Wullie Gray joined the pantheon of Hawick RFC greats on Saturday when he was given life membership of the club he has served so loyally for more than half-a-century.
He received the accolade at Mansfield from club president Rory Bannerman before his beloved Greens thumped Edinburgh Accies in the RBS Premiership.
“It’s certainly not something I expected, but it’s a great honour” said Wullie, who attended the ceremony with his wife Alison.
Wullie, 74, played as a centre and wing for the Greens in the 1960s and coached both Linden and Quins. “Wullie has been the club’s bagman-cum-handyman for as long as anyone can recall,” said Mr Bannerman.
“He is a man of small stature and a big heart. At Mansfield, he is admired by players and supporters alike and has always been available to lend a hand or pass on a word of two of wisdom.
“They don’t make them like Wullie Gray anymore.”