002 amidst rumours that he did not get on with manager Tom Carson.[15]

McParland died in July 2018, just days after Thistle had announced their new training ground would be named after him.[16]


  1. ^ Cameron, Neil (15 July 2018). "Davie McParland: The legend and gentleman of Partick Thistle". Evening Times. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Davie McParland". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  3. ^ Obituary
  4. ^ PARTICK THISTLE : 1946/47 - 2008/09, Newcastle Fans.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g
  6. ^ Philip, Robert (25 October 2006). "The day Hansen and Thistle were a thorn in Celtic's side". The Daily Telegraph. London.
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  8. ^ a b Campbell, Tom; Woods, Pat (1987). The Glory and the Dream. Grafton Books. p. 285. ISBN 0-586-20005-3.
  9. ^ Wilson, Brian (1988). A Century with Honour. Collins Willow. p. 158. ISBN 0-00-218230-0.
  10. ^ Campbell, Tom; Woods, Pat (1987). The Glory and the Dream. Grafton Books. p. 291. ISBN 0-586-20005-3.
  11. ^ "Paul hits four for Saints". The Glasgow Herald. 27 July 1989. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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