September 23, 2021

The new book on Scottish football features Hampden’s huge crowds and Glasgow Old Firm battles.

Cliff Hague clearly remembers watching football for the first time at Hampden Park.

“It was 1968, Scotland v Austria, and Scotland won 2-1, “he recalls.” I was used to big matches, I used to go to Wembley – but in those days Hampden was something else, a crowd of 130,000 and over. with.

“It simply came to our notice then. History, And that night another Scottish legend, the incomparable Dennis La, scored on the previous post with a trademark flashing header …. ”

He smiles: “Que delirium all around. The program lists the Scottish Forward Line tonight – Jimmy John Stone, Charlie Cook, Dennis Law, Bobby Lynx and John Hughes. It was a good time to go to Scotland.

Glasgow Times: Program!  Programs!  Football and life from wartime to lockdown.

The story behind this match program, and many more, is included in Cliff’s new book, which traces the development of football among broader patterns of social change. World World War II

Programs! Programs! From Football and Life of War Time, Lockdown is based on Cliff’s collection of more than 2,000 programs, ranging from the big old firm Cup Finals to the 1968 Clyde vs. Reth Rovers programs that feature sugar drink commercials.

Glasgow Times: Program!  Programs!  Football and life from wartime to lockdown.

“I started collecting when I was a big boy in Manchester,” he says. “Some were given to me by adults, some I’ll ask clubs in writing, and you can exchange them at school or with other collectors through the page of Charles Buchan Football Monthly Magazine.”

Cliff, who is now a citizen. planning The Edinburgh-based educator, consultant and author moved to Glasgow in 1968 to work for the corporation’s planning department, and the group grew. Her son Yuan also started buying the program.

Glasgow Times: Program!  Programs!  Football and life from wartime to lockdown.

“He did it with a lot more strategy than I did, so he would buy the cup final, or weird stuff like the first game in Wimbledon in the football league. When he went to the United States to study, he took his program with him. Not taken

He laughs: “So we had a lot of programs, or ‘junk’, as my wife used to call it. To keep them from going into recycling, I started making lists of them, and at times, Attracted to the places and people they represented.

“There were a lot of interesting stories – they are a piece of popular culture that shows how my generation experienced life here, but also in some other countries, especially in Eastern Europe, where I lived in the 1980s and 1990s. I used to go for research. ”

Glasgow Times: Program!  Programs!  Football and life from wartime to lockdown.

There are many gems in the collection – a 1950’s heart Particle Thistle. The program consists of an article describing how important Scotland’s industrial and mining villages were to the development of the first stars of Scottish football.

Read more: When Celtic Park was first lit – and memories of another old firm.

From the days when paper rations were given and the team’s exit depended on military leave, today’s coarse, shiny Matchday Magazine features global stars, the evolution of football and the lives of players and fans, the fields. Reveal a lot about And the city

It’s bound to revive memories for generations of fans and there are lots of funny, weird and moving stories – from everything from convincing a reef to taking off players during an air strike for the first time. When the women started appearing in the British program …

Programs! Programs! Football and life from war time to lockdown, from pitch publishing, is now out.

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