Archive for August 2012

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 9

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 9

  Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years By ALEX. WOOD   CHAPTER 9             WAR ENDS; FOOTBALL RECOMMENCES 1917-18 For a second successive year, Brechin City had no fixtures but many of its former continued the daily reality of military service. Casualties Gordon Macfarlane: killed Sergeant Gordon […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 8

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 8

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  By ALEX. WOOD CHAPTER 8             THE MIDDLE YEARS OF THE WAR 1915-16: A Skeletal Season LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES The AGM of the Northern League was held in August 1915 and there it was indicated by the representatives of the four Forfarshire county […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 7

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 7

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  By ALEX. WOOD   CHAPTER 7             1914-1915, THE FIRST YEAR OF THE WAR Football and the War Football was, as it always has been, ritualised conflict.  Whether of course as a pressure valve to work off innate aggression or as […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 6

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 6

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  by ALEX. WOOD   CHAPTER 6      THE LAST PEACE-TIME SEASONS        1912-13: the Second Championship THE PLAYERS At the start of the close season Shand, the veteran full back, transferred to Dundee.[1]  Inglis was secured from Montrose.[2]  Collie […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 5

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 5

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  by ALEX. WOOD CHAPTER 5                         1911-12: Scant Success and Crowd Troubles  THE PLAYERS Brechin signed Sam Whyte and Adamson of Montrose and Boyd, “the clever outside right” of Dundee Celtic in the close season.  Balfour, the ever present keeper of the […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 4

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 4

   Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  by ALEX WOOD CHAPTER 4             1909-1911: Forfarshire Cup Winners and Northern League Runners-up  THE PLAYERS As well as Hampton’s departure, the start of the 1909-1910 season saw Easson and Matthew re-signing but Chapman moving to Montrose.[1]  Henderson moved to Aberdeen, […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 3

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 3

 Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  by ALEX. WOOD    CHAPTER 3             1908-09: the First Two Finals   THE PLAYERS As that glorious second season came to an end W Graham was the first of the Brechin squad to re-sign for the new season but the scouts […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 2

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 2

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years By ALEX. WOOD   CHAPTER 2             BRECHIN CITY’S FIRST TWO SEASONS, 1906-1908   1906-07: Finding Their Feet   THE FIRST PLAYERS The early Brechin City signings included David Gourlay, the old Harp and AberdeenUniversityhalf back, a native Brechiner.  David Nicoll, a […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years INTRODUCTION and CHAPTER 1

Brechin City: the Early Years INTRODUCTION and CHAPTER 1

Hearts however, unlike Harp, continued well after the formation of Brechin City and were playing competitive Junior football until at least after the outbreak of World War One, having been finalists in the Forfarshire District Junior Cup in 1908-09, 1909-10 and 1912-13[25] and winners of the Arbroath and […]

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Everyone in school must get to grips with grammar

Everyone in school must get to grips with grammar

Michael Gove has announced that English 11-year-olds will sit a grammar test. Many with whom I would naturally stand in any conflict involving Gove have objected on the grounds that such an approach will narrow teaching and lead to “teaching to the test”. I disagree with many […]

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