Brian’s Jags re­play

Partick visit brings back foot­balling mem­o­ries

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

A Dumbarton-born foot­baller re­turned to his old stomp­ing ground at the week­end to the site where he made his­tory in the 1960s.

And the spe­cial VIP wel­come for Dumbarton man Brian Gallagher at Partick This­tle’s Firhill sta­dium was all ar­ranged by big-hearted bar­man Ethan Anderson.

The pair got talk­ing over a drink as Ethan bears a spooky re­sem­blance to Brian in his play­ing days.

Brian moved to the Mary­hill club aged 19 af­ter start­ing his foot­balling ca­reer with Drum­chapel Am­a­teurs.

The winger made 63 ap­pear­ances for the Jags and scored 10 goals while he played with them be­tween 1964 and 1969.

And Ethan, who works at the Cap­tain James Lang in Dumbarton where Brian is a reg­u­lar, de­cided to take it upon him­self to ar­range the spe­cial trip back to Firhill to see the club play Dundee on Satur­day.

Now the 72-year-old reck­ons he is a lucky mas­cot for This­tle as they man­aged to record their first league win of the sea­son on his watch.

He told the Len­nox Her­ald: “We lost a goal early at the start of the game but I said ‘I think they will come back’ and they did.

“It was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

Miles Storey scored in in­jury time to make it 2-1 to This­tle.

Brian said he, Ethan and his dad Tommy had a fab­u­lous day at the newly-re­named En­ergy Check Sta­dium.

They had a walk round the ground with the club his­to­rian be­fore en­joy­ing some hospi­tal­ity prior to kick-off.

The trio made a day of it, leav­ing Glas­gow at 6pm to head back to Dumbarton.

Speak­ing about his time at the club, Brian said: “I was the first sub­sti­tute for Partick This­tle to come on. That was in about 1967. They didn’t have sub­sti­tutes in that day.

“I was glad it was me that was the first sub­sti­tute be­cause I was sit­ting pick­ing the splin­ters out of my bum sit­ting on that bench.

“I’ll maybe go to a Dumbarton game but I’ve not re­ally been back to Firhill. It was a lovely day.”

Brian dam­aged his car­ti­lage in a work­place accident at An­der­sons Sawmill, which saw him hav­ing to re­build his ca­reer af­ter his stint with Partick This­tle.

He played with Mor­ton for a spell be­fore end­ing up closer to home with Dumbarton.

Brian, who is orig­i­nally from Alexan­dria, said: “I had two sea­sons with Dumbarton: 70/71 and 71/72 when they won the league.

“It was fan­tas­tic, although it was a wee bit bit­ter­sweet.

“I fell out with them and told them to keep their medal, which I re­gret now.”

Brian went on to work as a su­per­vi­sor with J&B in Dumbarton and also worked with Bal­lan­tines in the whisky trade lo­cally.

He now en­joys his re­tire­ment look­ing back over his foot­balling ca­reer and stays at West­brid­gend with wife Jac­que­line.

I’ve not re­ally been back to Firhill. It was a lovely day. Brian Gallagher

Cheers Brian Gallagher and Ethan Anderson who ar­ranged the re­turn visit to this for­mer home turf

His­tory maker Brian looks through the archives at Firhill on Satur­day

Back in the day Brian Gallagher went down in his­tory as Partick This­tle’s first ever sub

Firhill for thrills The pair en­joyed watch­ing This­tle beat Dundee

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