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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 May, 2003, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
Lambie moved by Firhill bow
John Lambie left Firhill with a song for the fans
Partick Thistle manager John Lambie admitted his farewell game at Firhill was one of the most emotional days of his 43-year career in football.

The Jags boss took a bow in front of his adoring fans - and sang them a song - after his side's 1-0 defeat by Dundee United.

Lambie said: "It was as emotional as anything before in football and it stems from the state of the club four or five years ago when we were only one point away from the Third Division.

"But since then we've been Second Division champions, First Division champions and are now staying in the Bank of Scotland SPL.

"Before the season started the bookies had us relegated so all credit to the players and also my assistant Gerry Collins who has been a tremendous servant for me."

Lambie, however, hinted that the players and staff at Firhill have not seen the last of him just yet.

He said: "I've got two grandchildren and 200 pigeons to keep me busy but I'm still being kept on at the club as an associate director and I will do some work for our sponsors and in their hospitality suites.

"And if Gerry wants me to go to Trinidad with him and the players then I'll go there and get a holiday out of it for nothing."

Dundee United manager Ian McCall joined in the tributes to Lambie, saying: "John's a good man and it's just unfortunate that every time I come here I beat him.

"But I wish him a happy retirement because he's certainly earned it."

Lambie's last game in charge of Thistle comes at Easter Road next Saturday and Collins will take over for next season.


Collins given Jags job
25 Feb 03  |  Scottish Premier
Lambie to leave Jags
31 Jan 03  |  Partick Thistle

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