Sporting Yesteryear

40 years ago

Cross COUNTRY: At the Dundee and Central Scotland Wing cross-country championships held at Arbroath on Sunday, December 17, No 2365 (Brechin) Squadron won the senior three-and-a-half mile event. The Squadron also won the senior and junior individual medals.

The senior team comprised of Sergeant M Glennie, Sergeant P Wood, Corporal N Robertson, Corporal I Noble and First Class Cadet A Hendry.

Corporal N Robertson was the recipient of the senior individual medal and Corporal M Reid won the junior individual medal.

The above Cadets, along with Cadet D Elrick will go forward to the Scottish finals to be held at RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, where they will represent the Dundee Wing.

This is the sixth year in succession that the majority of the 12 Cadets picked for the Wing Team have come from 2365 Squadron.

30 years ago

Football: Stirling Albion, 1; Brechin City, 1.

City had two players sent off in this stormy encounter. The referee was the busiest person on the field. In the 74th minute George Mackie pushed a linesman in a heated debate over an offside decision. The visitors numbers were further reduced minutes from the end when player-manager Ian Fleming was sent off after two heavy tackles.

City started strongly and Paterson was unlucky to have a shot cleared off the line after only ten minutes.

City’s breakthrough came in 37 minutes when Albion’s ‘keeper failed to gather a high ball and Ian Paterson shot home from a goal mouth scramble.

City, however, failed to keep their lead. A minute before the break, and against the run of play, Torrance drove home and equalised.

20 years ago

Football: Brechin City manager John Ritchie takes his table-toppers into 1993 hopeful of continuing the trend which has seen the side lead the Second Division for most of the opening half of the league campaign.

Brechin’s 0-0 draw with East Stirling at Firs Park on Saturday preserves an unbeaten run that goes back to September.

Ritchie said: “Since our only league defeat of the term, we have won eight of our last 11 fixtures. If that is the way my players react to a set back, I just can’t wait for our next defeat.

“I cannot speak too highly of their attitudes to date in what has been an encouraging season for the club. Mind you, we find ourselves just three points clear of Stranraer but, more importantly, six clear of third place Clyde in the promotion race.”