Sporting yesteryear

40 years ago

The Strathmore and District Riding Club, which came into being just a little over a month ago, held its first event last Tuesday evening when about 20 riders and horses turned up at North Mains Farm for an Instructional Rally.

The Club was given use of the land by kind permission of Mr Jim Nicoll and instruction was given by Mrs N. Fenton and Miss M. Hamilton, both fully qualified instructresses with many years’ experience.

Strathmore registered a comfortable victory over Aberdeen Grammar School FPs at Rubislaw on Saturday. Their hero on this occasion was Gavin McKiddie, who returned excellent figures of seven for 36 off 19 overs.

None of the Grammar School bats were able to master his bowling and only three batsmen scored double figures.

30 years ago

The once popular Forfar five-a-side football tournament has been revived and goes ahead at the weekend.

Forfar Youth Club leader Colin Brown is organising the event and he plans to run the primary, under-14 and under-18 events through to the last two on Sunday.

Local football referee, Colin Sinclair, has retained the Forfar Golf Club championship.

Playing Brian Beattie in the 36-hole final on Sunday, he won comfortably by seven shots with five to play.

Colin has been a golfer for some 26 years, previously being a member of Rothesey, Inverness and Helensburgh. He has been a member of Forfar Golf Club for the past three years.

LAST Thursday saw pupils at Chapelpark Primary School competing against each other in their annual school sports, which were won this year by Tweed who had 115 and-a-half points, 42 and-a-half clear of Tay who had 73 points.

20 years ago

A local golf club is on course for further honours in a prestigious competition.

For Kirriemuir Players have once again made their mark in the Vauxhall Golf Club Team Classic.

They are on the verge of becoming North Scotland champions for the second successive year.

They earned a crack at the Regional Final after overcoming Alyth and Blairgowrie in earlier rounds.

STRATHMORE County, in what is turning out to be an intriguing season in the Counties Championship, surrendered their lead in the table on Saturday past when they failed to prise out Fifeshire at McKane Park.

In the end, Strathie were forced to settle for either points against the home side’s four, as West Lothian moved back to the top of the table.