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A look back at the Hawick News Archives:

60 YEARS AGO

HOLIDAY RUGBY: Fine play by the forwards and half-backs gave Hawick a fairly easy win over Glasgow High School FP at Mansfield Park on Monday, by three goals and one try. In brilliant sunny weather hundreds in the crowd of about 3,000 stood in their shirt sleeves.

RACING SUCCESS: Mr D. J. Thomson, owner of 'Weensland' which recently won a 500 race at Bogside by four lengths carrying top weight, completed a double at that meeting when his horse 'Coltbridge' won the last race.

40 YEARS AGO

BOUND FOR SWITZERLAND: Miss Esther Cockburn (17), 32 Fraser Avenue, flies from Turnhouse on Sunday on the first leg of a journey to Zurich, Switzerland, where she is to take up a post as a nanny. Esther, formerly a collar binder with Pringle of Scotland, applied for the position through a magazine advert.

LONG SERVICE: Mr William Grieve (65), 6 Orchard Terrace, who has served 42 years with Croall, Bryson & Company, received gifts from his fellow directors and employees on going into semi-retirement on Friday. He will continue to work part-time at their Commercial Road branch.

20 YEARS AGO

CRISIS STRIKES ALBERT FC: The town's senior soccer club, Royal Albert, have been hit by a crisis with a dramatic slump in membership and mass resignations of senior offcials and committee members.

The Albert's popular and long-serving chairman, Paddy Dunne, severed his connection with the club this week, following in the footsteps of team manager, George Kerr, who resigned at the weekend.

The committee should be about 15-strong but it is understood to be reduced to four including vice-chairman Jim Fletcher, who admitted this week to a crisis situation.

Mr Dunne refused to comment on his reasons for leaving the club, while Mr Kerr felt "enough was enough" after recent results and performances.

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