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 Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: saudi  
Date:   Mon 10 Sep 22:29

Been going to EEP since 1964, and it's always been played. Has anybody any idea why/when it was chosen ?? Part of Pars tradition, and I love it, even when we get pumped !!!
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parathletic  
Date:   Mon 10 Sep 22:32

Always just assumed it was because he was fairly local, been played at Pars games since the 50s apparently.



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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Mon 10 Sep 22:51

Aye, I have always thought it was the Fife connection with Jimmy Shand. Once you get the tune in your head it is very hard to dislodge it.

:)
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parbucks  
Date:   Mon 10 Sep 23:06

White Heather Cub on STV Friday night in late 50’s / early 60’s - a signature tune for Jimmy Shand - Auchtermuchty’s finest.

Pars have played it ever since.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: General Zod  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 05:52

It’s to annoy people into leaving the ground quicker.
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Topic Originator: Murphy  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 06:38

It's just bearable when we've won but very annoying when we've lost.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Boston Red Sox  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 06:58

Why?

Because it’s part of what we are. Some things are gone like the smell of pipe smoke from the old boys at the home end behind the goals, the steps up to the program shed before you walked round to your “bit” and the wee blue disabled cars parked at the top of the Cowdenbeath end. Its part of our history.


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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: auldpar  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 07:02

They should try this version sometimes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCzE6kyN2-M



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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Sliema Par  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 07:28

Those of us who were kids in the 1960s remember "Whistling Rufus" which was played at EVERY match at East End.

I don't know has this myth came about.

A myth is not an effeminate moth.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 11:11

The "Steins Song' was another favourite on the EEP terracing.
Google it!
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Playup_Pompey  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 11:28

dont recall it from the 90s only really since stadium refurbishment.

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: donj  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 11:53

Seem to vaguely remember somebody a long time ago paid to sponsor having it played at end.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: DadPar  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 11:53

I believe that Jimmy Watters, chairman in the 70s, donated a piano to the West Fife hospital with a plaque on it saying 'Play the Bluebell Polka for me'

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Parstu  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 12:17

I noticed they played it after our 3-0 scuffing from ICT the other week. I always thought it was played only after we won. Sounds way better when we win !!!

Pars forever...not just for Christmas!!!
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parbucks  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 13:48

From memory the Stein Song was played before the start of a match. The lyrics were a bit different from the original version.
I think a Director heard it when on holiday in the USA during the Stein era and brought it to EEP.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: kelty_par  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 16:10

They definitely played the Bluebell Polka at East End in the 80s, I remember walking round from the cage to the gates on Halbeath Road with it playing win, lose or draw. They played The Only Way is Up by Yazz a lot in the late 80s and early 90s but usually at the start. I think Into the Valley is quite a modern thing - with a brief interregnum where Paint it Black and Teenage Kicks were played of course.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: londonparsfan  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 16:24

When I moved back to Scotland and started going to Pars games around 93 they were playing simply the best as the teams came out but I really don't remember the Blue bell Polka at the end of the games.

Did it stop for a bit or is my memory terrible?

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: WORST  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 16:26

I'm sure rangers used simply the best?



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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: londonparsfan  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 16:30

They did I think that's why loads of Pars fans didn't like it. Changed to Go West by the Pet Shop Boys after a bit.

I still love it whenever I hear it though as those days were the most exciting for me as a Pars fan. Definitely down to my age rather than anything on the park but I'll always associate it with East End Park on a Saturday afternoon after a crap week at school.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parathletic  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 16:36

Did we ever come out to the Pet Shop Boys-Go West? Seem to remember that getting played when I was younger. The song DA are the number 1 is sung to that tune.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parathletic  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 16:36

Cheers LPF- you answered my question before I could type it :)
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: londonparsfan  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 16:40

If only I could do that with the lottery numbers 😉
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Johan_Cruyff  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 17:00

I certainly remember the Polka being played throughout the 90s

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: londonparsfan  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 17:48

Could very well just be me then!
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: AdamAntsParsStripe  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 18:01

I'm fairly sure simply the best was used by us before the old Rangers got their grubby hands on it.
For the avoidance of doubt , The Bluebell Polka goes way back to the 70's.

I first went in 1978 and it was played then.
It was dropped for several years though between late 80's and early 90's as I remember fondly it being brought back at the end of matches walking along the Halbeath Road .

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parathletic  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 18:12

According to Jimmy Shand's wiki page it has been played at East End since the 50's.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: WheelKing99  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 18:22

If I recall Simply the best was played up until big Norrie died.

Form is temporary, Class is permanent
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Blackandwhiteblood  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 18:26

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parathletic, Tue 11 Sep 18:12

According to Jimmy Shand's wiki page it has been played at East End since the 50's.


That's true. Unfortunately I'm old enough to remember.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Parsweep  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 18:29

Yip . I remember it from late 60's as well

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Boston Red Sox  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 18:40

“Did we ever come out to the Pet Shop Boys-Go West? “

A Freudian slip sir????


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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parathletic  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 18:52

Haha on reflection I could have phrased that better!
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Townsvillepar  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 22:49

I don't get to many games, living so far away. But when I do get there now, I love listening to the Blue Bell Polka, and it reminds me of when I used to go to all the games back in the sixties. I always look over to where my dad used to stand (although the ground has changed and the terracing is not there now) and have a tear in my eye at his memory as a fanatical Pars fan.



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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parbucks  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 22:58

Nothing can beat leaving EEP after a win going down the Halbeath Road to the sound of the Bluebell Polka. A skip in your step and the world seems great!

Fans have had the same experience for over 60 years,
That’s worth another chorus!

Dara dut dut du ...
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Tue 11 Sep 23:38

Never ever change the Bluebell Polka. It will always remind me of a win at home. Walking back to the car with my dad and my boy knowing you had 2 or 3 points in the bag and can read all the reports on the Sunday.

"Some days will stay a 1000 years, some pass like the flash of a spark"
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Sliema Par  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 03:19

I am going off at a tangent a bit,but others have touched on the rousing music we used to have in the moments before a game and which we seem to have lost.

I would like to go back to "Simply The Best","Go West","Into The Valley","The Only Way Is Up","Ride of the Valkyries" and even that rousing Russian piece which used to be played.

Although associated with certain other clubs; some familiar war themes can be exciting too.Anything is better than the B side "Dunfermline" of the "East Enders" record,which is a dirge!

Mind you,they could be playing "The Funeral March" over the SW Stand tannoy and we wouldn't know......
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 03:50

I don't remember which ground it was (might have been Broomfield) but I do remember whistling away while walking off the terraces to that very catchy tune, "I was Kaiser Bill's Batman", back in the day.

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Topic Originator: StuPar82  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 08:39

I seem to remember us coming out to Paint it Black by the Stones for a while, ~1999 / 2000.

Also, agree LPF, if I ever hear Go West I am immediately transported back to the mid 90s and the terraces of EEP.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Bertiesback  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 10:11

I have always loved that tune at the football. The Rovers too used to play it a lot through the 50's and 60's. Nothing better to cheer you up on a cold day while drinking your bovril and downing a hot pie.

That tune IS football for me.

By the way I love the rap version too - brilliant.



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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Ronaldo  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 10:25


OzPar: "I was Kaiser Bill's Batman" was played at Firhill every match, late 60s and early 70s.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parfection  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 10:55

I too love the Bluebell Polka. To me, the tune is inextricably linked to Saturdays at East End Park. A friend of mine once said that it’s heard in a major key when we win and a minor key when we lose - for me, a very wry but astute observation.
Major or minor though, I hope the tune remains a fixture at East End for generations to come.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 11:02

Firhill. Aha! Good one Ronaldo. I'm getting old and my memory is fading fast, but I knew I had heard it somewhere. Now, I am whistling the tune again!

:)
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: WORST  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 11:52

I preferred this version

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ1D_926RHA



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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Angus_W  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 12:22

...back in the day of JC & JN.

I thought the Undertones "Jimmy Jimmy" was a shoe in but never got played.

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: The Roy Barry Fan Club  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 15:05

I am probably a bit biased here because I was the person who paid to bring the Bluebell Polka back in the early 2000s, when leaving the ground. It was simply that it brought back good memories of leaving the ground in the 1960s and 70s with my dad and my uncles.

I don't claim it is great music -- although I like it. I do know that it is important to me, and I think many other folk (although not everyone -- obviously!), because of its associations. No more complex than that.
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Topic Originator: average white par  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 15:28

A few years ago I walked into EEP after an absence of 25 years and they were playing "Back In Black" by ACDC... dunno if they still play that pre-game, but it was certainly a musically poignant moment, I assure you...

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: saudi  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 17:21

RB Fan Club - well done you. Care to elaborate on the general, not financial, circumstance of what happened, and what drove you ?? Clearly, the Polka features in a lot of memories, at least of us more mature chaps !!!!! Part of the Pars fabric. As Sox so aptly put it - "It's part of what we are" . COYP !!!!

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Topic Originator: donj  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 18:05

Was pretty sure I remembered something about somebody paying for it.At least my memory wasn't playing tricks.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: red-star-par  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 19:12

I always enjoy the Bluebell Polka leaving the match. I always thought that in the 80s and 90s we only played it when we won. If we lost it always seemed to be 'The Only Way Is Up'.
The track was Jimmy Shands biggest hit getting into the Top 20, and it was produced by George Martin, who went on to have a fair bit of success himself.
I have a fair bit of respect for Jimmy Shand, he was a miner but got blacklisted from working in the mines due to him playing benefit gigs for striking miners. In the fifties he was releasing a record a month, and was the first person to do proper tours up and down the UK, laying down the blueprint for the rock bands of the 60s
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Topic Originator: AdamAntsParsStripe  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 20:06

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red-star-par, Wed 12 Sep 19:12

I always enjoy the Bluebell Polka leaving the match. I always thought that in the 80s and 90s we only played it when we won. If we lost it always seemed to be 'The Only Way Is Up'.
The track was Jimmy Shands biggest hit getting into the Top 20, and it was produced by George Martin, who went on to have a fair bit of success himself.
I have a fair bit of respect for Jimmy Shand, he was a miner but got blacklisted from working in the mines due to him playing benefit gigs for striking miners. In the fifties he was releasing a record a month, and was the first person to do proper tours up and down the UK, laying down the blueprint for the rock bands of the 60s


Wow! I didn't realise George Martin was involved. Great info mate.

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: parbucks  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 20:15

What seems apparent is that despite different pop tunes of the day being played over the decades there is only one tune that defines us as “the Pars”:

The Bluebell Polka.

It’s clear it has abiding memories for many of us.

That is our legacy and Jimmy Shand’s to future young Pars!
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Topic Originator: AdamAntsParsStripe  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 20:37

I'll be honest, the tune wasn't always a happy memory especially in the very early 80's trudging out of East End on a cold wet Wednesday evening having lost to a Montrose or East Stirling when we were truly mince but on the flip side , it was brilliant when we had a great victory and you could literally feel the fans bouncing to every chord on the way out.

If you only turn up to moan then do it elsewhere
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Topic Originator: Sierra Nevada  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 21:30

The only way is up was played pre-match in the late 80's. Not at the end.
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Topic Originator: JimMcDAFC  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 21:34

Also remember when Leish took charge he started to have a pipe band playing before Match and at half time There was a great atmosphere and excitement about the place when we started our revival up the leagues,never reached that level of continuous expectation since, for me anyway - those were very good times.
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Topic Originator: rossmcno1  
Date:   Wed 12 Sep 22:44

Roy Barry Fan club... how much did you pay to bring it back? Only so I know how much to pay to get rid of it ;-)

Just kidding. it's not my favourite tune of all time, but as others have said, when leaving after a win, all good. However for me, leaving after a defeat it is the most irritating cacophony of tiresome lilts and repetition known to man. And reminds me of my younger years leaving east end in the late 80's early 90's following a pumping from Aberdeen or someone miserably trudging home in the rain.

But each to their own :)



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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: mach1  
Date:   Thu 13 Sep 07:57

To me it's a bouncy cheery wee tune which is fine after a good result, but also is optimistic for the next game after a defeat.
Better than a funeral March.

Since it has a connection to one of Fife's most famous sons, makes it quite appropriate too.

I think for most older fans, it generates thoughts of good times.
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Topic Originator: WORST  
Date:   Thu 13 Sep 08:46

If a change was ever considered I'd go for this.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9q0JP3tcoHQ

ETA- I mean as a replacement for into the valley, not the BBP.





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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Thu 13 Sep 09:02

"For the avoidance of doubt , The Bluebell Polka goes way back to the 70's."

Not so - I clearly mind being in the then new stand not long after it was opened in the early 1960s and BB was played then - and as others have said it likely goes back to the previous decade.
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Topic Originator: ParsYob  
Date:   Thu 13 Sep 10:00

I'd hate to see Into the Valley dropped. Thought it was mince that year we used Paint it Black. Good song but not ours.

Stuart Adamson was a proper Pars man so it's good that we play one of his songs for coming out.

Quite unique as well. Not sure if Charlton still use it as well mind you...
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Topic Originator: mach1  
Date:   Thu 13 Sep 10:15

Into the Valley - a good rousing song to come onto the park with.
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Topic Originator: The Roy Barry Fan Club  
Date:   Thu 13 Sep 17:32

When I retired, one of my business partners (an accordion player and lifetime Falkirk fan) learnt the Bluebell Polka for me, and played it at the retirement party.

For me, it is about good people and good times. Win. lose or draw.

Jimmy Shand's Bluebell Polka was No 20 in the charts in 1955, and was certainly being played in the 60's. I have a distinct memory of it the night we beat Raith Rovers 6-1 as the snow began to fall (and Bert Paton beat twenty or thirty flagging Rovers players before side footing the ball into the net).
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: saudi  
Date:   Thu 13 Sep 18:12

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/jimmy-shand-1-465033

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Helmsdale Par  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 00:35

Remember taking a mate up from London when I was at college there, must have been 1973/74 or there abouts and he thought the Bluebell Polka was great, infact
can't remember the game but remember him dancing out of the ground.

Into the Valley has to be one of the best opening songs to a match, it got mentioned in a national poll somewhere, better than that chicken song they ran out to in the 80's, fortunately it didnt last even a season, frigging embarrassing that was.

Thought Jimmy Shane was from East Wemyss!
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Topic Originator: Helmsdale Par  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 00:37

Typo Shand
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Topic Originator: mach1  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 00:44

Apparently he was born in East Wemyss, but spent most of his life in Auchtermuchty, where a statue was erected in his memory.
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Topic Originator: auldpar  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 08:05

Jimmy had a really dry sense of humour. There's a famous story about him and the band staying at a bed and breakfast somewhere in Scotland. He asked the landlady for some honey at breakfast and she brought one of these tiny individual jars of honey. 'I see, Mrs Smith, that you're keeping a bee' said Jimmy!
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Topic Originator: Bertiesback  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 09:35

"I have a distinct memory of it the night we beat Raith Rovers 6-1 as the snow began to fall (and Bert Paton beat twenty or thirty flagging Rovers players before side footing the ball into the net)."

I was at that game and half the Rovers team, including the goalie had to pay to get back into the ground as I remember. :)
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Topic Originator: The Roy Barry Fan Club  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 11:05

Yup Bertie. That's the way I remember it too!
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Topic Originator: Townsvillepar  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 12:05

The best individual goal I ever saw. Bertie Paton with white sand shoes because the ground was so hard, waltzing around player after player. Sadly there were no cameras there. I had the great pleasure to talk to the man himself when I was at the Falkirk game at East End. He smiled and said that he remembered the goal.
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Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 13:43

The Rovers game was 6-0, afternoon kick off, New Years Day 1968 - Berti Paton and Shug Robertson each scored a hat trick.

Bert’s memorable goal was pure gold.

On the music thing - another tune regularly played at EEP in the 60s was “ From A Jack To a King” - became monotonous.
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Topic Originator: Bertiesback  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 17:23

The bit I liked best was when he only had the goalie to beat he actually rounded him took the ball along the line (with the goalie following him) and then out again to beat a few more defenders - there were only a couple who were not already on their backsides :)

The great thing was, he still scored. Many players go on mazy runs but the end product eludes them. Bert scored - but only when he saw it was getting dark. :)

Probably the best goal scored in first class football EVER! I have been watching football for 65 years now and I know I have never seen a better one.

The club should give Bert a watch/momento with "the goal" inscribed on it. There should be something at the club too to keep the memory of that wonder goal alive for when people like myself have passed on.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: Blackandwhiteblood  
Date:   Fri 14 Sep 18:45

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Bertiesback, Fri 14 Sep 17:23

The bit I liked best was when he only had the goalie to beat he actually rounded him took the ball along the line (with the goalie following him) and then out again to beat a few more defenders - there were only a couple who were not already on their backsides :)

The great thing was, he still scored. Many players go on mazy runs but the end product eludes them. Bert scored - but only when he saw it was getting dark. :)

Probably the best goal scored in first class football EVER! I have been watching football for 65 years now and I know I have never seen a better one.

The club should give Bert a watch/momento with "the goal" inscribed on it. There should be something at the club too to keep the memory of that wonder goal alive for when people like myself have passed on.


Real shame there was no footage of it. Brilliant goal. Bert was a very underrated player.
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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Sat 15 Sep 00:05

Bertie’s final goal v Raith Rovers was, actually, captured on the BBC. It appeared on Sportscene that night as part of their butchered highlights, but was there in all its glory, so I saw the goal twice. I had come home, breathless, to tell my father about it, but he pooh-poohed my description until he saw it for himself. He murmured some admiration after seeing it on TV, but like many Pars fans of his vintage he saw Paton as second hand goods.
I have given my version many times on here, and it is probably as inaccurate as the rest. The sleet was coming down in stair rods at the time so it was actually quite difficult to see the far side of the park and I feared the game might be called off. Bert was not wearing sand shoes on a hard surface- that was Charlie Dickson a few years previous. Bert did, for sure, walk round the keeper twice, taunting him in the style of Jim Baxter. That much I will swear to. There were also Raith players sliding back to protect the goal line who Bert took contemptuously out of the equation. He was having a bit of fun and indulging himself since the score was 5-0 at the time but it was still, I agree with others, the greatest goal I have ever witnessed. The noise when he ran back to the centre spot was deafening, for we all realised we had seen something that would never happen again in our lifetime. Usually, when a goal is scored, the volume of nose tapers off afterwards, but this one was different. There was actually a crescendo of noise after it was scored, as the crowd savoured the moment, something I have never experienced since.
To keep on topic, belatedly, it would surely be something if we could retrieve the BBC archive of Bert’s legendary goal and set it to the music of the Bluebell Polka

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 Re: Bluebell Polka at the final whistle - why ??
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Sat 15 Sep 01:30

Talking of archives, I would dearly love to see Pat Gardner's goal against West Brom at The Hawthorns. I remember it being shown on a highlights package the night of the game, but that was the last time I saw it.
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