Au­thor seeks in­for­ma­tion on Cam­bus­lang Hiber­nian FC

Rutherglen Reformer - - POLITICS -

A Cam­bus­lang man is seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about a football team ... who hap­pen to be over 120-years-old.

Jim Nes­bit (56), orig­i­nally from West­burn, moved to Done­gal in Ire­land over 10 years-ago.

The for­mer Trin­ity pupil was re­search­ing a book he is writ­ing on Ire­land and was look­ing through old ar­chives in the Derry Jour­nal, the news­pa­per for Derry City in North­ern Ire­land.

How­ever much to his sur­prise, Jim came across men­tion of a football club called Cam­bus­lang Hiber­ni­ans in the Jan­uary 1, 1897 edi­tion of the pa­per.

He said: “It’s some­thing I didn’t ex­pect to find! I’m from Cam­bus­lang so I no­ticed it right away.

“I had never heard of them, ob­vi­ously I was aware of Cam­bus­lang Rangers and Ruther­glen Glen­cairn but I had no idea Cam­bus­lang Hiber­ni­ans even ex­isted.”

The pa­per makes men­tion of Cam­bus­lang Hiber­ni­ans tak­ing on Celtic at Celtic Park in an ex­hi­bi­tion match.

The ar­ti­cle men­tions that Hiber­ni­ans were founded in 1893 and had won the League of the Cross and the Cam­bus­lang Cups.

They had also won the La­nark­shire Cups and went un­beaten for a full year from Jan­uary 1895 till Jan­uary 1896.

Ji m added: “Th e news­pa­per said the club had supplied play­ers to teams like Liver­pool, Celtic, Black­burn Rovers, Black­pool and Mother­well so they must have been pretty good.

“If any­one has any more in­for­ma­tion on the team I would be more than grate­ful if they got in touch.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can email Jim on tn1@live. ie.

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