Take a trip down memory lane with the Herald - October 2, 2013

A draughts match in Woodhead Park in 1936
A draughts match in Woodhead Park in 1936

Bird thefts, pop bands, Scottish football managers and award-winning lorry drivers.

October 2, 1963

The Dumbarton branch of the Rotary Club had a very special guest speaker at their weekly meeting - Scotland football manager and fellow-Rotarian Ian McColl.

The national manager gave a fascinating talk on the game in Scotland - and predicted “good prospects” for his team when the World Cup came to England in 1966.

He also argued the case for changing the league system which currently left little time for international coaching.

He suggested that the best idea would be to have a top ‘super-league’ of 12 clubs.

He told the meeting: “Every effort should be made to improve the standard of play and the remuneration of the top class players.”

October 3, 1973

Lucky Margaret Leckie was the envy of all of her friends after landing tickets to see her idols The Osmond Brothers perform live.

The 15-year-old, from Kirkintilloch, was one of 3,000 ardent fans to secure the chance to go to the gig at Glasgow’s Apollo Centre.

She joined fellow-fans Joan MacElveen and Gail Rankin, both also from Kirkintilloch, in queueing up outside the venue at 3am.

The Herald reported: “Margaret’s favourite is, not surprisingly, Donny Osmond whose face smiles at her from the walls of her bedroom.

“The girls are pupils of Lenzie Academy and can hardly wait until the big night when they will take to their seats at the front of the theatre.”

October 5, 1983

Tanker driver Angus Davis, from the Shell UK terminal at Bishopbriggs, carried off two awards in the annual Lorry Driver of the Year contest held at Cranfield, Bedfordshire.

Angus landed the Road Haulage Association (Scotland) Trophy as the best Scottish driver.

He was also runner-up in the class for articulated vehicles, winning a £100 cheque and a medallion.

The contest was a case of third-time-lucky for Angus because he had reached the finals in 1980 and 1982 without going on to achieve a winning place.

To win he had to participate in five manoeuvring tests, a constant speed test and an examination of the Highway Code.

September 29, 1993

A bird breeder’s feathers were ruffled when he found that 20 budgies had flown the nest.

They were snatched from the 44-year-old man’s Chryston garden by cruel raiders.

The bird man, who had been breeding the birds since he was a schoolboy, was looking for information which could lead to the recovery of his feathered friends.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found most of the birds were gone.

“Around 20 budgies in assorted colours were missing from the aviary in my garden.

“I breed the birds purely as a hobby - I never make any money out of them.

“I can’t believe that anyone would be so heartless as to snatch them from my garden.”