Football Queens & Kings

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

Chapter 66 – Southern Football Club

I pull on corduroy trousers, fasten my waistcoat and wool cutaway jacket. The red silk lining is particularly comforting. My pocket watch is tucked in carefully and finish my football spectator’s outfit with a wool cap.  There is a bark behind me.  “As if I would go without you?”, I said to Swissy. “Remember your … Continue reading Chapter 66 – Southern Football Club

Chapter 65 – Letter From Speyside

Swissy lies neatly across my feet providing the best source of heat in the house. His thick Alpine coat of black, gold and white, wraps this two-year-old bundle of energy. Agnes brings the morning paper, tea and a letter with a postmark declaring “Home”.  Dearest Friend,  Thank you for your kind invitation. I will travel … Continue reading Chapter 65 – Letter From Speyside

Chapter 64 – Granville Football Club

The Thompson & French working week is done. Each day’s labour ran late into the evening, where the candles were burnt to their wick’s end, along with the staff’s morale and humour.  Last evening, we headed to a birthday celebration of forty years. Emilia’s friend hosted a grand dinner in the North British Hotel, where … Continue reading Chapter 64 – Granville Football Club

Chapter 63 – Emilia Anne Ure

The extremely busy summer of 1871 has concluded. I spent this week reviewing both Glasgow and Edinburgh’s operations, with Robert making excellent progress in Edinburgh, however, James’ progress in Glasgow is becoming deeply worrying. James and I discussed the threat from Cary & Fortis and the importance of success on the Dean of Guild Contract. … Continue reading Chapter 63 – Emilia Anne Ure

Chapter 62 – Airdrie’s Handling Request

David and I head into the drawing room, where frustration and anger boil over.  “Airdrie challenged us to a game on 22 June 1871, which we duly accepted, and forwarded our match rules.”, said, David. Airdrie’s challenge generated a lot of excitement, nullifying the growing frustration from the lack of external opposition, with only 5 … Continue reading Chapter 62 – Airdrie’s Handling Request

Chapter 61 – Smith & Wellstood

The evening is spent with Mortlach whisky and Henry Smith, Queens Park’s President. Henry, exceptionally articulate and talented, explains the fascinating background to his family business, Smith & Wellstood. “James Smith, my forefather, set off for America at 16 to make his fortune and returned to ship iron fireplaces and ovens into Scotland. He joined … Continue reading Chapter 61 – Smith & Wellstood

Chapter 60 – Smokers v Non-Smokers

A cloud of smoke rises from the East Side of Queens Park Recreation Ground, where the Smokers, led by Robert Gardiner, exhale their favourite Stephen Mitchell & Son creation. This merchant’s main office resides at 36 St Andrew’s Square, whilst their warehouses line the Clutha, containing holdings shipped from Virginia and Carolina. These commercial relationships … Continue reading Chapter 60 – Smokers v Non-Smokers

Chapter 59 – Glasgow’s Newest Grocers

Glasgow Herald, Tuesday 9 May, 1871, exhibits the current affairs of the city. The report entitled ‘Vital Social and Economic Statistics of Glasgow’ explains how the City Chamberlain, Mr William West Watson, presented to the Council the preceding day. Glasgow’s population swells with 464,500 souls with a further 79,716 living within its ‘connected and contiguous … Continue reading Chapter 59 – Glasgow’s Newest Grocers

Chapter 58 – Post Match Report

I depart the Athens of the North on the Glasgow train. The mighty English came to conquer and instead return home with a message: Scotland is a force to be reckoned with. The titans of Scotland's Rugby Football Clubs, West of Scotland, Edinburgh Academicals, Merchistonian, Glasgow Academicals, St Andrews University and Edinburgh University, proved themselves … Continue reading Chapter 58 – Post Match Report