Childhood Memories of Michael Martin.

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Michael Martin shared some of his childhood memories with us and he told us about his time growing up in Burnbank. Michael wrote:
 
“I stayed at 72 Hill Street and we would all meet up at Tommy Stirling’s for a game of football after our dinner Rab Nelson (poker), Sanny Hunter, Wullie Mackie, Davie Stirling (ruck) Alex wales (ki) then when it got dark we would have a game of bedlam where we would go into teams and chase each other over the jungle.
 
we would also be up the bing where you had trenches built by the older guys they called themselves the ‘Black Hoods’ Jimmy Stirling, Tommy Gallacher, Benny McGowan, Billy Stirling & Tam Weir (r.i.p) have to say they built good trenches and they were deep with beams across them then tin sheets on top and to finish it off they cut out chunks of grass and earth and put them on top.
 
But us ‘white hoods’ weren’t scared of them pulling down their teachers we use to go to the back of Phillips factory and steal the fluorescent lights and make them into pea shooters we used big itchy coos.
 
Your parent’s didn’t need to shout on you when the street lights went on it was time to go home and one last thing Earnock could never beat the jungle boys at football.”
 
Michael thank you for sharing your memories with us. In my day we did ‘Doakies’ and there wasn’t a back door garden in the Jungle that me and my mates, Andrew Robertson, James Beggs, Billy Bradley, Tommy Holmes, Jason Holmes, James Holmes & Raymond McGuire never jumped over. We played everywhere and also built good trenches! When I was younger the bing was long gone, but we had Udston woods where we would also make crossbows and uses elastic bands as the string and we had the best rope swing down in ‘Carter’s woods’ where we would play from morning to night.
 
That’s Burnbank Memories, what about the rest of Hamilton, Can you share your memories from your area, “Whitehill, Eddlewood, Fairhill, Earnock, Hillhouse, Quarter” Let us know and tell us your childhood memories of growing up in Hamilton.

Frank Brogan

Frank Brogan.
Frank Brogan.

From time to time we like to write about people from Hamilton who have been long standing residents of the town. Frank Brogan has lived in Burnbank all of his days and he still lives at his family home in Hill Street where he has stayed from the age of 6.

He is the son of James Brogan & Annie Smith and Franks dad James who was born in Burnbank in 1890 was a professional footballer who played for Bristol Rovers prior to the first world war. James Brogan joined Rovers in 1910, having previously been playing football in Glasgow. He made 106 Southern League appearances at inside forward and scored 24 goals prior to the outbreak of war, and was Rovers’ top goalscorer in the 1912-13 season with eleven goals.

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James & Annie Smith with Franks Brother James and sister Alice.

 

Frank moved to Hill Street with his parents when the houses were first built in 1936 and he went to St. Cuthberts primary school and later went to Holy Cross. When he left school in 1944 he got his first job helping to build Philip’s factory on Wellhall Road, he later moved on to Graces tomato houses in East Kilbride. The next job that Frank did was working over in Rutherglen where hurt his back, after this Frank retired due to his back injury.

When frank was a wee boy his father James was friends with Walter McGowans father Jo Gans and Frank himself was also pally with Jimmy Johnstone. As kids, Frank & Jimmy played football in the back garden for the Hill Street home and Jimmy Johnstone even had dinner at Franks house.

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The back garden of Franks home where Jimmy Johnstone played football.

Frank was the president of Blantyre Celtic, he joined around 1945 and was the first club president, he later went on to do physio at the club. The club later became the Blantyre Vics.

We would like to thank Frank for telling us about his life growing up in Burnbank and for sharing his old family photos.

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A young Frank at his house in Hill Street with his dad sitting on the step.