1908 was the most dramatic in the nine years that the championships had been running. Comment has been made of the absence of Glasgow Academy and other schools in recent years but the comment below from the Scottish Referee of Friday 15th May, 1908, on the meetimg to be held the following afternoon.
It says that efforts to bring Watson’s and others such as Dollar back into the event had failed but stops short of saying why this was the case. Nevertheless the sports went ahead on the Saturday and the Edinburgh Evening News reported as follows on that day’s procedings up to their ‘going to print’ time.
However, the ‘Scottish Referee’ on the following Monday followed the theme of the article on the Frida (above).
There was no team contest despite nine schools contesting the meeting. That was certainly a step back. The Edinburgh Evening News followed this up on the Monday with the following comment.
Make what you will of that but Fettes does not emerge well, nor do the other private schools who decided to boycott the meeting. We know that the inter-scholastics were still doing well in the SAAA half centenary in 1933. What made the change? Meanwhile, the results in full were only printed by the ‘Glasgow Herald’.
There being no team winners, the individual winners are noted below.
|100 Yards||L Crombie||Glasgow High School||11.6 seconds|
|440 Yards||D Seath||Dundee High School||59.4 seconds|
|One Mile||W Hislop||George Heriot’s School||5 min 12 sec|
|120 Yards Hurdles||N Mackay||Allan Glen’s High School||18.4|
|High Jump||N Mackay
|Allan Glen’s High School
George Heriot’s School
|Broad Jump||W Brown||Glasgow High School||18′ 3″|
|Throwing the Cricket Ball||A Smith||Glasgow High School||89 Yards 0 Feet 01 Inch|
|Putting the Weight||T Hotchkiss||Glasgow High School||30′ 1 1/2″|
|100 Yards||I Douglas||George Heriot’s School||12 seconds|
|880 Yards||G Mc Gillivray||Glasgow High School||2 min 29.6 sec|
|120 Yards Hurdles||JC Rennie||Allan Glen’s High School||20.2 seconds|
|High Jump||W Mackay||Allan Glen’s High School||4′ 8″|
|Broad Jump||J Morrison||Stewart’s College||17′ 6″|
|100 Yards||I Stewart||Stewart’s College||13.4 seconds|
|300 Yards||G Irvine||Bellahouston Academy||42.4 seconds|
|High Jump||J Lang||Allan Glen’s High School||3′ 11″|
|Broad Jump||J Lang||Allan Glen’s High School||15′ 4″*|
There were six schools represented on the winner’s rostrum including Allan Glen’s High School, Bellahouston Academy, Dundee High School, George Heriot’s School, Glasgow High School and Stewart’s College: three from Glasgow, two from Edinburgh and one from Dundee.