Deadline day looming for Glasgow Bar Association footballers
For around 40 years the Glasgow Bar Association has been represented by a football team comprised of solicitors primarily from the criminal bar.
But as we enter 2020 the future of “the Bar” team is under threat as a lack of young solicitors has led to dwindling squad numbers.
Team player manager, Ross Yuill, has made a call for new players to join the squad for the new season commencing in March.
He said: “We are keen to hear from players from any branch of the legal profession. The traditional hunting ground for talent of the criminal courts has dried up and we reckon there must be some fresh talent lurking in the commercial or in-house branches of the profession. Games are played every second Friday night around the Glasgow area”.
In the 1980s the GBA team comprised a host of household legal names such as Maurice Smyth, Gerry Brown, Brian Fitzpatrick, Martin Lavery and Des Finnieston.
Games would take place against Strathclyde Police, the Scottish Prison Service, university teams and from time to time senior teams who would send teams to play “the Bar”. Occasional away days took the team to Ireland and around Scotland.
In the 1990s another batch of bar legends continued the tradition. Carr, Considine, Brechany, Gilroy, Mann, the Walker brothers, Mcquire and O’Hagan. Games took place at the old Helenvale Astro, Broadwood, Laurel Park, Garscube and latterly what became home turf for the GBA team – Firhill. The team rolled out invitations to join the squad to colleagues from the police, the prison service, G4S and even the odd sheriff.
Over the last 15 years a new generation of players has kept the Friday night tradition going and become the self-professed Golden Generation. Taking the Bar team into league football for the first time was a massive step. The team now plays regularly in the Central Region over 35s league on Friday nights. Trips to Pollok, Penilee, Milton and Carluke are now a regular fixtures.
The away days returned during 2018 as the Bar made the short trip to Ballymena in Northern Ireland for a challenge match.
Even a marketing masterstroke saw a 2020 team calendar go to print and sell out almost instantly. The new names of Mullen, Brown, Dewar, Stewart, Sloan, Kondol and Phillips became instant legal celebrities.
Despite all of the positives, however, the Bar is still struggling to bring in new players to keep the team prospering into a new decade.
If you are interested please contact Ross Yuill: RY@theglasgowlawpractice.co.uk.