It’s a Gray day for new life member Wullie

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.”