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Back in ’64

Shanghai Jimmy referred to a court case in 1964 where Rangers had tried to have the Scottish League reconstructed and five teams excluded. I remembered a superb resource, namely the Google Newspaper Archive and after a bit of checking on dates found a report from the Glasgow Herald on 27th May 1964 on the five clubs’ successful appeal on the earlier granting of the case.

Two in a Row!

I haven’t mentioned Dumbarton’s vital 2-1 away victory at Berwick at the weekend. Apparently the game was played in terrible conditions and on a very poor surface.

Sons were up against it for much of the game and Berwick’s frustration at some poor refereeing manifested itself in six bookings and a sending off for the home side.

Derek Carcary was once again the man who got the Sons out of jail. A good three points which keeps the promotion dream alive.

Football on Trial.

I didn’t do my normal ref comment on my match report on Saturday. This was partly because the ref’s performance played no part in the final outcome. I thought he perhaps let too much go unchecked but to be honest that is usually preferable than a plethora of cards. One decisive moment was in the 54th minute when Berwick midfielder Gary Greenhill was sent off for a dreadful tackle on Sons Gordon Lennon. Apparently then Greenhill ‘assaulted’ the ref and the police contacted him (Greenhill) after the game. The following is from the Sunday Mail.

A FOOTBALL star is being investigated by police after he pushed a referee who sent him off yesterday.
Berwick Rangers midfielder Gary Greenhill, 23, was reported for the attack on Colin Brown during his side’s 5-2 defeat at Dumbarton.Last night Greenhill claimed he “just touched” the official during the Third Division clash.He added: “I haven’t got a criminal record and now I could get one for touching a referee.”People go out on a Saturday night and smash people’s faces in and don’t get criminal records. It is an absolute joke.”
Greenhill, of Buckhaven, Fife, was sent off in the 54th minute for a tackle.He was phoned by police after the game and told to go to a police station today. The former Dunfermline player said: “I touched him ever so slightly. It wasn’t even a push.”

Kirkcaldy-based Brown, 34, is a solicitor. He was unavailable for comment.

I have to take the player’s side here. Whilst I was at the opposite side of the park, I didn’t see any assault or contact with ‘Kirkcaldy based Mr. Brown’ (crikey! there’s two of them!) certainly nothing which warranted calling in the police. Surely a mention of any incident in his match report would have sufficed. Or have refs become whining nancy boys?

Footnote: Thank you once again to the Berwick blogger at The Ducket for his excellent photos.

Edited to include this Daily Record photo of the alleged ‘assault’. Those of a nervous disposition should look away now.


Dumbarton 5 Berwick Rangers 2

I did’t think I’d get to the game yesterday but I did get along – albeit late. By the time I got there Sons were just scoring their second goal via Ross Clark from the penalty spot, Paul McLeod already having put the home side ahead.

I didn’t get any photos either so thanks to the Berwick fan who posted these at his site (link on the photos)

Craig Anderson scored for the visitors in 32 minutes following a mix up in the Sons defence.

Sons third goal only two minutes later was a peach. Man of the match Stevie Murray picked up a botched clearance from the Berwick ‘keeper about thirty five yards out. With the ‘keeper stranded at the edge of the box, Murray perfectly lobbed the ball over his head and into the net.

In 52 minutes Ross Clark curled a free kick into the net, a shot that Nakamura would have been proud of. Shortly afterwards Berwick’s Gary Greenhill was ordered off for a desperate tackle in full view of the linesman at the corner flag.

Sub Liam Cusack made it five on 75 minutes and was obviously chuffed with the goal judging by his celebrations. Ewart scored for Berwick late on to put a slightly more respectable hue on the result but this was a convincing and emphatic home win.

Onwards and upwards for the Sons, now unbeaten in eight games. There is a long way to go but they are looking good just now. Due to work commitments my attendance at Sons games is sometimes sporadic. I was trying to remember the last time I saw them win three consecutive Saturdays with two of the games being away from home. I’m not sure but I have a feeling that Johnny Rotten may have been at the peak of his initial career before he got into shifting butter for a living.

Edited to include some first half highlights

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