Part of the Robin Marwick Collection also available online

Cliftonhill600

22 February ~ One man's love of Albion Rovers has produced a stunning collection charting the history of the club. The Robin Marwick Collection, named after the Rovers fan who passed away last year, is an amalgam of photos, newspaper cuttings and match details surrounding the North Lanarkshire side. 

Robin accumulated everything and anything to do with his beloved "Wee Rovers" from the moment he was taken to Cliftonhill Stadium by his uncle. The compilation of memorabilia is on show at Summerlee Museum, Coatbridge, until March 6, having been donated to North Lanarkshire Archives by Robin's widow, Fiona.

Contained in the collection are original prints of players at a "Promotion Party" dance in 1936, images of Jock Stein's time at the club and photos of fans celebrating another promotion in 1989. A fan first and foremost, Robin also worked as a commercial manager, director and chairman at Albion Rovers and, thanks to his obsession with recording all the club's tiny details, was known as its principal historian. 

Further information can be found here and a selection of digitalised images from the collection are available here.

Photo: Cliftonhill, home to Albion Rovers, in 1951. North Lanarkshire Archives/DC Thomson and Co Ltd

Sign up to the WSC Weekly Howl - a small portion of despair and enlightenment delivered to your inbox every Friday