Annbank United F.C. 1952-53
By tdh on Jun 23, 2006
I'm guessing this picture is of the 1952-53 Annbank United F.C. squad who were runners up in the Scottish Junior Cup. My grandfather is on the right, he is the manager/coach with the cap on. I haven't a clue as to who anyone else is in the picture. My aunts were children when this was taken and you would have had to have been a relative for it to stick in their minds.
Team Names: top left to right.
- Jimmy Durnie [joined Glasgow Rangers]
- Sammy Davidson [Junior Internationalist]
- Andy Hunter [Captain]
- Johnny Neeson
- Charlie Guthrie
- Bobby Cuthbertson
- Sammy Phillips [joined Third Lanark F.C.]
- Tammy Dunlop [President] J.P. & Local Councillor
- Archie Wilson[Gager only local Goodwin Drive]
- Rabbie Anderson
- the one name I always forget [ex Crosshouse Waverley]
- Tommy Brown [joined Ipswich Town F.C.]
- Davie Tennant [joined Ipswich Town F.C.]
I only knew him after he had retired from the coal mines (or close enough that it did not matter). When I played with a football, it was always however I wanted to do it. He never came out to coach me. It was a different era back then, when kids played outside and adults were not as fanatical about organized sports. It was the same for me when I was in the US or Germany.
I was back in Annbank a couple of years ago, it hasn't changed that much - the houses now have driveways in the front and solariums in the back. Poli still comes by every night with ice cream. The kids still play out on the street. You might have a neighbor kid or two in your yard. I found it really strange and disturbing. Instead of thinking, "Ahh, the good old days!", I was wondering if these people cared about their children. Times were not simpler, they had just not been robbed of their neighborhoods. Violence is much more a part of life out there.
But back to my grandfather - in a way, once it really clicked that he was a coach, I was sad he never got a chance to help me. I don't think it would have changed my time as a player that much (I've always been tall and was coordinationally challenged). But as an adult coach, I wish he had words of coaching wisdom to pass down to me. As it is, the best I have is a fierce love of Rangers.
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