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Glasgow in the 1970s - Sport and pastimes
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Glasgow in the 1970s - Sport and pastimes  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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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