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"The start of my "football career" on the black ash parks of Glenconner"

A review of Glasgow Foundry Boys Religious Society by Gilbert (Gibby) Baird . written on Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

In the early 1950s in Gourlay Street,Springburn, we were always kicking a ball about in the streets. We lived at the bottom end of Gourlay St. near where the railway bridge crossed over the main line from Queen St. station. A neighbour who lived on the ground floor, Alf Cresswell,asked me and some of my pals if we would like to play for a football team which played in a football league.Mr.Cresswell

took us the Foundry Boys Church in Tharsis St. Garngad.

We trained in the church hall (I think it was a Monday night) and we played on a Saturday afternoon at Glenconner black ash pitches.This was my my first time playing in a team and wearing a football jersey.I can only remember a few of the boys from Garngad, there was a Jimmy Laird who was a great player, there were two Cunningham brothers one a playerand the other a trainer.So many thanks to Mr. Alfie Cresswell for his kindness and interest shown to the boys from Springburn.

This was typical of people back in the Fifties.My best wishes and kindest regards to all the present day members of the Glasgow Foundry Boys Church long may they prosper.

Gilbert(Gibby) Baird

Barrhead East Renfrewshire..

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