Sport

In our archives we have photographs and information on a wide variety of community sports, including: quoiting, cricket, golf, handball, bowling, tennis, football, and curling.

One local sporting claim to fame is that the man who introduced football to Brazil came from Busby.  Thomas Donohue, a dye worker in Busby, travelled to Brazil to work in a factory in Bangu, near Rio de Janeiro, in 1893.  Donohue was a veteran of several local Busby football teams, and seems to have gathered Brazilian workers together to play five-a-sides in the spring of 1894.  Research into Donohue's place in football history was carried out by Richard McBrearty, the curator at the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, Glasgow.  He was helped by local Busby historian, John McVicar.

Barrhead Quoiting Club

Quoiting was very popular in the late 19th century and up to the 1920s, but declined in the second half of the 20th century. Players threw rings, usually made of iron, at a stake called a "nab".  Barrhead Quoiting Club is mentioned in the Barrhead News in the early years of the century, and some of the club's equipment is held in East Renfrewshire's archives.