BOBBY SHEARER

BOBBY SHEARER
Born: 29 December, 1931. Died: 5 November, 2006, aged 74.


BOBBY Shearer was straight out of the mould of Rangers full-backs. He seemed to stand 5ft 7in square, he had legs like tree trunks and his red hair was a beacon wherever the battle was fiercest.

A Hamilton man, he signed for the Accies from local side Burnbank Athletic in 1950 and quickly established himself in the first team, playing in every position except goalkeeper.

Shearer, a right-back, played 407 times in all competitions for Rangers between 1955 and 1965, including a run of 165 consecutive games. He previously played for Hamilton Academical, his hometown club, and also for Highland League Club Inverness Thistle while on National Service in the Army in the early 1950s, at Fort George Barracks just outside Inverness. His combative playing style led to him being nicknamed Captain Cutlass.


(Robert shearers memorial match at the old Douglas park, with Maggie Shearer with Jimmy Johnstone.)


He made his full Scotland debut on 15 April 1961, in the infamous 9-3 defeat against England at Wembley. It was frequently joked afterwards that as an orange football had been used, Shearer and Rangers team-mate Eric Caldow had refused to kick it, while Celtic players Frank Haffey and Billy McNeill had refused to touch it.

Despite this inauspicious start, Shearer won further caps against the Republic of Ireland (twice) and Czechoslovakia in World Cup qualifiers the following month, his final game being a 4-0 defeat in Bratislava.

Shearer captained Rangers to their second domestic treble in 1963-64. In all, he won five league championships, three Scottish Cups and four Scottish League Cups during his time at Ibrox.

(Bobby Shearer at 17yrs old at accies. & also the manager in the suit Jackie cox.)

After leaving Ibrox, Shearer moved to Dumfries club Queen of the South as player-coach in the era of players such as Allan Ball, Iain McChesney and Billy Collings. In January 1967, Shearer was appointed manager of ill-fated Third Lanark, who folded later that year. Shearer moved back to his home town club Hamilton Academical and served as their manager, amongst other tasks.


(Bobby Shearer launching around the world in 80 days at the Gaumont in Keith street in 1956.)


Bobby died following a short illness on 5 November 2006, aged 74.
Hamilton man Chris Thom is the Nephew of Bobby Shearer and he was kind enough to send us some of his family photos of his Uncle & Family.

JUKE BOX JOHNY

A lot of the young people in Hamilton today never had the pleasure of Meeting John Reynolds AKA “Juke Box Johnny” He was a Karaoke singer who once appeared in Michael Barrymore’s my kind of people. I can remember if you said to him were you on the telly? he always stopped to speak to you about his semi famous lifestyle and then asked if you wanted his Autograph.
He was another one of Hamilton’s true characters that everyone knew and spoke about. Thank you to Derek Murray for sharing this picture with Historic Hamilton

Eddie McCallum & His wife Annie (McNamee)

Eddie was born in Dundonald in Ayrshire and later moved to Hamilton and spent the rest of his life here. He was an Auld Toon man who lived at Castle Street, he then later lived at Burnblea Street with his wife Annie and her Family (The McNamee’s) Eddie & Annie Later moved to Farm Terrace in Burnbank where they spent the rest of their lives. They had Three children Ann, Janette & Joe McCallum. Picture Courtesy of Garry Lee McCallum.

JIMMY BRUNTON 1919-2014

Jimmy Brunton 1919-2014. Jimmy’s father originally came from Peebles. Jimmy was a proud Old Town man and lived in Hamilton all of his life. He was one of Hamilton’s Last Cattle Walkers. He used to walk the Cattle from the Slaughter House (Next to the current Lightbodys on Bothwell Road) down Muir Street and in to the Market. Jimmy was once gored by a bull during his work but kept on working. He was also well-known in Hamilton, along with his friends for having a sing-song in the middle of Cadzow Street when the pubs had closed, another one of Hamilton’s finest characters.

LOW PARKS IN HAMILTON C1965

Today we are posting the second picture that was sent in by David Rams. In the picture is an aerial photograph, looking over the old town and also features the construction of the M74 motorway c1965.

The land at the far left of this picture was part of Hamilton Palace’s Farm Estates, where they grew vegetables for the Duke. Local man Wullie Gardner (also known as Watery Wull) had a farm on this ssection of land. The houses at Mote Hill now occupies the land where his farm was.

At the top of the picture you can see the large football parks where the annual fair used to put on a show twice a year and is now called the Palace Grounds where the retail park and fitness club are today.

If you would like to share some old photos of the town then send them to us on a PM or by email at HistoricHamilton@icloud.com

NEIL & CHRISTINE SCOT

Neil has lived in Hamilton his whole life & Christine (nee Gardner) is originally from Blantyre. The couple have lived in Hamilton all of their married life.

They met when they both worked in the Water Department in the old Lanark County Council in 1958 and were asked to go out one night in a foursome with some friends, they got engaged 6 months later.

The couple then got married at Blantyre Old Parish Church on the 18th of March 1961.They have 2 sons and 1 daughter who are all married and they have 11 grandchildren.

I had the pleasure of meeting Neil & Christine yesterday when they invited me to their home. The charming couple were telling me about their time in Hamilton and we also spoke about local & family history.

Neil’s mother Agnes R Scott (1901-1987) was a local Hamilton historian and she documented stories & wrote about the town’s history, these stories were published in the Hamilton Advertiser in 1966. Neil has kindly donated his mothers Journals to Historic Hamilton and will be republished on the page in due course, so look out for the monuments of memories of Agnes R Scott.

The Regent way shopping centre

David Rams sent us this fantastic picture of the outdoor Regent Way Shopping Centre from c1981.

In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990’s you can see why people travelled from all over Lanarkshire to visit Hamilton to do their shopping! Hamilton in my eyes had the best choice of shops to choose from where you could buy anything from sweets & cakes to all the latest fashionable clothes.

In the Regent, before going to get your messages you would go in to Radio Rentals to pay your rent on your TV & video and then you would head across the precinct to the large Woolworths to buy anything from Pick & Mix to birthday presents. You would then possibly go over to Auld’s the bakers to get a cup of tea & a sausage roll and then, as you walked down the hill you would browse through the great choice of shops before heading into the local supermarket Safeway.

What was your memories of the Regent Shopping Centre? Did you work in any of the shops here, and if you did, why not send us your pictures & stories.

You can contact us by sending a PM or by email at HistoricHamilton@icloud.com