1978 Blantyre & Whitehill Accies

1978 Tom McPake & Blantyre Accies wmThese are the Blantyre lads, whom in July 1978, helped Scotland’s International World Cup Team, “save some face’ that summer, by picking up their own trophy!

Standing at the front is the club’s under 16 Captain Tom McPake who holds aloft the TWO trophies the team brought back from their trip to Gothenburg, Sweden.

Despite a lack of backing initially, the boys had stormed their way to success as “Blantyre & Whitehill Accies”. Tom is holding the under 16s cup and the coveted “Gothia Cup” awarded to the best team of the tournament. Β As well as this success, some of the boys had also faced the cream of boys European football in the under 13s and under 12s tournaments. A trip back to Europe was immediately planned for the following year to defend the titles.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c)

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The Blantyre Project recognise anybody else?
Stevie Mclean Des devine+junior reilly are two I recognise
Paul Burt John Barr bottom right
Kenny Beecroft Paul Thompson , Adam Gibson , my brother Gordon Beecroft , Danny Coffey , Des Devine , Junior Reilly , Laird McDonald , Chic Star , John Barr , Duncan Kinnen , Billy McConnell , Jamie Boyle the goalie , Chic McNulty and many faces I know but names escape me ! My brothers team won the tournament in the under 14s age group . I remember it well . David Flannaganwas also there but not in picture . Happy days
The Blantyre Project thanks Kenny. Fantastic!
Kenny Beecroft so many more faces I know Paul , but different ages , so I’d need a wee prompt haha
Lorraine Brown Duncan KinnEn —– everyone always got that wrong πŸ™ƒ
Kenny Beecroft Lorraine , that’s what I’ve put ? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Lorraine Brown Kenny Beecroft did u just change that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Kenny Beecroft Lorraine Brown , who me ??? Haha of course I did .
Did you think you were going daft πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Lorraine Brown No any dafter than usual πŸ˜‚
Nicola Barr Beefy , scotty , bobby Sinclair ,Kenny Reid , billy mcconnel a few more names
Janie McConnell Yes Kenny I do , remember those days so well ! Our Billy, Charles McNaulty, Mark Smith, Jamie Boyle, Duncan Kinnon. Our Alex & David Flanagan not in the photo thou ! Happy days indeed x
Alison Paterson Alan Young was there as well but in the photo though xx. I remember them going to that tournament Janie
Junior Reilly Just behind Gordon Beaky Beecroft is Half a face Jim ward ! What a goalie The same guy that had the Priory


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  1. top row 1st don’t know Con Kelly,Junior Reilly,John Green,?, Adam Gibson,? Jimmy Ward, Tam McPake,Danny Coffee, ?, Des Devine, John Brown, Laird McDonald, Chic Starr, John Quinn, John Skeffington, not sure but it it John Morrison, ?The front row are the under 14’s
    Funny just thinking about this last night 40 years ago My God

  2. (Angus Cameron)My god,the memories are flooding back looking at that photo,im at the far right in the middle just in front of chick starr and laird macdonald,i remember getting a sheild for the teams top scorer in the gothia cup,amazed to hear that the tournamet is still going stronf

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