As Glasgow gets set to mark the 35th Anniversary of the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” the good citizens of Get Around Glasgow look back at some of the previous ways in which Glasgow has honoured the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Last April saw the Wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton which was celebrated around the country with a national bank holiday, street parties and in Glasgow a full scale riot in the West End’s Victorian pleasure palace Kelvingrove Park. Not content with cucumber sandwiches & diluting orange the young Royal subjects of the second city of the empire came loaded with fortified wine and sweet smelling jazz cigarettes from the further reaches of the colonies.
Although it all started off well enough Strathclyde Police’s warning that events would inevitably turn for the worse and that it would eventually see the possibility of someone losing an eye or it all ending in tears, strangely the self fulfilling prophesy came true. Luckily the Police didn’t shoot any tear gas into the crowd but baton wielding policeman ladling into kappa suited neds wasn’t really what the good taxpaying denziens of Britain wanted to see after an afternoon of Pimms and Sausage rolls on the evening news when they could be watching countless VT’s of silly people in Union Jack bowler hats and novelty tat.
The four thousand Glasgow revellers finally had their party cut short by over a 100 of Strathclyde’s finest who after using pepper spray brought in the cavalry after facing flying bottles and vandalism to Police vehicles. The unofficial party organisers said the event was inspired by the Prime Minister David Cameron’s comments that anyone could have a streetparty regardless of council “red tape”. It’s not known if the 21 arrested following the fracas called on the Tory toff as a character witness.
Back in 1977 when punk finally broke into the mainstream and onto the pages of the tabloids Glasgow held another event to make the occasion which brought together the warring factions of Glasgow football to take on the might of the English in a glamour friendly to be held at Hampden Park in the presence of the Queen of England. The English team that day mainly featured Man City players as they were one of the few English teams to have fulfilled their fixtures that season with Ray “Butch” Wilkins & Trevor Francis being the stand out players for team from down South.
Football League side was: Corrigan (Man City), Clements (Man City), Peach (Southampton), Stanley (Chelsea), Watson (Man City), Wilkins (Chelsea), Francis (Birmingham), Channon (Southampton), Royle (Man City), -sub Barnes (Man City), Owen (Man City), Tueart (Man City)
The Glasgow team were dominated by players from Celtic and Rangers with Thistle’s Alan Rough & Brian Whittaker being the notable exceptions. But this was when Scottish football could still compete at the top table of world football and the Glasgow team did have a few world class players with Dalglish and McGrain being at the very top of their game.
The Glasgow FA team was: Rough (Partick), McGrain (Celtic), Whittaker (Partick), Jardine (Rangers), McDonald (Celtic), Forsyth (Rangers), McLean (Rangers) – sub McNaughton (Queen’s Park), Dalglish (Celtic), Craig (Celtic), MacDonald (Rangers), Johnstone (Rangers) Somner (Partick)
The game was played in front of 28,380 on a Tuesday afternoon in a glorious sunny day which saw the Glasgow select come back from being one done to win 2-1 with Kenny Dalglish netting the winner just months before his move to Liverpool for the then British transfer record of of £440,000 which still seems like daylight robbery for one of football’s greatest talents.
The strip worn by the Glasgow select on the day featured the colours of all the Glasgow teams but personally we think Queens Park got the short straw with their colours only featuring in the cuffs.
Glasgow has hosted quite a few football tournaments in honour of Royalty over the years with probably the most famous being the 1953 Coronation Cup which featured the top four teams from Scotland and England. Celtic weren’t really in the top four teams in Scotland at the time but it was thought with the tournament being held in Glasgow that having them in the tournament would help boost the attendances. Celtic and Hibernian went on to the final with Celtic winning 2-0 with their captain Jock Stein picking up the trophy in front of 117,000 spectators at Hampden on the 20th May 1953.
Along with the above events and the countless boats launched in their honour on the banks of the Clyde, Glasgow has never been slow in doffing it’s cap to the House of Windsor as a quick glance at a city map will show. From Royal Exchange Square in the heart of the City, George V Bridge, Queens Park and the Golden Jubilee Hospital on the outskirts of the city near Clydebank. Only just this weekend the Herald has published a story saying that Glasgow City Council has been funding Jubilee parties held by Orange Order. The Orange order will also be having 22 marches throughout the city on Saturday & Sunday to honour the Queen’s 60th Anniversary.
So whatever you are up to this extended weekend stay safe and enjoy yourself.