Football Memories – Goalkeepers
‘Keep the Head, try to keep the ba’ out, but always Keep the Faith…
On Thursday 16th, November our AUFA Football Memories Volunteer Team delivered another great presentation, this time themed “Scottish Goalkeepers Past and Present”, in the Ally McLeod Suite at Somerset Park to an audience which included a selection of residents from various local South Ayrshire care homes as well as members of our other community groups and organisations.
The Volunteer Team presenting these events consists of Eric Belton, Gordon Ferrie and Jim Kirk, with Technical support from Nicholas Provan of AUFA and organisational support from Shaun Ferrie of AUFA and the Football for Life Group, which is part of the AUFA in the Community development program. We cannot however forget Stuart Galloway, youth goalkeeping coach and fixtures organiser with the Academy, who was co-opted for this event.
The entertaining program was introduced by Eric Belton, who welcomed all present, with a particular welcome offered to our special Guest Peter McCloy, former Motherwell, Rangers and Scotland Goalkeeper and his fellow “Keepers” Campbell Money and John Taylor.
Peter, born in Girvan and nicknamed “The Girvan Lighthouse”, is still Rangers’ longest serving Goalkeeper and was part of the team which won Rangers only European Trophy, the 1972 EUFA Cup Winners Cup. He has 4 Scottish International caps and made over 640 appearances during his successful career.
Campbell played 336 league games for St Mirren over a 15-year period from 1981 to 1996 with one Scotland B cap and John played over 300 games for Queen’s Park, Dumbarton and Stranraer.
The event started with a bang with Jim (Tiberius) and Stuart making their appearance from the back of the hospitality suite to “Scotland the Brave”, bouncing a ball between them which they dropped several times. Someone did say that this was the norm for Stuart.
Stuart undertook the Interview with our main guest Peter McCloy and his relaxed style put him at ease right away and the conversation flowed with Peter giving the audience an entertaining insight into his background and highlights of his career. One of the main highlights was of course the Cup Winners Cup triumph in 1972 (a short video was played to illustrate Peter’s major contribution to their vital 3rd goal) and he treasures that winners medal. However, he did reveal that he has fond memories of the 1970-1971 Scottish League Cup Final in which a young 16-year-old Derek Johnson scored the only goal of the game to secure Rangers first trophy for almost 5 years.
Stuart opened the interview up to a Q & A session and brought in Campbell and John who dovetailed beautifully with Peter and provide a completely absorbing and entertaining conversation and full interaction with the audience.
Half-time was then called and our famed Pie and Cake buffet was opened up thanks to Ian and his staff, however we could not let anyone lie back and do nothing as the “Goalies Quiz”, prepared by Tiberius, was circulated and completed with some brain twisting moments.
The second half was picked up to a great song “Hamish the Goalie” by the late Michael Marra and Gordon put everyone out of their misery, providing the answers to the Quiz, supported by Nicholas who displayed them on the big screen.
Stuart and Tiberius then commenced the second part of the presentation with the Power Point, “Goalkeepers – Keep the Heid, Try to Keep the Ba’ oot, but always Keep the Faith, accompanied by a narrative which included the background details of autographed pictures from John Clark’s extensive collection.
Stuart and Tiberius then moved the Presentation onto a tribute to a selection of Famous Scottish Goalkeepers,
The late great John Thomson of Celtic, who died in a tragic accident at Ibrox on 5th September 1931;
Bobby Brown, former Rangers and Scotland Goalkeeper as well as being Team Manager for Scotland in that historic Wembley win of 1967 and the Oldest Scottish International player still with us;
The incomparable Frank Haffey who was in goals during the disastrous defeat by England at Wembley in 1961. Frank should not be remembered just for that, as he did make 201 appearances for Celtic with 61 clean sheets, not a bad record, he moved to Swindon, then Australia where he made a name for himself as a Comedian, Singer and Actor, after his retiral from football;
Then finally Hamish McAlpine, Dundee United Goalkeeper the subject of that song by Michael Marra, a real character of the game and a penalty taking Keeper who drove his manager Jim McLean crazy with his sweeper like antics.
The presentation finished with a Montage of Goalkeepers (including ex Ayr United Players) up on the screen for the Audience to name and discuss.
Eric then drew things to a final close with a vote of thanks for our Guests, to everyone concerned in bringing the event together and special thanks to Ayr United for making the hospitality suite available and to Ian and his team for setting out the great buffet.