Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Paul & Ken, "The Accies Men""


Mr. Paul McGowan & Dr. Kenneth Liddell

supported by

Mr Alan Rushworth

& more football.


"Paul and Ken, the Accies Men" – this was the title of the evening, Friday, 29th November at the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society. It was a most exciting (especially to the "boys") evening!


Viewing the first display was tinged with sadness as this material was gathered, for this evening, by the greatly missed late Paul McGowan. It proved to be a Football spectacular – as members viewed Stamps, Covers, Miniature sheets, Postmarks, posters, programmes relating to FIFA World Cup – Argentina ’78; Italy ’82; Mexico ’86; Italy ’90 & France ‘98. Also similar postal material covering UEFA Euro ‘96  - held in England and won by Germany. There was also a GB pictorial Air Letter – celebrating Scottish Football – issued in 1996. Thanks are extended to Mrs. Margaret McGowan for the final preparation of the display.


LPS member, Alan Rushworth, completed the first round by presenting a wonderful display relating to the much lamented Third Lanark – postcards, programmes, tickets, newspaper cuttings and many covers with the signatures of managers and players. All this illustrated the glory days of the Club but the photo of the small black plaque at the entrance to Cathkin Park tells of the distress at the end of the Club’s existence on 27th April 1967.

Alan continued with signed covers and other postal material relating to other Clubs especially Dundee United – photographs indicated why they were nicknamed "The Tangerines!"  They were also known as "The Terrors" and their supporters as "Arabs".

There was a degree of excitement in the room as all examined the diverse material.


Ken Liddell – of "Paul and Ken the Accies men" – wearing an Accies red and white scarf - gave a brief, but excellent display of postal material relating to Hamilton Accies.

He then gave a wonderful display of the island of Colonsay. He began with historic postcards showing the small rowing boats which ferried passengers from the cruise ship to the shore.  The Scalasaig Hotel offered Full Board for £2.5/-; views of Black houses; of Strathcona House (Home of Lord Strathcona). There were many views of the island through the years. Postcard views also of the island and abbey of Oronsay; Some modern ‘Cinderellas’ showing colourful views; Posters relating to the Annual Book Festival – and he finished with showing some bottles (albeit empty!) of Colonsay Gin and Wild Island Botanic Gin – both distilled on the island.


Honorary Vice President, Sheila Sinclair, led members in thanking all three for presenting their very interesting and variable displays.


Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 20th December, 2019, at 7:30pm when members will present their displays on the theme of "Celebrations".


Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to attend.