Lochgilp­head Red Star is born

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHAR­LIE EL­LIS rolled back the years as he came across a team pho­to­graph ly­ing at the bot­tom of a drawer. The photo, dat­ing from the late 1970s, fea­tures one of the ear­li­est Lochgilp­head Red Star teams.

Lochgilp­head man Char­lie re­called that the well-known lo­cal side has only been in ex­is­tence for ap­prox­i­mately 40 years – which may come as a sur­prise to some read­ers.

Be­fore Red Star, the lo­cal team was Lochgilp­head This­tle. ‘I played with This­tle un­til it dis­banded in the late 1970s,’ said Char­lie.

Op­por­tu­nity

The start of Red Star per­haps of­fered more op­por­tu­nity than the pre­vi­ous This­tle side, as Char­lie ex­plained: ‘This­tle just played in the cups and lo­cal leagues, but Red Star man­aged to get ac­cepted into the Scot­tish Am­a­teur Foot­ball League.’

The date of Char­lie’s pho­to­graph and iden­tity of the cup are un­known. He thinks the photo might have been taken in 1976/77, but if there are any read­ers out there who can shed some light on the oc­ca­sion cap­tured in this photo, we would love to hear from them.

Just email edi­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser or call 01546 602345 if you have any in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­tured on the back row, left to right: Matthew Craig, Hous­ton Brown, Ed­die McG­lynn, Don­nie MacIver, Char­lie El­lis and Hughie Lind­say. Front row: Ed­die Brown, An­drew Cook, Kevin Ma­clel­lan, Don­ald McLean and Mur­ray MacFar­lane.

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