GlescaPal stories from our past
from messageboard, 3rd March, Hugh Morrow, Glasgow
The info I`ve got (via the Evening Times) is that in
Yate Street at it`s junction with Camlachie St. some of the cobbles in that
street were arranged in the form of a football boot and goalpost to
commemorate the hat-trick scored by Jimmy Quinn (of Celtic) in the Scottish
Cup Final of 1904 against Rangers in the first Cup Final to be played at the
present day Hampden Park..
If in your quest you manage to discover where these cobbles are now (you can
see the gap where they have been removed) it would be good to know, I
suspect they may be in the Peoples Palace but I`ve never got round to
from messageboard, 3rd March, Jain McIntyre, Glasgow
stones you are talking about are now outside the Bambury Centre in
They were shifted about a year ago and I keep having to show people were the
boot is cos they canny make it oot.
I think the boot, football and goal used to be painted white. I work in the
Bambury Centre now which is were Elsworth Chocolate Factory used to be. I've
dug up quite a bit of history - literally. The workmen who are building new
houses on Mountainblue St found an old vitrified glass bottle from the
Mountblue pottery that was there. Pride of place on my desk alang wi a few
broken dishes n hawf a mug - which folk are claiming is fae the pottery as
well. ahm no so sure maself! I just don't have any old photos of the old
factories to show the kids.
Theyre gonnie write a book about the local history, how Barrowfield looks
the noo (cos everyday there's a hoose coming doon an a new wan getting flung
up) and whit they want to see in the future. There is a few faces roon here
who've been here since year dot and it wid be good to show them a few old
I'll take a photae ay the Bambury and the cobbles fur ye and find oot how to
get it tae ye.
from messageboard, 3rd March, Ronnie
Jain that a smashin wee story and its especially nice tae hear that the
fitba cobbles have been preserved.
from messageboard, 4th March, Charlie
The Ball,the Boot and the Goal had nothing
to do with Celtic despite continual claims by their fans and the media.
Originally it was claimed that it was a memorial to John Thomson and the
latest one is it is a memorial to Jimmy Quinn's Cup Final hat-trick. Sorry
to say that both accounts are wrong.
In my book 'Old Parkhead' I have listed
the story that I had researched and that was the one of the workman who was
being pestered by local kids as he repaired the cobbles and asked the kids
to go and find odd shaped stones which he included into the cobbled street.
After it was highlighted in the Evening Times by Alex Cameron there was a
final letter from a grandson of a committee member of Bridgeton Waverley
Juniors , who played at the bottom of Yate Street and Overtown Street, and
he claimed that his granda had built it as a memorial to the now defunct
Waverley. I have in my collection of east-end photographs a view of Yate
Street looking up to the Gallowgate and it clearly shows the street was
cobbled then in the 1890's long before Quinn's hatrick and the formation of
Webmaister :- Thanks for clarifying this
Charlie's book 'Old Parkhead' has a photograph of the 'famous' ball &
boot. See extract from book below.
An interesting landmark, consisting of cobbles shaped in the form of a ball,
boot, leg and goalposts used to be outside the the site of the Jail in Yate
Many have tried to link it to the Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper John Thomson,
who was so tragically killed whilst playing against Rangers at Ibrox in
September 1931, but the story of the cobbles goes back further than that.
The landmark was constructed by a local workman named O'Malley who was carrying
out some repairs to the cobble stones and was being pestered by local children.
In order to carry on with his work he set the children the task of finding odd
shaped stones which he shaped into this design