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Glasgow in the 1970s - Sport and pastimes

Again the 1970s have to stretch a bit, from around 1960 to 1988.

Cathkin Park, an early-season midweek match, some time between the installation of floodlights in the autumn of 1959 and the building of the new stand in the summer of 1962. Best guess is a League Cup sectional match, Third Lanark 3 Airdrie 1, in August 1961.  Joe McInnes has sent over a  high corner which Jim Goodfellow is aiming to meet, while Dave Hilley and Matt Gray are looking for a nod back. Alex Harley is poised to make a run, while Willie Cunningham looks on from outside the box. Sorry, don't know any of the Airdrie players.

I must have watched Thirds at Cathkin over a hundred times between around 1956 and the liquidation in 1967 (my mother's family were dyed-in-the-wool Hi-Hi, Cathkin was barely 5 minutes' walk up the road, and by early August in the later years I would carefully have saved up the 10/- required to buy a schoolboy season ticket), but this is the only photo I took there, or at least the only one that has survived. The negative is in very poor condition.




My maternal grandfather subscribed for two £1 shares in Third Lanark A.C. Ltd in 1905. This £2 would have represented more than his weekly wage as a mechanic, and I wonder what my grandmother, a strong woman, would have had to say about it.  Maybe he had saved something back from his time working on the Venezuelan state railway, or maybe he had just backed a good winner.  

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My grandfather's letter of reference from his boss in Caracas. ' . . . return to his family in England',  that must have caused some wry comment.




Hampden Park, c1967, Queen's Park v who? East Fife? Dumbarton? After Thirds folded I might have started going to Hampden, only another 5 minutes walk, but this photo is enough to explain why I didn't – a large ground 1% full has as much atmosphere as the moon.

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Only half of this negative survives, but it shows the northwest corner of Ibrox Park, on the occasion of the annual Rangers Sports, of which the 7-a-side (I think it was 7, but could be wrong) football tournament was always the highlight. I believe that is Ronnie Simpson in goal, playing for Hibs, which would date it to between 1960 and 1964.




From the sublime to the cor blimey. I played at full-back (I was rubbish) for Park Mount AFC, the team in the black and white stripes, but was sidelined with torn ankle ligaments so took a camera along to a home game at Carnwadric. With our 'keeper and centre-half at cross purposes, this looks like a goal, probably one of several, against us. 1974.  

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BB football at the Queen's Park Recs, on the junior pitch which ran parallel to Queen's Drive, behind the prefabs. Cruising down the wing is Davie Buchan of the 113th, the company I was in. Neither my camera nor my technique were quite up to action shots at this time. c1963




113th BB Company football team, in the grounds of Queen's Park High church in Queen's Drive. I was in the back row, third from the right.  April 1962

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An out-of-town battalion of the Tartan Army arrives at Queen St for the Scotland - England international at Hampden on 20th May 1978.  I will gloss over the result in two words, Steve Coppell.




Hamilton Crescent, with Partick Burgh Hall in the background, 10th August 1976. Scotland v Ireland, third day, and I. J. Anderson of Armagh executes a stylish pull to midwicket as forward short leg wisely takes cover. Ivan Anderson was the finest Irish cricketer of his or perhaps any generation, and scored a century in each innings here, the only Irishman who has ever done this in an international. The match ended in a draw.

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Scottish Cross-country Championships at Bellahouston Park, 17th January 1976.



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The Queen’s Park was only a few minutes’ walk away and I would sometimes wander round it with a camera, photographing whatever caught my eye. I am well aware that to take photos such as some of these today would quickly land me in trouble, collar felt if lucky, lynched if not. Whether this is a good or necessary thing, I don’t know, maybe it is, but what I do know is that my photos were taken in all innocence.

I think all the ‘park’ photos were taken in two periods, 1962-65 and 1973-77 (I lost all interest in photography in the years between). With some exceptions which I will note, the black-and-white shots are from the earlier period and the colour from the later.

Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.1  - Take a pony ride.

The pony rides were quite a popular summer attraction in the 1960s, but I don’t think they continued much beyond them. The track can still be seen, alongside Queen’s Drive next to the Wellcroft Bowling Green.




Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.2  -  Hire a brightly painted boat.

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Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.3  -  Sail your model boat, be it large . . .




. . . or small,

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sail . . .




. . . or steam.


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The model boat club is still active, but with their premises diminished to a green portacabin.



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Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.4  -  Fish for baggie minnows



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Not sure what this intrepid lad was up to, casting his net like a Micronesian fisherman. ?That’s a neat prelapsarian cameo beyond him - mum pushing the pram, girl and boy with the toy boat, like something from a 1960s women’s magazine.




Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.5  -  Wonder if it would be a good idea to give mummy a whack on the bum with a big stick.

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Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no. 6 - Get your wheels in motion.




Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no. 7

Accost a passing numpty with a camera, butter him up by petting his dog, and get him to take a photo of you and your sister.


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Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.8 - Enjoy an ice cream.




Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.9 - Smoke a meditative pipe.

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Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.10 - Go on the slides.





Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.11 - Feed the pigeons.

It was almost dark when I took this, and the image quality is ropey.


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Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.12 - Have a game of bowls.




Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.13 - Have a game of, ummm, not quite sure what they were playing.

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Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.14 - Meet up with your pals.


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Things To Do In the Queen’s Park, no.15 - Have a tête-à-tête.



Things To Do in the Queen’s Park, no.16 - Walk the dog.


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Things To Do in the Queen’s Park, no.17 - Admire the views over the city.


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Things To Do in the Queen’s Park, no.18 - See the colours of autumn



and winter.

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Things To Do in the Queen’s Park, no.19 - Just go for a walk.



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Glasgow Green, with the Martin Memorial Fountain in, I think, its original position, across from the foot of Charlotte St. 1973




Glasgow Green, with the Doulton Fountain at its previous site, about halfway between Nelson’s Column and the Saltmarket. It was relatively undamaged at this time (1974), though Mrs South Africa has lost her head.

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Kelvingrove Park, 1974.




Kelvingrove Park.

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Skateboard competition in Kelvingrove Park, 1978.




Stewart Memorial Fountain, Kelvingrove Park, 1976.

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Botanic Gardens, 1978. Much the same photo could be taken today.

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Pollok Park, spring. (1978)




Pollok Park, summer. (1977)





Pollok Park, autumn. (1987)

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Cathcart Castle. It was utterly shameful of the Council, on whose land it had stood since 1927, to neglect this historic ruin and then in 1980 demolish it on the grounds of public safety.

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In the evening of Tuesday June 7th 1977 I wandered round Govanhill and took a few shots.

In this first one, I can’t remember if I asked them to pose or, as seems more likely, they asked me to take wur photies mister, but either way they seem deeply unimpressed  by the procedure.



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(This looks like some of that digital trickery which removes all the colours but one, but no, Govanhill St really was that grey)



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The Orry, Eaglesham, on a winter Sunday afternoon, 16/1/77



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CLASS !!!
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In the summer of, probably, 1964 my classmate Hamish, who was drummer in a local jazz band, suggested I go along to the Clarkston Fair in Overlee Park, where the band was playing, and take some shots.





Blowing up a storm. OK, a stiff breeze.
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The Bottle Stall (with Patrick Malahide as Mark Finney in The Singing Detective?)




In the Tombola Tent. The elegant blonde was, if I recall correctly, the reigning Miss Scotland and the guest of honour.

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After the Tombola’s over.



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Miss Scotland, bless her, kindly agreed to pose for this scruffy schoolboy, and clearly attracted some female admirers.

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There used to be an Overlee Cricket Club who played here, and I think this iron structure may have been the framework of a scoreboard, or maybe a sightscreen. Anyway, it made for an interesting composition of human forms.



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Nice girl.




Nice girl and nice dog.

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Not sure what this stall was about.



Mother and daughters.

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Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket, and Alan Bennet, or maybe not.




I think this was outside the Aunt Sally stall. Not much of a photo, unless you’re interested in 1960s fashion.

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Members of Clarkston Amateurs FC were the targets for the wet sponges.



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The pipe band were wearing the insignia of the Highland Light Infantry, though the regiment had been amalgamated with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1959.



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The Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988, shots taken in the course of several visits. There were clear blue skies in May, but it seemed to rain for most of the rest of the summer. The chestnut-haired 10 year old who appears in a number of them is my oldest nephew John.



John fancied a ride on the Coca-Cola Roller.



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By halfway up the launch ramp, I think he was having second thoughts.



By the top, so was I.

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You seemed to spend most of the ride upside down.



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Having survived the outward ride, we were both a bit more relaxed for the return.




In this case it’s the photo that’s upside down, to show more clearly some of the layout of the Festival.

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The same carload at the foot of the launch ramp, on the way up and on the way down. Compare and contrast some of the facial expressions.

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No oil painting? Sez who?



The Big Wumman. His mother didn’t like this one much, but we did.

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And she hated these ones.



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The Woodman.



I think she was called ‘Foam’.

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Nephew no.2 didn’t really get it, too young.

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At the end of the closing day, in September.

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If you don’t like old cars don’t look any further, for the rest of this set were taken in Blythswood Square on Sunday August 20th 1978 on the occasion of the RSAC’s annual Vintage and Veteran Car Rally. I like old cars well enough, but know hee-haw about them, so I won’t try to pretend otherwise. I think the ones at the front of the grid were 1905ish Rollses, but if anyone likes to make positive identifications of any of the cars, go ahead.



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