Ref re­calls a great game

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The ref­eree who took charge of Ruther­glen Glen­cairn’s Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup fi­nal 50 years ago has re­vealed he was a Kil­syth Rangers fan.

John Ban­ner­man was the man in the mid­dle as The Glens were nar­rowly beaten by his beloved team in the 1967 show­down at Ham­p­den Park.

The 82-year-old, who is a de­voted sup­porter of The Wee Gers and ju­nior foot­ball, re­mem­bers two great games were played.

Glen­cairn fought out a 1-1 draw in the fi­nal on March 20 be­fore Kil­syth edged the re­play 3-1 the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day.

The match on the Satur­day was also to be re­mem­bered for be­ing the first Ju­nior Cup fi­nal to be tele­vised and it was the first time a sub­sti­tute was al­lowed to be used.

John, who re­sides in Kil­maurs, East Ayr­shire, said: “It was one of the proud­est mo­ments of my life. The first game was a great game of foot­ball but it ended up be­ing a draw.

“The fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day Kil­syth won 3-1. That was the night be­fore Celtic won the Euro­pean Cup so we were proud to be Scot­tish at that time. The Glen­cairn team were so gen­tle­manly but ev­ery­one was back in those days. The ball was played on the car­pet most of the time, not like nowa­days.

“I’m a great be­liever in play­ing to the ad­van­tage rule. I tried to let the game go with­out blow­ing my whis­tle but it’s im­pos­si­ble to do that.

“There was around 30,000 peo­ple on the Satur­day and 20,000 on the Wed­nes­day but that’s be­cause they didn’t have tel­lies in those days. There was only one cam­era at the fi­nal.”

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