A WARTIME SPORTS PAPER
On Saturday November 30th 1940, as usual, the Evening Times of Glasgow issued a Sports newspaper. It was a “ Final” broadsheet and even though War was well and truly ongoing, readers that were able to purchase a copy for One Old Penny were not let down for their weekly dose of Saturday sport.
This edition was six pages with the front detailing a new battle in Greece but also with the main Football Results in Scotland and England and there were quite a number of clubs managing to play with Hibernian beating Rangers for the first time in twelve years though the latter remained top of the Southern Scottish League four points ahead of Clyde. In England there were two main Leagues, English Regional North and the equivalent South. Of the results in the North, a few stood out, Rochdale beating Southport 10-0, Everton 2 New Brighton 1, Manchester United 2 Liverpool 0 and Preston North End drew 4 4 with Manchester City. The South saw Portsmouth beat Chelsea 5-0 and Southend United 3-2 winners over Tottenham Hotspur. The Irish Northern Gold Cup declared Belfast Celtic to beat Cliftonville 9-1.
All these results were overshadowed by a game that does not appear in many books and gave entertainment to 20,000 plus at Ibrox Park and was The Army in Scotland 1-4 The Army in England. Tommy Walker of Hearts gave Scotland a 1-0 half time lead but Denis Compton of Arsenal equalised in 52 mins only for Len Duns of Sunderland to add another two minutes later. Compton made it 3-1 in the 80th Minute and Joe Fagan of Liverpool tied it all up on 85 mins. In the Summing up the paper said England were unquestionably the better side with Stan Cullis of Wolverhampton Wanderers outstanding.
One Rugby Union result stood out with Glasgow University giving an Army XV a 56-0 drubbing with their Hockey counterparts securing a 6-0 win against the Royal Air Force. There was a notice that Blackout was to be 05.20 – 08.53, Milk was going up by half a penny and would not be delivered before 7.30 am!
Page Two carried general news and that there was a total blackout in London but Page 3 was plenty of reports on Junior games in the Glasgow area which kept everyone informed. British Railways had a large advert imploring anyone that travels to cover windows so as not to show any light. On Page 4 there were hundreds of cinemas all open to keep folk amused and page 5 besides Births Deaths and Marriages the Radio, for those who had one, only had the Home Service or Forces programmes.
The back page, No 6 was the full report on the big Army game and racing results from a long gone course, Manchester with the major club reports of which there was one outstanding result, Albion Rovers, who had three players in the Army side and making wholesale changes, beating Third Lanark 3-0 at Cathkin Park! The final piece of good news was that 40,000 Plum Puddings were to be sent to British and Canadian Sailors thanks to Canadian contribution.
Article by Robert Errington – Essex Senior League President & Historian