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The Invergordon Archive

School Sports on the Naval Grounds
The Invergordon Archive
School Sports on the Naval Grounds

The three-legged race on the Naval Grounds with the tanks in the background. The rather damaged picture is dated 20th June 1947 and you may be able to recognise some of the faces.
Picture added on 20 May 2005
Hi Dan, good to see you on the site....which house were you in sports..remember the band indicated which house, Nevis, Wyvis or Morven??? I think red was Nevis, yellow was Wyvis and green was Morven.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 20 May 2005
Hi Harry, for the life of me I cannot remember; yellow rings a bell.
Added by Danny on 21 May 2005
Nevis = Red ( Miss Horne's favourite), Morven = Green (My one), Wyvis = Yellow.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 29 November 2005
Good for you Eddie; it's amazing how some things stay clear in the mind after all those years. Do you remember the big blackboards that were set up showing the scores...However, I think Nevis and Wyvis stole the show most of the time....It's amazing also that no matter how good we thought we were, there were a lot of kids better in athletics than I was...Zena Ross comes to mind...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 01 December 2005
Oh how I hated Miss Horne! I was c**p at sports, so she humiliated me whenever possible. I was in the yellows (Wyvis) and my worse day of the year was sports day at the Rec.
Added by Bill Geddes on 04 December 2005
Yes, Miss Horne, never did any exercises herself, used to have one of the kids demontstrate what she wanted then we all followed....after she left I can't recall there being a replacement hired? and it was much better.....with just the teachers running sports day...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 December 2005
I can't really remember if the Blues were considered a full team or not. As you have already pointed out, only Nevis counted as it was Miss Horne's favourite team and it always seemed to be top loaded with the best runners etc. I wonder if Invergordon School ever produced a sportsperson who achieved any significant success? The only one I can think of was Jimmy Andrews who became a League footballer in England in the 50s.
Added by Bill Geddes on 06 December 2005
You're right, they used to sit in the line between Morven and Nevis. Were they actually a team for sports as I only remember the three others for the shield?
Added by Eddie Trotter on 06 December 2005
Of course there was a fourth team, the "Blues". I used to wonder why they were never given the name of a mountain and thought that perhaps blue was Miss Hornes least favourite colour. I guess this is unlikely because as her least favourite pupil I would have been in the blues rather than Wyvis. I used to think she made sure that Wyvis had a built-in disadvantage of unsporting kids so the team would never win anything. Is it just my recollection or am I correct in thinking her looks reflected her personality?
Added by Bill Geddes on 06 December 2005
Bill, there have been several ex-Invergordon Academy pupils who played league football since the days of Jimmy Andrews (Incidentally I remember Jimmy coming to the school and giving us a coaching session in the early 60s).
Roddy Macdonald from Alness had a long and distinguished career with Celtic and Hearts in the late 70s to mid 80s. I fact I think that Roddy made the initial squad for the '78 World Cup in Argentina but did not make the final squad that travelled. I think he is now in the Police in the west of Scotland somewhere.
Robert Geddes (namesake but I assume no relation, Bill) had a long career keeping goal for Dundee, Kilmarnock and others during the 80s and 90s and also was on the fringes of full international honours a couple of times.
The most successful was Bryan Gunn who was understudy goalkeeper to Jim Leighton at Aberdeen during their successful time in the early 80s. Bryan then moved to Norwich City and had a hugely successful career there and made several Scotland squads and I think had a couple of full caps. Bryan still lives in the Norwich area and last I heard was still involved with the club. The guy is a bit of a legend down there.
Ross County now being a league club also comes into the equation and there have been a few, most notably Andy Macleaod (son of Sonny and Audrey) who also had a spell at Aberdeen and in Belgium.
Added by anon on 07 December 2005
There must be photos of our successful footie players over the years!! I think Bryan Gunn features in the Invergordon Academy team photo on this site from 1977 (or thereabouts!). We have also had a fair few County players over the years. From my generation there was Ali Jappy, Granty Mackay, Andy Macleod. I am sure I forgot some!! Give Bryan a mention on this site...he was a hero and still does loads of good work for his charity. He is also a pundit on Sky Sports! Go and search for photos of the Gunner and give him some recognition!!!
Added by anon on 08 December 2005
Thanks for this info--we seem to specialise in goalkeepers. I remember the Geddes one due to reading the teamsheets from match reports but I had no idea he had Invergordon roots. (The Geddes name is very specific to an area of what used to be Nairnshire). As yet there are no photos on the site relating to Invergordon FC. This surprises me as we had a very successfull team in the early 50s, and won all the local trophies. I must have a dig around in my old snaps to see if there is anything relating to Invergordon FC.
Added by Bill geddes on 08 December 2005
picture #602 - Robert (Bobby) Geddes is goalie in Primary School Team;
picture #558 - Bryan Gunn is goalie for Secondary School Team;
picture #765 and picture #766 - Invergordon FC 2005;
picture #720 - Invergordon FC in the mid 70s;
picture #39 - Invergordon FC in 1938;
picture #106 - Invergordon FC in 1922;
picture #677 - Gordon Andrews;
Added by anon on 09 December 2005
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