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Tue Jan 31 4:16 pm  #11

Re: A Time in Govan

·                    Govan Juvenile Courts was noisy. In front of Baillie Jasmina Anderson were 11 boys plus their probation officers. The Baillie said she had a complete football team in front of her. They were charged with playing football on a Sunday and making too much noise. One mother said ’They have nae wher else tae play and they didnae even go wi ther fitba boots on’.  Jasmina Anderson said it was impossible to tell the boys not to play football. They were all admonished and told to play quieter so as not to disturb the residents.
·                    In the Schools Intermediate Cup competition semi finals, St.Gerrards made short work of Falkirk winning 8-2. In an effort to entice the Glasgow Rugby playing schools into playing football; Queen’s Park made Lesser Hampden Park available and provided excellent coaching.
·                    The trials for the Glasgow Schools team to play against London assembled at Lesser Hampden Park and there was plenty of Govan interest amongst the contenders for forward places. G.Mulholland (St.Gerrards), F.Burns (St.Gerrards), R.Burns (Govan High) and I.Lochead (St.Gerrards)
·                    In the West of Scotland Amateur League Govan Amateurs chances of the title had gone although they had a good season finishing in the top half of the league’s top division. In the second division Stephens and Craigton Athletic were trying to avoid relegation.
·                    In the Renfrewshire Juvenile League Avon Villa crashed 6-1 away to Cardwadric Bluebells. Govan Brittania could not make the home advantage at the 50 pitches count as they lost 4-0 to Renfrew Athletic. Tradeston Holmlea did make 50 pitches home advantage count with a 2-1 success over Park United.
    Rangers Willie Woodburn made his second appeal against his ‘Suspended sine die’ sentence from the Scottish FA. He had a lot of support from the Rangers supporters who felt he was harshly dealt with. Woodburn had openly apologised and showed remorse for the incident against Stirling Albion. The Rangers club wrote a plea to the Scottish FA. The chances looked favourable initially.    However the SFA referred the case to the Referee’s Committee. As a majority of the Referee’s Committee made the original decision to ban Woodburn and therefore were always unlikely to overturn the verdict. The appeal from Willie Woodburn was rejected.
    Aberdeen were closing in on their first 1st Division title win. A win at Shawfield against Clyde would secure the flag.  A tense match saw a penalty from Glen decide the issue and the title was on its way to Pittodrie.


Fri Mar 3 6:11 pm  #12

Re: A Time in Govan

1950's Govan Freemason's
Book Extract:
' Jimmy Welsh is a Freemason and he occasionally has a drink problem. However, no matter how drunk he gets he does not divulge any secrets of the Brotherhood. Jimmy joined many years ago when he had a small share in the business of John Henderson. Jimmy serviced a number of clients most of whom were Freemason’s when he was active as part of Henderson and Welsh Scaffolders.
He meets with a number of his former customers at the meetings and they discuss everything and anything that comes along. Most are of a similar persuasion; mostly middle aged, Conservative/Unionist biased and many are very sociable.
The Masonic Halls are well kept up in appearance and the meals and drinks with the company after ceremonies are greatly enjoyed by Jimmy. He is always willing to help with fundraising efforts to help needy causes. The actual Ceremonial parts involving rolling up trouser legs, nooses and other rituals did not bother Jimmy and it appeared that the Lodges he now attended usually Kinning Park or Govandale were recruiting new members on a regular basis.
The membership in Scotland was well on its way to reaching around 100,000. It appeared that many Protestants were drifting away from the attendance at Churches in favour of a good class of Working Men’s Club that might give them a leg up when the situation arose.
When, with Joan, Jimmy would attend the Ladies Night but Ruth would probably be very unlikely to attend if asked. She felt more at home in a conventional Working Mens Club or a nice pub.
She knew little of the Freemason’s except that Jimmy attended occasionally the various Lodge meetings. He would receive letters on a regular basis on plain envelopes and had a chest under the bed with his Masonic Regalia. Definitely not in the Freemason’s were brothers Robbie and Jack. Both never had the inclination to join and were contented with life outside the Brotherhood.


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