It’s Hall for Alex

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A GIFFNOCK man has been inducted into the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame.

Alex O’Hara (55) was football daft when he was younger.

But little did he know then that he would receive such an honour from the club he served so well back in the late 70s and early 80s.

Alex’s love of football saw him signed for Rangers when he was only 16 in 1973.

The midfielder told The Extra: “I played with the team alongside the likes of John Greig and Derek Parlane until 1977.

“Then I went to Partick Thistle under the management of Bertie Auld”.

Alex spent seven successful years at Firhill and still is described by the club as Bertie Auld’s greatest signing.

He continued: “After Thistle, I signed for Greenock Morton in 1984 and stayed with them until 1990 when I left for Hamilton Accies”.

Having left professional football, Alex now works in sales for the Gold Star company — a job which sees him travelling extensively throughout Central Scotland and down to the borders.

But his love of football has never waned and he now turns out for Giffnock North “Old Crocks”.

Alex was inducted to the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame last Friday at the fifth annual event and was joined by other Jags stars of the past Chic Charnley, St Mirren manager Danny Lennon and ex-Lisbon Lion and Firhill legend Bertie Auld.

He concluded: “I was really pleased about the induction. It came out of the blue, but I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

“Football was something I always had a talent for. I’ve never lost the appetite for the game”.