Having been crowned Beveridge Cup champions just three days earlier, Hawick Waverley AFC’s celebrations continued at the club’s 32nd annual end-of-season dinner last Friday night.
The Mansfield House Hotel was hosting the event for the first time, and the 115 diners savoured a mouthwatering meal, after which it was strictly football on the menu.
MC for the evening, Ian Hope, then introduced the first of the night’s speakers, Waverley manager Bruce Hughes, whose speech was well received.
The spotlight then fell on one of two special guests – Craig Brown CBE – the former Scotland manager and current Aberdeen boss, who had the crowd captivated with tales of his time in charge of the national team.
The player presentations are always one of the main features of the night and Ross Wallace, a veteran of 321 Waverley appearances, won his first players’ player of the year award, while committee player of the year went to skipper Taylor Hope, and the top scorer award to Dean McColm with an impressive 33 goals in 33 games.
Kevin Ratcliffe, a former Welsh international who racked up 461 appearances for Everton, was the second guest to take the mic and much of his speech centred on how proud he was to have played for the club he supported as a boy and his joy at pulling on the captain’s armband for Wales.
Comedian Bill Barclay, best known for his alternate 12 days of Christmas song, then brought the night to a side-splitting conclusion with a fantastic routine.
Full report and group photo in the paper.