It was a day of celebration. The players from the North British Rubber Company (NBRC) in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge had been pitched against their rivals from Ramage & Ferguson shipbuilders at no less a ground than Tynecastle Park, home of Heart of Midlothian football club.
But it was also a day of tragedy. This was July 1916 and in the far-away Somme, the very men whom NBRC had been supplying with wellington boots were suffering catastrophic losses. [READ MORE]