TANNADICE made for a fetching seasonal scene on a glorious afternoon on Tayside, its pitch and terraces bathed in autumnal oranges, reds and yellows.
FREDERIC FRANS was born in early January, which makes him a Capricorn.
Tommy Craig, most observers would agree, has been under intense pressure during St Mirren's indifferent start to the season.
25' 1-0 Jamie Hamill releases Ross Barbour, whose deep cross is met with a low header by Tope Obadeyi.
His name does not appear on the scoresheet, but one player stood above the rest at Rugby Park yesterday.
THE underlying significance of this evening's match between Partick Thistle and St Mirren will not be lost on Tommy Craig.
PARTICK THISTLE may have surprised the rest of Scottish football with their 3-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday but they didn't shock themselves.
A BALMY afternoon in Maryhill was shattered at 2pm by a series of explosions inside Firhill.
On the face of it, the glitch in the Aberdeen machine which caused them to register only one victory in their opening three SPFL Premiership games has been eradicated.
Derek McInnes's call for greater attacking invention from his Aberdeen side did not fall on deaf ears.
Shay Logan, the Aberdeen full-back, has dismissed the suggestion that his side's involvement in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League has hindered them in the early weeks of the domestic season.
Jackie McNamara, the Dundee United manager, has acknowledged that he was unable to guarantee regular football to Brian Graham this season.
Kris Doolan hopes he has given Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald a selection headache after marking his first start of the campaign with a goal against Morton on Tuesday, writes Chris Jack.
THIS was a simple case of job done for Partick Thistle.
Partick Thistle collapsed during the final five minutes of their league match on Saturday.
2' Paul Gallacher prevents Louis Longridge putting the visitors ahead.
THE league table doesn't lie.
ALEX NEIL believes Partick Thistle are likely to prove a much tougher proposition than when the Glasgow side last squared up to his Hamilton Academical team.
Thistle have taken root in the SPFL Premiership.
ALAN ARCHIBALD has been left frustrated in his attempts to bolster his Partick Thistle ranks but is still confident his core of experienced players can keep them out of trouble.
FROM out of a stramash emerged another staple of Scottish football:
THE red mist cleared but the mind remained foggy.
Scott Fox wore the gloves for Partick Thistle last season.
BANNED for nine matches last season for thumping a rival player, Gary Fraser has been tipped by Alan Archibald, the Partick Thistle manager, to make a name for himself in all the right ways this term.
Partick Thistle were kept in cold storage for an extra couple of days this summer but it was to prove a welcome return to SPFL Premiership action last night.
WITH three summer signings already chalked up, Alan Archibald might be assumed by some Partick Thistle fans to have done the hard graft, but the manager has not yet relented in his mission to bolster the Firhill squad with quality additions.
Danny Seaborne has revealed how former manager Steven Pressley helped to convince him to move to Partick Thistle.
Lyle Taylor has turned down offers from Partick Thistle and Falkirk to instead sign for Sky Bet League 1 club Scunthorpe United.
Partick Thistle have announced they are heading to Spain for a pre-season training camp.
TWO clubs fighting it out to desperately avoid slipping down into a play-off, players battling for contracts and their very livelihoods.