In the 1950s, the Glasgow “Boat Race” was a phenomenon.


You would be forgiven if all you have in mind are photos of posh lads from Oxbridge and green English rivers when you hear the words “boat race,”

However, back in 1958, it was the Clyde’s cool waters that were the subject of a fiercely contested regatta.

This was the annual meeting of the Rowing Club of Glasgow Schools, with a record 69 teams vying for four trophies.

To catch a glimpse of the young athletes in motion, thousands of fans packed into Glasgow Green.

The event was also attended by the galloping Lord Provost Myer, with Allan’s Glen winning the invitation to St. Mungo Quaichan.

Possil School, who joined the school club recently, won the Boyd Cup Tub Fours Championship, and a team from Adelphi School in the Gorbals also participated and performed well.

Joy and drama in the city’s snowy scenes

The other winners of the trophy were Hutcheson No 4 in the Coronation Cup and the Murchison Cup at St Joseph’s College, Dumfries.

In 1942, during the war, the school’s rowing club was formed and initially rowed from the Clydesdale Rowing Club. It finally got its own boathouse in Glasgow Green in 1951, with the aid of Glasgow Corporation, and by the early 1960s, on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, some 18 schools and more than 500 rowers were regularly taken to the river.

In the 1970s, the club declined, but the introduction of indoor rowing to all Glasgow secondary schools in 2007 ignited a revival in local schools of rowing events.


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