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Scotland's longest running fair by a country mile returns this year in mid November. Great bunch of guys selling their stuff in the social cloub and myself in the Talbot Programme and Memorabilia Hut. Entrance free, as usual, and all stall monies go to the Beechwood Park Regeneration Funds.
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One of our regular stallholders from the beginning, George Peters can't make it this year so we have a stall available for this Fair. Contact me in the first instance please.

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3 weeks today.
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Stallholders are as follows:-

Alex Boyd aka Eck of this Forum. He'll have his usual array of Rangers items plus tons of other stuff including European Finals

Stuart Turnbull - he lives just down the road from me and has started selling Rangers badges in the last year and it has taken off phenomenally. He'll have many hundreds with him

Derek Hunter - Hearts specialist but always has good collectable Scottish stock.

Wee Frankie - Third Lanark and Scottish 1950s

Tommy Roe. Scotland was introduced to Tommy last year and nobody's ever forgotten him - or his patter! Will have his usual eclectic mix of memorabilia.

Boyd Miller - very strong on Scottish non league, but also has excellent Scottish Big Match and pre 1970s Scottish League and Cup. Always a good selection of the harder to find books as well.

Me. I'll be in the best Programme and Memorabilia Hut at any ground in Scotland. Huge selection of anything and everything Scottish, with a special emphasis on the non league side. Over 250 Scottish non league in the Scottish Cup proper. Badges, scarves, books and tickets as well.

Pop along and visit the friendliest fair around.
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So how did this go sounded exciting Easy
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As usual I can't help myself, bought some nice stuff, more than I sold.
Thoroughly enjoyable event.
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We had the usual five tables in the social club - some shared by two folk who shared expenses, so it makes it an inexpensive day out for them.

I'm informed we had about 25 to 30 attending, which is about par for the course, despite the extensive online advertising.

I am detached from the main event as I open our Programme Hut inside the ground, and this year was our best ever in terms of takings. We raised over £400 for the Beechwood Regeneration Funds, which is constantly upgrading our ground, and is most definitely one of the very best in our grade as a result. We have now broken through the £13,000 mark in terms of what our hut has sold over the last five years, which is a significant sum of money for a club at our grade. In that time the money raised has contributed to installing toilets for the disabled and ladies toilets inside the ground. Unique at our grade I think. A new covered stand has gone up; a new pie hut built, a purpose built programme hut is attached at one of it; new seats for the main stand were transported up from Bristol City when they replaced theirs; the list goes on but it's why the supporters buy into it big style as they can see what has been achieved over the last few years.

I spoke to collectors on Sunday from Tayport, Dundee, Edinburgh, Larbert, East Kilbride, Glasgow and elsewhere who make their annual trip down. When people are travelling those distances their aim is not to go home without buying, so having attendances around the 25 to 30 mark isn't necessarily a hindrance, although we could always do with more.

As Eck says it's a good day out. We finish at 1pm but the dealers were all still there at 1.30pm and not clearing away. That's an excellent sign, good relationships have been built over the years.
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That’s a shame just the 25 folk , they say the big glasgow programme fair twice a year is the big one these days, think it’s posted here 3rd jan a lot go to this over 100 last time someone even said 200 but as long as you had a good time that’s the main thing,

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As I said though, it's folk who travel down to it, and they spend money. If it was 25 folk just looking round the place we'd be worried, but it's not. Fairs don't need to be big to be successful. I stood at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Fairs and they always attracted good crowds, but they died a natural death when the Scottish dealers got established on ebay and didn't see the point in having them.

After something like a ten year break we held one at Auchinleck to test the water, and we've just had our fifth one, so we're doing something right. Thing is, there wouldn't be a Glasgow Fair without Auchinleck - the guys who had stalls at Glasgow last year were predominantly those who have been us at Auchinleck.

I did one up at Inverness recently, on the same kind of deal we do at Auchinleck - cheap stall rental with the money going to the club concerned ICT. Not a great deal of money changed hands on the day, but I don't think anybody lost anything, and everyone thanked us for having a fair there as they never, ever, get them. It was great to put faces to names I've known for a while.

Very happy with the way things are at Auchinleck.
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You see that makes no sense,

“ Fairs don’t need to be big to be successful “

Yet 25 people have turned up that’s a lot of graft for you all to go to load up cars box work preparation work then your further comments

“ A cheap day at Inverness fair not a lot of money changed hands “

“ But its great to put names to the faces “

obviously whom you chat to online,

So why not just open the hut have a barbecue or take away at home and invite these friends round and you can all chat get to know each other and swap items have a few beers ?

To go on and say that it’s “ The 5th fair “ and then further advertise it on most social medium platforms as

“ Scotland’s longest running fair “

Then to me and others that’s just a bit of embarrassment to the hobby and it no way helps move or forward how can it.

All sounds quite sad if being honest.

But good luck to you





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As I said though, it's folk who travel down to it, and they spend money. If it was 25 folk just looking round the place we'd be worried, but it's not. Fairs don't need to be big to be successful. I stood at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Fairs and they always attracted good crowds, but they died a natural death when the Scottish dealers got established on ebay and didn't see the point in having them.

After something like a ten year break we held one at Auchinleck to test the water, and we've just had our fifth one, so we're doing something right. Thing is, there wouldn't be a Glasgow Fair without Auchinleck - the guys who had stalls at Glasgow last year were predominantly those who have been us at Auchinleck.

I did one up at Inverness recently, on the same kind of deal we do at Auchinleck - cheap stall rental with the money going to the club concerned ICT. Not a great deal of money changed hands on the day, but I don't think anybody lost anything, and everyone thanked us for having a fair there as they never, ever, get them. It was great to put faces to names I've known for a while.

Very happy with the way things are at Auchinleck.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:46 am 
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Buying and selling football memorabilia is a little bit more than making a few pounds, although this is always an extra reward. try standing on an outside market stall I all weathers and you realise it is not just about cash. The social side is very important and I have many good contacts, acquantants and friends, who I have met during the time I have been involved in the hobby. When you get to a more tender age as I have reached it is a focus and an interest. people who deal, and don't rip people off, buyers and sellers, are an important part of the activity. The number of times I have heard,
They are not worth anything......and
They're going in the bin, clutter, clutter....

I have lost count. Newcastle market attracts on a Thursday a few hundred people who pass by on the other side. the few that call like to chat and sometimes buy. I am pleased and satisfied to be part of this activity. take the fairs and market stalls out of the equation and the hobby would be so much poorer. ebay is a poor substitute to actually handling the items, so a day out to include a visit to a fair is great to many folk.
incidentally at the Bury fair, which was very well organised and attended, I combined my love of steam trains with a visit to the East Lancs railway. A cracking weekend.
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Is this your latest reincarnation Raymond? The spiel's exactly the same as before, just the name's different....

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You see that makes no sense,

“ Fairs don’t need to be big to be successful “

Yet 25 people have turned up that’s a lot of graft for you all to go to load up cars box work preparation work then your further comments

“ A cheap day at Inverness fair not a lot of money changed hands “

“ But its great to put names to the faces “

obviously whom you chat to online,

So why not just open the hut have a barbecue or take away at home and invite these friends round and you can all chat get to know each other and swap items have a few beers ?

To go on and say that it’s “ The 5th fair “ and then further advertise it on most social medium platforms as

“ Scotland’s longest running fair “

Then to me and others that’s just a bit of embarrassment to the hobby and it no way helps move or forward how can it.

All sounds quite sad if being honest.

But good luck to you





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As I said though, it's folk who travel down to it, and they spend money. If it was 25 folk just looking round the place we'd be worried, but it's not. Fairs don't need to be big to be successful. I stood at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Fairs and they always attracted good crowds, but they died a natural death when the Scottish dealers got established on ebay and didn't see the point in having them.

After something like a ten year break we held one at Auchinleck to test the water, and we've just had our fifth one, so we're doing something right. Thing is, there wouldn't be a Glasgow Fair without Auchinleck - the guys who had stalls at Glasgow last year were predominantly those who have been us at Auchinleck.

I did one up at Inverness recently, on the same kind of deal we do at Auchinleck - cheap stall rental with the money going to the club concerned ICT. Not a great deal of money changed hands on the day, but I don't think anybody lost anything, and everyone thanked us for having a fair there as they never, ever, get them. It was great to put faces to names I've known for a while.

Very happy with the way things are at Auchinleck.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:56 am 
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That's the way I view it as well. Building up the relationships is probably just as important an aspect of the day as making money. The relationships will hopefully blossom and make everything long term and sustainable.

beaudog wrote:
Buying and selling football memorabilia is a little bit more than making a few pounds, although this is always an extra reward. try standing on an outside market stall I all weathers and you realise it is not just about cash. The social side is very important and I have many good contacts, acquantants and friends, who I have met during the time I have been involved in the hobby. When you get to a more tender age as I have reached it is a focus and an interest. people who deal, and don't rip people off, buyers and sellers, are an important part of the activity. The number of times I have heard,
They are not worth anything......and
They're going in the bin, clutter, clutter....

I have lost count. Newcastle market attracts on a Thursday a few hundred people who pass by on the other side. the few that call like to chat and sometimes buy. I am pleased and satisfied to be part of this activity. take the fairs and market stalls out of the equation and the hobby would be so much poorer. ebay is a poor substitute to actually handling the items, so a day out to include a visit to a fair is great to many folk.
incidentally at the Bury fair, which was very well organised and attended, I combined my love of steam trains with a visit to the East Lancs railway. A cracking weekend.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:21 pm 
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Who’s Raymond my name is Ian

Doesn’t the organiser name the

“Great Glasgow Programme”

After they say Scotland’s longest and most successfully established dealer the very one you say below that “you stood at them “ ( assuming when younger )

“As they always attracted good crowds “ which having myself in the 80’s even the late 70’s been to many in Edinburgh and Glasgow I think even Aberdeen you are correct they where excellent I always looked forward to then got loads of great stuff and learned about collecting,

So to then further say that -

“There wouldn't be a Glasgow Fair without Auchinleck”

Well that is just ludicrous, if it was not for John Lister, Peter Rundo , Glasgow programmes Alan Cunningham , Allan Grieve and great guys like this then there would be no programme fairs at all and actually years on probably no collectors clubs like you have many now on face book even this forum e c t which many are all excellently run that’s the the truth and facts of the matter to the posters comments?

To even say “25 attendance” and the word “ Success “ in the same sentence for a programme fair well that is really sad?

But again the -

“ Great Glasgow Programme Fair ” this Jan 3rd and no doubt again in May 2019 the organiser believed to Douglas Stevenson of [email protected] programmes he is actually the one that each year now brings most to the Scottish scene and given that he has a very good full time shop and a good online catalogue then your further quote of the -

“Scottish dealers got established on ebay and didn't see the point in having them”

Is not quite accurate either,

But again good luck to you and the two “fairs” in Inverness and Auchinleck” hope the grow and further succeed in numbers,





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As I said though, it's folk who travel down to it, and they spend money. If it was 25 folk just looking round the place we'd be worried, but it's not. Fairs don't need to be big to be successful. I stood at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Fairs and they always attracted good crowds, but they died a natural death when the Scottish dealers got established on ebay and didn't see the point in having them.

After something like a ten year break we held one at Auchinleck to test the water, and we've just had our fifth one, so we're doing something right. Thing is, there wouldn't be a Glasgow Fair without Auchinleck - the guys who had stalls at Glasgow last year were predominantly those who have been us at Auchinleck.

I did one up at Inverness recently, on the same kind of deal we do at Auchinleck - cheap stall rental with the money going to the club concerned ICT. Not a great deal of money changed hands on the day, but I don't think anybody lost anything, and everyone thanked us for having a fair there as they never, ever, get them. It was great to put faces to names I've known for a while.

Very happy with the way things are at Auchinleck.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:24 pm 
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Can’t disagree with what you have said below John is it ?

Good luck to you , you are correct 100% about making things substainsble long term can’t disagree,



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That's the way I view it as well. Building up the relationships is probably just as important an aspect of the day as making money. The relationships will hopefully blossom and make everything long term and sustainable.

beaudog wrote:
Buying and selling football memorabilia is a little bit more than making a few pounds, although this is always an extra reward. try standing on an outside market stall I all weathers and you realise it is not just about cash. The social side is very important and I have many good contacts, acquantants and friends, who I have met during the time I have been involved in the hobby. When you get to a more tender age as I have reached it is a focus and an interest. people who deal, and don't rip people off, buyers and sellers, are an important part of the activity. The number of times I have heard,
They are not worth anything......and
They're going in the bin, clutter, clutter....

I have lost count. Newcastle market attracts on a Thursday a few hundred people who pass by on the other side. the few that call like to chat and sometimes buy. I am pleased and satisfied to be part of this activity. take the fairs and market stalls out of the equation and the hobby would be so much poorer. ebay is a poor substitute to actually handling the items, so a day out to include a visit to a fair is great to many folk.
incidentally at the Bury fair, which was very well organised and attended, I combined my love of steam trains with a visit to the East Lancs railway. A cracking weekend.
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Raymond, to avoid any confusion there were no Programme Fairs in Scotland for nearly ten years before I started the Auchinleck one. The guys who agreed to stand at my fair had never done so before because there simply were no fairs, and they then went to help out at the Glasgow Fair. If we hadn't had the Auchinleck Fair five years ago there would still be no fairs in Scotland.

It's only because Douglas saw the fair at Auchinleck being successful, and attracting punters from all over Scotland that Glasgow re-appeared on the scene. It has nothing at all to do with all the older guys you mention. The more fairs the merrier, big and small, can only be a good thing for the hobby?
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Hi John,

T b h there is confusion as Douglas was adamant last time I heard that the reason he re started the Glasgow fair was because Steven of Glasgow programmes whom was having his weekly fairs on match days outside of Celtic and Ibrox Park e c t had to sadly retire from them after many years due to a out of the blew health scare and they now only trade online.

These fairs where getting tens of people in fact hundreds sometimes thousands if you think of the 50,000 average crowds the old firm get each week, so this obviously left a massive space in the market for a fair without this regular meeting place to buy and sell for Scottish collectors to go to on a weekend or even midweek to even buy and chat between themselves as obviously a lot of away fans would visit too depending on whom was playing.

Also word has it that roughly at the very same time Douglas of [email protected] purchased a massive massive outstanding collection of mainly rare Scottish big match and and pre 60’s Kilmarnock home and aways like many many large rare white ones from from a gentleman called Mr Eric Brown they where worth well over £30k, easy.

So Douglas needed a extra out let to help get his money back on them and maje a profit on such a outlet as obviously things had been very slow with the catalogue and the shop up until this point, but since then it’s been busy again.

So in no way can I and probably many others agree that as you quote below #

“If we hadn't had the Auchinleck Fair five years ago there would still be no fairs in Scotland”

As it just a fallaciously not based on much fact as after Stevens sad health scarce which was around 3 years ago this was when Douglas re -started the fairs around a year or so later when as a coincidence he had purchased this massive collection, and yes some whom attended the fair in Ayrshire do the Glasgow one too this is true John.

Your further point about fairs not having anything to do with people mentioned in my previous post is certainly inaccurate too weren’t these the very fairs that got your very self and many of the older collectors you now rely on to keep your Auchinleck fair going and the current Glasgow one too which has been by all accounts and feedback a success because they grew up going to the larger fairs when there was no internet or computer games and things like this so I personal think your living in a bit of a dreamland if you think that the success of the Glasgow fair has anything to do with 25 people meeting up in Auchinleck,

Historically if I am wrong and have been given the wrong information then I stand corrected and apologise.

But yes your fair of course is a good thing and hope that it keeps on growing as is a good thing for the hobby yes .... 100%



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Raymond, to avoid any confusion there were no Programme Fairs in Scotland for nearly ten years before I started the Auchinleck one. The guys who agreed to stand at my fair had never done so before because there simply were no fairs, and they then went to help out at the Glasgow Fair. If we hadn't had the Auchinleck Fair five years ago there would still be no fairs in Scotland.

It's only because Douglas saw the fair at Auchinleck being successful, and attracting punters from all over Scotland that Glasgow re-appeared on the scene. It has nothing at all to do with all the older guys you mention. The more fairs the merrier, big and small, can only be a good thing for the hobby?
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