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40 years ago

The Forfar Tennis Club, which has been in existence for almost seventy years, is going through a difficult patch at present, for, although the ranks of the junior club are as full as they have ever been, the senior membership has fallen sharply.

One solution to the problem would be for the Town Council to take over the courts which are also used extensively by people outside the club itself. The Tennis Club have already put this suggestion to the Perks Committee, and in broad terms, they have met with a favourable response.

Strathmore Rugby Club returned from their first English tour last Sunday night, tired, victorious, and with a wealth of incidents to keep alive the memory of the tour for many years.

The Athletic completed what has been their most disappointing season for many years last week when they turned out on Thursday and Saturday to while away the last three hours playing time in the league programme.

Both games were fairly typical of what is expected at the end of the season when nothing is at stake and the spectators on Saturday had every justification in striking up the occasional slow hand-clap.

30 years ago

Manager Alex Rae reports no new injury problems as Forfar approach Saturday’s vital promotion encounter at Berwick Rangers on Saturday.

And with Jimmy Allan fit and well again Forfar will have a full pool available for the long trip south.

Manager Alex Rae is looking forward to the match although he rightly points out the task of beating Berwick on their home ground will by no means be an easy one.

Nineteen members of Forfar Racing Pigeon Club sent 391 birds to Longtown on Saturday.

20 years ago

After a four week break, Forfar West End bounced back into action.

They faced the daunting prospect of playing two games in just four days.

Local junior club Forfar Albion were well represented at Tayside Region’s clash with North Region in Aberdeen last Sunday.

The Guthrie Park side, who achieved promotion to Divison One this season, had four players in the local select.

Forfar Athletic’s reign in the first division ended just as it began all of eight seasons ago - with a match against Partick Thistle.

A strong second-half performance gave Forfar Boys U11s a deserved win in an entertaining game against Brechin City Boys.