Football Queens & Kings

Chapter 76 – Captain v President

Henry Smith, Club President, stands proudly with his team, facing James Smith, Club Captain, where I, and his band of men, stand ready for the final interclub game of 1871. This is particularly poignant, as James is heading to London, following in his brother’s footsteps, where I am sure he will continue to serve Queens … Continue reading Chapter 76 – Captain v President

Chapter 75 – A Powerful Combination

Robert’s abundant ambition, creativity and arrogance lead to regular frustration at the way the world currently works. He sees the guardians of the world’s boundaries, authority and control, as unnecessary evils. Every so often, these boundaries are dropped, and today is one of those days. Robert triumphantly rolls out the large map and his eyes … Continue reading Chapter 75 – A Powerful Combination

Chapter 73 – Vault of Dreams

I disembark at Caledonian Railway’s Southside Station, situated in the Gorbals. A thirty-minute walk, to and from the station, forms part of my daily work routine, regardless of weather conditions. I cross Glasgow Bridge, proceed along Jamaica Street and Alston Street, arriving on Gordon Street. A right turn takes me to Thompson & French’s Head … Continue reading Chapter 73 – Vault of Dreams

Chapter 72 – Emeline Margaux Fontaine

The elegant lady takes back her handkerchief graciously.  “Parlez-vous Anglais?”, George asks using up his entire French vocabulary in an instant. “Yes, I do. My name is Emeline Margaux Fontaine. Pleased to meet you.”  We introduce ourselves to Emeline, although she announces she is in quite a rush and must be going. We are left … Continue reading Chapter 72 – Emeline Margaux Fontaine

Chapter 71 – Football In Focus

Whilst watching the game kick-off, I explain to George the first match held on 5 March 1870. “Robert Crawford scored Scotland’s first goal due to a tactical blunder by England, where they moved their goalkeeper upfield. However Alfred Baker equalised in the last minute to record a draw.”, I said. We focus on today’s game … Continue reading Chapter 71 – Football In Focus

Chapter 69 – The Noblest Parliamentarian

“John Hampden,”, said George, “was a leading parliamentarian at the centre of the English revolution. In 1637, he stood trial for refusing to pay ‘Ship Money’, a tax levied by the Monarch on the people, without Parliament consent, to build the Royal Navy. Hampden became a national hero for standing up to the King.” ”Five … Continue reading Chapter 69 – The Noblest Parliamentarian

Chapter 68 – Palaces of Westminster

The Great Northern Railway provides comfortable transportation for my adventure to London. Furthermore, I have twelve editions of ‘The Boys Journal’ containing Jules Verne’s new serial, ’Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, to keep me amused. The train enters London’s Kings Cross, where smoke darkens the sky, sweeping me back to the scene of … Continue reading Chapter 68 – Palaces of Westminster

Chapter 67 – Our Insurance Policy

James Hogg and I board the 8am Edinburgh train, providing two hours briefing on the Dean of Guild Contract.  “I have let the team proceed with minimal supervision from me.”, admits James. “This is a tough test, whilst setting up the Edinburgh office.” “James, why do you think I have given you this?”, I asked. … Continue reading Chapter 67 – Our Insurance Policy