Blantyre Vics 2014 Reunion

2014 blantyrevicsA reunion for the Blantyre Vics team that beat Baillieston 1-0 in the Scottish Junior Cup final in 1982 at Ibrox has taken place.

A dozen players plus coach John McGowan and committee member Jimmy Gibson attended the successful social event, which took place in the Vics’ Social Club, and also included local man Russell Craig who was Baillieston’s manager. Several current office-bearers at Vics supported the event, including long-serving match secretary Andy McDade.

Jackie McGilvray, a Vics’ office-bearer who organised the reunion, said: “I’m very friendly with Jimmy Grant who played in the final, and we’ve talked about it over the years, so I suggested we do something to recognise these guys.


1982 Blantyre Vics at Ibrox

“I’m glad I did on behalf of the Vics.

“The reunion was a roaring success – it was a great night, a hearty response and a lot of cheerful reminiscing once the players got together again.

“It was a great achievement for the club, with a lot of difficult ties to overcome, including a win at Glenafton, which was considered a major achievement in those days, and a 2-0 win over Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.”

The cup-winning players who managed to attend were goal-scorer John McGurk, goalie Robert Burns, former Clyde and Motherwell centre-half Willie McVie, ex-Accies midfielder Tommy Coggill, Eddie McGlinchey, Willie Muldoon, Jim Grant, John McGurk, Charlie Wyllie, Harry McDade, Bobby Ward. Ian Kennedy, and Brian Mitchell.

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