Hugh Strachan Obituary, Death – Hugh Strachan, a former player for Partick Thistle FC and a legend from 1971, died away earlier today at the age of 84 while sleeping peacefully in his sleep, and everyone at the club is inconsolably grieved to learn of his passing. Hugh Mair Strachan was born on the 21st of February 1939, and he was a proud Ayrshire kid. During his playing career, he would represent Cumnock and Troon, but his professional breakthrough came at Motherwell.
Hugh Mair Strachan was a manager at Motherwell. Before finally being recruited by Partick Thistle, he would spend a total of five years at Fir Park, seven years at Cappielow with Morton, and one full season with Kilmarnock. And so it came to pass that, when the veteran defender was 31 years old, the renowned Davie McParland took him to Firhill for a stint that would turn out to be one of the most memorable of his whole career.
Strachan’s consistency established him as a favorite with Thistle fans as the club raced to the title of the Scottish Second Division in 1970–1971 and climbed back to the top flight with the loss of just three matches over the course of a 36-game league season. Strachan was the perfect foil for the imperious Jackie Campbell in the Jags backline, and his play helped establish him as a fan favorite.
Thistle would go on to play a total of 12 games in the Scottish League Cup the following season, culminating in the greatest day in the club’s history on the 23rd of October, 1971. Of course, things would get much, much better the following fall, when Thistle would begin their run in the tournament.