Saturday, 28 January 2012

A Wee Bit of Football History - 1929

Kilmarnock F. C. Win The Scottish Cup For The Second Time

With a stiff breeze and strong sun against them, Killie faced intense pressure from the Ibrox men from the kick-off, and after 16 minutes referee Tom Dougray awarded Rangers a penalty after consulting his linesman, adjudging that Hugh Morton had brought down Buchanan. Tully Craig stepped up and hit a rocket towards the top-left corner, but Sam Clemie leapt like a cat to save the penalty.

Rangers did not waiver in their attack, McPail headed over from a corner, and had another decent penalty claim waved away by the ref. McPhail then missed a sitter after a Clemie fisted save rebounded to him.

Killie had weathered the first half wind, and went into the dressing room relieved, looking forward to the second half, with the conditions then in their favor.

Second Half

After 48 mins, Killie's Connell mis-hit a shot goalwards only to have winger Aitken redirect a first time shot past Hamilton in the Rangers' goal.

Minutes later Connell hit the post for Killie and then "Mattha" Smith narrowly missed putting  Killie two up.

Archibald and Fleming had Rangers best chances but could not convert.

After 77 mins Connell sent a great through ball to Cunningham  and the youngster shot past Hamilton from the edge of the box, to the keeper's left.
In the closing moments Rangers Buchanan became the first player sent off in a Scottish Cup Final, for un-gentlemanly conduct for swearing at the referee, as Rangers frustrations boiled over.
Kilmarnock: Clemie, Robertson, Nibloe, Morton, McLaren, McEwan, Connell, Smith, Cunningham, Williamson & Aitken.

Crowd: 114, 708

Road to the Final: SF Celtic 1-0, QF Raith Rovers (A) 3-2, Rd 3 Albion Rovers (A) 1-0, Rd 2 Bo'Ness (H) 3-2, Rd 1 Glasgow Uni (H) 8-1.

Spence (manager) & McCulloch (Chairman)
with the 28-29 Cup
1928-29 Scottish Cup Winners Kilmarnock FC

Kilmarnock 2 Rangers 0(Scottish Cup Final, Hampden Park, April 6th 1929)

For the second time since the war (the 1st World War) Kilmarnock captured the Scottish Cup with an upset win over the mighty Rangers the holders at Hampden Park. Killie had beaten Celtic in
The match was witnessed by 114,708 spectators, with several thousand being locked out of the match due to a mix-up prior to the match.

Rangers had just won the championship losing just 1 match all season and were therefore heavy favourites going into the match.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Books by John Burnett

It was mentioned, in the introduction to John Burnett's talk (24 January) about Crowds in 19th. Century Ayrshire, that John had published several books.  A couple are listed below and the titles give an indication of the subject matter.

Books by John Burnett - National Museum of Scotland.
  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Tuckwell Press Ltd (8 Dec 2000)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: National Museums of Scotland (16 Jan 2010)

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Unknown Photograph Identified!

Through the efforts of Frank Beattie, the location of the shop in the old photograph, previously posted, has been identified.  We think it is what used to be the picture framer's shop next to the Palace Theatre, which was the business premises for many years of the late Jimmy Little.  Compare the photos below.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Another First for Scotland

A few lines written on a 16th-century pay slip could put paid to the notion that England, rather than Scotland, was the first to make a great leap forward in transportation. For millennia the bone-jolting cart was the height of wheeled luxury – but then came the joy of horse-drawn carriages, with genuine suspension to soften the road. 

Historian John Harrison recently uncovered a document at National Archives of Scotland which suggests that a horse-drawn carriage had been transported from France to Scotland by 1552 and was kept at Stirling Castle. The arrival of this Continental novelty would have been a big flouncy feather in the cap for the kingdom, as it jockeyed with England to prove it was a full part of the modern European mainstream, up with all the latest trends.

The full article can be read here
The Scots did it First!!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Can You Help Identify This Photograph?

Can you provide any information to help identify the shop or the people in this old photograph?  It was taken some time between 1900 and 1911 and is believed to depict a shop in Kilmarnock.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Northumberland Mining Disaster

There is an excellent article about a mining disaster in Northumberland 150 years ago at the link below.
Northumberland Mining Disaster

Inscribed on the obelisk in Earsdon churchyard, near Whitley Bay, are the names of the 204 men and boys who died in the Hartley Colliery disaster on 16 January 1862.

The youngest was 10, the eldest 71, and the same surnames are repeated time and time again. One family, the Liddle's, lost nine members.

Such was the impact of the disaster that it resulted in a change of law, spelling the end of one-shaft mines, and the beginning of more support for miners' families.

The article will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the history of mining or who have mine workers in their family background.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

London Buses - Bibliography

Tuesday night (10 January) was our first talk of 2012.  There was, yet again, a most satisfying turnout of around 90 members to listen to Professor Danny Gorman speaking about the history behind London buses.  I now know the origin of the term "omnibus". 
Professor Gorman has very kindly supplied us with the bibliography of the sources he used while researching his topic.  Members may find it useful.

A History of London Buses


1.      Hibbs, John “The History of British Bus Services”, David and Charles, 2004.

                         2.      Curtis, Colin H “Buses of London”, London Transport Publications, 1977.

3.      Kidner, R W “The London Motor-Bus 1896-1968”, 4th Ed, Locomotion Papers Number 5, The Oakwood Press, 1968

4.      Taylor. James “The London Bus”, Shire Publications, 2009.

5.      Day, John R “The Story of the London Bus”, London Transport Publications, 1973.

6.      Reed, John “London Buses – Past and Present”, Capital Transport Publishing, 1988.

7.      Elborough, Travis “The Bus we Loved – London’s Affair with the Routemaster”, Granta Publications, London, 2005.

8.      Sommerfield, V (compiled) “London’s Buses”, The St Catherine Press, 1933.

9.      Barker, Theo “Moving Millions – A Pictorial History of London Transport”, London Transport Publications, 1990.

10.  Omnibus Society (specially reproduced for), “Development of the Bus in London”, Modern Transport, Jan 7th, 14th and Feb 18th, 1956.

11.  Larkin, Roy “Destination Western Front – London’s Omnibuses Go To War”, Roy Larkin Publishing, 2010.

12.  Brewster, D E “London Independent Bus Operators 1922-1933”, Locomotion Paper number 62, The Oakwood Press, 1972.

13.  McCormack, K “London Transport in Exile”, Ian Allan Publishing, 2004.

14.  Heaney, George “Sixty Years of A.1. Service”, Bus Enthusiast Publishing Company, 1991.