Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Race Night Update!

All the Commercial Sponsorships are sold! All the Horses are sold! All that remains is for the night itself. If you have already bought or reserved a ticket, great! See you there. If not, fear not! You will still be able to come along on the night and get in by pay at the gate entry (£5)!

On the Night you will have the opportunity to place bets on the horses in the Races. Take a punt, and if your horse is the first to stumble over the line, make a tidy sum!

The final race of the night is the Auction Race: all 8 horses will be auctioned off, and the winning horse owner will take home half the pot and win 4 seats in Hospitality at Firhill for an SFL League Game this season. There will also be a Raffle, details for which will follow shortly.

See you at 7pm on Friday 27th November!
The Jags Trust Board

Friday, 13 November 2009

Centenary Fund - Further Incentive to Join!

As well as the chance to win great monthly prizes and a brand new Citroen car twice per year, the Centenary Fund offers you the opportunity to help the Club in its quest to return to the SPL. As the Chairman stated after 4 key players recently extended their contracts:

"The fact that we were able to do so at this time was due in no small measure to the success of the Centenary Fund which continues to grow and provide the Club with invaluable additional income. At our last home game the Club were presented with the latest £15,000 cheque from the Centenary Fund and it was that money that helped secure these four players on extended contracts."

As a further incentive for people to join the Centenary Fund, the Jags Trust & the Club are offering the opportunity for people who join up during the rest of 2009 to win a couple of excellent prizes.

To be eligible for the draw, which will take place in early January, all you need to do is sign up for the Centenary Fund at the Trust's Race Night on the 27th of November in the Aitken Suite or at the kiosk between sections 6 & 7 in the Jackie Husband Stand on any of the remaining matchdays before the end of the year. If you cannot make any of these events then you can download an application form from the Club's website - - and send it to the Club, you will be entered if your form is received on or before the 31st of December (so get your form sent away quickly).

As is the case for Centenary Fund draws those at Gold level will have 4 entries, Silver have 2 and Bronze 1 entry - so the higher the level you join at the more chance you have of winning.

What can you win? There are 2 prizes - first prize is hospitality for 4 at one of the remaining league games and second prize is £20 worth of "Love2Shop" gift vouchers, these can be used at numerous high street stores.

Remember - you have to be in it to win it!

Good Luck.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Race Night Update (Again!)

Commercial Sponsors:

The 8th and 9th races have been sponsored by McCrea Financial Services and the Firhill Management Team. We extend our warm thanks to all of our Race Sponsors who have helped to make the night possible. Below is the full list of our Race Sponsors:

Race One - Energy Sense UK
Race Two - Greaves Sports
Race Three - Leukaemia Research Trust
Race Four - The Glaswegian
Race Five - British Waterways Board
Race Six - Jim Alexander - Environmental Air Conditioning Ltd.
Race Seven - The Brass Monkey Pub
Race Eight - McCrea Financial Services
Race Nine - The Firhill Management Team


Horses are still available to be purchased at just £2 each! Buying a horse gives you a 1 in 8 chance of winning a Race Prize, and you get to name your horse as you want it to appear in the Race Night Programme. To reserve a horse, email


Race Night Tickets will be on sale on the Supporters Buses and from Jags Trust Board members on Saturday's excursion to the Dunfermline match. Tickets are £5 and ensure your seat on the night in the Aitken Suite.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Hospitality Draw!

With the New Year quickly approaching, what better way to welcome 2010 than by enjoying the excellent hospitality on offer at the first game of the year at Firhill against Greenock Morton?

The Trust are happy to announce that they will be having a draw in December and the lucky winner will receive hospitality for 4 at the game on 2nd January 2010. To be part of the draw all you need is to be a "paid up" member of the Jags Trust by the 1st of December!

So if you have already renewed your membership or joined for the first time then you don't need to do anything (apart from cross your fingers). Don't worry though if you have not got around to renewing your membership yet or have forgotten to join up (you know you want to) as you can still do so by following the instructions on the "Join" page of the Trust website

Good luck!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Race Night Update

Jags Trust Race Night Friday 27th November

Commercial Sponsorship
We are delighted to announce that since the last update, we have secured a further three sponsors.

British Waterways Board, Environmental Air Conditioning Ltd and Brass Monkey Pub have all been confirmed as Race Sponsors. The Environmental Air Conditioning Ltd race is to be called "The Malcontent Handicap". We are very close to being able to announce an eighth sponsor, leaving only one race left for Commercial Sponsorship. Get in contact with us now to avoid disappointment.

You can still buy Race Horses for the night at £2 each by Paypal as previously intimated. Alternatively, you can reserve horses and pay on the night. To reserve horses, please send an e-mail to giving your name, contact details and a desired horse name. Remember if your horse comes first in its race you win the race prize!

Tickets are still available as before, but if you are unable to buy your ticket before the night, you can still pay on the night. Tickets are £5 each.

If you have any questions about the Race Night, please contact me at

Many thanks,

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Martin's Month - October 2009

3rd – Today is the first occasion that the Trust are using the Warriors' shop in the Jackie Husband stand as an area for people to sign up for the Centenary Fund. The news in the morning that 4 players have signed contract extensions and that income from the Centenary Fund helped to achieve this is a great boost. There is a good level of interest and 4 new members are signed up (another member joins in the Main Stand along with 2 Junior Jags thanks to the efforts of Steven Hollinsworth aka Wee Scamps). I am also pleased to report that my colleague Graeme aka Woodstock Jag gave this month's pie the “thumbs up”. As for the game itself we record a 2-0 victory which takes us to the top of the division – only 28 games to go!

12th – A Jags Trust Board meeting this evening. Before the meeting those who attended the game away to Dundee tell the rest of us how well the team played and how unlucky we were. As for the meeting there are, as usual, lots of things to discuss and these include the Centenary Fund, Kieron's report on Community Development, the Hall of Fame Dinner Dance and the Race Night that is being held in November. Other fundraising initiatives are also discussed and further details on these will be published on the Trust website when they have been confirmed.

17th – Back in action at Firhill today for a game against Ayr United. The Trust are back in the Warriors' shop between sections 6 & 7 to allow people to sign up for the Centenary Fund, join the Trust or to buy horses/tickets for the Race Night on the 27th of November. We have a lot of interest in these and sign up another 4 Centenary Fund members. Also making an appearance today was the Jags Trust t-shirt which went down very well alongside my red jumper (the t-shirt is a lovely yellow). The game itself saw us keep up our record of clean sheets in the league here at Firhill as we record a very well deserved 2-0 win. It was nice to see that Mark Roberts got a good ovation from the Thistle fans when he was substituted (it was even better though to see him miss that header in the second half).

20th – The Centenary Fund draw at Firhill today. After the success of our recent attempts to get people signed up on matchdays it is time for October's draw. Congratulations to all of the winners – especially Joyce Towers who won a signed ball (well done Gran). The Citroen car will be drawn on the 31st against Raith Rovers, so still a chance for those who did not win anything today.

23rd – An evening that I have been looking forward to for several weeks – the Hall of Fame Dinner Dance to induct the 1971 League Cup winning team. The event is at the aptly named Thistle Hotel in Glasgow and the Trust had taken 3 tables at it. I am at the table with some of my fellow Board members and forum users and their wives. The evening is hosted by Dougie Donnelly and he does a good job (well for a Clyde fan). The meal is very nice and credit goes to the hotel staff who did an excellent job in making sure things ran smoothly. The inimitable Bertie Auld helps with the raffle – congratulations to those who won prizes. The auction had a number of excellent prizes – a framed '71 replica top which was signed by the team, a threeball at Loch Lomond golf course, a trip to the Manchester Derby in April plus others. Two of the items went for over £1,000 and the others all raised good funds as well. There was a great speech by Robert Reid who talked about the day itself and the manager at that time, David McParland, gave an excellent and funny speech about his time in charge. Unfortunately I had to leave before the dancing started so I could not show my “moves” but I am sure that there was as much fancy footwork on the dance floor as there was on the pitch on that wonderful day in 1971.

31st – A game against Raith Rovers today to finish the first third of the season. It is also a further opportunity to sell tickets and horses for the Race Night on the 27th of November in the Aitken Suite. Business is fairly quiet but we do manage to shift a few tickets and horses on the day. There is more good news later in the evening with a further two commercial sponsors just about signed up. I would also like to thank the Jags fan who made a very generous donation towards the Race Night, I won't embarrass him by naming him here but he knows who he is – thanks again! We also get another new member of the Centenary Fund – every little helps. The draw for the car is made at half time and I think everyone is relieved that neither a Jags Trust Board member or a Thistle player wins it! It was also very encouraging to see so many youngsters turn up in their Halloween costumes – I did not realise that Batman supported the Jags! A few “grown ups” also had costumes on (you know who you are) but they were not in the same class as the youngsters. Well I suppose I need to mention the game now. Thistle did not play as well as they have done recently but some credit should go to Raith Rovers who executed their game plan very well. Although the game was lost 2-1 we are still only 4 points from the top of the table with 72 points still to play for and if we all stick together then I do believe that we have an excellent chance of being promoted.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Race Night & Centenary Fund

Prior to the game against Raith Rovers on Saturday there will be the opportunity for people to purchase horses and/or tickets for the Race Night on the 27th of November. These will be available for purchase in the Aitken Suite before 2pm and at the kiosk between sections 6 & 7 in the Jackie Husband Stand in the build up to kick off and during the half time interval.

Tickets for what should be a very enjoyable evening are priced at £5, horses can be purchased and named for £2. There is still an opportunity for an individual or company to sponsor a race at a cost of £50. Our most recent sponsor is The British Waterways Board and we extend our thanks to them. Should you be interested in sponsoring a race or have any questions about the Race Night then please contact

There will also be another opportunity for people to sign up for the Centenary Fund at the kiosk prior to kick off. The 2 games so far where this facility has been available have seen £80 worth of new membership added, so lets get through the £100 figure on Saturday!

Monday, 26 October 2009

Race Night Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that in addition to Energy Sense UK, Leukaemia Research Fund and Greaves Sports, we have a new commercial sponsor for the Jags Trust Race Night.

The Glaswegian, the City's local newspaper, is part of the Daily Record Group and provides extensive coverage of Glasgow's big two (Thistle and Queen's Park!) as well as Junior Football in Glasgow. We are very pleased that they have taken this opportunity to support the Supporters' Association and the Club in this way, and we extend our gratitude to them for doing so. You can visit their website at

The opportunity to sponsor a Race is still available to any company or individual for £50. For this, commercial sponsors: receive two complimentary tickets to the Race Night; get to name their race; have their logo/advert on their race's page in the evening's programme; can present the race prize to the winning horse owner, and will be mentioned in all our subsequent promotion of the event.

If the contents of your wallet can't quite stretch that far, fear not! You can sponsor as many horses as you like for the event at £2 each. Details of how you can pay are in previous news bulletins: you can pay by PayPal or at the Raith Rovers game at the Warriors shop in Section 6 of the Jackie Husband Stand.

Race Night Tickets are also on sale at £5 each and can be reserved online, paid for by PayPal, paid for at the Raith Rovers game and collected at the Rovers game. Book in advance to avoid disappointment with the inevitable rush on Saturday.

If you are interested in Commercial Sponsorship, or would like to reserve tickets and horses, please don't hesitate to contact

Monday, 19 October 2009

easyfundraising - Free Funds

Did you know you don't have to spend anything to raise funds for us with easyfundraising? The "FREE FUNDS" page lets you raise OVER £250 for The Jags Trust without spending a penny! The featured retailers will make free donations just for switching to their service, participating in free trials or even simply registering on their site!

For example, eBay offer a £4.50 donation when you register and place just one bid (it doesn't even have to be a wining bid!), while The National Lottery will pay us £2 just for registering on their site and playing Lotto online for the first time!

LOVEFiLM offer an £5 donation when you sign up for a 14 day free trial of their dvd rental service.

Please log on to and click on the FREE FUNDS page for more details.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Paypal and the Race Night

We are able to clarify the issue regarding PayPal fees for Horses and Race Tickets.

To avoid either you or the Trust from incurring fees, the best thing to do is to add fees from an attached Bank Account to your PayPal account first. Then when submitting the payment to us, select the payment type as "Other".

Of course, you can buy horses and tickets at the Centenary Fund stall at tomorrow's game if you so desire. Tickets are currently being sent to the printers, however, we can take your name, details and payment, and we will arrange for you to be united with your ticket as and when is convenient.

You can, of course, join the Centenary Fund by filling in a form at the booth! And remember folks, if you would like the JT to gain shares for you joining the fund, write "JT" in the Agent's box!

See you tomorrow.