Football Memories

The final event of this season’s Football Memories programme

The event took place at the Ally McLeod suite in Somerset Park. Ayr United Football Academy’s Football for Life group has been working in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland to provide a range of talks.

As part of the ‘1967 Scotland’s Greatest Football Year’ the final event was the Wembley ’67 match  when Scotland defeated England, the World Cup holders, 3-2.

The activities started by looking at the role of Jim Baxter in the victory including the amazing sequence of ‘keepy – uppies’ which demoralised the ‘auld enemy’. Half time pies were eaten while the audience tried the Wembley ’67 quiz and enjoyed seeing part of John Clark’s amazing autograph collection with signatures and photos of every player in both Scotland and England squads.

Football Memories McCalliog with Chris Johnston

Jim McCalliog with Chris Johnston

In the second half after seeing Pathe News coverage of the game, the guest of honour Jim McCalliog was welcomed and participated in a fascinating Q&A session answering over 20 questions. Jim scored the third and final goal at Wembley and was the youngest player on the park. His insight into the match, his own career and reflections on Scottish Football today was a great highlight.
Jim was generous with his time stopping back for photos and autographs for fans. He also took away two retro strips to be signed by Jim, Bobby Lennox and Denis Law and to be auctioned to raise funds for AUFA and its youth programme.

football memories June 2017

Back l-r Gordon Ferrie and Shaun Ferrie , Front Jim McCalloig and John Clark

Thanks to Jim and his wife Debs, Ayr United Football Academy and all the volunteers and audience members who have made 2016 – 2017 a brilliant season of Football Memories.