Don't be too bogged down with the selling of drink.....The Willowford Club, was a licensed club, with membership cards and all that goes with it.
The biggest asset during the years it was open, was simple..........it was one of only a very few locations within the Southside, that allowed a couple to enjoy a social night out, without having to take out a 'Provi Loan'.
In the immediate locality, there were the usual pubs, but you really had to travel to Barrhead for any similar facilities, and with the exception of the local Bowling Club.......meant that many, many couples could not afford to go into the City Centre for a night out.
The Willowford Club was therefore a jewel within the community, and offered good night's out without breaking the bank.
Father Burns was the cornerstone of the Club, and kept order throughout, and it was due to pressure from the Glasgow Archdiocese, that forced this licensed facility to close....and it was sorely missed because at the same time, the area in general became much more threatening, so many couples lost a valuable asset, and night's out became more difficult.
The local community never fully recovered the loss of such a social facility, and the local pubs held the occasional night to capitalize on the lack of social nights......but by this time the 'gangster image' had blossomed and the area became much 'too hard' and most couples never really got a social replacement.