Clydesdale Cricket Club Athletics 1873

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Clydesdale Cricket Club Athletics 1873

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CLYDESDALE CRICKET AND FOOTBALL CLUB ATHLETICS SPORTS - On Saturday the members of theses clubs met to test in friendly rivalry their respective merits as athletes. The weather on Saturday being all that could be desired, the park - being now, by the way, put into splendid order for the approaching cricket season - was largely patronised by the members and friends. The following events were gone through in the most successful way, viz.:- Throwing the cricket ball - Mr W.Neilson, 1st; Mr A.Taylor, 2nd; Mr McKay and Mr McArly also competed. The winning throw was 96 yards 2 feet. Handicap foot-race (100 yards) for a cup presented by Mr A. Campbell, Esq. - 1st heat - Mr Wilson, scratch, 1: Mr Gibb, 3 yards, 2: Mr Taylor, 4 yards, 3. A splendid race all the way, Mr Wilson gradually closing on his men, and finishing in the most determined manner, won on the post by a yard. Mr Taylor, running in heavy shoes, retired early in the race. 2nd heat - Mr Henry, 1 yard, 1st; Mr McNab, 6 yards, 2nd. Mr Henry getting the best of the start, was quickly on terms with his man, and won as he liked by three yards. 3rd heat - Mr McArly, 5 yards, 1st; Mr Campbell, 1 yard, 2nd; Mr Brownlie, 8 yards, 0. Mr Brownlie was never in the race, which resolved itself into a contest between the two placed, Mr McArly winning by about a yard. Final heat - Mr Wilson, 1st; Mr Henry, 2nd; Mr McArly, 3rd. Mr Webster, getting his men well on the bend, lowered his flag to a beautiful start, Mr Henry, who began fastest, forging his way to the front, hard pressed by Mr Wilson, who coming away thirty yards from home, won rather easily by four yards, Mr McArly making up his ground fast, only a foot away from the second. Time, 11 seconds. The ground being very damp and holding this may be reckoned to be a first-rate time.- Kicking the football (place kick) - Mr McGrouther won by a pretty kick (distance not measured; Messrs McNab and McArly well up. - High jump - Mr Anderson jumping in fine form, won at 4 feet 6 inches; Mr Wilson 4 feet 5 inches, 2nd. - 440 yards' race -Mr McArly 1st, Mr Gibb 2nd, Mr Taylor 3rd. Mr Gibb, who was the favourite for this event, went away at a slashing pace, soon holding a commanding lead, Mr McArly plodding steadily on behind him, with Mr Taylor in his wake. At the bottom stretch Mr Taylor had had enough, and Mr McArly seemed to be making up his leeway, Mr G. still holding a long lead, however, till the straight run-in, when shouts were raised Gibbs "walks in". Nature now gave way, Mr Gibb stumbling and falling heavily, fortunately without injury), leaving Mr McArly, who ran in the most plucky manner possible, to finish at his leisure. Time, a shade over a minute. - Longjump, 7 competitors, Mr Wilson winning with a jump of 17 feet 2 inches; Mr Robertson 2nd, 17 feet. - Wheelbarrow race - This race caused much amusement, as the men, being blindfold, made the most eccentric efforts to reach and turn the flag. None of the competition fulfilled in all points the terms of the race, which, being a time race, was awarded to Mr Taylor who finished the distance in the most direct course and shortest time. - Three-legged race - Messrs Taylor and Raeburn, 1st; Gibb and Wilson, 2nd; McArly and Anderson 3rd; McNab and McGrouther also competed. Messrs Taylor and Raeburn, who must be natives of the Isle of Man, illustrated the three-legged business to perfection, and though it would not be quite the truth to say they left their field standing still - falling down being nearer the mark - they won with any amount of weight in hand. The sports concluded with a sack race, won after the usual mishaps by Mr Raeburn. Mr Webster acted as starter and Mr R.Graham as judge, in a most satisfactory manner. A word of praise is due to Mr McGrouther, the secretary, for his energy in carrying out the programme. After the sports the members met at dinner.

Editor's note - I cannot be certain that the Mr Henry in this article is actually Ebenezer 111, but I am fairly certain, the spelling of Henry/Hendry being somewhat fluid in these times. This article is worth including anyway, painting the picture of what the Club was about, having fun. It must have been a pretty scene - a fine early summers day, with the ladies and gentlemen in their Victorian garb, etc.

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