#10 v Clyde - Tuesday 30th March 2021

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Season 2020/21 MATCH DAY #10

PETERHEAD v CLYDE Tuesday 30th March 2021


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Scottish League Div 2 Champions 2013/14, 2018/19 Scottish League Div 3 Runners Up 2003/04, 2012/13 Scottish Challenge Cup Runners Up 2015/16 Chairman Directors

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by David Reid

Clyde make the long journey up to the North East to take on Peterhead this evening with the added constraints of work commitments, exorbitant amount of games and having to eradicate the current battle the Bully Wee are in just now in a tightly contested League 1. Clyde’s tale began in the summer of 1877. Glasgow is the Second City of the British Empire: an industrial melting pot with a burgeoning population. Victorian gentlemen are keen to find some healthy recreation far from the grime of work. Football has become an increasingly popular sport and hundreds of clubs are forming and just as quickly folding. In Glasgow a team called ‘Clyde’ had existed for one season in 1872-73. Anecdotally they were formed at the same time in a similar fashion to Rangers FC by a

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crew of rowers at Glasgow Green. However this club has no direct link to the current Clyde FC. Another team called Eastern similarly lasted one season in

1875-76 and it’s thought their members went on to form the club we know today. Onto the present, the Broadwood Stadium outfit have strengthened in the lead-up to this match bringing in Ewan Otoo on loan from Celtic who got a man of the match performance last Tuesday in the 2-0 Scottish Cup win over Keith. Danny Lennon’s side are currently bottom with Bully Wee goalkeeper David Mitchell publicly declaring in the media over the past week that they deserve to be bottom and standards need to be improved.


Of course, we are all missing supporters right now and there’s no exception for Clyde who are looking to find a solution of stopping the rot they’re in. Clyde of course have been known for a few giant killing results since the turn of the century with a 2-1 win over Celtic which was Roy Keane’s debut for the Glasgow side that day.

encounters against Clyde. The Bully Wee having to go back to 27th January 2018 for the last time they won this encounter winning 3-1.

What made that achievement more instrumental was the fact that the average age for Clyde that day was under 21 with Craig McKeown & Craig Bryson in particular still playing for Formartine United & St Johnstone especially. Clyde had to endure a period of League 2 football for a long period of time and are keen to avoid going down to the bottom tier of SPFL football. Indeed, the Blue Toon have enjoyed a good record over Clyde in recent times with Peterhead undefeated in their last 11

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FROM THE DUG OUT

Jim was delighted that his players adapted to tricky conditions at Dumbarton and secured a 1-0 win that lifted them into the top half of the table. Ben Armour cracked in the winner early in the second half to leave McInally saying: “We tried to play a passing game but the pitch was fiery and the players had to adapt. That meant we had to try and get the ball inbehind their defence and try to turn them. That affected the quality of the game but we deserved the win and it was a brilliant goal from Ben to win it.” Jim added: “It was a luxury to have nine substitutes available and I used five of them. Managing games now is different as you have so many in quick succession that you have to do an extra layer of thinking before you put someone on and take someone off. I took Simon Ferry off and that is not something I often do but he has hardly played recently and some of the other boys are the same.” The Balmoor manager was pleased with his side’s defensive showing as he added: “I like what Andy MacDonald has brought to the team in the couple of games he has played. It look likes Jason Brown and

him are forming a nice partnership and we will look to make more of that.” Hamish Ritchie and Armour combined for the goal and that also received praise with Jim saying: “Hamish did well again in what was only his second game for us. He is really comfortable on the ball and he is making a great impression here. Ben has a decent goal scoring record and he always makes an impact when he plays however we need to ensure that he stays fit. We are managing him differently now and that is helping.” Looking forward to the Clyde game with Jim now looking for a third win in a row and reach the first points target he set his players when the season started. “I felt at the start of the season that 22 points could be the number required to avoid relegation this season. We are three off that now and if we can grab another win then we can look higher. I believe that we are good enough to push for the top half but we will sort other issues out first.”

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Peterhead’s ‘Mr Versatile’ Alan Cook is to be sent for a scan on a knee injury that is showing no signs of clearing up. The 28 year old who joined the Blue Toon from Stenhousemuir in January 2020 has made 20 appearances for Jim McInally’s side with his versatility seeing him used in defence, midfield and attack however a problem emerged with a knee injury as the Balmoor men got prepared to restart their season earlier this month.

Manager McInally said: “Alan’s knee problem has not eased since it has happened and we are not keen for him to do any kind of training until it gets checked out fully. He will go for a scan and we will take things from there but he will missing for a few weeks at least.” “That is really disappointing news as his adaptability would have been very useful when we are playing so many games.” 9


HOW HAVE THIS SEASONS GRANTS BEEN SPENT?

We’re pleased to provide an update on expenditure against a range of grants available to SPFL clubs and associated community trusts over the last nine months.

Private benefactor – £375,000 (£300,000 + Gift Aid) Let’s take a look through the different funds set up… Covid-19 Club Emergency Fund

This is the second such update, the previous being provided in the autumn. Over the last nine months, we’re very fortunate to have secured significant donations from three people. In June 2020 we were pleased to accept two separate donations from James Anderson and a second benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. The split of these donations is: James Anderson – £3,125,000 (£2.5m + Gift Aid) Private benefactor – £625,000 (£500,000 + Gift Aid) In March 2021 we were pleased to reveal a third donor: 10

£2.1m paid out in £50,000 grants to all 42 SPFL clubs. At this stage over 81% of the allocated grants have now been spent by clubs, totalling £1,711,023. Clubs still have £388,977 to be spent.


What has money been spent on? Clubs have to report on how they spend their grant, including associated evidence. They report on a regular basis (usually every two months) until the grant is spent.

This was available to both clubs and community trusts. £4,200 was available for the club and the same for its community trust (or community department if no charity exists). Participation in the fund was restricted to any club who would have participated in this season’s tournament had it run.

We’ve broken down expenditure by very broad category. Note that some clubs will use their grant in more than one way, but this report provides an indication of the primary use of income.

From the £252,000 funds the following can be reported:

Note that where a club has used income on staffing this is not relating to first team players/coaches. Other information: 18 clubs have now spent their entire grant Three clubs (two Scottish Premiership; one Scottish Championship) have yet to submit any return With the exception of these three clubs, all others have spent some part of their grant Three clubs donated £50,000 to their associated community trust – Aberdeen, Celtic, Kilmarnock SPFL Trust Trophy Grants (previously Scottish Challenge Cup) Although the competition was postponed until 202122, the SPFL Trust will sponsor the tournament next year, with the exclusive option of a second year.

Community Trusts – 19 out of 20 community trusts applied (all were approved) of whom 13 have drawn down their grant Club community departments (no associated charity) – nine out of ten eligible community departments applied (all were approved), of whom seven have drawn down their grant Clubs – All 30 Scottish Championship, Scottish League 1 and Scottish League 2 clubs applied (all were approved), of whom 24 out of 30 have drawn down their grant Covid-19 Community Emergency Fund This fund was specifically targeted at the 30 community trusts (charities registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) associated with SPFL clubs. £300,000 was paid out in £10,000 grants to all 30 community trusts. General overview:

The competition will be renamed the SPFL Trust Trophy when it launches. A fee of £90,000 plus VAT will be paid for the 202122 season (donor funded) for what promises to be the most community engaged cup competition in Scottish football history. At the time of the announcement, donor funds totalling £252,000 were made available on a grant basis (higher than had initially been planned).

▪ £193,835 has been spent so far with £106,165 left to be spent • 14 community trusts have spent their grant in full • Six community trusts have yet to start spend their grants • All clubs have submitted reporting on the usage of their grant • 18 community trusts have used their grant on staff costs continued on page 48

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A story of football in Peterhead from 1946 and including other aspects of life enjoyed by 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 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.

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Hard Times Save’n for Hogmanay and “Tackety” Boots

All too quickly the summer holidays came to an end, those warm sunny days and balmy nights replaced by the dreaded return to school. But never mind the winter will soon come upon us and we can look forward to some more holidays, sledge’n doon ‘Pally’s Wynnie’ past Johnston the boiler makers and towards Port Henry Harbour, all part of the shorter winter holiday past times. By this time many of my generation of boys were around 13 or 14 and had managed a wee parttime job, usually a milk round. My first job was with the Co-op and my boss rounds-man was Bob Harvey. The ‘milk dairy’ at this time was in St Peter Street and was part of the large area covered by ‘Sutherlands.’ Others on my particular round were William (Chowie) Mathieson, and later his younger brother Neil. The manager was Mr Corbett and he had twin sons Doug and Sandy and their elder brother Hammy on another milk round. The dairy girls were Mabel Hamilton from Ives Park and Margaret Maskame fae the “Hullock.” The 12

foreman was Robbie Mutch. The horse’s name by the way was ‘Jip’ and he was stabled in Wilson Road opposite the JIC where he was groomed on a Saturday. The Co-op moved from their St Peter Street premises to a larger and more modern dairy at Errol Street opposite the rear door of the ‘Muckle Kirk.’ The site had previously been ‘Hislops’ Brewery of which I have no memory. The dairy closed when a new council scheme of houses was built in that area in the 70’s. Later I worked part-time with Longate grocer John M Thomson. The girls working there were Nora Ingram, Madgie Walker both from Kirk Street, and Betty Eadie from Dingwall Drive. Thursday night was ‘late night’ at the shop and we finished about 7 o’clock. I never went home but headed straight for my Bobby Toe’s rendezvous. Around September we would start save’n our


pocket money and try to get as much as a £1 together to go out on Hogmanay night. What magical occasions they were. First stop the Regal’s first hoose, come out about 8:30 and into Marioni’s for a milk shake, a whole new experience after the war. Then doon tae Louie Becci’s in the Backgate for a fish supper in the ‘seatie’s.’ I remember look’n through a draped curtain watch’n Mary Becci work a tattie chip’n device that required one tattie in place, then pulling down a handle to cut a single potato into chips. What a wearisome job I thought. After we have finished in Loui’s, off to Victor Bicocchi’s Kit-Kat Café where we partook of pie, beans and some lemonade. Then across to Zanre’s and up eh stair in the ‘seaties.’ My weren’t we grand, waitress service with Jessie McGee, ‘mealy puddin, chips, followed by some of Louis’s sweet and delicious ice-eh-de-creamo, as Del Boy would say, “Lubbly Jubbly.” It is now approaching 11 o’clock and time to go home, surprise surprise we still have a few ‘bob’ in our pockets. Where did we put all that grub? 13


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START DATES FOR 2021-22

THE SPFL HAS ANNOUNCED THE START DATES FOR SEASON 2021/22 AND ALSO CONFIRMED THE RETURN OF THE SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP WINTER BREAK. All four divisions will kick off on the weekend of Saturday July 31, with the Premiership shutting down from Monday January 3 until Friday January 21.

SPFL start date (all divisions) Saturday July 31, 2021

League Cup group stage MD1: Weekend of July 10/11, 2021 MD2: Midweek of July 13/14, 2021 MD3: Weekend of July 17/18, 2021 MD4: Midweek of July 20/21, 2021 MD5: Weekend of July 24/25, 2021

Season 2021/22 will begin with the group stage of the League Cup on the weekend of July 10/11, with further matchdays on July 13/14, July 17/18, July 20/21 and July 24/25. Dates for next season’s Challenge Cup competition will be confirmed in due course and fixtures for the 2021/22 league season will be published in June. 15


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MATCH REPORT

PETERHEAD 0-1 STENHOUSEMUIR Tuesday 23rd March 2021 • SPFL1 Peterhead exited the Scottish Cup on Tuesday night after going down 1-0 to Stenhousemuir at Balmoor. After a bright start that included Kyle Bailey going close with a header from a Ryan Conroy corner the Blue Toon fell behind on 18 minutes, Botti Biabi was allowed to scamper down the left wing and picked out Ryan Blair with a cross. Blair fired for goal and when Joshua Rae pushed out his effort Mark McGuigan sent the rebound through the legs of the shot-stopper. Midway through the half Peterhead skipper Scott Brown limped off to be replaced by Ben Armour Visiting goalkeeper Paddy Martin made two terrific close - range stops before the break from Jason Brown and Armour with Peterhead beginning to get the feeling that it was not going to be their night. After the break the hosts were the better

side for the opening 20 minutes however Isaac Layne wasted a good opening from a free-kick when he sent the ball high over. Armour swivelled his way past the visiting defence to get clear on goal and his low drive looked a goal all the way until Martin made another fine stop. The game opened up in the closing stages with Peterhead pushing for an equaliser, Stenhousemuir looking dangerous on the break. Local boy Danny Strachan looked set to force extra time when he rose to meet a McCarthy cross however he sent his header over the bar. Peterhead – Rae, Bailey (Strachan 80), J.Brown, Freeman, Conroy, Kesson, S.Brown, (Armour 23), McDonald, McCarthy, Payne, Layne (McGrath 73) Unused substitute (Wilson G/k) 17


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

PETERHEAD Ben ARMOUR Kyle BAILEY Steven BOYD Jason BROWN Jordon BROWN Scott BROWN Ryan CONROY Alan COOK Simon FERRY Gary FRASER Kieran FREEMAN

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Derryn KESSON Derek LYLE Andy McCARTHY Andy McDONALD Kieran McGRATH Niah PAYNE Joshua RAE Hamish RITCHIE Danny STRACHAN Lenny WILSON


SQUADS Duncan WILLIAMS Stuart STEVENSON Frazer BUSHELL

CLYDE Jamie BAIN Zac BUTTERWORTH Aidan CASSIDY Barry CUDDIHY Ross CUNNINGHAM David GOODWILLIE Craig HOWIE Josh JACK Lewis JAMIESON Mark LAMONT Tom LANG Ally LOVE Kai McCORMACK Michael McGLINCHEY

Martin McNIFF David MITCHELL Kevin NICOLL Ewan OTOO Matej VAJS David WILSON Marky MUNRO Kane RITCHIE-HOSLER Lloyd ROBERTSON Scott RUMSBY Jack THOMSON Lewis JAMIESON Kristoffer SYVERTSEN

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SPFL1 RESULTS ● SPFL1 TABLE ● TODAY’S FIXTURES First Stage of Season (Matches 1-18)

Second Stage of Season (Matches 19-22) TOP 5

HOME \ AWAY AIR CLY COV DUM EAS FAL FOR MON PAR PET

HOME \ AWAY

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0:1 2:4 2:0

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3:2 1:0 0:2

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3:0 1:2 1:0 1:0

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Airdrieonians

- 5:0 1:1 0:2

Clyde 2:4 Cove Rangers

2:3 -

3:1

1:0 -

Dumbarton East Fife 2:0

0:3 0:1

0:1

1:0

Forfar Athletic 1:3

Partick Thistle 2:1

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Second Stage of Season (Matches 19-22) BOTTOM 5

1:3 0:0 - 0:1 3:2

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Peterhead 1:0

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0:0 2:1 - 2:1 2:0 2:2

Falkirk 0:1

Montrose

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Co ve Rangers v A irdrie

A lbion Ro vers v Queen's P

Falkirk v Dumbarto n

B rechin City v Elgin City

M o ntrose v East Fife

Co wdenbeath v Edinburgh

P artick Th v Fo rfar A th

Stirling A v Stenho usemuir

P eterhead v Clyde

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A GD PTS 5 14 27 4 6 21 4 5 19 11 2 19 8 -1 19 10 1 17 8 3 16 7 -7 11 10 -12 10 6 -11 9


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MAGIC McGINN by Isaac Buchan

Scotland kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with two fixtures against Austria and Israel with both ending in a draw, 2-2 and 1-1. A mixed bag of performances saw the opening game at Hampden showing that Scotland had real fight to come back from behind twice, with a late equaliser coming from a superb John McGinn bicycle kick. However, this result was followed by a frustrating draw in Tel Aviv with familiar opponents Israel. Can Scotland kick on in the group following a tough test home and away or will they fall to the Faroe Islands who showed great character against Austria on Sunday night. Scotland 2-2 Austria The Tartan Army got the ball rolling against Austria at the national stadium with Steve Clarke opting for a team which surprised a few before kick off. The Scotland boss has usually opted for a back trio which can morph into a back five and he stuck with this option starting a back three of Kieran Tierney, Jack Hendry and Grant 26

Hanley. Tierney has cemented his place as the left sided centre back in this side but the other two may of came as a surprise. Jack Hendry was moved into the right central defence role after a string of very strong performances in Belgium for Oostende and he showed his talents with a solid performance at the back. The second selection which intrigued the fans was experienced defender Grant Hanley being selected. After not playing in the Scotland squad since 2018, his season this year has seen him take a strong Norwich side to the top of the championship and he eventually went on to prove his place in the squad later on that night.


Austria opened the game strong with a lot of good chances including a Baumgartner shot forcing Marshall to get down and parry away with Hanley receiving a booking early and fouling again afterwards, showing he was on thin ice with the officials. However, Scotland began to get into the match and had the best chance of the half when a mistake from the Austrian keeper saw Lyndon Dykes lift the ball to Ryan Christie, however his shot went straight into Schlagers legs and out of play. Scotland finished the half on the front foot however it was Austria who took the lead 10 minutes into the second half. Florian Grillitsch was allowed a shot from distance, which David Marshall was able to deflect away, but only to the feet of Kalajdzic who sent it into the back of the net. Scotland soon after were denied a certain penalty after the Austrian defender took Ryan Christie to ‘suplex city’ however the claims were waved away. Steve Clarke

decided to give Che Adams his first appearance from the bench to try and find Scotland an equaliser. It was, however, the unlikely hero Grant Hanley who’s header bounced past the keeper from a Stephen O’Donnell assist. Stephen O’Donnell played exceptional that night, with a personal highlight of the Motherwell right back ‘nutmegging’ champions league winner David Alaba. However, it looked all over for the Tartan Army when Kalajdzic leaped to meet a cross and his header flew past David Marshall. Scotland really seemed down and out until they gained a free kick from far out. Ryan Christie sent in a looping cross only to be met by super John McGinn and his acrobatic overhead kick found the net for his 8th goal under Steve Clarke. This finished what seemed a positive result for Scotland against a strong Austria side.

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Israel 1-1 Scotland Scotland then travelled to Tel Aviv, three days later, to face Israel with Steve Clarke making three changes to the side which played in Glasgow. He opted for Che Adams up front and Ryan Fraser in a more attacking role compared to Callum McGregor who came in to the centre of midfield. Scotland again started poorly, holding off Israel and allowing them to press the Scotland defence with Steve Clarke saying after the game that they “gave the Israelis too much time”. This eventually resulted in Jack Hendry receiving a booking for a late challenge and with two yellow cards in separate games seeing a suspension, the central defender will have to watch himself on Wednesday night against the Faroe Islands. Israel’s goal finally came on the brink of half time when midfielder Dor Peretz’s shot from distance reached the top corner with some of the blame lying with David Marshall who should’ve at least got a finger to the ball. Scotland opened the second half with a lot more intensity compared to earlier finding a goal in the first ten

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minutes. Che Adams showed his quality by running into the edge of the area only to cut it back to Ryan Fraser who guided the ball into the bottom left corner to send Scotland level. Steve Clarke then waited 20 minutes before making two changes bringing on Kenny Mclean and Lyndon Dykes but despite late efforts, the Israeli defence held strong especially with a solid performance from the captain Eitan Tibi, and Scotland left the middle east with a point returning to Scotland for a clash against the Faroe Islands. Steve Clarke seemed to have two different attitudes in post match interviews for both games reflecting the feelings towards both results. After the Austria match, he was upbeat and seemed proud of his players to fight back. His postmatch interview against Israel, however, felt a lot more cagey and showed a hint of displeasure towards the teams result. Overall, despite this Scotland can go forward and build on these results as long as they don’t slip up in the next matches and can vastly improve our chances of qualifying.


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HEAD

2 HEAD

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

WHO WILL WIN?

HOME WIN

DRAW

AWAY WIN

23/20

5/2

21/10

NB: All Odds subject to change

FORM

PETERHEAD

CLYDE

27 MAR 21 SPFL1

Dumbarton Peterhead

0 1

WON

27 MAR 21 SPFL1

Montrose Clyde

2 2

DRAW

23 MAR 21 SC 2

Peterhead Stenhousemuir

0 1

LOST

23 MAR 21 SC 2

Keith Clyde

0 2

WON

20 MAR 21 SPFL1

Peterhead Airdrieonians

1 0

WON

20 MAR 21 SPFL1

Clyde East Fife

1 3

LOST

02 JAN 21 SPFL1

Cove Rangers Peterhead

1 0

LOST

26 DEC 20 SPFL2

Clyde Airdrieonians

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LOST

PREVIOUS MEETINGS AT BALMOOR 28 DEC 19 Peterhead 2 HOME SPFL1 Clyde 0 WIN

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21 SEP 19 SPFL1

Peterhead Clyde

1 1

DRAW

05 JAN 19 SPFL2

Peterhead Clyde

1 2

AWAY WIN

18 AUG 18 SPFL2

Peterhead Clyde

1 0

HOME WIN

31 Mar 18 SPFL2

Peterhead Clyde

3 0

HOME WIN


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#9 – PETER DUNCAN Better known as Pat, a pet name carried on from his father who played in the Highland League in 1931. Pat’s form for Caley in the local Welfare League was well mentioned by Peterhead and he was signed in 1959 after a spell with Aberdeen junior side Woodside. Playing as an inside right, his style in today’s jargon could be best described as a ‘playmaker’ with the ability to take on opponents employing his tremendous dribbling skills. After a short time with his home club, Pat was signed by Falkirk, who were then managed by Tommy Younger, this in spite of a leg break suffered against Fraserburgh in his first term at ‘The Rec’. He was then to move to Partick Thistle under former Rangers great Willie Thornton in November 1961. Pat

later returned to Peterhead and was at this time employed as a PT instructor at the local academy and later worked with Cleveland Twist Drill. When he ceased playing, Pat, managed Buchanhaven Hearts where he produced Ally Buchan, Michael Cruickshank and Ian Fraser to the benefit of Peterhead. Also a keen golfer, he is the proud owner of two qualifying cup runners up medals (one of these is a most bitter sweet memory of a defeat from Inverness Caledonian), two League Cup medals and four Aberdeenshire Cup medals. His most memorable game was a friendly against a full strength Dons eleven when Peterhead beat George Kinnell’s team 5-2and he always held in admiration the great skills of his teammate Billy Weir.

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IS IT TOO LATE FOR LENNON TO TURN THINGS ROUND? by ISAAC BUCHAN

#10 – ALLY BUCHAN

Ally, local lad signed for Peterhead as an 18 year old from Buchanhaven Hearts in time for the start of the 1983-84 season. He had been bought by the Hearts manager Pat Duncan as a then highly promising 15 year old having first experienced club football with the juvenile team Catto Rangers. His form with Peterhead was such, he was made captain by manager Jim Hamilton in season 1984-85. As a skipper he was handed the Scottish Qualifying Cup in 1984 with the team turning in a tremendous performance at Kynoch Park to overcome Buckie Thistle by a 5-1 score line. This was one of the pinnacles of Ally’s Peterhead career. His fine performances at the heart of the Blue Toon defence won him the Sunday Post Young player of the Year in 1986. This was a young man destined for greater things but it was to come to an abrupt end.

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suffered a horrendous double fracture leg break against Keith which was serious enough to finish his career. This was a great pity for the club and himself as negotiations had just been concluded for Ally to go on trial with Jim McLean at Dundee United. This could have been Ally’s chance but his injury ensured that he would not even have the opportunity to make an impression at a higher level. He said afterwards “I tend not to think about it because there’s no point in getting bitter and twisted about it, it won’t change anything. I would have liked to have known if i was good enough to make the grade, not knowing is maybe the worst thing”. Ally was awarded a testimonial in September 1989 and a match against Dundee United, the result of of an 8-0 win for United paled into significance as this was about honouring a gifted and talented footballer.


#11 – DOUG SUMMERS Dougal signed for his hometown team Peterhead in 1965. He had previously played in the local Welfare League with Academy FP’s when he was only 16 years of age. He then had a spell with Banks o’Dee before stepping up to the Highland League with Deveronvale. When he signed for Peterhead his career with three clubs had moved hand in hand with previous Director of Peterhead, George Watson. In their first season with the club they were both in the team that beat Elgin City in a tremendous 4-1 League Cup Final victory on a oden Kynoch Park pitch. Not many young supporters will recall the team that day as Thomson, Nicol, Smith, Summers, Anderson, Sim, Ewen, Davidson, Fraser, Watson and Christie. The

goals arrived from Ally Christie, Sandy Fraser with a double and Ian Davidson. Dougal names this game as his best memory during his time with Peterhead which is stark comparison to his worst game, a 10-0 defeat at the hands of Fraserburgh. On the field, he as a strong running halfback who was known for his shooting and accuracy of his long distance passing. He was a sold tackler and was in his element when the ground was heavy with his stamina never wavering in any hard fought 90 minutes. Dougal played for a season with Inverness Caledonian before returning to Peterhead for a second spell. He then helped out Buchanhaven Hearts for a time before retiring from football.

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“I THINK THIS SEASON HAS BEEN UNIQUE” JAMIE CURRIE SPEAKS TO JASON BROWN

Peterhead’s re-start to the season has been a mixed bag. The last two matches have brought differing results, winning on Saturday away at Dumbarton but before then they got knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Stenhousemuir. Centre-half Jason Brown looked back on that fixture in the cup and came to the conclusion that, after that particular setback, the only way to get over it is to go on a good run in the remaining League 1 fixtures. He said: “it was hugely disappointing going out the cup last week as we really were looking to get through to get a chance to play a SPL team. It was just one of those nights, though. Looking back at the game, we weren’t at it during the first half but during the second half, I thought we dominated and deserved something, but now we just need to move on and focus on the upcoming league games.” 40

The 24-year-old has been frustrated like most players given the way the season has panned out. Firstly with the late start and most recently with the stoppage of the campaign. But he’s looking for his side to finish the season as strongly as they can as the season almost enters at the newly-integrated split stage. Brown explained “I think the season has been unique; the start-stopping of the season is mental but I feel we have just kept plugging away and I feel we have done well especially if you look at the injuries we’ve had and people having to play out position but we are getting boys back and have added a few so we’re looking to finish strongly.” Peterhead are just a few games into the resumption of the season, and Brown is hoping that with the new signings that have come in and the players who are coming back from injury, as well as the rest of the


squad getting more minutes in their legs will stand them in good stead going forward. “We are a few games in now and slowly getting up to speed - the schedule is hectic over the next few weeks so we will need the whole squad; we have added a few players and have added quality with bringing those players in, so the squad’s looking good and we are looking forward to pushing on.” Clyde visit Balmoor on the back of a 2-2 draw at Links Park against Montrose, while the Blue Toon are on a high after their win against Dumbarton. There is no doubt it will be a good match. However, Brown was clear in what he expects from the opposition tonight.

being mothballed and Peterhead sitting just behind Montrose in the table, with 19 points after 13 games and in fifth place, Brown is hoping his side can be in amongst it at the top end of the table when the season reaches its conclusion. “For the rest of the season, the goal is really up to us as a team — we have put ourselves in a good position and if we keep up the good performances, there is no reason why we can’t be in amongst the group towards the top end of the season. But we will take it each game at a time and just keep the head down and working hard and hopefully come the end of the season, we will have done enough and are up there.

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MATCH STATS ● APPEARANCES ● GOAL SCORERS n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n

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 20-Mar 23-Mar 27-Mar 30-Mar 06-Apr 10-Apr 17-Apr 20-Apr 24-Apr 27-Apr 29-Apr 01-May 04-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 Stenhousemuir Dumbarton Clyde Forfar Athletic Partick Thistle East Fife Falkirk Split 1 Split 2 Split 3 Split 4 Split 5

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

F 1 3 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 1

A 0 1 2 2 0 3 1 3 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0

1 Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Wilson Wilson Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae

2 Mulligan Bailey Freeman Freeman Freeman Freeman Freeman Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey Freeman Freeman Freeman Bailey Freeman

3 4 Conroy J.C. Brown Conroy J.C. Brown Conroy J.C. Brown Conroy J.C. Brown Conroy J.C. Brown Conroy J.C. Brown Conroy J.C. Brown Freeman J.C. Brown Freeman Ferry J. Brown Freeman MacKenzie J.C. Brown MacKenzie J.C. Brown MacKenzie J.C. Brown J.C. Brown Mackenzie Conroy J.C. Brown Conroy J.C. Brown J.C. Brown Freeman J.C. Brown McDonald

5 Bailey MacKenzie MacKenzie Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey Conroy Conroy Conroy Freeman Freeman Freeman Bailey Ferry Bailey Conroy Conroy

6 Ferry Ferry Ferry S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown Fraser Cameron Conroy Fraser Fraser Ferry S. Brown McCarthy Kesson Ritchie

7 8 McCarthy S. Brown McCarthy S. Brown McCarthy S. Brown Cook McCarthy Cook McCarthy Cook McCarthy Cook McCarthy Ferry McCarthy McCarthy S. Brown S. Brown Fraser Fraser S. Brown McCarthy S. Brown Ferry S. Brown Cook Fraser Cook McCarthy Ritchie S. Brown S. Brown McDonald Ferry S. Brown

9 10 Layne Boyd Layne 2 Boyd Layne Boyd Cameron Boyd Fraser Cameron Fraser Cameron Fraser Cameron Fraser Boyd Boyd Armour McCarthy Boyd McCarthy Boyd Conroy Cameron Conroy Boyd Cameron S. Brown Cameron Boyd Layne J.A. Brown McArthy Payne McArthy Payne

11 Armour Armour Bailey Lyle Boyd Armour 2 Armour Armour Cook Armour Cook Boyd Layne Boyd J.A. Brown Payne Layne 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 Layne, Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Trialist, Wilson, Lyle MacKenzie, Cook, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Layne, Cook, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Cook, McCarthy, Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Layne, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle MacKenzie, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson Wilson, Armour, Lyle, Kesson, Strachan Armour, J.A. Brown, Strachan, McGrath, Wilson Layne, Boyd, Kesson, J.A. Brown, Strachan, McGrath, Wilson, Baillie, Lyle

KEY - n SPFL n Betfred League Cup n Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup n Scottish Cup BOLD NAME = Goalscorer ITALIC NAME = Penalty SHOTS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS GOALS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

Falkirk

22

1

Clyde

24

2

Montrose

21

2

Montrose

19

3

Airdrieonians

19

3

Forfar Athletic

17

4

Cove Rangers

16

4

Airdrieonians

16

5

East Fife

15

5

East Fife

14

6

Partick Thistle

14

6

Peterhead

13

7=

Clyde

12

7

Dumbarton

12

7=

Peterhead

12

8

Cove Rangers

10

Forfar Athletic

6

9

Partick Thistle

9

Dumbarton

5

10

Falkirk

8

9 10

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

Falkirk

7

1

Falkirk

160

2=

Cove Rangers

6

2

Cove Rangers

141

3=

Dumbarton

5

3=

Montrose

138

3=

Partick Thistle

5

3=

Partick Thistle

138

3=

Peterhead

5

5

Airdrieonians

122

Forfar Athletic

4

6

Peterhead

105

7=

Airdrieonians

3

7

East Fife

97

7=

East Fife

3

8

Dumbarton

78

7=

Montrose

3

9

Forfar Athletic

69

10

Clyde

1

10

Clyde

64

1

6

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

1

Falkirk

78

1

Peterhead

176

2

Cove Rangers

61

2

Falkirk

173

3

Partick Thistle

54

3

Montrose

154

4

Montrose

53

4=

Cove Rangers

141

5=

Airdrieonians

41

4=

East Fife

141

5=

Peterhead

41

6

Airdrieonians

137

7

East Fife

31

7

Dumbarton

136

8

Clyde

30

8

Forfar Athletic

134

9

Dumbarton

27

9

Partick Thistle

114

Forfar Athletic

26

10

10

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

Clyde

99

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

1

Peterhead

30

1

2

Forfar Athletic

27

2=

Airdrieonians

3

Montrose

26

2=

East Fife

4

Airdrieonians

20

4=

Falkirk

5=

Cove Rangers

19

4=

Montrose

5=

East Fife

19

4=

Partick Thistle

5=

Partick Thistle

19

7=

Clyde

8

Falkirk

18

7=

Cove Rangers

9

Dumbarton

16

7=

Dumbarton

Clyde

10

7=

Forfar Athletic

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LEAGUE ONE SIGNINGS UPDATE

Airdrieonians Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic, loan) Andrew McNeil (Berwick Rangers, loan) Paul Paton (East Kilbride, loan)

Falkirk Kai Fotheringham (Dundee United, loan) Lewis Neilson (Dundee United, loan) Kyle McClelland (Rangers, loan)

Clyde Michael McGlinchey (Queen's Park) Lewis Jamieson (St Mirren, loan) Zac Butterworth (Rangers, loan) Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Rangers, loan) Ewan Otoo (Celtic, loan)

Forfar Athletic Callum Moore (Dundee, loan) Jordan Northcott (St Johnstone, loan) Graeme Holmes (Edinburgh City) Scott Fenwick (Cork City)

Cove Rangers Ross Graham (Dundee United, loan) Kevin Hanratty (Aberdeen, loan) Kieran Ngwenya (Aberdeen, loan)

Dumbarton Tomas Brindley (Kilmarnock, loan) Sam Ramsbottom (Morton) Nick McAllister (St Mirren, loan) Conner Duthie (unattached) Rabin Omar (Morton, loan) James Wallace (Morton, loan) Isaac Layne (Peterhead, Loan) East Fife Miller Fenton (Dunfermline Athletic, loan) Sean Brown (East Stirlingshire, loan) Cole McKinnon (Rangers, loan) Nathan Austin (Kelty Hearts, loan) Alasdair Adams (Tranent, loan) 46

Montrose Chris Mochrie (Dundee United, loan) Partick Thistle Andy Geggan (BSC Glasgow, loan) Ross MacIver (Motherwell, loan) Steven Bell (East Kilbride, loan) Chris Erskine (East Kilbride, loan) Scott Tiffoney (Livingston, loan) Peterhead Kieran Freeman (Dundee United, loan) Hamish Ritchie (Inverurie Locos, loan) Danny Strachan (Dundee, loan) Kieran McGrath (East Kilbride, loan)


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HOW HAVE THIS SEASONS GRANTS BEEN SPENT?

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Covid-19 Direct Response Grants This competitive funding stream was open to associated community trusts or SPFL clubs (ATCs) to either retroactively fund work that directly responded to the pandemic or to fund planned work. These grants were categorised into two ‘streams’ with ATCs able to choose one to apply for.

In total, 23 grants, totalling £80,400 were paid out, across these categories (note that ‘Significant Impact’ is the only strand in Stream B; all other activity is under Stream A). So far, £45,297 has been spent from the grants paid out. Ten of the 23 clubs have used the entire value of their grant. Social Impact Reporting Fund

Stream A featured activity which supported online/digital transformation, social interaction and volunteering. ATCs who chose Stream A were able to apply to all three parts of this fund. Stream B was based on an innovation fund, where ATCs could demonstrate ‘significant impact’ through a new idea.

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A new fund has been set up which will enable community trusts and associated SPFL clubs to secure up to £10,000 of grant funding. This is delivered in phases, pending involvement in the SPFL Trust’s new Social Impact Reporting project. This fund and project will open in April/May 2021.


REF WATCH ( Average all SPFL1 Matches )

FOULS

YELLOW

RED

Gavin Ross

29

5

2

Colin Steven

30

5

0

Peter Stuart

28

4

1

Alan Newlands

30

4

0

Craig Napier

25

5

1

Calum Scott

26

5

0

Graham Granger

26

5

0

Matthew McDermid

23

5

1

Barry Cook

26

4

0

Duncan Williams

25

4

0

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THE SPIRIT OF SHAWFIELD

I have often been asked why and when the nickname ‘The Bully Wee’ originated. The closest i can get to it is this. In newspaper reports of last century Clyde frequently referred to as the Wee Clyde. Why this should be is open to doubt. Willie Dunn, with tongue in cheek, recalls a suggestion that at one time the Barrowfield side sported diminutive forwards and this prompted the term. It might have originated in the feeling of universal sympathy for a young club, striving for status and success, an underdog and at the same time a side that frequently displayed aggression and courage in adversity. Certainly a football correspondent in the 1890swas reporting that a colleague of his had dubbed the team – The Bully Wee Clyde. The insertion of Bully, it is to be hoped, was aimed at highlighting the finer aspects of determined play and not any other connotation that might be put in it!

Whatever that Victorian commentator meant by it, the pet name has stood the test of time. There is a ring of confidence about it, the ‘wha-dour-meddlewi’ me posture so beloved of Scottish people in general and one that has sustained generations of Clyde fans in particular through thick and thin. Wee but richt guid! A rallying-call come hell or high water, a standard round which the vocal forces of the fans can muster, colours to nail to the mast, epitomising Loyalty is a shining the Spirit of Shawfield. link in the chain of Clyde’s history. There are many examples, of which the following are a chosen few. John McMahon and Willie Dunn between them, had served the club for half a century as Chairman of 54

the Club and have served as Directors. Mattha Gemmell, as we have seen, first supported then trained Clyde over a period of more than 80 years. Frank Thompson, Paddy Travers, Davie White, Archie Robertson, Archie Wright and Stan Anderson served the club as players then managers. Peter Galletly joined Clyde n 1943 as a player, later found himself appointed coach and until 1977 acted as scout, an association of 34 years, broken only by a brief spell when he played for Morton and managed Clydebank Juniors. John Higgins and Nat Duff, both who were in their 80s, had supported Clyde since their Boyhood. That’s the Spirit of Shawfield. Billy Dunn junior recalls the story of the public emergency meeting held to inform Clyde followers of the need to liquidate the club. The Chairman and the Treasurer presented an irrefutable case. Clyde FC was insolvent and a solitary course of action remained the winding up of the club’s affairs. After weighty debate one fan rose to say “that’s all very well, mister, but this is the Clyde you’re talking about. You can’t wind up the Bully Wee”. Indeed he couldn’t! The same directors went home and, impressed by the fan’s impassioned outburst, talked far into the night, decided on one last try and the good ship Clyde sailed on. That’s the Spirit of Shawfield. Do you remember the Mattha Gemmell story? How often it has been told of how Mattha was offered a post with Queen’s Park, a prestigious offer no doubt but almost sacrilege to attempt to lure “The Commander” from his beloved Shawfield. How would he react? Imagine the horrified astonishment of the faithful when he announced that he would


accept the job. Imagine their relief when the heard the great man’s proviso that he got away every Saturday to watch the Clyde! That’s the Spirit of Shawfield. I recall a dark day in the 1970s when, in the last game of the season, a goal-less draw against Airdrie at Shawfield ad seen Clyde relegated. Skipper Danny McGrain left the field in tears. He was not alone for as I left the stand I noticed a father and son sitting together on the bottom step. The boy wept openly but his father, inured to such hardships and with the ancient wisdom of one who had seem it all before, put his arm around him and said “just think son, next season we will be in the second division and that means we’ll get more victories and score more goals, eh?” That’s the Spirit of Shawfield. Celtic, fresh from their European Cup triumph in Lisbon and sweeping all before them thanks to the efforts of one of the most talented sides seen in Scotland last century, met at Parkhead in an insignificant evening fixture. They had a field night. Later that evening a Celtic Supporters’ bus heading westwards had it’s progress halted at a set of traffic lights near Bridgeton Cross. Leaning precariously against a pub wall was a Clyde supporter who, for obvious reasons, had been unable to make the game. Seeing the scarves fluttering outside the windows of the bus, he asked the result of the occupants. On hearing that it had been 10-0, he further enquired without a second’s hesitation, “Who fur?”. That’s the Spirit of Shawfield. Clyde in 1977-78 have as their manager Craig

Brown. Articulate, track-suited, with excellent playing and coaching credentials behind him, he thinks deeply about the game and will draw success as the years go by for he is one of the modern breed. But as such he swims constantly n the waters of the barracuda. It is all the more pleasant therefore for him to have already a gem like this to paste in his book of memories. Craig was haggling with a junior club over a fee for a teenage player. He was anxious to give the boy the £1,000 to sign for Clyde but the junior officials were holding out for just that sum in addition to his original offer to them. Being the person he is, he informed the young player fully of his interest in him and of the nature and extent of the negotiations he was conducting with the club. He told him of the impasse that was delaying the conclusion of the deal and got this response “Mr Brown, i’m a Clyde supporter and all my family are Clyde fans. If it helps, give them £1,000”. Yes, that’s’ the Spirit of Shawfield. Today on the jerseys Clyde players wear a badge depicting a sailing ship in full sail encircled by a laurel wreath. The vessel in included to denote an association with the Burgh of Rutherglen and is emblematic of Rutherglen’s position in history as a main trading town and port on the Clyde. The earlier reference to the good ship Clyde therefore was more than a metaphoric one. That she might sail for the next hundred years in calm and prosperous waters is the wish of her first historian. Taken from “Clyde FC - The Centenary History” by Tom Greig (1978)

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SECOND TIME LUCKY FOR EDDIE FALLOON by Peter Myers

It is one of the iconic images of Scottish football during the 1930s. The scene is Hampden Park where Celtic have just beaten Aberdeen 2-1 to lift the Scottish Cup in 1937. Jimmy McGrory, the Parkhead side’s skipper, commiserates with dejected Dons skipper Eddie Falloon by patting him on the shoulder while Falloon congratulates his opponent by offering his right hand. The Irishman may have been disappointed then but only two years later he was in the cup-winning side when Clyde trounced Motherwell to become the last club to lift the famous old trophy before World War II broke out. There is a long tradition of footballers from the Emerald Isle plying their trade in Scotland and among the earliest in the north-east was Larne-born Eddie Falloon, who was signed by Aberdeen in the summer of 1927 as an inside-right from Crusaders FC of Belfast, then a junior team, but such was his versatility that he turned out for the Dons in every position except goal. He was, at 5ft 5in and 10st 6lb, the smallest centre-half in Scottish football but made up for his lack of height by his amazing dexterity in controlling the ball in all kinds of situations. He featured on a cigarette card of 1934 and is described memorably: “He can take a ball in the air with his foot as high as some players can with their heads. Ubiquitous, he bounces through a game and turns up at the most unexpected moment.”

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helped Aberdeen easily beat a lacklustre Celtic 3-0 at Pittodrie on 9 October 1933. He wrote: “I’ve never seen a more impoverished Celtic team. Aberdeen were far from being a perfect combine. Had they been, Celts would have been washed out in goals.” A crowd of nearly 18,000 saw Moore assist Willie Mills in netting his brace while the Irishman made it three. An enthusiastic “Viking” was moved to write: “They’re great stuff, are the two little Irishmen. Although the smallest, Falloon was the biggest obstacle afield, and if Ireland has a better centre-half, I’d like to see him. He was here, there and everywhere, as all five Celtic forwards know to their cost.” He praised Moore’s unselfishness and “there was genius in his well-nigh perfect distribution” and capped a great performance with “a glorious third goal”. Ireland internationalist Moore scored 47 goals in 74 appearances for Aberdeen but his drink problem was affecting his performances on the park and he was released in 1935 and returned to Shamrock Rovers.

Eddie Falloon became team captain and skippered Aberdeen against Celtic during their first Scottish Cup Final on 24 April 1937. Eighty-four years ago, it was rare to get a quote from a manager let alone a player but Falloon was among the quoted views from Pittodrie which featured in a Cup Final preview in the (Aberdeen) Evening Express. An upbeat Dons captain Paddy Moore formed the other half of the Dons’ Irish said: “This is our big chance and the boys intend to duo, who impressed sports writer “Viking” when they it. We have beaten before Main Picture: Aberdeen's Joe Miller, right,seize challenges Jimmy FisherCeltic for the ball both in the Cup


and in the League, and we can do it again. You can tell our supporters that if we are beaten, and I do not think for a moment we shall be, it will not be for want of trying. We are not a bit nervous. Rely on us.” Falloon’s father came over from Larne to watch his son in action while 17 special trains packed with Dons fans left Aberdeen for Glasgow. They were among the 147,365 who crammed into Hampden Park and which still stands as a record attendance for a club match in Europe. There was disappointment for Aberdeen after they were defeated 2-1 by Celtic. In his post-match analysis in the Evening Express, football writer “Mac” thought there was very little between the sides, “but what little there was favoured Celtic”. He praised Falloon, who “worked heroically to stem the Celtic tide, and was the Dons’ soundest defender. There were many thrilling duels between the Irishman and McGrory, and it was seldom indeed that Falloon came off second best”. Falloon lost his place in the team at the end of 1938 to Sidney Nicholson, who had joined from Barnsley. The Irishman asked to be put on the transfer list and was signed on 7 January 1938 by former Dons boss Pat Travers who had moved to take over the reins at Shawfield two months earlier. Travers’s resignation had come as a shock as he had been manager at Pittodrie since 1924. The board asked him to reconsider his decision and even offered him a 10year deal, but his mind was made up to accept the

Clyde offer. Falloon made his Clyde debut in a clash against Hibernian in which he played his part in stifling the Hibs’ attack and earning his side a draw. Clyde’s road to the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on 22 April 1939 had seen them overcome St Johnstone, Dundee (after a replay), Rangers, Third Lanark and Hibernian. The Dons reached the semi-final only to be eliminated by Motherwell after a replay. There was a patronising tone in an Evening Express match report of the final: “Clyde are not regarded as a brilliant team, but they have an abundance of pluck and enthusiasm.” The writer summed up the Bully Wee’s 4-0 victory: “The big difference between the teams lay in the fact that Motherwell tried to play copybook football, while Clyde didn’t trouble about frills but took the shortest route to goal.” Eddie Falloon was marked out for special praise: “His motto was ‘They shall not pass’. He kept a tight grip on (Davie) Mathie, the Motherwell sharpshooter.” More than four months later, Britain declared war on Germany on Sunday, 3 September after it ignored an ultimatum to withdraw its forces from Poland. The day before, Falloon had been absent from the Clyde team which lost 1-0 to Celtic, although his deputy, John Telford, had kept “a tight hold” on Celtic centreforward John Crum. Falloon had made a handful of appearances during the new season before he left Shawfield to go back across the water to play for his home-town team of Larne. 57


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