Spanish international football legend Gaizka Mendieta has signed for Partick T.H.I.S.T.L.E.
The former Valencia and Barcelona midfielder, who scored eight times in 40 appearances for his country and was once the sixth most expensive footballer in the world, is backing T.H.I.S.T.L.E. – the charity music single in aid of Thistle community initiatives and local cancer charities.
On a recent visit to Glasgow to appear on STV’s Sports Centre show, Mendieta proudly held up a t-shirt featuring the letter T. The song, released by Big Welshy, went on sale on iTunes today and throughout the week of release Mendieta will be joined by six other celebrities endorsing the track by holding t-shirts featuring the remaining six letters – HISTLE.
Keep an eye on the track’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/THISTLE/113243505380936) to see the T.H.I.S.T.L.E. team photo take shape.
As Big Welshy said: “This is a fun project for some really worthy causes and I’m delighted that Gaizka agreed to back it. While in this city Thistle fans may be relatively small in number, when united they can be a powerful force. If each and every single fan can encourage all friends, family and colleagues to spend less than £1 to support T.H.I.S.T.L.E. we can both raise some much-needed funds for the causes as well as helping put this magnificent club on the map again.”
The charity song is available from iTunes today – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/t-h-i-s-t-l-e-feat-rio-callahan/id370186464T.H.I.S.T.L.E – with a physical CD due to be available in Fopp, Byres Road, Glasgow, from Wednesday.
Thistle chairman Allan Cowan said: “Everyone at the club is delighted to support this music venture which is a fitting end to our Firhill centenary season.”
David Stewart, chair of the Partick Thistle Supporters' Association (the Jags Trust), said: “We are delighted to support Big Welshy's work to promote the football club and raise money for local community initiatives.
“The Trust assists with a large number of local charity groups, from running community football coaching courses to improve health and promote social integration, to partnering existing charities such as Phoenix Futures, which helps to integrate people with drug and alcohol addiction back into the workplace. The funds raised through the sale of this single will help to secure the future of projects such as these and many others.
“Thistle have always been a great community club, and we hope that folk will rally round and buy a copy of a song which is sure to quickly become a footballing classic.”
Further information on some of the local community groups which are supported by the Jags Trust can be found at http://www.thistle123.com