Tuesday, 4 December 2012

140th Anniversary Match Scotland v England

On Saturday 30th November 1872 Scotland took on England in the first ever International football match. Members of the 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers were present and resolved to form their own football team. Two weeks later the 3rd LRV football club was formed. Last Saturday, 1st December 2012 the game was replayed at the original venue, West Of Scotland Cricket Club's Hamilton Crescent between teams of Scottish & English Writers, including Chris Brookmyre, Kevin Williamson and Allan Wilson on the 140th Anniversary saturday. Despite frozen conditions the Scots recorded a remarkable 4-2 win to claim the inaugural Hamilton Crescent Cup. The 3rd Lanark connections continue as the Scotland goalkeeper that day was our very own Chairman Simon Weir, with Committee Member Don Craig cheering the team on. The grandson of striker Thirds John Weir (1916-1919)was also there as the trophy was presented to the delighted Scotland Captain, Wilson. Fond memories from former Thirds supporters were shared in the wonderful pavilion bar at the post-match buffet and we'd like to thank George(Snr) and George(Jnr) for helping to make us feel very welcome. We look forward to fostering continued close links with West Of Scotland CC in the future and to welcoming the Scotland Writers FC to Cathkin Park/Old Hampden in 2013.

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