Celebrating a century of local football

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A CELEBRATION of the various teams and personalities that have made up local history of the national sport is being kicked-off with an exhibition titled Football in Peeblesshire at Tweeddale Museum and Gallery.

Many years of research and collecting by local football enthusiasts Gareth Smith and Dougie Swan has been transformed into an exciting and vibrant exhibition showing many photographs of teams including Peebles Star, Vale of Leithen, Walkerburn Thistle, Neidpath United, Peebles Red Triangle and, of course, Peebles Rovers. In addition, profiles of famous local footballers Erich Schaedler, Renwick Sanderson, Ian Thomson and James Reid are provided – as are trophies, medals and mementoes.

The Peeblesshire Amateur League trophies, including the elaborate Dudley Cup, The Paul Challenge Shield, The Peeblesshire ‘Benigno’ League Cup, The Cleland and Cleikum Cups and the County Rose Bowl are also on display.

The Peebles Rovers’ Scottish Union Championship flag from 1910-11 takes up a whole wall.

Rescued by Swan from the old pavilion in the early 1990s, it was scrunched up in a bin-liner and had been nibbled by mice.

Museum assistant Chris Sawers explained: “We had it fumigated in case it held insect larvae – we don’t want to introduce pests into the museum collection – and then rolled it, flattened it and stitched it down. It is a fabulous item to have on display and a unique object in the story of local football.”

A film of the building of the Kerfield football pavilion in the early 1960s shows some well-known faces.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for culture, sport and community learning, Councillor Graham Garvie, said: “This is a fascinating exhibition which showcases an excellent collection of football memorabilia. While it will be of great interest to local football enthusiasts, I also hope other people take the opportunity to enjoy yet another intriguing dimension to Tweeddale’s history.”

Exhibition opening times: Monday to Friday (10.30am-12.30pm and 1-4pm); Saturdays (9.30am-12.30pm).

Phone 01721 724820 for more information. The final whistle will be blown on Saturday, July 30.