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The long road from Ibrox to Brechin

The long road from Ibrox to Brechin

The following piece appears as a chapter in Alan Bissett’s and Alasdair McKillop’s excellent collection of essays, ‘Born Under a Union Flag’, published by Luath. The book explores cultural and religious identity in Scotland, how these identities relate to football and their impact on the current constitutional […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 11

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years   By ALEX. WOOD     CHAPTER 11           A FEW MORE BRECHIN FOOTBALLING SOLDIERS   George Gallacio   One of the noted patrons of Brechin Hearts Junior FC was George Gallacio.[1]  George Gallacio, the original proprietor of Gallacio’s ice cream parlour […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 10

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 10

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  By ALEX. WOOD CHAPTER 10           AFTER THE WAR The 1914-18 War and its Remembrance To wander the graveyards – of all nationalities – of the battlefields of France and Flanders is an awesome and moving experience. The German cemeteries are stark, […]

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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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