While looking through old documents, it is almost inevitable that the reader's attention will be drawn from the intended target to other articles. The reports below were found in old Ardrossan and Saltcoats Heralds. Although they have no football content, they may be of interest.

The handsome silver cup, presented to the Corps by the ladies of Ardrossan, was competed for at the heavy guns on Saturday last (17 September 1870).
  There was a large muster and the practice was considered very fair.  The target, everyone complained of, was ridiculously small and an effort should be made have it replaced with something more easily discernible at a distance of 1400 or 1500 yards.  It is about one twelfth the size of the target fired at the carbines at 100, 200 and 300 yards distance.  On the scores being made up, it was found that the winning shot had been fired by Bombardier James Steele who will become its custodier from the evening of the annual ball which takes place in March till the date of the next competition.  It was won last year by Caldwell Anderson.  It has been arranged that a detachment of ten men go to Kilmarnock on Saturday, today, to engage in a return match at Carbine practice with an equal number belonging to the Kilmarnock Corps.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 September 1870

Sanger’s Circus visited Ardrossan on Wednesday (21 September 1870).  The same company was in Largs on Tuesday and our Irvine correspondent writes that great disappointment was felt at their not appearing on Wednesday and on the day following, passing through the town without giving a performance as advertised.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 September 1870

A splendid new steamer named the South-Western, has this week been placed on the station between Ardrossan and Belfast, the vessel formerly plying having been found too small for the carrying on of the traffic between these ports.  She was built by Messrs Blackwood and Gordon of Port Glasgow and is registered to accommodate in summer, 64 passengers in the fore and 221 in the after cabin and in winter, 64 in the fore cabin and 137 in the after.  The fore cabin is panelled with maple which has taken on a brilliant polish and is sumptuously upholstered.  She has considerably more room for cargo, can stable 42 horses, has large spaces fitted up for pigs and, in addition, can accommodate two to three hundred cattle.  Mr William Kinnear, who has long ably commanded on of the Ardrossan and Belfast steamers, is master.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 September 1870

The ship, Glencairn, Captain Droon, bound from Liverpool to Quebec, went ashore on Friday week (10 September 1870), in Castletown Bay, Isle of Man,  She is upward of nine hundred tons burthern and belongs to this port.  She was laden with coals and it is thought will become a complete wreck.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 September 1870

Last week, we reported Thursday’s running.  On Friday (17 September 1870), the meet was at Craigspark but hares were very scarce and arrangements were made to meet on the day following at Rowallan, the property of the Countess of Loudon from whom the Earl of Eglinton rents the shootings.  Saturday morning was most unpromising but fortunately at midday, the heavily-charge clouds lifted and, the sun coming through, a splendid day and a good stock of hares, this protracted meeting was brought to a close by evening.  Glenavon, the favourite among the puppies, was the first called to slips but a brace of hares getting up the dogs, took separate ones and Glenavon being severely run, was drawn.  Mr Borron was lucky enough to divide both stakes and, in each case, takes the plate attached.  His young dog, Beau Couer, is a very promising puppy, showing both pace and working qualities of a very high order but perhaps the best youngster that ran was Sixty Nine who fell after making first turn and was just beaten in a short scrambling trial with Seafield.  In the all-aged stake, it was rather remarkable that the two left in were the Waterloo representative of their respective owners, Messrs Borron and Hawthorn, at the late meeting held over the plains of Altcar.  Both are fair greyhounds and an interesting course might have been expected had it been run off but both had had enough and as Mr Borron was agreeable to pay a little extra for the collar, Captain Hawthorn’s representative was very properly agreed to a division.  Mr Boulton, as judge, and Mr Wilson, as Slipper, very creditably performed their respective duties.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 September 1870