The History of Third Lanark by Bert Bell

As well as the history of the club Bert Bell will recall the great players in scarlet, in particular his own favourite the legendary Jimmy Mason.

Bert saw his first game in 1936 and has a wealth of knowledge of the HiHi.

The talk will take place at 7.15pm at the new look Queens Park Social Club at lesser Hampden and if you have not had a chance to see it, your in for a treat.

For 3rd Lanark Supporters Club members entry is £2

For non supporters members entry is £5

Hope to see many of you there and thank you all again for your support.

Bert Bell 25th April


With Sky TV Sports Presenter Jim White, in excellent form, controlling the football evening, ably supported by former SPL referee, John Rowbottom lifting the spirits with a hilarious contribution, it was all systems go for a night to remember.

Dave Hilley, Alan McKay, & Mike Jackson, presented several appropriate Tales of yesteryear, happily received by all, with the proverbial tear in some eyes on reflection.

Of course the whole proceedings had begun with a quite superb dinner to bolster all.

Bert found his highlights of yesteryear, along with an appreciation to Wattie Dick, a legend of the fifties, on DVD, was warmly welcomed

A remarkable response to the Auction of several items of football Memorabilia, along with a Prize Draw, produced much evidence that fans of all ages remain STEEPED in RED, & most willing to support the efforts of the dedicated TLAC Committee, admirably led by Matt Curry, & Pat McGeady.   Their objective is to ultimately have a Third Lanark side running out regularly to play on (and it can be done) the green green grass of CATHKIN PARK.  Yes it may be a dream - but what else is left to those S T I L L  S E E I N G  R E D.

Come on the Hi Hi Hi's

Bert Bell.

Contact MATT & PAT at

New Video

We've uploaded some footage, around 30mins long, of Thirds V Celtic in 1962 & 1964.  

Dinner in Glasgow

Tickets are selling fast for the 3rd Lanark Supporters Club fundraiser Coming Home.  The event will be presented by top football presenter Jim White of SKY football and former presenter of Scotsport in what promises to be a fantastic evening of entertainment and of course a 5 star dinner.

The following Third Lanark legends have confirmed attendance

Stuart Mitchell, Peter Dallas, Matt Gray, Drew Busby, Owen Cosker, Findlay McGillivray, Tony Connell, Dave Hilley, Ian Hilley, Mike Jackson, Evan Williams, Paddy Buckley, Hugh Mclaughlin, George Fyfe, Joe Davis  and John Mccormick.

There are also some fantastic prizes that are available on the night.This looks to be a wonderful evening with some very special guest speakers and great food.  

All proceeds go to help run and forward the new Third Lanark and so is a good cause.  Contact details on the poster below.

Hi Hi Homecoming Dinner

Older News below

November 2012

Tickets are only £5 and can be bought in advance by phoning Pat McGeady on 0141 427 9317 or Matthew Curry on 0141 632 3821.

Or if you prefer you can send a £5 cheque or postal order made payable to 3rd Lanark Supporters Club with a self stamp addressed envelope. 

April 2012

3rd Lanark Supporters Club invites you to a Fundraising Gala Night on Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm at Wellcroft Bowling Club, Queens Drive, Queens Park.

Tickets are priced at £20 (including a buffet meal) and are now available from Matt Curry , 26 Fintry Drive, Kings Park, G44 4NL, telephone 0141 632 3821 or from Pat McGeady, 4 Arran Drive G52 1JR, telephone 0141 427 9317.

The following former Hi Hi players have confirmed their attendance and will be happy to join fans of the club in an evening of sheer nostalgia:

  • Evan Williams
  • Dave Hilley
  • Ian Hilley
  • Drew Busby
  • Findlay McGillivray
  • Tony Connell
  • Matt Gray
  • Mike Jackson
  • George Fyfe
  • Joe Davis
  • Hugh McLaughlin
  • Peter Dallas
  • John McCormack
  • Alistair Miller
  • Doug Baillie
  • George McCallum

Take my word for it ‘this squad in their prime would be an excellent bet for European action’.

In addition the well known football writer and commentator, Archie McPherson, will be a guest speaker and the program will be under the control of MC Pat Rolink.  Other participants will include club historian Bert Bell, author of ‘Still Seeing Red’ who will display a pictorial history of Thirds.  Bob Laird, fellow Thirds historian will also be presenting his ‘Thirds in Action’ video show.

We anticipate a big demand for tickets and you are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Exactly 45 years ago, on 28/4/67 myself and my dad walked out of Boghead Park, Dumbarton having just witnessed Thirds’ last ever game in Scottish Football and despite the 5-1 slaughter by the Sons’ we had no reason to think it was the end of our club.  Sadly in late June that year Thirds were forced straight into liquidation and the cries of Hi Hi Hi were lost to scottish football.  The present TLAC supporters association are trying so hard, not just to keep the name alive, but to ultimately field a Third Lanark side worthy of a place in the Scottish Football League.

So come along, enjoy and evening of Cathkin memories knowing that your presence will greatly assist in the achievement of the ultimate objective.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Bert Bell

© Alan Bell 2012