Memories From Lord MacFarlane
While looking through some papers the other day I came across one or two interesting items (at least to me) which I thought you might like to see copies of.
The first is the letter which I received from the Club in 1944 asking if I would play a trial game – it does seem a long time ago. I am also enclosing a copy of the Hampden XI Cup Tie Match, in which I played at Inside Forward when David Letham came home on leave and I had the great good fortune of playing in front of him.
I am also enclosing a copy of the Strollers XI match against Third Lanark Reserves. This was a very good Strollers side in which Billy McPhail of Celtic fame and Walter Waddell, younger brother of Willie Waddell of Rangers played. Walter is still alive and living in North Berwick.
A copy of the Hamilton Accies match in which I managed to be a Reserve for the First XI but never actually, in the relatively short time I played, managed to make the First Team.
I remember receiving a letter from Jackie Gardiner suggesting that if I was playing rugby for the School in the morning I should not play football in the afternoon, which I presume was sound advice.
I went into the Army in August 1945 and unfortunately broke my neck in a swimming accident in Palestine in 1947, and obviously I did not play again for the Club after that.
As far as people I played with or trained with at that time you probably know of who are still alive, so I am not able to help from a historical point of view other than the above. Do let me know if there is anything further I might be able to do to help by way of contacting Queensparkers.