Selkirk Sportsmen

Selkirk Sportsmen

The effect of WW1 had an impact in every single facet of life in 1914 and sport was no different. The Southern Reporter, on the 10th of September that year, reported on the local derby between Gala Fairydean and Selkirk, a side which had been seriously diminished due to players being 'called up'. They were defeated in no uncertain terms by their Galashiels rivals.

A 9-0 (nine) scoreline in this day and age would result in more than just a few raised eyebrows at the match but back in September 1914 the significance of football would have been vastly reduced.

That Selkirk provided a contest at all was admirable, and the pride within the town of men doing their bit would be far better recognised than any chastening defeat on a football field.

Another article in the same Southern Reporter edition highlights that it was not only football that was being affected by the recruitment of men for inclusion in the war machine.

Willie Grieve, a cricketer for both Selkirk and Scotland was reported as joining the Lothians and Border Horse. He was joined by John Palfrey who played rugby at the Selkirk club. Both were based at Haddington.

Selkirk recruits missing from Footbal fixture
Southern Reporter. Courtesy of Johnston Press PLC.
Local Sportsman; Willie Grieve signs up for war
Southern Reporter. Courtesy of Johnston Press PLC.