This sturdy set of youngsters, set up and aided by the money in their own pockets, went on to make a big name for themselves in the juvenile world of local football. Indeed, Blantyre Vics got off to a flying start by becoming Lanarkshire Juvenile Cup winners in 1900 in their first year. The winning team Sam Elliot, Thomas Peat, James Steel, Thomas Docherty, James Dunlop, John Harrison, Archibald Clark, Alex Menzies, William Park, James Morris, Harry Hogg and Thomas Speirs. On the Committee was Hugh McKerrell (President), Sam Dawson (Match Secretary) and Sam Taylor.
Also supported by coaches and trainers Robert Cumming, Robert Colvin and James Deans. Vic’s played in the Lanarkshire League and Intermediate League before joining the Central League.
It is well known how “Vics” rose to be a power in the junior land during their trophy-winning spells with the Lanarkshire Junior League, the old Glasgow Junior League – one season only.
1907/1908 the Scottish Junior League, the Intermediate (Rebels) League and the Scottish Central League. The honours included the unique distinction of winning both the Lanarkshire Junior League and the Scottish Central League championship.
Photo Courtesy: G Hay.