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Dunbar's cricket team c. 1900 @ Cowan's Park. Pavilion is on corner of present Countess road and Lammermuir Crescent.   

                   Jas. A.Callow (p. 2004 )

                                          Note

If one follows the railway line west, through the outskirts of the then town, on a plat from a 1906 OS map, just west of the footpath and right-of-way through tunnel (now BR 83) at Underedge West is the pavilion of the then cricket club - see preceding photograph.

With the advent of Dunbar United football club at the end of the first quarter of the 20th century to a new renamed Countess Park (ex Cowan's Park) as with the adjacent Countess or New Road named after the Black Agnes Dunbar's 14th century Countess.

With the inauguration of the public park and its attendant pavilion at Winterfield in 1925 it looks like the sound of leather-on-willow was to be heard there soon afterwards.



       Dunbar Curling club - inaugural meeting - 1899.

                          Curling pond Latch Park.

                                                      ( Thos. Taylor Bisset )

The Curling Club held two consecutive 17 year leases from the Warrender 

family on the Latch Park rink but subsequent to their expiration in 1933

the pond was left to nature, lovers-trysts and laddies playing "deserters."

The Ailsa Craigs were buried close to the shed at the entry ( at the NW corner ) to the rink at the end of the Lovers' Walk.

Unfortunately the only significant Curling Club trophy rests

nostalgically not in its Dunbar house but in an Haddington archive.

Dunbar Rovers (J. Burgoyne)

@ Countess Park

July 1951

(Colours: Navy/White)

 Top: Jimmy Burgoyne (secretary), Tommy Willens, Johnny 'Dinky' Denholm, Billy Hawes,Toby Robertson, Willie Young, Jimmy Turnbull, David 'Ginger' McKenzie

Bottom: Bert Knox, John Wooten, Johnny McIntyre, Tommy 'Sunshine' Stewart, --- Wood, --- Alexander, Adam 'Tiger' McKenzie

It is the 50th anniversary this month (Wednesday the 24th of may 196") since "the Seasiders"-"The Breezy Burgh's" Dunbar United won the Scottish Junior cup after a replay for the one and only time in their striped history.

However, not intending to put a retrospective damper on events, matters might have been somewhat different had events, of 3 years earlier, followed a different path-SEE THE CORRESPONDENT FOLLOWING.
Their teenage goalkeeper, whos finger tip (or should one say finger nail) save kept us in the Saterday final not only should he have gone to the " Wee Rangers" but ironocally the "Seasiders" were beckoning him to play in the English First Division at Bloomfeild Road on the Lanarkshire coast. Imagine every schoolboy's dream playing alongside Stanley Matthews .

Never the less it is not our intention to re-write history on our site we just endeavour to present the true facts.

                                      D. Cairns

             From Messenger Boy to Golfing Pioneer.

                                  ( 1885- 1917 )

Davie emigrated to Bloomfontein, South Africa for health reasons ( T.B. after appendicitis. His early career was funded by his 2 elder sisters, Marion@Mary( whom he later repaid in spades ) and the then Duke of Roxburghe. His affable personality, knowledge of grasses, club making and playing ability stood him in good stead. After a short but successful pro career he died prematurely. He was laid to rest complete with an appropriately black gravestone in Pretoria.

G. Hogg & Willie Balloch during mid - Summer' 49 7round marathon.

                                                                   (G. W. DAY- DUNBAR & N.B.)

Golf text from Dunbar Golf- the story of the links at Hedderwick and Broxmouth- John V Harris ( 2007 ) 

G.C. Hogg, Jimmy Fallon, Sandy Murdoch and Andrew Dishington.

Bob Hamilton, Jimmy Mason and George Hogg.                    Jan  1948.

From Golf Australia March 2015.

© Golf Australia/John Huggan (With Permission)

Walter's bevy of trophies at 10 Summerfield Rd. in the early 1950's

Geo. C. Hogg proudly holds the Merchants' (+ Mayne Cup )           1948.

S.E. "Samoya"- SSSI, Second green & seccond prize winners 1984.

 I'M A GAMBLER

By Pete Blumson

01 I'm a Gambler.mp3

(L-R) John Denholm, Stuart Duncan (his son-in-law) @ his brother- in - law 

Jimmy Johnstone ( double Canadian P.G.A champion ) and the town's

greatest golfing export.

photograph 17th Tee Dunbar- 1973.                                 ( W.N. Wilson )

 

Golf text from Dunbar Golf- the story of the links at Hedderwick and Broxmouth- John V Harris ( 2007 ) 

         Storm damage 01/02/83. - Photographs- Willie Paul esq.

The succeeding series of images ( 14 in number ) detail the storm damage and resultant debris encountered from the East Promenade seawall to the Vowt- Westby from the 4th tee to the 16th tees.

There was also further tons of "rubble" to the West on the 15th & 12th fairways + the 14th green.

The recent storm damage of last year was not as severe but maybe caused grater damage to the fairways. Perhaps the storms 1890s And the early 1960s were more serious but they weren't captured in the same medium.

Hopefully with the largest tides in 25 years (forecast around the 20th of this Month- March 2011) the wind may rest in the S.W. quadrant.

 TOP:-  J Smith, J Tait, J Johnston, J Preston, P Barrie.

BOTTOM:- D Brunton, D Hastie, C McKenzie ( snr ).

 A Hunting Scene at Little Spott    Frederick Lee (1835)

A ten year - old George Warrender ( later to become Sir George-6th Baronet Lochend @ captain Dunbar GC)

Is on the pony.      Lochend house is background right.

                Did the real White Bud finally turn up?

An interesting story is attached to the Dunbar trained

( McCall ) winner of the 1923 Lincoln above.

The jockey prior to the race was in the lounge - bar

of the local Bellevue Hotel. Another interested party in the bar that night was" Boots" John McDonald acting on a hot stable tip he backed the horse heavily and to cut a long stoy short he moved on to the St George Hotel as the new owner.

 In the 1961 2000 guineas George Boyd trained 

@ with Norman Stirk atop the race had its biggest-

priced winner of the 20th century at 66to1.