University Track & Field: 1937

The first of the Scottish University runner to capture the headlines in 1937 was GM Carstairs who on 15th May won the UAU Championships in a new record time.    The ‘Glasgow Herald’ said: “GM Carstairs, of Edinburgh University established one of five new records set at the Universities Athletic Union Championships at White City, London, yesterday.   With a time of 14 min 36 4-5th sec, Carstairs was a comfortable winner in the three miles event, taking the lead at the end of the first mile-and-a-half and maintaining it right to the finish.” 

The individual university championships were held in May with St Andrews being first off the mark when they held their annual sports on Saturday 15th May .

The Sports at St Andrews were a but different in 1937 from those of earlier years.   The Scotsman explained it thus: “For the first time the Annual Sports of the students of St Andrews University, points being awarded according to performance.   Each competitor had to compete in at least five of the thirteen events and the maximum points allowed for each event was 1100.   The Pentathlon Cup, presented by Lieut. A Stark, the ‘Varsity Physical Instructor, was won by JSA Forsyth with a total of 2976 points , AD McLean being second with 2875 and WA Smith third with 2809.”   

It was also interesting to note that the women’s events, normally restricted to 100 and 220 yards, long jump, hurdles and maybe high jump, included the cricket ball throw which was won with a distance of over 158 feet.   Results:

The Glasgow University preliminaries were held at Westerlands on Wednesday 19th May when four finals were held in addition to six preliminary rounds for various events.  Two records were set – JAH Lees beat IN Lapraik in the Mile in a new University record of 4:35.8 and WF Forrester won the discus with another new record of 115′ 2 1/1″ to beat AN Lapsley by 5′ 2 1/2″.   The other winners were AN Lapsley who avenged his defeat in the discus with a win over Forrester in the Hammer with a throw of 121′ 1″, Miss A Sutherland won the women’s 440 yards in 66.7 seconds and Miss NB McIntosh won the women’s Broad Jump with 15′ 6″.

The remainder of the events were held on a fine, sunny day, perfect for good performances on 22nd May when the results were as follows:

Both Aberdeen and Edinburgh held their main sports on the last Saturday of the month with preliminary rounds of the sprints and a field event as well as the Three Miles earlier the same week.  The first session of Aberdeen University Sports was on the evening of 25th May, 1937 when AWC Lobban won the Three Miles in  15:37.9.   The 220 yards was also held and went to JRW Catto who won in 22.6 seconds.

There were more events held on Thursday 27th May when two events were decided – the half mile was won by NR McLean in 2:04.8 – one of the best ever recorded by any Aberdeen student – from AWG Lobban,   and the Hammer by JG Wilson who threw a distance of 101′ 7″ to win from GA Milne.   The qualifying round of the Shot were held and   “AJ Witt, without knowledge of technique and without practice, gave a splendid display and qualified for the final of the event.

The event when it came on Saturday 29th, May, was no disappointment with three records going by the board and an exciting four team relay race to boot.  Results:


The Edinburgh University Sports were also held on Saturday 29th May and the standards were high – a headline in the ‘Scotsman’ lamented that “GM Carstairs and RB Wylde fail to return new figures”.   Not enough that they win but expected to set a new record!   Carstairs however had almost set up this headline when he did set up a new record for the Three Miles at the Wednesday first round of the event.   On that occasion he set a time of 14:50.8 breaking the previous record by JH Motion of 15:18.75 by over 28 seconds.   His fellow former Watsonian JW Martin was only about 200 yards behind so he must have been close to the former time.  The other events on the night were heats of the 100- and 220-yards.  


Of course the athletes needed more competition than just the university’s own championships and there were inter-university meetings and open meetings and invitation events and so on for them to compete in.   For instance on 5th June in the Queens Park FC Sports at Hampden, WMO Rennie of Glasgow University & Bellahouston represented Glasgow on the last leg of the invitation relay and third in the invitation 440 yards, in the women’s relay Edinburgh University was second and Glasgow University was third.   Others like IM Young of Glasgow University (2nd in 100 yards) took part in the open events. 

The championships themselves were held on 17th June at St Andrews and the local paper report reads :


As expected Carstairs had a good day winning the Three Miles and setting a new record for the distance; SEO Williams continued to excel in his specialist events and Glasgow’s JAH Lees took not only the championship but also the event record for the half-mile held by Edinburgh’s Hugh Maingay, in 1:57.7.    In the field events the performances of AN Lapsley with two first places, one second and a third confirmed his place as a great Universities all-rounder, while DW Boyd with a first and a second in the throws events confirmed his abilities there.   Lees not only won the half mile but also took the Mile championship from Lobban and McLean of Aberdeen.   SEO Williams won the 120 yards hurdles, the 440 yards hurdles and the Long Jump.   

Results in full:

1937 was a good year for Scottish University athletics – athletes like Ian Lapraik, and GM Carstairs were among the very best that the country has produced.   Had it  not been for the War which started in 1939 interrupting their careers the two men, particularly Carstairs, would have been better known to following generations.   Field events men like Lapsley and Forrester were also among the best while others like SEO Martin and RB Wylde competed in Empire Games.  

University Track & Field: 1936

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In 1936 Glasgow University Athletics Club had a preliminary meeting, which was common practice to shorten the afternoon of the main competitions because of the large entries in some events, on 6th May.  The Glasgow meeting was bigger than those of the other Universities simply because of the large number of events requiring shortening before the principal sports day. At this meeting  several finals were held – the One Mile which was won by JN Lapraik in 3:52.4 , the Putting the Weight won by DH Cameron (holder) from AB McDonald and WF Forrester with 37’4″, and the Hammer by WF Forrester from DA McLean with 122′ 6″.   There were also two women’s events – the 440 yards which was won by the holder, RH Livingston from SJ Sutherland in 69.2 seconds, and the Long Jump, won by SM Dobbie from AM Devine with a leap of 15′ 1″.   Preliminary rounds were held for several other events and these are below:

The sports proper were held on 10th May and the  “Glasgow Herald” report read as follows:

… and the women’s results were as follows:-

HM Murray, Glasgow University 440 yards champion

The Aberdeen University Sports were held on  16th May with a preliminary session on the 12th.   In the preliminary round, the events were the Three Miles and the Discus.   The former was won by DM Annan from AC Lobban in 16:03.4, and in the latter G Milne won with a best throw of 89′ 7″.    There were also a qualifying round of the pole vault with AF Murray, RSM Keir and JS Shand being the trio to make it through.   The “Scotsman” reported as follows:

The first day of the University Athletics Union Championships was on Friday 15th May at the White City in London where Edinburgh was represented by three athletes.   HG Taylor was third in the javelin with 168′ 4 3/4″, PM Ewen second in the Hammer with a best of 122′ 1 3/4″ and SEO Martin wonthe Long Jump with a leap of exactly 22′ 0″.   

In between all the championships, there were other matches such as the Edinburgh University  v  Watsonians on 23rd May at New Myreside where the University not only won but provided three double winners in SEO Martin (hurdles, long jump + 3rd in high jump), PM Ewen (Shot and Discus) and RB Wylde (220-yards and 440-yards).   On 23rd May Aberdeen U narrowly defeated St Andrews by 39 points to 36. Other such meetings were Aberdeen U  v  Atalanta  and St Andrews v an RAF team from Leuchars as well as traditional matches between the universities.

But the individual university championships were still very prestigious events with quality reporters (eg George Dallas writing as Ggroe in the Daily Record) previewing and reviewing the meetings.   The Scotsman reported that in the first two events of the Edinburgh University Sports, held on Wednesday 27th May, DW” Boyd in the Hammer throw set a new record of 132′  1″, adding 2′ 1″ to Dr RM MacKay’s 1932 record.   H McDonald won the Three Miles by 300 yards from TBM Sloan in 15:26.2.   Heats of the 100 and 440 yards were also held: Seymour, Gaffney and Taylor were the first three in the first heat and Wylde & Martin (=) and Brooks filled first three places in the second for the 100; in the 440, Duncan and McFadyen filled the first two places in the first heat and Wylde and Malcolm in the second.   Most of the events were held on the Saturday (30th May) and the report in the ‘Scotsman’ read:


The results were printed in detail as follows.

The Inter-Universities championship was held in Glasgow on 13th June and Aberdeen in particular fancied their chances.   Note the preview on the day in the ‘Press & Journal’

The caption on the photograph below gives the game away as far as the result of the championship is concerned.

The Report in the ‘Glasgow Herald’ on the following Monday read as follows.   The reporter was of the opinion that the track events outshone those in the field: certainly the names of several of the runners are  familiar with Lapraik being the best known of them all.

The results from the same source are below.

University Track & Field: 1935

Inter-Varsity hurdles race : photo from The Scotsman of Monday 10th June


The first University Sports to be held in 1935 were in Glasgow on 10th May with the report in the “Sunday Post” being headed RECORDS GALORE AT GLASGOW ‘VARSITY SPORTS.   Before looking at the results, we will; draw your attention to Ian Lapraik who was second in thehalf mile and mile, and third in the three miles, and AW McAulay’s two victories in Mile and Three Miles.

Glasgow, as before, sent a small squad to the British University Championships at the White City on 18th May.   AF McDonald won the high jump for them with a best on the day of 5′ 8″, one inch higher than the second placed man.   Although there were no individual medals won by the University, the team finished fifth of the thirteen competing.   

The other universities back in Scotland were also busy that weekend.   Edinburgh University defeated Glasgow at Westerlands by the narrow margin of one single point (48 to 47)  and St Andrews University beat Dundee Hawkhill Harriers at UCD by 55 points to 20.   And as described below, the Aberdeen University championships were held at King’s College.   All four universities were in action with an eye on the Inter-Varsities in June.

Aberdeen held a preliminary meeting two days before their annual sports championships in 1935 on Thursday, 17th May.  Events covered were the 120 yards hurdles where four runners qualified for the Final – JA Robbie, IR Smith, JC Cowan and WJ Whyte; the Broad Jump: IL Smith, J Craig and L Sharp; One Mile Final – 1.  DM Annand 4:53.6; 2. WJ Whyte; 3. HR Kellas (Annand won by 8 yards); and the Final of the Putting the Weight – 1. DM Mathieson 32′ 5 1/2″; 2. AJ Taylor 32′ 2″; 3. CA Macgregor 30′ 1″.   

Of the day of the sports, the report in the Press & Journal read:   “Conditions were all against good times at the Aberdeen University Sports at King’s College on Saturday.   The ground was heavy after a week’s almost incessant rain, and a strong wind blew across the ground.   In the sprint races however, the wind slightly helped the competitors.   One record was broken, the record-breaker being J Watson, an Australian student who, for the second year in succession, reduced the time for the 440 yards dash.   On Saturday Watson clipped one-fifth of a second off his last year’s time.   Watson completed the “double” by winning the 100 yards but this was not enough to earn him the Dean’s Medal for pure athletics which was shared by DM Annand IL Smith with 12 points each.   

“WOMEN’S EVENTS.   Miss MR MacKenzie practically “scooped the pool”  in the women’s events and won the Trail Cup for most points in these events.   Miss MacKenzie’s winning effort in the women’s high jump competition was the lowest in the history of the sports.   

AJG Taylor, a last year’s Gordon’s College boy, was the winner of the Nelson Keith medal for heavy events.”   


The Edinburgh University Sports preliminary meeting was held on 22nd May with three events being decided.   The Three Miles title was retained by WH Whalley in 15:53.4, DWBoyd retained the Hamme with 122′ 10 1/2″ and PM Ewen won the Discus with 112′ 3 1/2″ (9 feet further than second placer).

The remainder were held on 25th May and the report in “The Scotsman” on 27th May read as follows.   

“DRS MILNE BEATS HURDLES RECORD.   ANDEAN’S SPRINTS DOUBLE.   Several excellent returns were made at the Edinburgh University Sports which were held at Craiglockhart on Saturday.   The Rosebery Cup for the best all-round display went to DRS Milne.   A Wiesen won the Fahmy Cup, a new award presented to the athlete showing the best style.   The Donovan Cup was won by W Botha.   Milne won the Rosebery Cup with a first in the 120 yards hurdles and high jump, second in the broad jump and third in the javelin which gave him a total of 13 points, and the runner-up was PM Ewen who gained 10 points from firsts putt and discus and a second in the hammer.

The “Glasgow Herald” was fulsome in its praise of the standard in Edinburgh, giving W Botha space because of his quarter- and half-mile double, JK Andean, Scottish schools champion of two years earlier, and Milne were also praised for the standard and progress made.   It was also suggested that they would do well in the Inter-Universities to be held in June.

Meanwhile, St Andrews took on Aberdeen at St Andrews and were defeated in both Men’s (33 to 31) and Women’s (21 – 7) matches.   The men were actually leading 31 – 29 with only the relay remaining, Aberdeen won, took the 4 points, and won the competition.   

Passing the baton in the Women’s Relay in the St Andrews  v  Aberdeen

Finish of the 100 yards in the St Andrews  v  Dundee Hawkhill match.  Winner was EDO Campbell, St Andrews

All the Universities had been preparing assiduously for the championships with their own championships and with selected matches against each other before the inter-varsity meeting came up.   The championships were well covered in The Scotsman and the report will be reproduced in sections below.


Scoto-Irish Internationals: 1911, 1912, & 1913

The International of 1911 was on 16th July at Ball’s Bridge in Dublin and the Irish team was hopeful of victory after the big defeat of 1910.   The cartoon above was in the “Scottish Referee” on the day before the match.   The “Glasgow Herald” report after the match began as follows: “The seventeenth annual amateur athletic contest took place in lovely weather but the attendance of barely 1500 was extremely disappointing, and the apathy as regards amateur athletics would seem to have spread to the Sister Isle.   It was anticipated by experts that whichever side won should only do so by the narrowest of margins but Scotland gained an unexpectedly easy victory by seven points to four, this being their first success in Dublin, their second in Ireland and their seventh in all, as against Ireland’s ten.”


100 yards: 1. WA Stewart (S) 10.2 seconds; 2. JH McVea (I); 220 yards: 1. RC Duncan (S) 23.6; 2. WR Sutherland (S)

440 Yards: 1. RA Lindsay (S) 53.4 sec; 2. R Burton (S); 880 yards: 1. JT Soutter (S) 1:59.4; 2. R Burton (S)

Mile: 1. DF McNicol (S) 4:25; 2. JT Soutter (S); Four Miles: 1. GCL Wallach (S) 20:27; 2. FJ Ryder (I)

120 yards hurdles: 1. E O’ Brien (I) 16.5 seconds; 2. P Kirwan (I)

High Jump: 1. D Campbell (S) 5′ 8 1/4″; 2. MJ Creede (I); Broad Jump: 1. P Kirwan (I) 23′; 2. WF Watt (I)

Putting the Weight: 1. J Barrett (I) 44′ 4″; 2. TR Nicolson (S); Throwing the Hammer: 1. JJ Flanagan (I) 170′ 5″; 2. TR Nicolson (S)


The cartoon from the Scottish Referee of 19th July, 1912

The match, held at Powderhall on 20th July, resulted in a five and a half points each draw.   Not what either side was expecting as the athletes selected by both sides were all very good.   Ireland in particular was looking for a victory to redeem themselves after the previous year’s contest.   The Irish paper, the Sport of Saturday 27th July, commented as follows afterwards.

The “Scotsman” had a different take on the event and preceded its report with this.


100 yards: 1. RC Duncan (S) & S McComb (I) equal in 10.2 seconds; 220 yards: 1. RC Duncan (S) 23.4; 2. FRS Shaw (I)

440 yards: 1. J Gray (I) 52.0; 2. RA Lindsay (S); 880 yards: 1. R Burton (S) 2:05.2; 2. R Hales (I)

Mile: 1. R Hales (I) 4:27.4; 2. DF McNicol; Four Miles: 1. FJ Ryder (I) 20.40; 2. T Jack (S)

120 yards hurdles: 1. IA Clarke (S) 16.8 seconds; 2. P Kirwan (I)

High Jump: 1. T Carroll (I) 5′ 10 1/2″; 2. D Campbell (S) & J O’Donoghue (I); Broad Jump: 1. JHD Watson (S) 22’9″; 2. P Kirwan (I)

Putting the Shot: 1. P Quinn (I) 41′ 8 1/2″; 2. TR Nicolson (S); Throwing the Hammer: 1. TR Nicolson (S) 165′ 1″; 2. G Lindsay (S)


The 1913 meeting was held at Celtic Park in Belfast on 19th July and the Edinburgh Evening News looked forward to it with this.

So we were optimistic on our way to Dublin with logic on our side.    But as so often, we were disappointed with the actual result.   The Irish paper “The Weekly Freeman” reported with these words.


100 yards: 1. FRS Shaw (I) 10.0 seconds; 2. WA Stewart (S); 220 yards: 1. WR Sutherland (S) 22.2 sec; 2. FRS Shaw

440 yards: 1. JM Hill (I) 53 sec; 2. RA Lindsay (S); 880 yards: 1. JM Hill (I) 2:01.4; 2. G Dallas (S)

Mile: 1. D McPhee (S) 4:34.4; 2. WM Crabbie (S); Four Miles: 1. P Flynn – only one competitor finished

120 yards hurdles: 1. WL Hunter (S) 16.4 seconds; 2. TH Darwell (I)

High Jump: 1. TJ Carroll (I) 6’1″; 2. D Campbell (S) & WL Hunter & AL Colquhoun;Broad Jump: 1. WF Bennett (I) 21’8″; 2. O Galbraith (I)

Putting the Weight: 1. P Quinn (I) 42′ 11″; 2. PF Ryan (I); Throwing the Hammer: 1. TR Nicolson 161′ 6″; 2. PF Ryan (I)


This contest was the last of the series of Scottish-Ireland internationals –  the War which followed made many changes to athletics and this was one of them.   In 1914 the match became a Triangular with England being added to the mix.   From 1920 the match became a regular triangular meeting until 1930  and thereafter there were two more Scotland-Ireland internationals in 1931 and 1932 when they finished altogether.


Scoto-Irish International: 1909 & 1910

In 1909 the International was held in Balls Bridge, Dublin on 17th July.   Scotland had won two out of the last three matches but Ireland had won in Edinburgh in 1908 and were looking to make it two on the trot.   

The report on the meeting on the following Monday in the Belfast Telegraph read as follows: “At Balls Bridge on Saturday the 17th inst., the annual contest between the representatives of Ireland and Scotland were held in delightful weather.   The result was a win for the Irish athletes by 8 events to 3.   The feature of the day was the running of R Kerr, the Irish Canadian sprinter who made such a prominent show at the Olympic Games. He won both the 100 and 220 yards and in the latter event created a new Irish record.”

In the 1908 Olympics, Kerr, running for Canada, had won his Heat of the 100 metres in 11.0 seconds, won his semi-final in 11.0 seconds, and finished third in the Final in 11.0 seconds – a remarkable consistency of times.   In the 200 metres, he won his Heat (with JP Stark third) in 22.2 seconds, won his semi-final in 22.6 and then won the Final in 22.6 seconds.   The Final was described as follows: “The final was held on 23 July 1908. The top three were within two feet of each other, as Kerr’s early lead evaporated in the straight. He was able to hang onto nine inches, however, and defeated Cloughen by that small margin.”

Another Irishman won gold at the Games when Tim Ahearne won the Triple Jump with a leap of 14.92 in the Final.   Report reads: “At first Tim Ahearne set a new Olympic record with 14.72 metres. Then Garfield MacDonald improved the record to 14.76 metres and finally Ahearne took the new Olympic record with 14.92 metres.”   McDonald was an American who finished second in the Final with 14.76m.

That was two Irish gold medal winners out in the Scoto-Irish match in 1909 and there were other Olympians in both teams.  Kerr’s teammate George Newcomen Morphy also ran in the London Olympics but for Great Britain but was unplaced in both 800 and 1500 metres.   Denis Horgan also competed for Britain in the Shot where he was second to win the silver medal.   

John McGough ran for Great Britain in the 1500m in the same Olympics but was also unplaced.   Tom Nicolson was an unlucky fourth in the Hammer and 12th in the Shot.   It was a very high quality international that day at Balls Bridge.

Kerr winning the Olympic 200 metres final for Canada

100 yards: 1. R Kerr (I) 10.2 seconds; 2. RC Duncan (S); 220 yards: 1. R Kerr (I) 22.2 seconds; 2. RC Duncan (S)

440 yards: 1. D Dickson (S) 51.4 seconds; 2. GW Young (S); 880 yards: 1. R Burton (S) 2:00.8; 2. GN Morphy (I)

Mile: 1. GN Morphy (I) 4:33.4; 2. J McGough (S); Four Miles: 1. M O’Neil (I) 20:12.8; 1. J Murphy (I)

120 yards hurdles: 1. CE Kinahan (I) 16.8 seconds; 2. A Halligan (S)

High Jump: 1. TJ Ahearne (I) 5′ feet 8 3/4″; 2. GH Wilson (S); Broad Jump: 1. TJ Ahearne (I) 22′ 10″; 2. G Stephen (S)

Putting the Weight: 1. D Horgan (I) 44′ 6 1/2″; 2. J Barrett (I); Throwing the Hammer: 1. TR Nicolson (S) 160′ 2″; 2. D Rose (S)


Robert Kerr (Ireland)


The competition was held on 9th July at Ibrox Park in Glasgow and on paper the Scottish team looked the stronger despite the absence of several very good athletes.

“The photographs above are from the ‘Scottish Referee’ of Monday, 11th July, and accompanied the report under the headline “IT WAS A GLORIOUS VICTORY!” which began:  “The sixteenth annual athletic between Scotland and Ireland was held at Ibrox on Saturday and ended in a win for Scotland by nine events to two,   This is a record score for Scotland although Ireland has equalled the performance twice – in 1888 and 1902.   Brilliant weather favoured the contest and the lover climatic conditions were such as recalled the meeting of 1907, held on the same ground.”   The actual results which led to the glorious event were as follows: 

100 yards: PJ Roche (I) 10.4 seconds; 2. RC Duncan (S);   220 yards: 1. RC Duncan (S) 22.8 sec; 2. W Murray (I)

440 yards: 1. GRL Anderson (S) 50.8 sec; 2. R Burton (S);  880 yards: 1. R Burton (S) 1:58.8; 2. JT Soutter (S)

Mile: 1. DF McNicol (S) 4:26; 2. J Bill (I); Four Miles: 1. A McPhee (S) 20:29.4; 2. T Jack (S)

120 yards hurdles: 1. GRL Anderson (S) 16.2 seconds; 2. CE Kinahan (I)

High Jump: 1. D Campbell (S) 5′ 8 1/2″; 2. PJ Leahy; Broad Jump: 1. FG Buchanan (S) 21′ 5 3/4″;  2. WF Bennett (I)

Putting the Weight: 1. J Barrett (I) 45′ 2″; 2. WF Bennett (I);  Throwing the Hammer: 1. TR Nicolson (S) 159′; 2. D Carey (I)


The score was emphasised in a cartoon on the front page of the paper –

In the SAAA Championships earlier that year (24th June), titles were won by RC Duncan (100 & 220), GRL Anderson (440 & hurdles), R Burton (880), A McPhee (Four Miles), FG Buchanan (Broad Jump), D Campbell (High Jump) and TR Nicolson (Shot & Hammer).   Probably the strongest team that could have been turned out, and a victory maybe predicted but not by the massive score of 9-2.   The Irish team also had some very good men in their team.   The report in the   Weekly Irish Times started 

“Scotland achieved an easy victory over Ireland on Saturday, the Scotsmen winning by the convincing margin of nine points to two.   Such a resulted was quite unexpected for on the performances in the championships of the respective countries the teams appeared evenly balanced; if anything a victory for Ireland was anticipated.      The Irish team was strengthened by the addition of GM Hill, a King’s County man, who won the English half-mile championship; PJ Brabazon of the Clonliffe Harrierswho defeated GN Morphy in the 440 yards championship of Leinster, and PJ Roche, the ex-100 yards champion, none of whom however had figured in the Irish championships. …. It was the heaviest defeat sustained by a Hibernian team in any of the sixteen contests, and the score has only been equalled on two occasions.”     

Clearly the Irish journalists went into the match with a different result in mind to the Scottish ones.   How did the men named perform on the day?   First, Hill in the 880 –

Then Brabazon:

And finally Roche:

All good races, maybe better from the Scottish point of view but it was interesting to note that the Irish athletes concerned had not run in the national championships.

Scoto-Irish International: 1907 & 1908

The 1907 international was back in Scotland, and in Glasgow again, at Ibrox Park on Saturday 29th June.   The team was a good one with Stronach in the hurdles, Nicolson and Kirk wood in the two throwing events McGough in the Mile and Tom Jack in the Four Miles.   Ireland had Con Leahy in the jumping events as well as Fairbairn-Crawford in the 880 yards and PJ Roche in the sprints so it was always going to be a close match.   The Glasgow Herald Notes on Sports column the following Monday commented –

The results:

100 yards: 1. PJ Roche (I) 10.4 seconds; 2. D Murray (I); 220 yards: 1. PJ Roche (I) 22.8; 2. RC Duncan (S) 

440 yards: 1. JF Kennedy (I) 51 seconds; 2. WD Anderson (S); 880 yards: 1. IF Fairbairn-Crawford (I) 1:57.2; 2. J Vallance (S)

Mile: 1. J McGough (S) 4:22.2; 2. GN Morphy (I); Four Miles: 1. T Jack (S) 20:22; 2. T Hynes (I)

120 yards hurdles:  1. RS Stronach (S) 16.6 seconds; 2. TF Kiely (I)

High jump: 1. C Leahy (I) 6′ 0″; 2. GM Mayberry (I); Broad Jump: 1. C Leahy (I) 21′ 9 3/4″; 2. RF Twort (S)

Putting the Weight: 1.  T Kirkwood (S) 44′ 3″; 2. J Barrett (I); Throwing the Hammer: 1. TR Nicolson (S) 153′ 7″; 2. T Kirkwood (S)


The match couldn’t have been closer.   You have to go back to 1901 to get as even a contest.   The next contest was also in Scotland – at the Exhibition Grounds at Saughton in Edinburgh – on 11th July, 1908.   The Scottish Referee summarised the past results since the fixture was inaugurated in 1895.

There was pessimism about the chances of the home team.   Stronach was not available, A Duncan was a non-starter in the Four Miles, John McGough had been ‘off colour’ for the previous several weeks.  On the plus side, Halswell was available, as was Sam Stevenson in the Four. Meanwhile Ireland had ‘man of might’ JJ Flanagan, holder of the world’s amateur hammer throwing record, and the brothers Murray were in the sprints, Horgan in the Weight Putt and the famous ‘Irish leppers’ , the Leahy brothers.    That was the bill of fare two days before the match and several of those named would not appear.   

The summary of the contest as it appeared in the Northern Whig

The actual results of the events were as follows.

100 yards: 1. PJ Roche (I) 10.6 seconds; 2. JP Stark (S); 220 yards: 1. RC Duncan (S) 23.2; 2. PJ Roche (I)

440 yards: 1. W Halswell (S) 51.8 seconds; 2. D Dickson (S); 880 yards: 1. GN Morphy (I) 2:00.8; 2. R Burton (S)

Mile: 1. HT Jamieson (S) 4:34; 2. GN Morphy (I); Four Miles: 1. J Murphy (I) 20:46.8; 2. S Stevenson (S)

120 yards hurdles: 1. TJ Ahearne (I) 16.8 seconds; 2. CE Kinahan (I)

High Jump: 1. C Leahy (I) 6′ 0″; 2. TJ Ahearne; Broad Jump: 1. TJ Ahearne (I) 22′ 5 1/2″; 2. WH Bleaden (S)

Putting the Weight: 1. D Horgan (I) 45′ 10″; 2. T Kirkwood (S); Throwing the Hammer: 1. C Walsh (I) 162′ 7″; 2. TR Nicolson (S)


Another victory for Ireland butit should be remembered that Scotland had lost the services of RS Stronach and other top flight athletes while McGough was well below par being third in the Mile.   Of the Irish team out that day, PJ Roche (200 metres), TJ Aherne (hurdles, long jump and high jump), CE Kinahan (as Aherne), GN Morphy (400 m, 800m and 1500m ), J Murphy (Five Miles), C Leahy and J Leahy (high jump and long jump) were all selected after the match as part of the Irish team to compete in the Olympic Games that year.   Recent competitors also selected were D Horgan, the Murray brothers in the sprints, JF Fairbairn-Crawford (800 and 1500) and LA Kiely (hammer and hurdles).

While Ireland was a country on its own for selection purposes, Scotland was part of Great Britain and the athletes were competing with the best of the Englishmen for places on the team.   Nevertheless Sam Stevenson, Tom Nicolson, and Halswell were all selected that year.   

The standard of competition was very high indeed.  Con Leahy of Ireland is pictured below after winning the silver medal at the 1908 Olympic Games.   The Irish ‘leppers’ were world famous and the country certainly produced many international class long and high jumpers.   About Con Leahy, Wikipediea has this to say (it also mentions several other top Irish jumpers of the time):

“Leahy was born in Cregganen the County Limerick-County Cork border.  He was one of seven brothers, all of whom were sportsmen. His brother Patrick won the British high jump record in 1898 and went on to win Olympic medals in 1900. Another brother, Timothy, also jumped competitively.

In 1906, Leahy, Peter O’Connor and John Daly, were entered for the Intercalated Games in Athens by the Irish Amateur Athletic Association (IAAA) and Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), representing Ireland.   However, the rules of the games were changed so that only athletes nominated by National Olympic Committees were eligible.   Ireland did not have an Olympic Committee, and the British Olympic Council claimed the three. On registering for the Games, Leahy and his fellow-athletes found that they were listed as United Kingdom, not Irish, team members.   Leahy was subsequently involved in the protest at the flag-raising ceremony for the long jump when O’Connor scaled a flagpole in the middle of the field and waved the Irish flag.   Leahy won the gold medal in the high jump with 1.775 metres, beating Hungarian Lajos Gönczy by 2.5 cm. After his victory was certain, Leahy still tried to reach 1.83 meters, but he failed at this height twice. Leahy then took part in the hop, step and jump, which O’Connor won with 14.075 metres with Leahy coming second with 13.98 meters.

In the 1908 Olympic Games, Leahy again took part in the high jump. Three jumpers, Leahy, Géo André and István Somodi, shared second place with 1.88 meters behind the American Harry Porter, who won with 1.90 metres.”

Of those mentioned above, Patrick Leahy and Peter O’Connor also both competed in the Scoto-Irish series.

Scoto-Irish Internationals: 1905 – 1906

Wyndham Halswell

The 1905 Scoto-Irish international was back at Powderhall on 15th July and saw the debut in the match of Wyndham Halswell who had won the SAAA 440 yards a month earlier (24th June) at Ibrox and followed it with a third in the 880 yards.   He was to go on to have a wonderful career including the famous Olympic medal in 1908.

The results above are from the Londonderry Sentinel on the Monday after the competition.   Note that Scotland won every single running events with JP Stark (who had won the 100- and 220-yards at the SAAA championships) having a double in the 100- and 220-yards sprints.   The Four Miles race had a superb Scottish double with Olympians Sam Stevenson and Tom Jack filling both first and second and Con Leahy having a double (High- and Broad-Jump) for Ireland.   As in all athletic contests are is one performance that the spectators all talk about on the way home.   In this one it was Halswell.   The Scottish Referee had this to say about it.

The winning margin of 8 – 3 to Scotland was their third in seven years and the results were being shared between the two rivals on a year about basis. 


The next head-to-head was on 14th July, 1906, at the Ulster CC Ground in Belfast.   The Scots had a good team out – Halswell in both 220- and 440-yards, Sam Stevenson in the Four Miles, RS Stronach in the hurdles and TR Nicolson in the throws.   BUT – and there’s always a but – they had never won in Ireland.   Could they pull it off this time?   The Irish team had two or three familiar names from previous contests and here it is as printed in the Dublin Daily Express of June 25th.

Murray, Muldoon, Kiely, Leahy led a very good Irish squad.   Nevertheless the Belfast Evening Telegraph started its report on the match as follows

‘North Britons’ indeed!   However he did say that it was ‘the finest all round team that ever represented her.     How did the match go?   The Glasgow Herald report is below with results accompanied by a short account of the event.

Two consecutive victories for Scotland although McHough was defeated twice by the Irish opposition and Kiely turned out in the hurdles, where he was beaten by Stronach, and not in the Hammer where Tom Nicolson won for Scotland.

Scoto-Irish International: 1903 & 1904

The notice above is for the 1903 version of the international and it is of interest for several reasons.   For many of us the fact that tickets were on sale at Lumley’s in Edinburgh brings back memories of collecting tickets or entry forms for races all over the country in the Glasgow Lumley’s in Sauchiehall Street.   Life was easier, and therefore more pleasant, when you could just go into a shop, buy your ticket and then a few days later head for the sporting fixture of your choice.   Much simpler than going into the whole online rigmarole.   Second, a good seat in the Stands could cost up to four times the cost of entry to the ground.   

John McGough

On 18th July, 1903, at Powderhall Grounds, Edinburgh, Scotland had another victory over Ireland: 7 – 4 this time round with McGough taking revenge for his two second places in 1902, and Nicolson beating Kiely in the Hammer.   The weather early in the day was miserable and wet but it cleared up –  the track was left wet and heavy – although not enough to make it a big crowd.   Top events were:

Mile: McGough took the lead right at the start with Daly just half a yard or so behind him.   It stayed like this until the last half lap when Daly tried to pass.   It was a great tussle all the way home with McGough never headed, winning by about a single yard against a top class athlete.

Hammer: This was only the second time that Scotland had won the event.   The first ytime was in 1895 when the Scots style was followed, thereafter the Irish hammer and style was used and they had won every contest since.   Nicolson broke his own Scottish record by almost two feet.

440 yards: Watson and McKenzie neck and neck until the final 10 yards with Watson winning by inches.


100 yards: 1. D Murray (I) 10.4 seconds; 2. J Ford (S); 220 yards: 1. D Murray (I) 23..4; 2. RL Watson (S)

440 yards: 1. RL Watson (S) 52.2; 2. JJ McKenzie (I);  880 yards: 1. J McGough (S) 2:03; 2. W Roxburgh (S)

Mile: 1. J McGough (S) 4:40; 2. JJ Daly (I); Four Miles: 1. JB Cowe (S) 20:23.4; 2. H Muldoon (I)

120 yards hurdles: 1. GC Anderson (S) 17 sec; 2. D Carey (I)

High Jump: 1. C Leahy (I) 5′ 10″; 2= JB Milne (S) & R Murray (S); Broad Jump: 1. PJ Leahy (I) 22′ 5 1/2″; 2. C Leahy (I)

Putting the Weight: 1. TR Nicolson (S) 41′ 7 1/2″; 2. J Barrett (I); Throwing the Hammer: 1. TR Nicolson (S) 149′ 4″; 2. TF Kiely (I)


RS Stronach

16th July, 1904, at Ulster CC Grounds, Belfast were the date and time for the next international between the two teams.   

Results first:

100 yards: 1. D Murray (I) 10.25 seconds; 2. JP Stark (S); 220 yards: D Murray (I) 24.2; 2. JP Stark (S)

440 yards: 1. WH Welsh (S) 52.2; 2. JJ McKenzie (I);  880 yards: 1. JJ McKenzie (I) 2:03.4; 2. J McGough (S)

Mile: 1. J McGough (S) 4:27.6; 2. M Hyman (I); Four Miles: 1. H Muldoon (I) 20:37.2; 2. JJ Daly (I)

120 yards hurdles: 1. RS Stronach (S) 16.2 seconds; 2. GC Anderson (S)

High Jump: 1. C Leahy (I) 6’0″; 2. JB Milne (S); Broad Jump: 1. PJ Cusack (I) 22′ 3 1/2″; 2. C Leahy (I)

Putting the Weight: 1. D Horgan (I) 41′ 7 1/4″; 2. TR Nicolson (S); Throwing the Hammer: TR Nicolson (S) 158′ 11″; P Ryan (I) 


The detailed report below is from the Cork Examiner of the following Monday: interesting to note that the Irish expected Scotland to win the match but eventually won by the same score as the Scots at Powderhall the previous year.

Scoto-Irish International: 1901 & 1902

Into the new century and the first meeting of the two nations was on 29th June, 1901, at the Exhibition Grounds in Glasgow.   The score from the previous six matches was 6 – 1 to Ireland.   Could the Scots do better this time round?   The team included new man RS Stronach in the 120 yards hurdles, middle distance and cross-country champion J Paterson and WH Welsh in the quarter mile.   That the meeting was a success there can be no doubt.   But from the Irish perspective there was some head shaking over their prospects.   The following pessimistic preview in the Waterford Evening News was a fairly accurate forecast.   

The meeting was held ‘in splendid weather’ before a large attendance estimated at 10,000.  Despite the apprehensions of the writer above, the Irish team had some star performers such as Kiely and P O’Connor who had set a world’s record for the long jump that summer of 24′ 7 1’2″.    O’Connor was another wonderful Irish athlete.   Born in Millom, Cumberland in England, he grew up in County Wicklow.   In 1899 he won All Ireland medals for long jump, triple jump and high jump, he later set a world record for the long jump and won two medals in the intercalated Olympic Games.   The interesting thing about the Olympics is that was asked to represent Great Britain but he chose to compete for Ireland.   The world record was set in Dublin at the Royal Dublin Society’s grounds on 27th May 1901.   He stayed in athletics after he ceased competing and actually returned to the Olympics as a judge.

 The “Glasgow Herald” of 2nd July commented: “History is difficult to make sometimes but it was made at the Exhibition on Saturday in the great athletic contest between Ireland and Scotland – a contest which, as regards sustained interest, spontaneous enthusiasm and brilliant competition, has never been equalled in this city.  Every event riveted the closest attention, and when DW Mill of Greenock won the four mile and with it the match, there was a demonstration of enthusiasm which will not readily fade from the memories of those who witnessed it.”   The results:

100 yards: 1. D Murray (I) 10.2 sec; 2. J McLean (S); 220 yards: 1. J McLean (S) 23 sec; 2. D Murray (I)

440 yards: 1. RL Watson (S) 51.4 sec; 2. WH Welsh (S); 880 yards: 1. JE Finnegan (I) 2:02; 2. J Paterson (S)    

Mile: 1. J Paterson (S) 4:15; 2. WR McCreath (S); Four Miles: 1. DW Mill (S) 20:47.6; 2. JJ Daly (I)

120 yards hurdles: 1. RS Stronach (S) 16.6 sec; 2. GC Anderson (S)

High Jump: 1. P O’Connor (I) 6′ 0 5/8th; 2. JB Milne (S); Broad Jump: 1. P O’Connor (I) 23’9″; 2. PJ Leahy (I)

Putting the Weight: 1. MN McInnes (S) 43′ 2″; 2. J Galavan (I); Throwing the Hammer: 1. TF Kiely (I) 145′ 4″; 2. TR Nicolson (S)


John McGough

The 1902 international was back in Ireland, back at Ball’s Bridge on Saturday 19th July.   Ireland was looking to re-establish their superiority over the Scots following the defeat in Glasgow – team and individual revenge.   The report on the event in the Dublin Daily Express started … “The eighth annual athletics contest between teams representing Scotland and Ireland was held on Saturday at Balls Bridge under most unfavourable circumstances, rain falling heavily from an early hour.   It had lightened somewhat near three o’clock, the hour for starting, but a steady drizzle was still coming down when the first event was put in motion.   The bad weather had kept away the public and there was only a handful of people at the opening.   Out of the previous events, Ireland claims five and Scotland two, last year’s contest at Glasgow having gone to Scotland by the odd event.”   Before we comment on any of the athletes or events, we will show the results.

100 yards: 1. D Murray (I) 10.8 seconds; 2. J McLean (S); 220 yards: 1. D Murray (I) 23.8; 2. J McLean (S)

440 yards: RL Watson (S) 52.8); 2. H Thrift (I);  880 yards:  1. JE Finnegan (I) 1:59.6; 2. JN McCormack (S)

Mile: 1. JJ Daly (I) 4:27.8; 2. J McGough (S);  Four Miles: JJ Daly (I) 20:41.8; 2. J McGough (S)

120 yards hurdles: 1. TF Kiely (I) 17 sec; 2. P Harding (I)

High Jump:  1=  C Leahy (I) & PJ Leahy (I)  5′ 11″;   Broad Jump:  1. PJ Leahy (I) 21′ 8″; 2. C Leahy (I)

Putting the Weight:  1. H Nicolson (S) 42′ 7 1/2″; 2. TR Nicolson (S);  Throwing the Hammer: 1. TF Kiely (I) 139′ 2″; 2. TR Nicolson


Given the scale of the defeat one might be forgiven for thinking that Scotland had put out a poor team when that was far from the case.  Note the following:

TR Nicolson: Throwing the Hammer –  21 SAAA champion; Shot Putt – 14 championships; Throwing the 56 lb Weight – 4 championships; Throwing the Hammer (Scots Style) – 3 championships.   Scottish Records set: Shot Putt – 1; Hammer Throw – 13; 56 lb Weight for Distance – 1.   + Olympian (1908)

J McGough: Half-Mile Champion – 3; Mile Champion – 7; Four Miles – 2; `Scottish Records set: 1000 yards – 2: Mile – 1; One Mile and a Half – 1; Four Miles – 1  +  Olympian; Irish Mile and Two Miles champion in 1905 and Irish Mile champion in 1907.

Both top class athletes and although the others were not quite in that bracket they were all good athletes.   On the Irish side the man who defeated McGough – JJ Daly – was second in the 1904 Olympic steeplechase and stayed in North America for a while thereafter winning the Canadian Mile and Two Mile championships.

Scoto-Irish International: 1899 & 1900


One of the names appearing with regularity throughout these international meetings was Denis Horgan of Ireland – Throwing the Hammer and Putting the Weight were his events and he formed a formidable partnership with TF Kiely in them.   He had an interesting life away from the athletics arena and it is covered by Wikipedia as follows – 

Denis Horgan (18 May 1871 – 2 June 1922) was a champion Irish athlete and weight thrower, born in Banteer, County Cork, who competed mainly in the shot put.    Shortly after setting a world’s record of 48 feet 2 inches with the 16 pound shot at Queenstown,] in County Cork, Ireland in 1897, Horgan visited the U.S., and in 1900, he joined the Greater New York Irish Athletic Association, the predecessor of the Irish American Athletic Club for a brief period.  In 1905, he joined the rival New York Athletic Club.   In 1906, Horgan set the world’s record for the 28 pound shot, with a distance of 35 feet, 4.5 inches at the Ancient Order of Hibernians games held at Celtic Park in Queens, New York.   He competed for Great Britain in the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London in the shot put, where he won the silver medal.  Denis Horgan won a total 42 shot put titles during his athletic career, including 28 Irish championships,] 13 English championships (all for the 16 pound shot)[ and one American championship.   Horgan was “usually so superior to his fellow competitors that he seldom trained in any sort of systematic way, yet he showed a marked consistency of performance, in all conditions, over a period of twenty years.”

In the Scoto-Irish Internationals up to 1900 he had won the Shot Putt  5 times in 5 competitions and in theHammer he had four second places behind team mate TF Kiely.


The International had been won by Ireland on every one of the first four meetings but this time, on home soil at Powderhall the result was reversed, Scotland winning by six events to five.   The events won were the 220 yards (W Callendar), 440 yards (WH Welsh), 880 yards and one mile (H Welsh), Four Miles (J Paterson) and Broad Jump (H Barr).  Barr was a superb long jumper who had already won the SAAA Championship five times (1893, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898) and the International once (1896) so it was not entirely a surprise when he won this one but the superb record that he set was.   The ‘Scottish Referee’ reported on the match as follows.

For the first time since the institution of this contest Scotland can claim a victory.   Powderhall Grounds presented a fine appearance on Saturday, and the cinder path had been especially looked after for the occasion.   Half an hour before the commencement, the crowd began to assemble and there appeared every sign of a great gate.   The officials were not disappointed as the ‘gate’ turned out to be the largest of any past international in Scotland.   A stiff wind blew directly down the straight and affected the times in all races except the hurdles which were run with the breeze.   

The Irishmen had a good passage across and, as usual with them, were all in the very best of spirits.   After the photographing of the teams and the officials had been gone through, excitement began to rise in view of the racing.   Proceedings began with the Mile ….”

There followed an account of every event but we will only reproduce Barr’s record in the long jump as the reports were all quite lengthy. Going in to the event Scotland was one down to Ireland with only the broad jump and four miles events to come.   If Barr won, then the score was 5 events each with the whole match depending on the four miles.  Of the broad jump, it had this to say.   “The long jump was looked upon as a certainty for the Ritish champion, WJM Newburn.   After an effort however he broke down and had to retire.   He would have had to beat his best to have beaten Hugh Barr who proved to be in grand form.   P O’Connor (Ireland) cleared 22′ 11″which is 8″ further than Newburn’s Scotch record made in the same event at Powderhall in 1897.   Hugh Barr started by equalling his native record of 22′ 1″, and then with a grand effort put in a lovely jump, and it was at once seen from the stand that something exceptional had been done.   A great burst of cheering went up when it was found that he had beaten all Scotch records doing 23′ 2″.   He had a few more tries but could not further improve on this.   So Scotland won an event least expected and brought the two countries once again on level terms.”  

The match had indeed been hard fought with the lead changing hands all the way through.  Scotland won the first event (Mile), Ireland the second (Shot) to make it one apiece, Ireland then won two more (100 yards and high jump) to make it  3 – 1 but Scotland came back with two of their own (220 yards and half mile) to be equal with 3 events each.   Ireland then won the Hammer and the hurdles to make it 5 -4 before Scotland won the quarter-mile and the long jump.   Into the Four Miles, three a side for this race, which Paterson won by 30 yards to take the match for Scotland.   .

The’ Coatbridge Express’ on Wednesday 19th July 1899 said –


The results:

100 yards: 1. WJM Newburn (I) 10.8 sec; 2. WE Callendar (S);  220 yards: 1. WE Callendar (S); 2. JB Auld (S)

440 yards: 1. WH Welsh (S) 52.4 sec; 2. J McKenzie (I); 880 yards: 1. H Welsh (S) 2:03.8; 2. J McKenzie (I)

Mile: 1. H Welsh (S) 4:32.6; 2. JE Finnegan (I); Four Miles: 1. J Paterson (S) 20:34; 2. F Curtis (I)

120 yards hurdles:  1.  D Carey (I) 16.8 sec; HN Fletcher (S)

High Jump: 1. P Leahy (I) 6′; 2. P O’Connor (I);  Broad Jump: 1. H Barr (S) 23′ 2″; P O’Connor (I)

Putting the Weight: 1. D Horgan (I) 45′ 10 1/2″; 2. MN McInnes (S); Throwing the Hammer: TF Kiely (I) 141′ 4″; 2. D Horgan (I)


The matches had been a success, of that there is no doubt, and the taste for them was growing.   The Coatbridge Express of the same date as above – 19th July 1899 – picked up on this and reported on it.

 The Triangular International would come to pass but not until 1914.   


TF Kiely has been mentioned in almost all the international matches, usually in the hammer but he also won the 120 yards hurdles for his country.   He was a quite amazing athlete whose story has been told in the following book.

Tom Kiely strode majestically through the Irish sporting scene, brushing aside all challengers, collecting championships by the score, smashing Irish, Scottish, British and European and world records on all sides. He created a blazing chapter of sporting history that still burns as brightly today as it did in the early years of the century’ (David Guiney, Ireland and the Olympic Games)  

Thomas F. Kiely was widely regarded as the greatest all-around athlete in the world in the 1890s and early 1900s. He was never beaten in an all-round competition and many would regard him as the father of the modern decathlon. His career is interwoven with a range of events and issues in Ireland – he played a seminal role in helping the GAA establish itself before hurling and football were really widespread, and in shaping how Ireland coped with the dark days of the Parnellite split. In many respects, Kiely became a national hero at a time when the country needed one – a sort of blend of Cuchulainn and ‘Mat the Thresher’he was intrinsically linked to the rise of cultural nationalism. He was nicknamed ‘Erin’s Champion’. Kiely played a major role in establishing Irish identity in international sport and was the first Irish sporting superstar. Kiely’s story is full of wonderful anecdotes and details of his personality, capturing his status but also his humanity.

The sixth match in the series took place on 30th June 1900 at Cliftonville Park in Belfast.   Scottish hopes were a bit higher than for the previous visit to Ireland and the team looked good with a stronger squad in the more technical disciplines plus Paterson and Mill in the distance events on the track.   The report in the Cork Examiner on the Saturday began – “Belfast is bathed in sunshine today, a welcome change to the heavy rain that fell yesterday.   The track at Cliftonville is not in favour with the Scots, the surface is loose, and as it is only 370 yards in circuit, four and a half laps are required for the Mile.   McInnes is an additional absentee from the Scotch side but this makes no difference as Kiely and Horgan were certain of the heavy events.   A heavy burst of rain fell before the start and made the ground sodden.   The crowd was affected, about two thousand being present chiefly in the covered stand.   The last race is the four miles, timed for half past five Irish time, so that it will be nearly half past six before the meeting finishes.”

The ‘Glasgow Herald’ lamented the performances of Paterson who was running in the half-mile and mile and finished second in the mile and was unplaced in the half mile.   They pointed out that if he had won his two encounters, Scotland would have run out winners in the contest.   Of the newcomers to the team, RS Stronach in the hurdles was praised highly despite being beaten by a very small margin.   Another talking point was the selection of JJ McCafferty for the Irish team in the Four Miles.   McCafferty was a member of West of Scotland Harriers.

100 yards: 1. J McLean (S) 10.5 Sec; 2. WH Welsh (S);  220 yards: 1. WH Welsh (S) 23.6 sec; 2. BR Day (I)

440 yards: 1. WH Welsh (S) 51.4 sec; 2. RL Watson (S);  880 yards: 1. JJ McKenzie (I) 2:00.8; 2. JE Finnegan (I)

Mile: 1. JE Finnegan (I) 4:35.8; 2. J Paterson (S); Four Miles: 1. AR Gibb (S) 21:12.4; 2. JJ McCafferty (I)

120 yards hurdles:  1. D Carey (I) 16.8 seconds; 2. RS Stronach (S)

High Jump: 1. P Leahy (I) & P O’Connor (I)= 5′ 10 1/2″; Broad Jump: 1. P O’Connor (I) 23′ 5″; P Leahy (I)

Putting the Weight: 1. D Horgan (I) 44′; 2. TF Kiely (I);   Throwing the Hammer: 1. TF Kiely (I) 143′ 6″;  2. D Horgan (I)


The following year was Empire Exhibition year in Glasgow and the match would be held at the Empire Ground, Gilmorehill, Glasgow on 29th June.