50 years on and deja vu for Gordon with BAL treble

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Gordon FC completed a remarkable season by winning the Border Amateur League B division on Saturday.

Their 3-0 win over Biggar made it a treble for the Berwickshire club, the team having already won the Walls Cup and Wright Cup.

But this was not a unique achievement, as their older fans can recall.

For Gordon completed a very similar treble exactly 50 years ago, when they won the Walls Cup, Wright Cup and also clinched their league title.

Alan Patterson, who has been involved with the club for more years than he cares to remember, and who is the current match secretary, says it is a remarkable achievement and he thinks everyone involved deserves recognition.

“And to do it exactly 50 years since the last time was unbelievable,” he said. “It wasn’t the Border Amateur League in those days, it was the Kelso and District League, but the two cups were the same.

“To clinch the league title on the final day of the season was fantastic. Because of all the cup games we played - Gordon also reached the fifth round (last 64) of the Scottish Amateur Cup, the quarter-finals of the South Cup and the final of the Waddell Cup where they lost to Greenlaw - it meant we were always playing catch-up, and there was a feeling we might not do it.

“But to win the title and the treble was a great feeling.”

In 2013-14 Gordon played 41 games in league and cups, scoring 168 goals in total, 100 of which were in the league.

They hit the century mark on Saturday when they beat Biggar 3-0 in their title clincher. Goals by Kevin Utterson, Danny Simpson and player-manager Craig Livingston, who hit the ton.

All the goals were scored in the first half, the first two in the opening 15 minutes, and after that it was just a case of seeing out the game before the celebrations began.

“It’s been quite a season,” admitted Patterson. “No one could have predicted what we would achieve at the start of the year, but the players, who are nearly all local, have been fantastic and they deserve all the credit going.”