‘HERE’S a remarkable coincidence,’ announced the Evening Times sport pages of May 26, 70 years ago.

“Inside-right McGrory of St Roch’s, now attracting senior attention, was born and brought up in the same close in Roystonhill as his famous namesake of Celtic, now managing his team over in the USA.”

The coincidence did not stop there, marvelled the newspaper.

“Young Tommy McGrory made his way to junior football via the same channels as James, the goalscoring Celtic maestro of other days, namely St Roch’s School and St Roch’s Boys’ Guild team.

“Will Tommy now go ahead and emulate the senior deeds of the Celtic manager?”

Several teams were sniffing around the young player, including Sheffield United, the report pointed out.

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Elsewhere in the sporting news this week in 1951, the Glasgow University Athletic Club record for the women’s high jump was beaten when D C Walby reached a height of 4ft 11.5 inches. “There was a small attendance,” reported the Evening Times.

Our sports reporter was in Vienna ahead of the Austria v Scotland football game.

“The Scots are anxious to leave a good impression in a country which thinks highly of our play,” he said.

Before the match the Mayor of Vienna received the Scottish players and officials in the town hall to mark the opening of the city’s Festival of Music, Drama and the Arts.

Good impression or not, Scotland was in fact beaten 4-0 by the home team.