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Cardross world champion

A CARDROSS footballer of yesteryear could lay claim to being a champion of the world.

Born in the village on October 2 1865, Robert 'Bob' Robinson Kelso began his football career with Renton as a defender, and with them he won the Scottish Cup in 1885 and 1888 and played in the unsuccessful 1886 final.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:30 )


Early goalkeeping star

A RHU man, Matthew Dickie, was a Rangers and Scotland international goalkeeper in the early days of the game.

Born in the village on August 19 1873, he opened and ran for many years a successful tobacconist shop, with a much-used billiards saloon upstairs, in Sinclair Street, Helensburgh. He died on December 30 1959 at the age of 86.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 December 2010 11:05 )

The Rangers connection

A RHU man was one of the founders of a Scottish sporting institution, Glasgow Rangers Football Club.

Moses McNeil (seated, right), who formed the first Rangers team in the west of Glasgow in 1872 with his brother Peter and two friends, was the son of John and Jean McNeil.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 July 2015 17:19 )

From Shandon to Ryder Cup

ONE of the best known and most liked sportsmen to emerge from the Helensburgh area was Ryder Cup golfer Tom Haliburton.

Son of Mr and Mrs Robert Haliburton, he was born Thomas Bruce Haliburton in Ardencaple Cottage, Rhu, and lived there for some years before the family moved to Loudon Cottage, Shandon, where he learned to play and love golf.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 July 2010 17:26 )

Hazel comes home

THE annual Scottish Open golf tournament at the Loch Lomond club at Luss always means a trip home for top BBC sports presenter Hazel Irvine from Cardross.

The former Hermitage Academy pupil, whose parents still live in the village and who once took part in Helensburgh's Ne'erday Swim, is one of BBC Sport’s most experienced and versatile broadcasters.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:41 )

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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