22 August 1908

23Aug08

Footballers in the past found many novel ways of supplementing their income. Here’s how Kilmarnock winger Bobby Templeton made himself £10 (around two week’s wages) a century ago (report from the Daily Record):

“At the close of the Kilmarnock-Celtic match at Parkhead, R. Templeton hurriedly returned to Kilmarnock, and appeared in a new role in Bostock & Wombwell’s menagerie.

In the presence of a crowded house the left-winger, for a £10 wager, colly entered the cage of a lion.

He patted the lion and calmly turned the animal’s tail amid the plaudits of the crowd.

Messrs Bostock & Wombwell presented Templeton with a gold medal for his courage.”

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