“The invitation came out of the blue. My involvement in schools football started in the early eighties at Fenwick Primary school, when they were looking for a coach for their school team. My job in the Post Office allowed free time in the afternoons so I was happy to help. This led to becoming involved in District select football in 1983 and since then I have been team manager assisted by Sam Fulton, who came in a couple of years later. The District team has now been going for many years”
Raymond then moved on to coach his old primary school team at Loanhead, where he experienced many successful seasons and he also helped at a small school in Crookedholm.
“This all gave me great pleasure seeing many boys and laterally girls play at a very high standard. I coached Mark Roberts, present Ayr United manager, and ex Ayr players, John Robertson, Craig Conway, Craig Samson and many others. I have coached youth football over a thirty year period and now I am involved in 7 a-side football and other tournaments as well. The District has changed with the times and several of the Ayr United Football Academy players have represented the now East Ayrshire team, as it was the Kilmarnock and District till 2005. I feel the Academy has benefitted from this”
Raymond didn’t forget to add
“I would like to mention the
support of my wife Margaret. Without her patience and understanding, none of this would have been possible. We are both really looking forward to our day out”.
Head of Youth Development, Davie White had the final say:
“Raymond thoroughly deserves the honour of being invited to the Garden Party. He works tirelessly watching the young local talented players and covers thousands of miles in the process. I know that he will enjoy his strawberries and cream and be back at work as soon as he returns home!”