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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 )

 

Robert Napier: Father of Clyde shipbuilding

A SHANDON engineer who built the mansion which became Shandon Hydro is still considered by many to be the “father of Clyde shipbuilding”.

Robert Napier was born in Dumbarton in 1791, the second son of a local blacksmith.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:02 )

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 )

Stephen led Olympic triumph

MISSION accomplished . . . that was the verdict of the Helensburgh man who masterminded the success of the Team Great Britain sailing squad at the 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing in China.

Royal Yachting Association Olympic manager Stephen Park, known to his friends as Sparky, set a target for the team of four medals, and they won six — four of them gold. His achievement was recognised when he was awarded the OBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours List.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:28 )

Round the world yachtswoman

A HELENSBURGH woman sailed into the record books in May 2003 when she became the first British woman and youngest ever competitor to complete the longest race for any individual in any sport, around the world alone.

It was an achievement which was to earn Emma Richards, now Mrs Sanderson, the MBE and a revered place in the history of her sport.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:47 )

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Second 2018 Open Meeting

Mackintosh-wThe second 2018 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday February 28. Bruce and Nicola Jamieson will tslk about developing the Mackintosh Club. Anyone interested most welcome.

Winter Talks

Wednesday January 31 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden

Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday March 21 — Joint Meeting with the North Clyde Archaeological Society; Fiona Baker: Loch Lomond's Ellan Vhow and its Castle

Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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