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Legends Attend 500th Match

Tue, 2nd May 2017 6:40pm

The club's inaugural Legends Lunch, to mark both the 500th match at Broadwood and the 50th anniversary of the last game of the historic season 1966-67, took place on Saturday.

Six former players were in attendance; Keith Knox, Bryn Halliwell and Stephen O'Donnell representing the 'Broadwood 500' and Dick Staite, Graham Macfarlane and John McHugh from the 1966-67 squad.

The guests at the lunch showed their appreciation to these six former players – who between them made almost 1500 appearances for The Bully Wee – and the Main Stand crowd did likewise when they appeared on the pitch at half-time.

Also present as guests of the club were Peter Eadie, Broadwood's General Manager for the first twelve years, and Ann Stoneham, first aid volunteer since the opening match in 1994. Club director, John Taylor presented Ann with a memento to mark her service with St. Andrew's First Aid over the last 23 years and a bouquet of flowers for a special birthday.

Coincidentally, also celebrating the same birthday were Clyde supporters David MacFarlane and Tom Kelly.

Other entertainment at the event included a quiz provided by club historian Gordon Sydney, with questions pertinent to the two anniversaries being marked. Credit to Dougie Dewar and Charlie Lowrie, the only two guests who managed to get all 10 answers correct.

For their part in organising and hosting a very successful event, the club would like to thank Gordon Sydney, David Alexander, Graham Murray, Arthur Murray, Dom Jack and all of the other contributors. Neil Hood's assistance with the raffle was also much appreciated.

Due to a limited capacity, the event was unable to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend, but given its success and the positive feedback received, the club will be considering similar functions in the near future.

Pictured (l to r): Bryan Halliwell, Dick Staite, John McHugh, Graham Macfarlane, Keith Knox and Stephen O'Donnell