Football Queens & Kings

Chapter 150 – Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers

We continue along the road until we reach the Regimental Drill Ground, where the 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers Corp has assembled. I lead the family around the drill ground perimeter, and we stand with the Regimental Headquarters and Drill Hall behind us.Arabella turns around and looks up at me, “I love their scarlet coloured jackets.”“They … Continue reading Chapter 150 – Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers

Chapter 149 – Surprise In Strathbungo

The laughter, jumping and pandemonium continue all morning. Seeing all my family in one room, rolling around, teasing, playing and capering, soothes my soul.  “Who would like breakfast?”, I ask.  Three excited children, all throw up their right arm and shout, “Me, please.” “Let’s see what Agnes has for us.” We all trot through to … Continue reading Chapter 149 – Surprise In Strathbungo

Chapter 148 – Sunday Relaxation Test

I gently open my eyes, as my brain surveys my body, finding exhausted legs and bruises from yesterday's footballing labour on Flesher Haugh.Emilia is sitting up in bed beside me, reading. "Good morning. Unlike you to sleep past nine o'clock?", she said, her green eyes absorbing my gaze with loving affection."Indeed, a tiring week, although … Continue reading Chapter 148 – Sunday Relaxation Test

Chapter 147 – Glorious Football Aftermath

Alexander Campbell joins Billy Mackinnon and I, at the side of the pitch. “How are the legs, Alexander?”, I ask.“They are fine. In fact, would you like another kick-about?”, Alexander said.Billy cuts in and reminds him, “We have a big parade tomorrow, Alexander. Our Lieutenant-Colonel will have your head hanging from his bayonet if you … Continue reading Chapter 147 – Glorious Football Aftermath

Chapter 146 – Rangers v Callander

The game kicks off at lightening pace with enthusiasm overflowing from both Rangers and their Callander opposition. I am the goalkeeper in today's fixture, which provides an ideal vantage point to assess Glasgow's newest football club. Alexander Campbell and John Hunter are my backs, with William McBeath and Peter McNeil playing at half-back. The forward … Continue reading Chapter 146 – Rangers v Callander

Chapter 144 – Glasgow’s Fleshers Haugh

April passes into May without drama. Thompson & French’s new Directors, James Hogg and Robert MacLeod are now running the company’s business affairs in Scotland, while I have taken time out. The rest and recovery are rewarding with time spent with Emelia and the children. Lewis, Arabella and Adair are growing at an astonishing speed.My … Continue reading Chapter 144 – Glasgow’s Fleshers Haugh

Chapter 143 – Divide To Conquer

I stare into Robert McLeod’s eyes. Robert stares right back into mine. “You have passed the final test, Robert. I am promoting you to Director of Thompson & French. You and James Hogg are my trusted lieutenants and proven yourselves admirably. We are expanding, and the organisation needs to match our ambitious plans.”Robert’s eyes change … Continue reading Chapter 143 – Divide To Conquer

Chapter 141 – Robert Louis Stevenson

The man, draped in velvet, continues, “My friends call me Louis. Bob is my cousin and an aspiring artist. Charles Baxter, James Ferrier, and I study law at Edinburgh University.”I introduce James Hogg and I, to the four friends.“Welcome to our club. Your initiation is to accept our motto.”, said Louis.James and I chorus together, … Continue reading Chapter 141 – Robert Louis Stevenson