Shettleston Football ClubThe history of Shettleston Football Club is as interesting and invigorating as any fan could wish for, and the rise of their present day fame is enough to make that fans chest swell with pride.
In 1902 there were three juvenile teams in the district, Wellshot Albion. Eden Thistle and Westburn Rovers. Some soccer –minded local men decided that it was time to have a junior club and so they held a meeting in a Shettleston cafe to discuss the proposition.
The result of the first meeting was so favourable that a later meeting was held in Hill Street Hall, Shettleston, where office bearers were appointed one of whom is still taking an active part in the clubs affairs today,( Mr William Jackson of 46 Easdale Drive Shettleston , is the only surviving founder member of Shettleston Football Club . Of the Clubs early days he recalls, In the first game of the Glasgow and District League. Cambuslang Rangers beat the Town 3-0 and the crowd invaded the pitch and gave the referee a hammering.)
Starting with no capital whatever Shettleston received their first strip, blue in colour, from the juvenile teams. Thus equipped they started their first season by handing out a 2-0 to Baillieston Thistle.
In their next game they beat Carmyle Fernlea 3-2. And in their third game they drew 2-2 with Benburb at Govan. In all , they rounded off a very successful first season by losing the League Championship by one point.
Today Shettleston hold the distinction of having received the largest transfer fees for junior players in Britain. The older fans will remember Hood, who went to Everton for a record sum, and later Alec Jackson who created an all time British record for a junior transfer fee when he went to Birmingham.
The present Lord Wheatley, Q.C. played for the team at one time and his deadly left foot, which he used with unerring accuracy when he got near the opposition’s goal is still spoken of where older fans meet.
More players have turned senior from Shettleston than any other junior club in the country. For instance, former Town players who were capped for Scotland include Jimmy Fleming and Jimmy Marshall (Rangers) and Alec Cheyne (Aberdeen) who scored the only goal of the Scotland v. England international in 1929, direct from a corner kick one minute from time.
And of course Tommy Doherty, who played for Celtic and Preston North End before settling for Arsenal, is another to add to the star-studded array of men who made good after playing for Shettleston, the club that started on a shoe string.
Taken from Eastern Standard 15 May 1959
Football in the States
Shettleston Junior Makes Good
Frequenters of Well Park and followers of the Shettleston Juniors will be interested in the success of Willie McIntosh, their captain and right back who partnered that clever little left back , Steve Mitchell.
At the time they were voted as good a defence as Shettleston ever had
Willie went to the States exactly three years ago and after a short time there found a place in the team of the Indiana Flooring Co, a large firm of building contractors. He has kept his form and is considered the handy man of the team, always being placed where the battle is fiercest, because he says it should be clearly understood that it is not Parlour Football which is being played in America.
His experience with the Town has stood him in good stead, and he is never happier than when the game develops into a rough and tumble.
If a few men get disabled on either side, substitutes are allowed up to 15 minutes from the end, so that something like 22 men strip for each side before the game starts.
Willie was selected last season to represent Scotland against America, when he played well up to tradition.
While McIntosh plays football for the team, he has a good appointment on the staff of the firmand is doing remarkably well commercially.
He would not advise his friends over here to believe all the wild story’s about big American transfer fees and wages which he says are generally to be taken with a handful of salt.
He wishes his old pals in Shettleston the best of luck and would be delighted if they again lifted the League flag.
Taken from Eastern Standard 1st January 1927
When I was a kid, our local wise elder told me that Shettleston Juniors had the largest playing surface of any recognised team in Scotland. Can anyone confirm or refute this claim for me?
Are there any team pictures from the late 40s -early 50s? My father played for Shettleston about that time
I’m researching a family member from the early to mid sixties John Hill I think it was john who played for Shettleston juniors! Any confirmation would be gratefully appreciated.
Please can anyone supply the 2 missing players in the Townteam who played in the Scottish junior final in 1959 against Irvine Meadow at Hampden Park which I recall was –
Brown Reed Sim Sinclair Bell Duncan Graham xxx O’brien xxx Quin
Are the Town still a junior team and currently playing?
I believe one was Ronnie Wright who went on to sign for Leeds United