Stirling & District Mental Hospital FC, 1931-32 season

The Stirling & District Mental Hospital football team pictured in the 1931-32 season
The Stirling & District Mental Hospital football team pictured in the 1931-32 season

Not many hospitals have football teams, but back in the 1930s they were quite common.

Russell MacGillivray from Larbert remembers his dad, who ran the Stirling & District Mental Hospital (now Bellsdyke Hospital) team, pictured above in the 1931-32 season.

Mr MacGillivray said: “Many of the players were to be our neighbours in Plantation Cottages. I think that most of their games were against the staff of other mental hospitals. Home games were played on a huge pitch – it seemed to be as big as Hampden Park or Ochilview and it was usually in great condition.

“There was a wooden pavilion providing the changing facilities.”

Pictured are, back row (l-r): Mr Lowe, Harrison, Lindsay, McBride, Philip, Smith, Keogh. Middle: Geo Kent, Gaffney, Anderson, McKay, Lakie, Williamson, Dicker. Front: D E MacDonald, Mr P Y Hutton, S M Dickson.