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19th century Newton Mearns was a mini footballing metropolis with the pioneering Mearns Pollok paving the way for pretenders such as the Swifts, Rangers and Lorne to take up the mantle and fly the village flag.

Mearns Athletic then arrived on the scene and although their tenure was short lived, it was certainly eventful. The tragic events of November 1886 – when one of their players died following an incident during a match – lived long in the memories of contemporary players and officials.

A resurgent Mearns Pollok led us into the next century and ploughed a lonely furrow until vanishing from junior circles in the mid 1920’s. A lull of some five or six years followed before this soccer-mad parish gave birth to the `Amateurs’.
In 1948 Scottish Cup success was greeted by scenes the likes Mearns had never before witnessed, with open-air street festivities and an eventual `social’ in the Tudor Ballroom.

The Amateurs celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2005 by lifting the league championship. During this astonishing period of longevity, many other local clubs have come and gone, each with their own story to tell.

Packed inside this publication is 130 years of football and, more importantly, people. Those who made the village tick and who kept war-time spirit alive via their on-field activities.

Also included are some rare and never-before-published photographs and biographical details of many 19th century village worthies.
This book should be of interest to those who know Mearns, as well as those who are simply in love with football. Local knowledge is not essential!
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