#04 v Dumbarton - Saturday 21st November 2020

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Season 2020/21 MATCH DAY #04

PETERHEAD v DUMBARTON Saturday 21st November 2020


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Today’s opponents Dumbarton FC have enjoyed a good start to the season with 2 wins, 1 draw & a defeat in the league. The C&G Systems Stadium side have lost their last 3 games at the hands of East Fife, Kilmarnock & Falkirk the latter with only 2 subs available including a goalkeeper. It is a big match for both sides, Dumbarton are on a losing streak at the minute however they gave Kilmarnock plenty to think about last week in the Betfred Cup. Dumbarton currently sit 3rd in League One at the minute but a win for the hosts would make things very interesting at the top end of the table with only 4 points separating Dumbarton in 3rd to Clyde in 9th at the minute. League One is so intense that every win is vital &

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Dumbarton will look at this game as an opportunity to build momentum on their fantastic start to the League One campaign. In terms of the squad that Dumbarton have to work with this season, it’s completely different to last term with Jim Duffy recruiting no lower than 13 players this calendar year including youngster Daniel Church who signed last week having been on the books at Celtic. Church spoke to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com who said, “I think it's really good to get a bit of security again after so long. I left Celtic in the close season having been there for 13 years and with the Covid situation meaning no games for such a long time, it's good to get back into a team again. “When the manager said he wanted me to sign, I was


keen to come in straight away. “The boys did really well against Kilmarnock on Saturday. It's always a difficult place to go against a Premiership side and I'd only trained with the team for an hour on Thursday before it. “I was really short of match fitness having not played since September, but we gave a decent account of ourselves, especially in the second half. “When I went into training on Thursday it was good to see a few familiar faces. I know Sam Wardrop and PJ Crossan from my time at Celtic and Chris Hamilton from the Scotland youth setup. It certainly made the transition easier. “I was on loan to East Fife for six months last season and I think I will benefit from being there now, as I

know the league and in fact played against Dumbarton a few times. “I'm in a better place to play games and having played for the youths at Celtic, that was my first step into professional football. “Since I was about seven years old, all I knew was Celtic, growing up as part of their youth team. Every year it was going well and it got to the stage where I made the reserve team. “But I never made the first team and although I went to get games somewhere else, it was always in the back of my mind that it would happen that I would leave.”

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FROM THE DUG OUT

DISAPPOINTMENT AT SAINTS LOSS Following last Saturday’s defeat, Blue Toon Talk spoke to Jim who said “I’m disappointed to go behind to two penalty kicks as we’d worked so hard to stay in the game. We were a wee bit of a victim, because I’ve watched Euan Anderson referee Celtic and Rangers games and I’ve seen a lot of pushing and pulling in the box and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him giving a penalty for it. At the end of the day, if it’s a penalty for pulling in this game then it’s a penalty in every game because I watch it happening in every game. But it’s easier to give them in games that are less important to individuals, so I’ll watch in future and see what he thinks.” “Of course the first penalty decision changes the game and the other thing that changed was the wind died down. You’ve no room for error when you play Premiership teams because they’re pretty ruthless when it comes to taking opportunities. For the second goal, Stevie May, has been clever. It’s hard enough playing Premiership teams without conceding penalties, because I thought we matched them really well up until the first penalty. Then for 15-20 minutes we were a bit ragged because obviously the boys were a bit disillusioned. But they came back and kept fighting until the end. We’ve got eight points out of a group that nobody would have given us a hope in, it’s just a pity that we couldn’t see it through.” Jim 8


RESULTS, FIXTURES & LEAGUE TABLES

GROUP A Hearts East Fife Raith Rovers Cowdenbeath Inverness CT

1 2 2 0 0

Inverness CT Cowdenbeath East Fife Hearts Cowdenbeath

0 0 1 1 0

Inverness won 4-2 on penalties

Hearts East Fife Raith Rovers

3 2 3

Raith Rovers 1 Hearts 3 Inverness CT 3

Raith Rovers won 3-2 on penalties

0 1

Hearts Raith Rovers Inverness CT East Fife Cowdenbeath

P W D L F A Pts 4 4 0 0 8 3 12 4 2 1 1 7 7 8 4 1 2 1 4 4 6 4 1 0 3 5 6 3 4 0 1 3 0 4 1

2 1 7 0 3 1 1

Raith Rovers 1 East Fife 0

Dundee Utd St Johnstone Brechin City Peterhead Brechin City Kelty Hearts Peterhead

6 2 0 1 1 0 1

Dundee Utd

0

Peterhead won 4-3 on penalties

St Johnstone

0

1 3 1 0 0 2

Forfar Athletic 0 Brora Rangers 1 Hibernian 2 Dundee 2 Hibernian 1 Cove Rangers 2

Cove Rangers won 6-5 on penalties

Dundee Forfar Athletic

3 3

Cove Rangers 0 Brora Rangers 3

Forfar Athletic won 4-3 on penalties

Cowdenbeath Inverness CT

GROUP C Brechin City Kelty Hearts St Johnstone Dundee United Peterhead Dundee United Kelty Hearts

GROUP B Dundee Hibernian Cove Rangers Brora Rangers Forfar Athletic Brora Rangers

Dundee United won 4-3 on penalties

Brechin City Peterhead

0 1

Kelty Hearts 2 St Johnstone 3

St Johnstone Dundee United Peterhead Kelty Hearts Brechin City

P W D L F A Pts 4 3 1 1 12 2 10 4 2 1 1 7 3 8 4 2 1 1 6 5 8 4 1 1 2 4 4 4 4 0 0 4 3 18 0

Cove Rangers Hibernian

1 4

Forfar Athletic 0 Dundee 1

Hibernian Dundee Cove Rangers Brora Rangers Forfar Athletic

P W D L F A Pts 4 4 0 0 10 3 12 4 3 0 1 7 4 9 4 1 1 2 4 7 5 4 0 2 2 6 10 2 4 0 1 3 3 6 2

GROUP D Stirling Albion Montrose

1 3

Arbroath Ross County

2 3

Stirling Alb Montrose Arbroath Elgin City Ross County Montrose Stirling Alb Elgin City

0 1 1 2 4 1 0 0

Ross County won 5-4 on penalties

Elgin City Arbroath Ross County Montrose Elgin City Stirling Albion Ross County Arbroath

2 3 2 0 1 2 3 3

Ross County Arbroath Elgin City Stirling Albion Montrose

P W D L F A Pts 4 3 1 0 12 5 11 4 3 0 1 9 4 9 4 2 0 2 5 7 6 4 1 0 3 3 8 3 4 0 1 3 5 10 1

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RESULTS, FIXTURES & LEAGUE TABLES

GROUP E Falkirk Dumbarton Dunfermline Clyde Kilmarnock Falkirk Clyde Dumbarton Dunfermline Kilmarnock

3 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 3 2

Kilmarnock Dunfermline Falkirk Dumbarton Dunfermline Clyde Kilmarnock Falkirk Clyde Dumbarton

0 1 0 2 3 1 2 4 2 0

GROUP F Annan Athletic Albion Rovers Hamilton Annan Athletic

3 2 2 1

Hamilton Ayr United Ayr United Stranraer

1 5 1 1

Stranraer won 4-2 on penalties

Stranraer

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Albion Rovers 2

Albion Rovers won 2-1 on penalties

Ayr United Albion Rovers Stranraer Ayr United

1 1 2 1

Annan Ath Annan Ath Hamilton Stranraer

0 5 1 1

Ayr United won 6-5 on penalties

Hamilton

Dunfermline Falkirk Kilmarnock Clyde Dumbarton

P W D L F A Pts 4 4 0 0 9 2 12 4 3 0 1 9 3 9 4 2 0 2 4 6 6 4 1 0 3 6 9 3 4 0 0 4 2 10 0

GROUP G Morton

2

Q of the Sth

2

Queen of the South won 4-2 on penalties

St Mirren Q of the Sth

4 2

Partick Th St Mirren

1 2

St Mirren won 4-2 on penalties

Partick Th Q of the Sth

2 0 1 1 1

Queen’s Park 0 Q of the Sth 3 Morton 1

St Mirren won 6-5 on penalties

Partick Th

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GROUP H Edinburgh City Airdrieonians Livingston Edinburgh City

1 0 2 2

Albion Rovers 0 W D L F A Pts 2 1 1 8 5 8 2 1 1 9 4 7 1 3 0 6 5 7 2 0 2 7 6 6 0 1 3 5 15 2

Livingston Alloa Ath Alloa Ath S/housmuir

5 2 1 2

Stenhousemuir won 4-2 on penalties

Queen’s Park 0 Partick Th 0

Partick Thistle won 3-2 on penalties

Morton Queen’s Park St Mirren

Ayr United Annan Athletic Stranraer Hamilton A Albion Rovers

3 P 4 4 4 4 4

Morton

S/housemuir Alloa Athletic S/housemuir Airdrieonians Alloa Ath Livingston

0 2 0 0 4 4

Airdrieonians 2 Edinburgh City 1 Livingston 4 Edinburgh City 1 S/housmuir 2 Airdrieonians 1

Livingston Alloa Athletic Edinburgh City Airdrieonians Stenhousemuir

P W D L F A Pts 4 4 0 0 15 3 12 4 3 0 1 9 5 9 4 1 1 2 5 9 4 4 1 0 3 3 7 3 4 0 1 3 4 12 2

0

Partick Thistle won 4-2 on penalties

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Queen’s Park

0

St Mirren

1

St Mirren Queen of the South Partick Thistle Morton Queen’s Park

P W D L F A Pts 4 2 2 0 8 4 10 4 1 3 0 7 5 7 4 1 2 1 3 4 7 4 1 3 0 4 3 6 4 0 0 4 1 7 0


MATCH REPORT

KELTY HEARTS 1-1 PETERHEAD Peterhead won 5-3 on penalties

Tuesday 10th November 2020 • Betfred Cup • Group C Peterhead came away from New Central Park with two points thanks to a 5-3 penalty kick success over Lowland League Champions Kelty Hearts following a 11 draw between the sides.

It was a game that Peterhead could have won in the second half with a strong performance or lost after being second best in the first half or indeed only picked up one point had captain Scott Brown, Gary Fraser, Steven Boyd, Derek Lyle and Ryan Conroy not kept their nerve in the shoot-out with Kelty skipper Michael Tidser erring with the Fife side’s first spot-kick when he sent it against the woodwork. Goalkeeper Joshua Rae dropped out after falling ill with Lenny Wilson making his debut after joining in the summer of 2019 with Kelty having three former Blue Toon players – Jamie Stevenson, Paddy Boyle and Scott Hooper in their starting line-up with a fourth former team-mate Craig Reid on the bench. Lyall Cameron was given an early opportunity when Kelty keeper Darren Jamieson failed to clear correctly however Hooper got back to stop the danger. Boyle fired over the Peterhead bar before Wilson made a smart stop from another ex-team-mate Jamie Stevenson who tried his luck from the edge of the box. The hosts had been the better side in the first half and Peterhead manager reacted to this at the break by

taking off Cameron and Alan Cook and replacing them with Derek Lyle and Steven Boyd. The changes made an instant impact with the Balmoor men grabbing the lead four minutes into the restart in spectacular fashion with Gary Fraser thundering home a shot from 25 yards. Ben Armour was denied a second for the visitors by Jamieson however Kelty came close to a leveller when Hooper became the third former blue and white player to go close when he headed towards goal. It looked like Boyd would settle Peterhead nerves and secure the three points with 18 minutes left when he ran clear on goal however the striker slipped his effort just wide of goal. Kelty took full advantage of that reprieve with Stevenson hitting a trademark free-kick from long distance and Wilson let his effort squirm through his hands and legs to set up the penalty shoot-out. Peterhead won the extra point to set up a winner takes all affair with St Johnstone on Saturday. Peterhead – Wilson, Bailey, Freeman, J.Brown, Conroy, Cameron (Boyd 46), McCarthy (Bakar 81), Fraser, S.Brown, Cook (Lyle 46), Armour (Ferry 63) Unused substitutes – Kesson

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MINE EYES HAVE SEEN

THE GLORY By George Ritchie

A story of football in Peterhead from 1946 and including other aspects of life enjoyed by A story brought of football Peterhead from 1946after and the including other aspects of life enjoyed by children up in during and immediately 39-49 war years. children brought up during and immediately after the 39-49 war years. “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” was first serialised in the Buchan Observer in 2002 and we “Mine Eyes Have Glory” was first serialised the Buchan Observer in 2002 and we are delighted thatSeen Blue the Toon Talk brings you the LateinGeorge Ritchie’s wonderful account of are delighted that Blue Toon Talk brings you the Late George Ritchie’s wonderful account of his memories to a whole new generation of Blue Toon fans. his memories to a whole new generation of Blue Toon fans.

PART 37a –

Peterhead’s Palace of Varieties

The era of “Hurdy Gurdies,” “Wheep’n Peeries,” and “Birlin Girds” was now well in the past and replaced by the oncoming age of puberty and racing on a pace. Those innocuous, irrelevant and frilly “quinies,” who us loons remembered playing “shoppies” with brightly coloured beach stones, did now all of a sudden begin to seem more important to us chauvinistic boys. The dark winter nights were soon to become much more interesting. Evening entertainment other than the pic-ters was in short supply in the early post-war years. Very occasionally Archie McCullough a Scottish show business presenter would take his “Discovery” show to Peterhead’s Playhouse cinema. The town however, had it’s own expert in that field, for Peterhead had it’s own local “Opportunity Knocks” style impresario in the diminutive highly popular “Bobby Toe” and his able theatre manager “Tosh” McIntosh, with excellent soloist and talent spotter Bertha Reid (Mackie). Bertha had gained experience singing 12

at a BBC “Workers Playtime” broadcast from Crosse & Blackwell's works canteen, her contribution on that occasion was “Sailor Boy.” At a Bobby Toe’s evening her standard favourites were “When I Grow Too Old to Dream, I’ll Have You to Remember” and the always popular “When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver.” In the dark post war years around 1948 Thursday night was well known in Peterhead jargon as “Chaw – the – poker – nicht.” Now with the advent of Bobby Toe’s in a smoke filled Longate Hall on a Thursday night the budding Bing Crosbies and Judy Garlands would burst forth with such great enthusiasm it lifted the spirits of many entertainment impoverished youngsters. Cummin Summers was one of the regular accomplished accordion accompanists, he would tell the nervous singers to start in their own key and he would quickly follow, he never failed or disappointed and gave great encouragement to the volunteer singers. On reflection it was “Karaoke” long before we had heard of such a word.


Bobby Toe’s hall of fame included the following list of what I can only describe as the Longate’s “Variety Bandbox” an array of young Peterhead talent that is unlikely to ever again be seen performing in any one place at the same time. I give a typical “Bobby Toe’s” programme; Doors Open 7 O’Clock Admission one ha’penny to the Longate’s Palace of Varieties” Opening the bill as on every week Nellie Sullivan, whose “Cup was always full and running over” quickly followed by Isobell Dixon with “It was off he went to war in … his toorie and his sporr-in, His red toorie oorie oorie aye, It was not his Tommy gun, that made the Gerries run… Bed the toorie on his bunnet, the red toorie oorie aye!

his heart out I suspect. The adrenaline now flowing, Isabell encored with “A Gordon For Me!” Her “dream was made” later, when she married her Gordon Highlander Benny Buchan. The entertainment now well started carried on at brisk pace, mosly I have to admit with the girls, while many of the boys sat at the back of the hall smok’n tabbies and eyeing up the talent and not only the ones on the stage. There were a few boys who would pluck up courage and give it a go. Archie Gillies croon’in, swoon’in and generally Bing Crosby’n his way to “Bowl’n the Jack” and “Moonlight becomes you.” Jimmy Youngson being “The Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy, Charg’n you a Nickel just to shine one sho!” Myra Fulton with “Evening Shadows Making Her Blue” in her rendition of “My Happiness.”

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2020/21 UPDATED SPFL LEAGUE ONE SIGNINGS Airdrieonians Max Currie (Stranraer) Thomas Robert (Montpellier) Euan O'Reilly (St Johnstone) Harlain Mbayo (Truro City) Dean Ritchie (Heart of Midlothian) Griffin Sabatini (SC Dnipro, loan) Eoghan Stokes (Cork City) Reece Murdoch (Livingston) Kyle Connell (Kilmarnock, loan) Clyde Jamie Bain (Forfar Athletic) Matthew Shiels (Rangers, loan) Ross Cunningham (Hamilton Academical) Jay Henderson (St Mirren, loan) Josh Jack (St Mirren, loan) David Wilson (St Mirren) Lloyd Robertson (Aberdeen) Tom Lang (Dunfermline Athletic) Matej Vajs (MSK Zilina) Cammy Palmer (Rangers, loan) Cove Rangers Leighton McIntosh (Wrexham) Adam Livingstone (Motherwell) Seb Ross (Aberdeen) Jamie Semple (Motherwell, loan) Ryan Mullen (Celtic, loan) Chris Graham (Dundee United, loan) Hamish Ritchie (Inverurie Locos, loan) Dumbarton Denny Johnstone (Falkirk) Sam Wardrop (Dundee United) Nat Wedderburn (Airdrieonians) Kevin Dabrowski (Hibernian, loan) Chris Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian, loan) Chris Smith (Annan Athletic) Jaime Wilson (Northcote City) Donald Morrison (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) Matthew Reilly (St Mirren) Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) Daniel Church (Celtic) East Fife Thomas Collins (BSC Glasgow) Danny Swanson (St Johnstone) Jack Hamilton (Livingston, loan) Aiden McLaughlin (Fife Elite Academy) Falkirk Blair Sneddon (Camelon Juniors) Anton Dowds (East Fife)

Scott Mercer (Queen of the South) Aidan Keena (Hartlepool United) Callumn Morrison (Heart of Midlothian) Blair Alston (Hamilton Academical) Akeel Francis (Farsley Celtic) Matthew Connelly (Motherwell, loan) PJ Morrison (Motherwell, loan) Euan Deveney (Kilmarnock, loan) Sean Kelly (Ross County) Forfar Athletic Scott Shepherd (Edinburgh City) Daniel Hoban (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) Chris Antoniazzi (Aberdeen) Daniel Scally (Albion Rovers) Archie Thomas (Cowdenbeath) Mark Hill (Celtic) Jordan Allan (Cowdenbeath) Cammy Breadner (St Mirren, loan) Kyle Dalling (Aberdeen) Jack MacKenzie (Aberdeen, loan) John Robertson (St Johnstone, loan) Sam Fisher (Dundee, loan) Florent Hoti (Dundee United, loan) Montrose Cammy Ballantyne (St Johnstone, loan) Martin Rennie (St Patrick's Athletic) Chris Mochrie (Dundee United, loan) Harry Cochrane (Heart of Midlothian, loan) Partick Thistle Ross Docherty (Ayr United) Richard Foster (Ross County) Connor Murray (Queen of the South) Ciaran McKenna (Hamilton Academical) Rhys Breen (Rangers, loan) Kieran Wright (Rangers, loan) Salim Kouider-Aissa (Livingston, loan) Declan Glass (Dundee United, loan) Charlie Reilly (Hamilton Academical) Blair Spittal (Ross County, loan) Peterhead Isaac Layne (Dumbarton) Gary MacKenzie (St Mirren) Kyle Bailey (Nybergsund) Kieran Freeman (Dundee United, loan) Josh Mulligan (Dundee, loan) Joshua Rae (Cowdenbeath) Derryn Kesson (Broughty Athletic) Lyall Cameron (Dundee, loan) Hashim Bakar (Benburb)

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TODAY’S REFEREE: ASST. REFEREE 1: ASST. REFEREE 2:

PETERHEAD Ben ARMOUR Kyle BAILEY Hashim BAKAR Steven BOYD Jason BROWN Scott BROWN Lyall CAMERON Ryan CONROY Alan COOK Simon FERRY

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Gary FRASER Kieran FREEMAN Derryn KESSON Isaac LAYNE Derek LYLE Gary MACKENZIE Andy McCARTHY Josh MULLIGAN Joshua RAE Lenny WILSON


SQUADS Calum SCOTT Andy MILNE Colin McAPLINE

DUMBARTON Chris CALDER Stuart CARSWELL Daniel CHURCH PJ CROSSAN Kevin DABROWSKI Ross FORBES Adam FRIZZELL Chris HAMILTON Denny JOHNSTONE Robert JONES

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This month Scotland’s male full international side made a piece of sporting history and did what no other side has done since 1998 – qualify for a major tournament.

Bear with me as we got back even further in time and if I could borrow Dr Who’s Tardis one of my first stops would be to Old London Town and March 31st 1928.

It is sad to think that, at one time, we were in the footballing elite. No doubt that one of the greatest sides Scotland ever produced was a famous day many years ago against the ‘Auld Enemy’.

The location is Wembley Stadium. The packed stadium saw one of the most astonishing displays ever seen at the old ground and one where the mighty England were totally and utterly humiliated and destroyed by their deadliest enemies and a legend was born for we witnessed the birth of Scotland’s finest pre-WW 2 side, the Wembley Wizards.

To start the story we must travel back to 1986 and a mere 20 people are gathered at a cemetery in Coatbridge to pay their final respects to Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw who had returned to his native roots after playing in England first for Bury and then for Liverpool. He was an attacking midfield player but a disconcerting one and this cost him honours. He was though a quality player and counted Matt Busby as an admirer. With his passing he joined the last of legends in Heaven’s pitches perhaps to re-enact many a famous success.

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For those of that time they recounted the tale of the massacre of the English, a massacre that, in terms of scoring, has never been repeated. For those of us born into generations from a much later time all we have is some grainy old film of that great day but even that is enough to have us paying glowing tributes to eleven heroes in the dark blue of Scotland.


For all those jubilant Scots there that day, there was some final irony for it is often forgotten that this famous win did not clinch the Home International Championship for Wales had already lifted that with wins over England and Ireland and a draw with Scotland. The Scots needed to have beaten Ireland in February 1928 for the Wembley game to have given them a championship chance but, in a nightmare game at Firhill; the Scots went down 1-0 to our Celtic cousins. All that was left to play for was pride and a chance to rub the Auld Enemies noses right into the dirt.

three games, the last a 1-0 win over England at Hampden giving birth to the ‘Hampden Roar’. Back to that glorious day though and, in the lead up to the game, there was much gnashing of teeth and wailing for the Scotland selectors, for it was a panel of selectors who chose the team then not a manager, agonised over whom to pick. In the game against Ireland no less than TEN of the side were home-based Scots but the selectors probably realised that, having lost to Ireland, there was no way this side would win at Wembley.

A victory itself was not an unlikely occurrence for the English had also lost to the Irish despite having the likes of William ‘Dixie’ Dean in their side. However, the manner by which the Scots battered the life out of England was all that mattered in the end.

There were some home based players that could hold their own in London but many of the Scots real stars plied their trade in England and some would certainly be drafted into the side.

There was always the next time to win the Championship, which Scotland duly did by winning all

When the SFA selectors finally announced their side, controversy raged as it contained no less than EIGHT Continued on Page 40

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THE JAMIE CURRIE INTERVIEW

EVERY GAME IS IMPORTANT! says BEN ARMOUR Ben Armour looked back on last week’s 3-1 loss at home to St Johnstone with some pride as the young striker believes his side performed well against Callum Davidson’s Premiership outfit. He is also hoping that he and his Peterhead teammates can use their Betfred Cup experiences to kick on in the league. Wins over Dundee Utd and Kelty Hearts, on penalties, as well as Brechin are not to be sniffed at considering the quality of the group. Armour gave his thoughts on the competition and his hopes of it being a springboard for future pos-itive results. He said: “Obviously, it was always going to be a tough game playing against a Premiership team, but I thought we played well and gave a good account of ourselves. “Maybe on another day, the penalties wouldn’t have been given and it’s a different game but it wasn’t to be for us! 30

“Over the competition as a whole, I think the results show how good a team we have as I don’t think anyone would have predicted that we would take eight points from that group, but again it reiterates the quality we have in the squad that we can compete against teams from a higher level. Hopefully we can kick on in the league now and put together a run of good results.” It’s been a testing pre-season across Scottish football and that’s been no different for Armour; the young striker has started the season in good form, netting two goals in five starts. At the moment he’s pushing the rest of the attackers within the squad as he looks to cement a starting spot in Jim McInally’s side. He explained how he had managed to start the season in good form and how old-fashioned hard work was at the heart of it. “I worked as hard as I could during lockdown and during pre-season to try and return in the best shape I have ever been in to give myself the best possible chance of a good season. I felt great in the pre-season games and also the first Betfred game at Tannadice,


but unfortunately picking up a slight injury to my hamstring kept me out the squad for a couple of weeks, which was frustrating. “I was delighted to get back involved against Montrose and also to score two goals was great as well – just really frustrating we didn’t get anything from the game! I’ve always felt I play my best football when I am playing week in, week out so hopefully I can put in the performances to keep my place in the team and continue to improve.” The Blue Toon have had a somewhat patchy start to the season and will be looking to make sure they start to get those wins that are able to push them up the table, starting with Dumbarton today. Armour cannot quite put his finger on why the start has been so up and down, but he is certain the match against Jim Duffy’s men will be a tough one as it normally is.

“I always feel everyone has a tough period at some point in the season with injuries or suspensions and we have got ours right at the beginning of the season, so here’s hoping we can get everyone back and as I’ve already said, put a run of results together to climb the table!” And when quizzed on Dumbarton, Armour added: “Dumbarton have always been a tough team to play against over the years and even more so now with my old gaffer Jim Duffy in charge! “They were a bit of a bogey team for us last season, beating us twice before we finally picked up three points against them in January. Every game is important, especially now with the shorter sea-son. “We need to pick up as many points as we can as quickly as possible. Hopefully we will have a few more bodies back and the boys can get a positive result!”

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Kelty Hearts Peterhead

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Montrose Peterhead

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Peterhead Dumbarton

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23 JAN 18 Scottish Cup

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PETERHEAD 1-3 ST JOHNSTONE Saturday 14th November 2020 • Betfred Cup • Group C Peterhead’s Betfred Cup journey came to an end after a 3-1 defeat from visitors St Johnstone who put in a strong second half performance to ensure that they finished at the top of Group C.

Stevie May grabbed two penalties for his side, with his first spot-kick given for an offence that went unseen by everyone apart from referee Steven Anderson, with the second a more obvious award. Chris Kane added a third before Peterhead responded instantly through an own goal.

The second half got off to the worst possible start with St Johnstone awarded a penalty on 49 minutes after whistler Anderson spotted an infringement in the box that no-one in the Perth camp had claimed for. That did not trouble May who drilled home from 12 yards. Freeman did well to stop a St Johnstone counter-attack on the hour mark however as the visitors kept up the pressure the on-loan Dundee United youngster tripped May and referee Anderson again pointed to the spot.

The blustery conditions meant that neither side got into any rhythm in the early stages with the first real opening coming in 20 minutes for the Perth side.

May did another immaculate job from the spot as Saints moved two ahead with Peterhead manager Jim McInally responding by taking off defender Jason Brown and bringing on striker Derek Lyle.

May darted down the left after a Guy Melamed pass had sliced open the home defence however Lenny Wilson ended the danger by getting down low to cut out the former Aberdeen player’s cross.

A third goal arrived on 77 minutes when Andrew McCarthy lost possession 30 yards from goal and substitute Callum Hendry released fellow replacement Chris Kane who drilled under Wilson at his near post.

A tug on Steven Boyd’s jersey five minutes later gave Peterhead a free-kick in a dangerous position however Gary Fraser’s effort cleared Zander Clark’s bar without worrying the visiting goalkeeper.

McCarthy atoned for his error in the best possible way by getting free on the right and his low cross was turned into his own net by Rooney under pressure from Lyle.

Craig Conway created space 25 yards from goal on 27 minutes however his parting shot matched Fraser’s. The hosts suffered a blow when Ben Armour had to come off just before the half hour with Alan Cook coming on in his place.

Scott Brown slipped a late effort past the post as Peterhead continued to try and reduce the deficit.

Peterhead should have been behind at the break after Scott Brown had given away a free-kick just outside the right-hand side of the home box. Conway flighted the dead ball to the back post where Shaun Rooney was waiting however the full-back steered his effort wide.

Peterhead – Wilson, Bailey, Freeman, J.Brown (Lyle 63), Conroy, Ferry, S.Brown, Fraser (Cameron 68), McCarthy, Boyd, Armour (Cook 29) Unused substitutes –Kesson, Bakar

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Simmath no more? by Andy Mitchell The Simmath Press is a name to conjure with for Scottish football historians. This obscure Dundee publisher was responsible for many of the earliest attempts at chronicling the story of our football clubs, with a prolific output in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Their little handbooks and histories are invaluable records of many of Scotland's smaller teams, not just for the text but also the rare photos of matches and players. A considerable effort must have gone into compiling the booklets, but almost all of them have no credited author. Simmath Press should be celebrated for its efforts, yet the company remains an enigma, long since disappeared, and their publications are now hard to come by. I decided to look into their own story, as the company deserves considerable credit. The earliest mention I could find in the press was in 1923, when the Simmath Press was acquired by Valentines of Dundee to specialise in the production of guidebooks, illustrated with Valentines views. Clearly it had been operating before then, and it reverted to a separate company four years later when the firm was sold on an amicable basis. Described as fine art printers, Simmath Press was based at 17 Roseangle, Dundee, where it remained until 1949. The managing director was JPP Simpson, and the other directors were Duncan G Brown (assistant manager) and William B Dickie junior, a solicitor. I have not been able to establish how the company got its name, but presumably the first half came from the Sim of Simpson. He was an interesting character in himself: James Palermo Parkes Simpson (1890-1963) was a WW1 navy veteran from Broughty Ferry, known as Captain Simpson, who had a number of outside interests. He tried (and failed) to build an upmarket hotel near his home in Errol, founded the Dundee Cat and Dog Home in 1937 and was a prize-winning pig breeder. But it appears most of his time was occupied in publishing. And what of their publications? Simmath had a business model based on providing a client with free copies of a booklet to sell, in return for an official

endorsement that allowed the company to keep the advertising revenue. Their principal customers were local councils who wanted municipal guidebooks to promote tourism, and these appear frequently on the market. However, they also ventured into sport, and the 1920s saw Simmath produce booklets for Scottish cricket clubs including Aberdeenshire, Clackmannan and Perthshire, then in the 1930s they moved into fox-hunting, with the renowned writer John FairfaxBlakeborough compiling guides to Dumfriesshire, Lincolnshire and Northumbria. There was also a Simmath guide to the 1931 Open Golf Championship, held nearby at Carnoustie, and regional golf guides for counties as far apart as Fife and Somerset. The only football booklet that I know of at this stage was Tales from Tynecastle, which I have already digitised on this site. Simmath appeared to be prospering and in 1939 branched out into neon lighting for advertising signs, although the war soon put a stop to that. Their output in the war years included air raid precaution guides. The post-war years brought a huge boom in football attendances, and around 1948 someone at Simmath had the bright idea to approach football clubs. It was an immediate success: clubs the length of Scotland soon had a history booklet, produced in a standardised yet well-written format, illustrated with team groups and action photos. The 'Through the Years' series must have sold well, as the following season came the follow-up, with club handbooks. The clubs were largely east coast, reflecting the company's home base in Dundee, but although Glasgow was not touched the range extended as far west as Kilmarnock and up to Inverness. They include unexpected teams such as Peterhead and Brechin City, the latter being one of the few to credit an author, George Cumming. When there was not enough advertising business for a specific club, they were grouped together in regional guides, such as Fife, Angus or the Highland League. There was even a handbook for Dundee junior clubs.

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Anglo’s with two, Tommy Law and ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw making their debuts, at Wembley to boot. However, come full time there was not one dissenting voice to be heard – I wonder why. The team that assembled in London the night before the game, many of whom got there on their own volition, were certainly a mixed bunch with differing personalities and mannerisms but they had one common goal, to beat England. The Captain, Man City’s Jimmy McMullan, knew that his forward line was light and short in height, Alec Jackson being the tallest at 5 ft 7, but nimble footed. England meantime were much heavier and leaden footed so if the Heavens opened the home side would get bogged down allowing the fleet footed Scots to dance their way past them. The Captain’s team talk that night then was economical to say the least. ‘All I have to say is go to your beds, put

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your head on the pillow-and pray for rain’. 11 heroes prayers were answered for as down came the rain and the pitch was heavy. The Scots fans though were still worried about this ‘new’ team. Just three minutes in, their worries were over as Alan Morton, ‘the Wee Blue Devil’ scampered down the wing and crossed whereupon Alec Jackson met the ball with a glorious flying header and before keeper Arthur Hufton knew it the ball was in the net. From then on Scotland never let up and the two AJ’s, Alex Jackson and Alec James terrorised the English. At the other end new cap Tiny Bradshaw kept the famous Dixie Dean in his back pocket. Not that the latter got many chances for, as one English journalist penned, ‘the little lads in navy-blue shirts took the ball as if on a string from one end of the field to the other without an opponent touching it. It was a wonderful justification for the traditional Scottish passing game but the star


was undoubtedly Alec Jackson as he tormented the home left flank. Incredibly the mesmerised home side kept Scotland out from the 3rd minute goal to the 44th minute but on that mark Alex James got his first of the game. In the second half the Scots roasted the English again and with two goals in two minutes had the fans in raptures as Alec Jackson netted his second in 65 minutes followed by his partner in crime Alex James who did likewise a minute later. When Alec Jackson duly completed his hat-trick in 85 minutes the Scots were 5-0 up and only a late home goal put a very insignificant blot on the copybook.

never played together again but, if anything, this cemented their victory and non de plume into Scottish International Football Folklore. Years on there was much sadness as three of that great side, the two scoring heroes Alexander Skinner Jackson, Alexander Wilson James and the non-scoring hero Hugh Kilpatrick Gallacher all tragically died far too young. The full team that day was Jack Diamond Harkness (Queens Park), James Nelson (Cardiff), Tommy Law (Chelsea), Jimmy Gibson (Aston Villa), Tiny Bradshaw (Bury), Jimmy McMullan (Man City), Alec Jackson (Huddersfield T), James Dunn (Hibs), Hughie Gallacher (Newcastle United), Alex James (Preston) and Alan Morton (Rangers).

The scenes of jubilation that day lived long in the proud hearts of 11 heroes and about 50,000 singing fans who remembered this visit to Wembley to their final day.

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10-Oct 13-Oct 17-Oct 24-Oct 31-Oct 07-Nov 10-Nov 14-Nov 21-Nov 28-Nov 05-Dec 12-Dec 19-Dec 26-Dec 02-Jan 16-Jan 23-Jan 06-Feb 13-Feb 20-Feb 27-Feb 06-Mar 13-Mar 20-Mar 27-Mar 03-Apr 10-Apr 17-Apr 20-Apr 14-Apr 01-May

Opponents Dundee United Brechin City Airdrieonians Cove Rangers Clyde Montrose Kelty Hearts St Johnstone Dumbarton Forfar Athletic Falkirk East Fife Partick Thistle Montrose Cove Rangers Airdrieonians Dumbarton Clyde Forfar Athletic Partick Thistle East Fife Falkirk Cove Rangers Clyde Airdrieonians Forfar Athletic Partick Thistle East Fife Montrose Dumbarton Falkirk

Away Home Away Home Away Away Away Home Home Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Home Away Home Away Home Away

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A 1 Rae 1 Rae 1 Rae 0 Rae 2 Rae 2 Rae 2 1 Wilson 3 Wilson

2 Mulligan Bailey Freeman Freeman Freeman Freeman Freeman Bailey

3 Conroy Conroy Conroy Conroy Conroy Conroy Conroy Freeman

4 5 J. Brown Bailey J. Brown MacKenzie J. Brown MacKenzie J. Brown Bailey J. Brown Bailey J. Brown Bailey J. Brown Bailey J. Brown Conroy

6 Ferry Ferry Ferry S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown

7 McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy Cook Cook Cook Cook Ferry

8 S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy

9 Layne Layne 2 Layne Cameron Fraser Fraser Fraser Fraser

10 Boyd Boyd Boyd Boyd Cameron Cameron Cameron Boyd

11 Armour Armour Bailey Lyle Boyd Armour 2 Armour Armour

Substitutes Wilson, McKenzie, Lyle, Fraser, Cook, Kesson, Cameron Wilson, Cook, Freeman, Lyle, Cameron, Kesson Wilson, Cook, Freeman, Lyle, Cameron, Kesson Layne, Kesson, Wilson Armour,Kesson,Bakar (T), Wilson, Lyle Ferry, Boyd, Kesson, Bakar (T), Trialist, Wilson, Lyle Ferry, Boyd, Kesson, Bakar, Lyle Cook, Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Lyle

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GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

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Cove Rangers

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GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

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Cove Rangers

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GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

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Peterhead

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2=

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3=

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INTRODUCING DERRYN KESSON

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has given one of the most sought-after talents outside of senior football the chance to make an impact in the SPFL, when in the summer, he captured the signature of Derryn Kesson. The winger opted to join the us from junior side Broughty Athletic. Kesson, who has been capped three times for the Scottish Futsal national side, joined up with the rest of the Balmoor squad when they returned to pre season training with McInally delighted to give the fleet-footed attacker the chance of securing a professional contract. McInally said: “I have known about Derryn for a while, as have a lot of clubs, he was out of contract and I held talks with him. He was looked at by clubs at various levels but he does not have the best disciplinary record on the park in the Juniors and that may have held him back.” “The disciplinary issues seem to come from players stopping him playing anyway they can however, he is maturing, and knows that we would work with him if there is a problem. I am pleased that he is decided to join us to come in and show what he can do.”

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SFA & ZERO WASTE AIM TO REDUCE ENERGY COSTS

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Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell: “We are eager to introduce our clubs to the support and guidance of Zero Waste Scotland, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and operational costs for football clubs at all levels of the game. “Thanks to funding from Scottish Government, the environmental benefits from the work of Zero Waste Scotland are clear to see. This guidance will not only support the Scottish football family, but also play a small part in the bigger goal of protecting our planet. “We are actively encouraging clubs to make the most of this game-changing opportunity by reaching out and taking advantage of what Zero Waste Scotland has to offer.” Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive Iain Gulland said: “We are keen to support all of Scotland’s football clubs to be more efficient in everything they do off the park. From floodlights to catering, minimising energy use and the costs associated with waste is good for business and the environment. “The climate crisis will affect us all and we need a collective effort to address it. We are grateful to the Scottish Football Association for their advice on ways we can work with clubs to generate financial savings that can benefit the environment and the game across the country.”


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As the project ran out of steam, the company moved into national Scottish football yearbooks, the final output I know of being a large format hardback issue for 1953-54. Simmath Press, by this time, had moved into expanded premises in Hawkhill, and the original building in Roseangle was sold in 1949 to Dundee Art Society, who are still there today. According to press reports, the company had 30 employees at the time and aimed to bring this up to 100, but I have not been able to establish what happened after the mid-1950s. The last mention I can find of them was in 1955, agreeing a contract to publishing housing tenancy 54

agreement booklets. The legacy of Simmath Press remains, however. Sold locally, few copies of their Scottish football handbooks now exist and most of them are not even in the National Library of Scotland, yet the company's prolific output represents a hugely important contribution to the history of our game. Some of their photos, in particular the action shots, are almost the only pictorial record of that era. Written and compiled anonymously, the Simmath football guides are lively and informative, a long-forgotten snapshot of the post-war boom years.


Written and compiled anonymously, the Simmath football guides are lively and informative, a longforgotten snapshot of the post-war boom years. A Simmath Press football bibliography 'Through the Years' series of club histories (1948): Aberdeen, Alloa, Brechin City, Cowdenbeath, Dundee, Dundee Utd, East Fife, Falkirk, Forfar Athletic, Hibernian, Hearts, Kilmarnock, Montrose, St Johnstone, Stirling Albion; Highland League (reprinted 1952)

Scotland clubs; Dundee Junior Football; Scottish League. Handbooks 1951-52: Hearts/Hibernian (joint), Stirling Albion, Fifeshire Football Clubs, Raith Rovers Supporters' Club Silver Jubilee, Scottish League. Handbooks 1952-53: Raith Rovers, Scottish League. Handbooks 1953-54: Raith Rovers, Scottish League (hardback). Tales from Tynecastle (1928).

Handbooks 1949-50: Aberdeen, Dundee, Forfar Athletic, Hearts, Hibernian, Stirling Albion; Fifeshire Football Clubs

This may not be a complete list, please let me know of any other editions.

Handbooks 1950-51: Airdrieonians, Alloa, Dundee, Forfar Athletic, Hearts, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Peterhead, St Johnstone, Stirling Albion; Angus Football Clubs, Inverness and District clubs, North of

Reproduced by kind permission by Andy Mitchell https://www.scottishsporthistory.com/sports-historynews-and-blog/simmath-press-a-legendary-scottishfootball-publisher 55


BOGHEAD CLASH MARKED THE DAY A CLUB DIED by Peter Myers The Dumbarton v Third Lanark fixture on Friday, April 28, 1967 may have seemed like an end-ofseason match with little at stake, but it was the day an old-established Glasgow football club died. Thirds’ subsequent demise because of financial mismanagement was quickly forgotten by most fans as they were caught up with the excitement of Celtic reaching the European Cup Final and then going on to become the first British club to lift the trophy. Old Firm rivals Rangers were European Cup Winners’ Cup finalists and Kilmarnock reached the semi-finals of the Inter Cities Fairs Cup. John Kinnaird was in the Thirds team at Boghead Park, and he told a newspaper in 2017: “On the way to the last game at Dumbarton, we were told the club was probably finished. It was a pretty dispirited team that finished with a heavy defeat.” Bill Hiddelston, who was the club’s chairman and majority shareholder, left it to manager Bob Shearer to tell his team it was all over. Drew Busby scored the club’s last goal in a 5-1 drubbing. Busby, who later went on to star as a striker with Airdrieonians and Hearts, told a football magazine in 1978: “It was hard to take at first. My club, Third Lanark, had died. One day we were professional footballers under contract, the next day we were out.” It was ironic that two of the Sons’ goals were netted by outside-left Harry Kirk who had played for Thirds a few years earlier. Kirk and Kinnaird had been teammates at Middlesbrough, and when Third Lanark showed an interest in him, Kinnaird recalled that “if it was good enough for Harry, it was good enough for me”. He added: “I accepted the way things were. I was only 21 and just wanted to play football. The seriousness of the situation didn’t really hit home until later.” 56

The Sons’ other goals were scored by recent signing

Ally McMillan with a brace and a single from Roy McCormack, who was to spend nine years with the club. Three days earlier, John Kinnaird had scored the Hi-Hi’s last goal at Cathkin Park in a 3-3 draw with Queen of the South. Several former players, including Kinnaird, recalled their time at the club in a TV documentary broadcast by BBC Alba in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of Third Lanark’s demise. Their tales of penny-pinching by Bill Hiddelston still had the power to shock. Mike Jackson remembered Kinnaird breaking his arm during a game. He said the bone was sticking through his jersey which was “really tight” because it had been washed so many times. Jackson sat by his injured team-mate in the dressing room, waiting for the ambulance to arrive. As they were getting into the vehicle, Hiddelston shouted: “See when you get up to the hospital, tell the doctor to pull the jersey over his head. We need that strip for next week.” Kinnaird recalled heading back a throw-in and found he was left with a white mark on his forehead: “We were supposed to start every match with a fresh ball, but an old one had been whitewashed to make it look new.” Former goalkeeper Evan Williams, who later starred with Celtic, said: “We were paid a few Saturdays with the gate money – half crowns, thrupenny bits, shillings – all being paid into a wee packet as we stood.” The parsimony also extended to players’ meals when returning home from away matches. Williams said on one occasion he and a fellow-player were ordered to get fish suppers to eat on the team bus instead of sitting down to a proper meal in a hotel or restaurant. Allan McKay, who was Thirds’ captain in their last season, told of his strong attachment to the club in a newspaper interview earlier this year. For some unknown reason, Hiddelston banned him for the last three games, which nearly broke his heart. He said:


“We now live in a world of transparency and openness. Directors have to account for their actions. But in 1967, we finished the season, then heard from the Scottish League that Thirds had gone. I was speechless. It was such a tragedy.” McKay joined Dumbarton in 1969 with whom he won a Second Division Championship medal in 1972. He continued at Boghead as a coach between 1976-79 after he hung up his boots, and was assistant manager to Davie Wilson and Alex Wright. Boghead Park was closed in 2000 after the Sons moved to a new stadium beside Dumbarton Rock and which offers superb views across the Clyde to the Renfrewshire hills. The club had been at Boghead since 1879 and, until its closure, had been the oldest football stadium to have been in continuous use in Scotland. Boghead is now a memory but Cathkin Park still exists, or at least part of it. Third Lanark were liquidated in June 1967 and their ground slowly decayed as it became a target for vandals. However, the site became part of a municipal park after Glasgow City Council decreed that the location had to be used for recreational purposes. Football matches continue to be played there, albeit at an amateur level. Remnants of the terracing and the south enclosure still survive. Match photographs show that in the club’s last years, fans tended to congregate in the south enclosure and the new grandstand, whose construction costs had added to the club’s financial woes. Only small knots of spectators can be seen on the terracing behind the goals. For the record, the teams at Boghead Park for the Second Division match on April 28, 1967 were – Dumbarton: Crawford; Curran, Jardine; Harra, McGhee, Lynas; Moffatt, McCormack, Watson,

McMillan, Kirk. Third Lanark: Russell; Connell, Heaney; McLaughlin, Little, McEwan; Rundell, Craig, Busby, May, Kinnaird. It was not only Thirds’ final match but also that of the Sons’ skipper, Andy Jardine, who was freed after 10 seasons with the club. The attendance was 581. Third Lanark Athletic were resurrected in 2008 and play in the Glasgow Amateur League. The club’s backers hope to return to Cathkin Park one day and in the meantime ground-share Vale of Clyde’s Fullarton Park in Tollcross. Alex Harley v Dundee 1961-62

Match Programme v Aberdeen 19th January 1963

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