Earlier this year Club Historian David Fasken received an e-mail from his counterpart at Clyde Football Club, Paul Pettigrew (an old friend from far-off student days), alerting him that McTear’s in Glasgow was auctioning two Inverurie Loco. Works F.C. winners’ medals. They had been awarded to goalkeeper Charlie Emslie in season 1931/32.
After “guesting” for the Club against Aberdeen “A” to mark the opening of the new Grandstand at Harlaw Park on Saturday 21st March 1931, Charlie Emslie signed for Locos from Mannofield Athletic.
He played two seasons, 1931/32 and 1932/33, and Locos won the Aberdeen & District Junior League Championship on both occasions; as well as the 1931/32 League Cup, defeating Woodside 2-1 after extra time in the Final. His time at the Club was cut short due to an employment move to Lerwick.
Charlie Emslie played in one of the greatest Locos’ teams which included Norman Law, Willie “Winkie” Young and Henry “Corker” Ross, who were considered by many to be the Club’s three best Junior players; as well as Ernie Gowans, one of only two players to represent Inverurie Locos at Junior International level; and Andy Beattie, the future Preston North End, Scotland Internationalist and first Scotland Team Manager.
Following consultation with Mike Macaulay, Graeme Hay and Billy Thomson, the Club decided to submit on-line bids for the medals and was ultimately successful. David, flanked by Mike and Graeme, display Charlie Emslie’s 1931/32 League Championship and League Cup medals. Both are 9-carat gold, the former weigh
ing 7.2g. and the latter 5.7g. The medals have been mounted on a wooden plinth and are displayed in the Boardroom cabinet.