Sporting yesteryear

40 years ago

This has been a good week for David Pattullo in the Punch Bowl, for without playing a stone, he has been able to sit back and watch his main rivals destroy each other and so diminish their chances of success this year.

However, he might be in for a nasty shock himself as Bill Duff has to come good sometime and that day could be Thursday.

Danny Bell was a key figure last week. After reaching a new low against George Smith and getting thrashed, he bounced back with a four at the first end against the holder and favourite for this year’s Punch Bowl, David Maxwell, and went to beat him 13-6.

Forfar Celtic made sure of both points against Harp on Saturday when they beat the Dundonians by 7 goals to 3.

The score was three-all at the interval with two of Harp’s goals coming from penalties, but Celtic settled in the second half and chalked up four without reply.

30 years ago

One of the biggest events on the swimming calendar took place on Saturday at Dundee Leisure Centre.

Sponsored by Arena UK and run by the City of Dundee Swimming Club, the annual mini age group meeting attracted plenty of attention.

Forfar Amateur Swimming Club had three swimmers in action.

In their final league encounter of the season, Forfar Ladies Hockey Club played away on Saturday against the champions, Perthshire.

In what was a very difficult game, Forfar turned in a highly commedable performance, only losing out by a single goal.

Forfar Athletic’s promotion hopes took a bit of a bashing when they crashed at home to league leaders Clyde and then went down to lowly Stirling Albion.

Manager Alex Rae described the week as a nightmare one for the club, saying the results left him somewhat deflated.

20 years ago

TWO young Forfar golfers could take the first steps to stardom on Monday.

Stuart and Ewan Wilson will bid for the Mobil Scottish Boys’ Golf Championship. The prestigious competition takes place at East Kilbride Golf Club and runs for six days.

Angus cycling club members spent the weekend at Glen Doll Youth Hostel.

The group left Forfar on Saturday afternoon and made for Dykehead along the Forestmuir road. They carried on to The Glen Clova Hotel and took the road for the Youth Hostel.

The evening was spent playing pool and reading.

FORFAR Athletic’s matchday programme slipped in the ratings this season from 18th to 25th.