It seemed a fitting location given the latter's name is still spoken with some reverence at the home of Partick Thistle, a club the former midfielder once helped steer out of the depths of the second division and into the top flight within just two years. Fans' appreciation for his role in those campaigns is such that Lennon might expect to be met with dignified silence when he directs his St Mirren side against Thistle tomorrow afternoon.
Lennon may wish privately that the Paisley support also choose to keep their opinions to themselves, since they have grown discontented with a manager blemished by uncomfortable performances in the opening weeks of the season and an early exit from the Scottish League Cup. Archibald remembers a figure of spotless complexion at Firhill, though, with Lennon stepping into the Thistle squad in 1999 and marshalling both the respect of his team-mates and their best qualities.
"When he came in he made a difference right away" said the Thistle manager, who is still working to sign another striker before the close of the transfer window. "He was a leader and helped [then manager] John Lambie to take care of the dressing room - he was there to manage the dressing room when John wasn't in it and he was very, very good at it.
"When he came in we had only just stayed in the second division. He came in and probably saved us then and helped us to two promotions. The Thistle fans remember how good a job he did here."
Lennon is working to improve the lot of St Mirren and is hopeful that he will complete the loan signing of Stephane Bahoken from Olympique Nice this morning. The 21-year-old forward is expected to conclude a move until the end of the season and could make his debut against Thistle if international clearance is received on time. Esmael Goncalves, the former Nice player who spent a successful four-month stint in Paisley last season, is thought to have been instrumental in brokering the deal.
"Stephane will join up with us on Friday," said Lennon, who has also allowed Jon Robertson to return to Cowdenbeath permanently. "He's one we've waited very patiently for and he's something we need to give us a helping hand in attack. We're hoping he can make a real difference."