Rare Old Firm recording dating back to 1907 unearthed by stunned collector – Daily Record

A record collector has unearthed a super-rare commentary of an Old Firm match dating back to 1907.

Shane Quentin was stunned to discover the record in a box of discs he bought at an auction for just six pounds.

The 59-year-old, from Carnoustie, has now sent the record to experts to clean up and produce a top notch copy.

At present the sound quality is poor and only a few words can be made out.

Record collector, Shane Quentin.

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The ‘International Zonophone Company’ recording is of comedian, Jock Whiteford, getting excited describing a Rangers v Celtic derby back in 1907 with crowd noises in the background.

It predates any radio coverage from the time which first began later in the century.

Speaking to The Record, Shane told us of his shock at the discovery.

The super rare recording was discovered at a Fife auction.

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He said: “After listening through I found it was a comedian describing an old firm derby, with crowd noises and all.

“I have also found out from an American collector that it is from 1907 and not 1904 as I originally thought.

“It’s still incredibly early of course and this was before radio commentary on matches, it was even before the radio industry was started in 1913.”

There were three Old Firm matches in 1907 with Rangers winning two, including a Glasgow Charity Cup final at Cathkin Park in May, in front of 35,000 spectators.

It is unclear how much the record is worth.

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It is unclear what match the recording relates to or how much it’s worth today.

Shane – who picked up the record at an auction in Auchtermuchty, Fife – is hoping the match details will become clearer once the recording is tidied up.

He added: “I won it for £6 in a box of old 78’s and 7″ singles.

“I was actually bidding for the singles but do have quite an eclectic collection of 78’s too – spoken word, royalty, blues and jazz so when I went through the old shellac disc the football one caught my eye.

“The earliest 78 that I have before I found this one is ‘the sound of a captive nightingale’ released in 1910 on HMV.”

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