Sporting yesteryear

40 years ago

The lyrics of a popular song contains the line “and they called the wind Maria”.

After last week’s experiences, when a gale blew across Cunninghill, it was evident that few of the golfing disciples are familiar with these words.

The cross wind accentuated hooks and slices by wide margins and we saw a few fanatics going into a dance ritual in which they brandished their clubs and called for the assistance of the wind God - “Oh Ta Hell!”

Forfar Celtic chalked up another fine win on Saturday when they beat East End 5-1.

This was to have been Celtic’s home fixture but, because Station Park is closed for the season, the game was switched to Guthrie Park, but it didn’t seem to give the Enders any unfair advantage.

30 years ago

Lack of punch up front cost Forfar dearly on Saturday.

As has happened on quite a number of occasions this season, the Sky Blues were in complete control for most of the match but could not turn their superiority into goals.

In the end, a ninth minute goal by Ian Smith was sufficient to ensure Alloa Athletic the two vital points they required to book their place in the First Division next season.

It is a place which could very well have been Forfar’s. Throughout the season their defence has been so watertight it has conceded the fewest goals in the Second Division.

Only the inability to put the ball in the back of the net has resulted in them finishing sixth in the table after a truly memorable season.

Kirriemuir Cricket Club entertained Hanwell, a team from London currently on tour in Scotland.

Unfortunately, the local cricketers chose to have an off day when neither batting, bowling nor fielding came up to standard.

20 years ago

The Masons clinched another Forfar and District Sunday Pub League trophy at the weekend.

The recently-crowned division one champions defeated West End Social Club by five goals to one on Sunday to win the First Division Cup.

They will now play their final league fixture this weekend, when they play hosts to the same team at the Lower Steele.

Tayside Junior Disciplinary Committee has dealt with two Forfar Albion players.

Kevin Hird has been suspended for three games and fined £10 for foul and abusive language.

Chris Livingston was fined £10 for accumulating ten penalty points.