Dennistoun Waverley FC
denny posted on the 23/02/2013 1:35:49 PM
Hello. Does anyone know any information about Dennistoun Waverley FC -amateur club, think their ground was Cumbernauld Road area??
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#1 - joe mc dermott replied on the 24/02/2013 7:10:52 PM
Hi Denny the name of the park was Haghill it was a semi pro team Dennistoun Waverly Juniors played in the central league in the west of scotland , also the entry gate was in Appin road , they also had lots of Juvinile tourmanents there IE under 18s and 21s it was a black ash pitch with some grass ! I played there for about 5yrs with blantyre vics juniors also Dennistoun Juviniles under 18s great days sadly its no longer but the old park is still there I think , appin rd is the best to get in , hope I have helped
#2 - denny replied on the 25/02/2013 9:18:54 PM
Hi Joe - thanks so much for information - great and appreciated. What year were they set up and what year did they disband?Thanks!
#3 - Big Blue replied on the 27/02/2013 6:46:35 PM
Waverley belonged to the ranks of Scottish Junior football. They were formed in 1939 and, sadly, folded about November 1968 due to lack of funds. A few weeks later, the pavilion was destroyed by fire. It was very sad. I enjoyed many an afternoon as a kid at Haghill and probably more evenings in late spring and early summer watching the Waverley's juvenile tournament. It attracted very good crowds to watch teams such as Shettleston Violet, Glencairn Juveniles, Clyde Rangers and Germiston Star. We used to pop out at half-time to buy sweets and drinks in Mr Watt's shop across the road. His daughter, Christine, had been in my class at Thomson Street Primary for a time.
Waverley played in a yellowy/orange shirt. Not many visiting sides looked forward to playing on the black ash! The pavilion was not at pitch level. Players had to ascend a flight of steps to reach the pitch.
#4 - jeanette replied on the 27/02/2013 10:51:30 PM
My Dad played for an amateur football team in his teens/early twenties (he was born in 1925)and I'm wondering if it could be with this club. I have some old photos of him with a team (black and white so I don't know the colours)and one of him holding a cup. I was under the impression that they played somewhere in Carntyne but I could be wrong. Our family has a connection with the Haghill area in Dennistoun too. Was there another team/club in existence at that time (1930's/1940's) that anyone knows of or is there any way I could find out if he played with this one.There's no-one alive in the family who would know.
#5 - Sick of the Beggars replied on the 28/02/2013 9:02:19 AM
Used to be a Carntyne Stadium near the new college there. Maybe he played there?That was a big stadium back in the day for the amateurs.
#6 - Drew McFarlane-Slack replied on the 21/03/2017 11:20:39 PM
I attended a number of DW games in the '50s with my father who worked in the Fruit Market. One of the other staff played for the team, I don't recall his name. I do recall an old boxer used to panhandle outside the ground. He offered young kids a punch on his chin for a sixpence!
#7 - Big Wullie replied on the 23/03/2017 3:53:41 PM
Had a pal Jim Eadie who played for them I think in the mid to late fifties.
#8 - Irene Brown replied on the 30/09/2017 3:17:57 PM
My brother Bobby Russell played for Dennistoun Waverley in his early days and as his 90th birthday will be on 1 January 2018, I would love to be able to buy a copy of the History of Dennistoun Waverley Juniors written by Brian Reilly. Can someone - anyone - help with this please?
#9 - James Mc replied on the 3/10/2017 11:33:41 AM
The original Waverley folded in the 60s. There was an attempt to get a junior Waverley team up and running in the early 80s - I tried out for them, went to a few training sessions, but it sort of drifted away.
Alas this petered out as well.
#10 - William Tracey replied on the 14/11/2017 1:39:46 PM
My dad played for the Waverley in the late '40's before moving to Dundee to play junior for Shameock FC.
My Auntie Jeannie McConnel stayed in Corsock Street, right next to Haghill Park. My dad was always welcome in the old pavilion and he often took me with him when he dropped in, usually before going on to Parkhead to watch the game there.
I remember being very sad when I went to visit my Auntie Jeannie about 1970 and saw that the pavilion was gone and Haghill Park closed down.
#11 - Brian lawrence replied on the 30/01/2018 11:55:55 AM
I used to watch DW in the 50's. I went to Whitehill SS School so there was a few schoolmates with DW sympathies. My favourite player was the big CF Ray Hawson. Good old days at Haghill
#12 - Mal Mackenzie(Canada) replied on the 1/02/2018 4:22:11 AM
I played for Glencairn Juveniles in the early 60s. The manager was wee Jimmy Milligan. We won several cups one year including the Scottish Juvenile Consolation. The Juveniles were a farm team for the Waverley. As mentioned in previous posts, it was an ash park. We generated good crowds. I will attempt to locate a team picture including all the silverware. Great memories
#13 - Michael replied on the 27/02/2018 1:02:33 PM
Irene - did you manage to find the book - The History of Dennistoun Waverley Juniors written by Brian Reilly? My father-in-law Jimmy Buchan would like a copy.
#14 - Joe McIvor replied on the 11/05/2018 12:55:28 AM
I was a regular at Haghill Park as a youngster and remember the opening day of the refurbished dressing rooms around 1947. One of Scotlands favourite sons and reputed to be Britain's highest paid footballer, Billy Steele (I think he was originally from Dundee or Morton,) performed the opening ceremony. However the surface was cinder ash from Blochairn and very dusty on a windy day. The other local team was Dennistoun Juvenile who played on a ground at the bottom of Meadowpark Street side by side with the Dennistoun cricket club. From the far end of the ground you were able to look down on Paton Street with its many businesses such as Beaties Bread complete with horse stables. The Sunlight bleach, clensel and ammonia factory and tram depot.
#15 - Tom L replied on the 17/05/2018 8:47:07 AM
My dad, Campbell Letham, played for Dennistoun Waverley, I guess in the early 1950s (he was born in 1931). I have a framed photo of him with the team (and officials) from that time. The photo also displays three cups and I've often wondered what those trophies were, or whether their possession could pinpoint the year of the photo. Anyone know how to source DW's honours record?
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