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1 hour ago, bluearmyfaction said:

And Birmingham - also for works teams.  One of which (the Corp. Transport team) reached the first round of the FA Cup proper - something which the Glasgow Corporation side managed in Scotland in 1970, losing at Brechin.  There was even a national cup for all the local tramway/transport teams; a totally forgotten bit of British football history.

 

Glasgow Corporation Transport team even had their own ground, one of five grounds in the Parkhead area.

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31 minutes ago, Sergeant Wilson said:

@Clyde 

Is any of it still there?

Believe the team that won the Cup with the Big Ears still play in the area.

lol

Bridgeton Waverley's old ground i believe is still there on London Rd.

Parkhead Juniors across the road has been waste ground now for decades.

Strathclyde Juniors had the Commonwealth Village built over the top of it. In turn that's now a housing estate.

Helenvale Park, home of Glasgow Corporation Transport was lying derelict last time i looked.

One of those strange coincidences i drove a bus that had a terminus in Helenvale Street. Although for Eastern Scottish who had a couple of routes inside Glasgow years back.

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1 hour ago, PossilYM said:

Believe the team that won the Cup with the Big Ears still play in the area.

lol

Bridgeton Waverley's old ground i believe is still there on London Rd.

Parkhead Juniors across the road has been waste ground now for decades.

Strathclyde Juniors had the Commonwealth Village built over the top of it. In turn that's now a housing estate.

Helenvale Park, home of Glasgow Corporation Transport was lying derelict last time i looked.

One of those strange coincidences i drove a bus that had a terminus in Helenvale Street. Although for Eastern Scottish who had a couple of routes inside Glasgow years back.

I played on Helenvale...when I say played, I was there.

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1 hour ago, Dirty Sanchez said:

I was supposed to play at Helenvale but the game was postponed. The reason we were given was that people were apparently getting electric shocks from the artificial pitch, of all things. 

It would be the static left behind by my pace.

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8 hours ago, PossilYM said:

Glasgow Corporation Transport team even had their own ground, one of five grounds in the Parkhead area.

So did Birmingham Transport - they were sometimes neutral venues for matches between each depot. 

Helenvale may have been used because it hit lots of sweet spots; the Glasgow Corporation was not as anti-Roman Catholic as some other institutions, so lots of tram workers were Celtic fans, it was already being used for sport (well, bowling), and the Corporation team played in green. 

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Glasgow alone had 13 Corporation bus garages. Easily have formed 2 leagues if you included garages within a 15 mile radius.

A bit like railway lines a lot of football grounds had a bus garage nearby.

Hampden had two, one of which was immediately behind the East Terracing. Ibrox bus garage was across the the road from the old St Anthony's ground. Parkhead garage had 5 grounds nearby as stated. Bridgeton garage wasn't exactly a million miles from Celtic Park. Possil garage had Perthshire next door and Ashfield along the street. Newlands garage was next door to Pollok. Even the Eastern Scottish garage i worked out of had Bailleston Juniors in the same street.

Maryhill depot was in Celtic Street which was something of a local quiz question.

Remember going along one lunch time to watch the older brother play for Larkfield garage one midweek afternoon at Rosebery Park? at Polmadie (early 1970s) and Willie Waddell and Jock Wallace standing there. There was two European semi finals that night in Glasgow. What better way to unwind away from the hype than to watch bus drivers and conductors kick lumps out of each other for 90 minutes.

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My Dad worked in the Eastern Scottish garage in Airdrie. He didn't  play, but the football team were excellent. A few part time players who worked there played as "ringers".

There games were always worth watching.

Same thing happened in the civil service. I never played in the best work teams, but I'm on many team sheets to allow various part time and junior chancers play. I never even got a medal.

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Inspector Blakey writes;

Two football grounds in Edinburgh actually became bus garages.

Bathgate Park in New Street was built on top of an old gasworks and was used by local junior teams until the 1920s. It became an Eastern Scottish bus garage and the site is now occupied by some bloody awful looking houses.

Marine Gardens, home of Leith Athletic and Edinburgh City in the 1930s, was later cleared and the site is now a Lothian Buses depot.

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6 hours ago, The Mantis said:

Accies v Arabs 1993. Pretty sure the gentleman known as Fergie was standing a couple of rows in front of me at this game, unless everyfuckingbody in Hamilfuckington swore at every second fuckingword.

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Guessing Fergie is long dead.

First noticed him at Hamilton Accies v Aberdeen Scottish Cup tie round about January 1979. There was 12,000 there that day. Same fixture same month 5 years later the crowd was down to 5000.

Fergie was at both games. Back then i thought he was just howling at the moon.

Now in my later years i realise he was a passionate eccentric who wore his first love on his sleeve.

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48 minutes ago, PossilYM said:

Fergie was at both games. Back then i thought he was just howling at the moon.

Now in my later years i realise he was a passionate eccentric who wore his first love on his sleeve.

I may be misremembering, but was his response to one of his many Douglas Park bans not to bring a ladder and shout/swear over the fence from the top of it? 🤣🤣

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30 minutes ago, Boghead ranter said:

I may be misremembering, but was his response to one of his many Douglas Park bans not to bring a ladder and shout/swear over the fence from the top of it? 🤣🤣

I doubt the average non regular/neutral/away fan going along to an Accies game knew who the heavens he was until he got a bit of publicity over the swearing ban. 

40 years back i thought he looked a man in his 50s. He'd have been completely unnoticed had he been a regular at the big two in Glasgow considering most of the crowd there were shouting and swearing.

He'd have been better known today with social media being around.

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I hope these two pages are legible btw.  A remarkable bit of detail.  Queen of the South Wanderers (nothing to do with QoS today) were expelled from the game in 1889 for illegal professionalism.  The whole thing came about because a new chairman was suspicious that the books were not accurate and sued the treasurer.  Big mistake; the treasurer claimed in court that the club committee had told him to fake the accounts to hide payments to players.  And the upshot was the SFA banned the club, every committee member, and some of the players.

 

But the Dumfries & Galloway Standard had some indepth records of the testimonies, which give details of just how the football economy worked in Scotland back then.  And also how the game was doomed as an amateur enterprise - the Wanderers were slung out for paying some players £1 per month when some English clubs were paying them £6 per week...

 

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