A Broughty Ferry resident is the latest BwB reader to seek information on a former football club, which featured his granddad.
“I was wondering if anyone had any information about Victoria FC?”opened Iain Birnie.
“My granddad William Birnie is pictured top left of the photo.
“I’ve had a look at old Couriers and Evening Telegraphs in the British Newspaper Archive but I’ve drawn a blank.
“The photographer was Joseph Lisco, of 2 Wellington Street (from the photo’s mount).
“According to the Dundee Directories of the time, he lived there from around 1920 to 1929.”
Iain, recently retired from a career in IT, continued: “Grandad also played for a team called Arklays from 1923.
“The earliest mention of him in the papers was when he was just short of his 15th birthday.
“He then signed for East Craigie in 1931.
“This Victoria team look to have been fairly successful, given the number of trophies, so I was hoping one of your readers might be able to shed some light on them.”
Iain went on: “On a related topic, while I was looking in the archives, I spotted the name Clydemore FC in a game against Arklays.
“Recently, one of your readers, Irene Perry, was looking for information about them.
“There were lots of mentions of them in the 1890s and then again in the 1920s playing Junior football.
“There was also an interesting wee article which mentioned new clubrooms in Harcourt Street in 1923.
“By the 1930s, all the newspaper articles seem to refer to them as a juvenile or amateur team.
“Irene’s relatives are mentioned playing a few times.
“ I didn’t see anything after around 1940, so WW2 seems to have seen the end of them.
“I hope this helps your reader a wee bit.”
Iain is currently involved in football and helps coach Broughty United’s 2007 team, for whom his son Michael plays.