Sport

Arthur Drummond Downes

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Hera and Mouchette 1908
1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning yachtsman

Dr Arthur Drummond Downes was born on 23rd February 1883 in Kelvinside, the youngest of five sons of a wealthy Glasgow paper manufacturer.

Arthur was a member of the 1908 Olympic Gold Medal winning team in the 12 metre Class in the Yacht Hera. At the 1908 Summer Olympics four sailing events were contested - London had the honour of holding the first Olympic regatta. Three were held from July 27 to July 29 1908 on the Solent, whilst the 12 metre class contested its races on August 11th to the 12th on the River Clyde.

Malcolm Finlayson

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Malcolm Finlayson
Scotland’s greatest uncapped Keeper

Malcolm Finlayson was born on June 14, 1930 in Alexandria. Malcolm loved football and played for his School and the local boys brigade teams. By the time he was 11 he was playing for under -17 year age teams. At 15 he played three times as a trialist for Dumbarton and three times in Celtic reserves.

Stuart Fraser

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Stuart Fraser Triathlete
Youngest Scot to complete an Ironman Triathlon

Stuart was born at the Queen Mothers Hospital, Glasgow on the 21st August 1986 and until leaving for Stirling University, has lived in Helensburgh all his life. He spent his schooling years at Hermitage Primary School and Hermitage Academy.

Stuart joined Helensburgh Swimming Club where he trained under Bobby McGregor and entered several competitions. But it was the influence of local man and family friend Frank McShane, that convinced Stuart that his natural sporting talents would be best utilised in the gruelling field of the triathlon.

Murdo MacLeod

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Murdo MacLeod
Footballer, Manager, Broadcaster & Businessman

Murdo Davidson MacLeod was born in Milngavie on 24 September 1958.

A long time resident of Helensburgh and a successful businessman, Murdo will always be remembered on the West Coast for his legendary footballing career.

MacLeod made his name with Dumbarton in 1974 before moving to Celtic in 1978. During his nine years there he helped win five league titles, two Scottish Cups and one League Cup. He also has the distinction of scoring the greatest ever Old Firm goal as voted by Celtic supporters in 2000

Angus McCuaig

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Gus McCuaig
A natural born athlete – Only Scot to have represented his country in both track and racquet sports

Angus was born on 7th January 1958, one of four sons to Archie, a local school janitor, and Violet McCuaig of Garelochhead. He attended Garelochhead primary school and later Helensburgh’s Hermitage Academy. Throughout his childhood, Gus (as he is universally known) displayed a real aptitude for sport with football being his main love.