OF all the passengers who arrived at Glasgow Airport that chilly day in late December, 1976, one stood out, and not just because he was wearing a fur coat with such evident élan.

This was Rod Stewart, bound for a series of dates at the city’s Apollo venue.

The book he was carrying, incidentally, reflected his lifelong love of football: it was We’ll Support You Evermore: The Impertinent Saga of Scottish ‘Fitba’, edited by Ian Archer and Trevor Royle.

Stewart had only recently begun his habit of kicking footballs into the audience. His management team had budgeted for 10 balls a night at £1.50 each, but to their mild consternation he sometimes got carried away and kicked no fewer than 30 into the crowd.

As the Evening Times pop writer Russell Kyle noted, the concert opened with a tape of Arthur Montford commentating on Scotland’s 2-1 win over England at Hampden that summer.

It was Stewart’s first tour since his split from his group, The Faces, and his first Glasgow show since 1974.

Stewart was back at the Apollo for two shows in November 1980 (photographed by Jim Galloway). Before the first concert, he admitted to Kyle that he was nervous, but there was no sign of nerves on stage.

During one song, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Stewart disappeared as the band played on, and reappeared in the middle of the stalls, singing.

The stewards had had a quiet night until then, but suddenly they had their hands full in trying to keep him out of the clutches of excited fans.

Russell Kyle even found himself on child-minding duties that night, looking after Stewart’s six-year-old stepson, Ashley, who was watching a Scottish show featuring his dad for the very first time.

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