Following on from similar successful events over the past few years, an excellent night of Clyde-related nostalgia was enjoyed by the 120 guests who attended the Hall of Fame function on Friday.
The entire 1966-67 squad was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame at the event. Dick Staite, John McHugh, Graham Macfarlane, Sammy Reid, Eddie Mulheron, Davie Souter and Tommy McCulloch – who all played their part in that famous season – were in attendance; unfortunately both Harry Hood and Harry Glasgow failed last-minute fitness tests! Alan White (Davie’s son), Maureen, Ian and John Anderson (Stan’s family) and former club physio Tom Craig were also in attendance.
The honour of ‘special guest’ went to Davie Laing, now 89. Davie was considered to be man of the match in both games of the 1955 Scottish Cup Final where The Bully Wee defeated Celtic 1-0 after a 1-1 draw and he was, of course, individually inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Event organiser David Macpherson said:-
“After the initial champagne reception, Dougie Donnelly set the tone for the night with his opening speech and, after an excellent three course meal, Jim Duffy gave his traditional talk on the current state of play with the team.
“Club chairman John Alexander’s short speech announced the Charity of the Night as Parkinson’s UK, on behalf of East Stirling chairman Tony Ford who suffers from this debilitating disease. By the end of the night, over £500 had been raised for this very worthwhile cause and the club would like to thank all attendees for their donations.
“This was followed by the main part of the evening, the 66-67 presentation by Gordon Sydney, where important matches throughout that fabulous season were highlighted, along with many of the players that represented the team during that season.
“Following this there were hilarious and contrasting speeches by Dick Staite, John McHugh, John Anderson (Stan’s grandson), Alan White, Eddie Mulheron and Tom Craig… and we even had a video message from Joe Gilroy in Australia.
“The raffle and auction items were all well received and the night came to an end with Scottie McClue’s unique brand of humour bringing the house and the curtain down on a fantastic and unique evening.”