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Clyde FC Football Memories

Wed, 30th May 2018 7:22pm

Clyde FC and the Clyde FC Community Foundation are delighted to be joining forces to deliver a new programme entitled Football Memories for local elderly people, Clyde FC supporters and people with dementia.

An open day, to kick off the programme, will be held on Wednesday 20th June, 1.30 to 3pm in the Arria Lounge at Broadwood Stadium. Clyde FC Football Memories will then meet on a monthly basis. The Football Memories project is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum and is delivered around the country for people with dementia who have an interest in football, talking about teams and matches from the past and working with images and tangible memorabilia to stimulate memories.

If you want to join the team on 20th June then please register your place by contacting Tom Elliott on 01236 263309 or at [email protected].

Michael White from Alzheimer Scotland visited the club recently to train club volunteers, including Club Historian Gordon Sydney. 

Gordon said: "Clyde FC has a rich history, and whilst I really enjoy hearing the stories about the former players and matches involving the Bully Wee, fans of all clubs are welcome to come along and contribute memories and stories about their team."

From July, monthly sessions will be delivered at Broadwood and will last around 90 minutes with tea/coffee, pies and Bovril being made available at half-time. The sessions will include old pictures and memorabilia to help recall the players, goals and incidents from the past.

Tom Elliott, Community Development Manager said: "We are reaching out to all areas and ages of the community and I’m really looking forward to hearing some fascinating stories. Of course, as with all football, there will be great debates, banter and good humour."

Some famous names have supported the football memories programme including; Sir Alex Ferguson, Craig Brown, Willie Miller, Peter Cormack, Rose Reilly and Fraser Wishart. 

Clyde legend, Dick Staite (pictured above with Tom Elliott) visited Broadwood to hear more about the Football Memories launch and was happy help promote the upcoming Clyde event. He said: "I’m pleased to support this worthy programme and encourage the community to come along to the launch. The Harry Beaton memory box that’s been put together is wonderful, not only for a Clyde fan but for any football fan."

Craig Brown, Football Memories ambassador, added: "I’m delighted to lend my support to the excellent work being carried across Scotland by the Football Memories project. Dementia affects many people across all of society, which is reflected in football including many dear friends, teammates and greatly respected opponents who are either suffering from it or having succumbed to it."

To register for the Clyde open day, contact Tom Elliott on 01236 263309 or at [email protected].