Display of Historic Football Trophy Scores with Local Community

The Burgh Cup on Display. Low Parks Museum

South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture’s display of museum collections within Rutherglen Library has existed for many years, however on one particular day, it proudly displayed The Burgh Cup, an historic football trophy which had been played for by junior teams since 1910. On recognising the cup his team had won in ’75, David McCutcheon contacted Low Parks Museum to tell them the story.

Back in 1975, Spittal Primary’s Junior Football team were photographed before their match against St Columbkilles. Despite winning 3-2, the unexpected victors neither raised the Burgh Cup nor had their photographs taken with it.

Through NSHD funding, the team at Low Parks Museum were able to upgrade the temporary display. They also brought David and few of his team together to finally raise the trophy they had won in 1975 and to reminisce, reconnecting some of them for the first time in 40 years.

Four gentlemen standing behind a silver trophy in Rutherglen Library

4 of Spittal Primary School Football team with the trophy they won in 1975 (L-R: K Gibson, G Brown, C Cardoo, D McCutcheon). South Lanarkshire Council

The competition was reestablished in 2018 and is now The Bobby Murdoch Primary School Memorial Cup, after the local sporting legend who himself once held The Burgh Cup aloft.

Locally displaying the historic trophy celebrates junior football and its significance within our sporting heritage. Importantly, it underlines the origins of so many of today’s professional players while cherishing and recording the significant legacy of the local stories which surround our sporting collections.

A silver sporting trophy with small wooden trophy in front of four seated men

The Burgh Cup. South Lanarkshire Council

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