Sporting yesteryear

40 years ago

Football: Cowdenbeath were not stretched to beat City at Glebe Park on Wednesday. Two defensive blunders by the homesters gave them the couple of goals which proved ample for victory.

City’s finishing was as poor as ever. Cowdenbeath were always in attack. In spite of the two home lapses, however, there was little to choose between the defences. Doug Clark had a good game. McEwan, who has not been too happy in goal since the accident to his finger, was rested and Dave Brown was back in goal. He had some good saves but was less reliable than Cowdenbeath’s trialist keeper. He had one brilliant save from Coutts.

A mistake from Milne let Laing away. The Brechin keeper palmed out the centre’s cross but Taylor was on the sport to score three minutes from the start. Twenty-four minutes and Brown failed to hold a shot from Cairns and Cowdenbeath’s Laing seized the opportunity to score. During the second half, Gillespie went to centre and the homesters looked like having more of a game. But Miller let them down with a glaring miss, not his first either, and he was replaced by Laing.

30 years ago

FOOTBALL: Doug Houston, Brechin City’s manager, has left Glebe Park to take up a similar position with Forfar Athletic. Mr David Will, Brechin City chairman, made the shock announcement on Tuesday, that Mr Houston, along with coach Henry Hall, would be joining Forfar that evening.

He said that he was bitterly disappointed and resentful that another local club should come and take away a sitting manager from their neighbours. He pointed out that this was the second time that this had happened to Brechin City. (Three years ago Mr Ian Stewart went to Arbroath in the same way). Mr Will said: “In Brechin we seem to be a breeding ground for good managers. As soon as they achieve anything at Glebe Park they are poached by another Angus club.”

As recently as the club’s annual meeting Mr Houston had repeated that he would stay at Glebe Park for as long as Brechin City wanted him.

John Ritchie a member of the coaching staff is to take charge of the team until the committee can decide what it to be done.

20 years ago

BOWLS: Brechin indoor bowling club commences this Sunday, October 4 at Brechin Leisure centre.

Due to the annual general meeting being held at 4pm there will be two sessions at 1.30pm and 2.45pm. This is the club’s third season in existence and they again have their full compliment of 64 members and a good season is in prospect.

As well as the League competition there will be singles, pairs and triples events.