Fifty Years Of Athletics

Years 50

“Fifty Years of Athletics” was published in 1933 to celebrate the progress made in amateur athletics and the good health of amateur athletics in Scotland.   The key word was ‘Amateur’ and the book was a very good, factual account of the development of the sport.   It has long been out of print, the SAAA who published is no more, and there is zero chance of it being reprinted.   The intention therefore is to reproduce it here as far as possible so that it is accessible to as many athletes, friends and historians as possible.   The shorter chapters will be retyped and the longer ones scanned in.   All the photographs will be included but since they are placed throughout the book often in places not connected with the text, some have been on a separate page.   Enjoy it!

Title pages

Foreword by Sir Iain Colquhoun

Editor’s Note


SAAA Office Bearers, Committee and Past Office Bearers

List of Affiliated Clubs

David Scott Duncan: An Appreciation by K Whitton

Athletics in the beginning by K Whitton

Historical Survey by DA Jamieson:-




Chronological Record: 1883-1933

Amateur Athletics in the Borders by JK Ballantyne

North of Scotland AAA by WA Whitton

[  Some Photographs ]

A Journalist’s Reminiscences by W Reid

Memories of a Sports Promoter by W Maley

Cross-Country Running in Scotland by G Dallas

Statistics: SAAA Championships 1883-1933

Scottish Records: 1933


Crabbie Cup

SAAA Points Medal

Scottish Holders

Scotland v Ireland: A Retrospect by DA Jamieson

Statistics: International Contests

Inter-Scholastic Games by T Jack

Statistics: Inter-Scholastic Champions – 1900-1933