Many happy returns to Hawick’s true blues

Top table guests and officials at Saturday night's Rangers supporters' bash
Top table guests and officials at Saturday night's Rangers supporters' bash

HAWICK Rangers Supporters’ Club welcomed a fantastic treble to their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Their all-star line-up of speakers for the landmark occasion in the Burns Club on Saturday night included ‘The Goalie’, Andy Goram; ex-Premier League referee Jeff Winter and controversial QC Donald Findlay.Throw in the appearance of current youth players Gordon Dick and Adel Gafaiti as well as the splendid sight of silverware in the shape of the SPL trophy and League Cup and it was an event to savour for more than 100 supporters.

After the meal had been served by Brydon’s, Goram kicked proceedings off with a host of stories from his playing days with the Gers and the characters of the time, including Gordon Durie, Brian Laudrup, Ian Durrant and current Rangers manager, Ally McCoist.

He was joined at the top table by Middlesborough-born referee Winter, an ardent Rangers fan, who had the audience in fits of laughter as he recounted tales of his career. And then it was over to that colourful character Findlay – former vice-chairman of Rangers and current chairman of Cowdenbeath. A far cry from his role as one of Scotland’s top lawyers, his succession of one-liners and gags throughout his 40-minute routine, prompted hysterics among the gathering.

Just as their team has continued to improve on the pitch, so too has the Hawick club off it, going from strength to strength since the first meeting in the Linden training club in the Howegate with supporters Henry Spreng (who missed the dinner because of illness), Ian Cummings, Wullie Cummings, Jimmy McDonald, Hughie Colville, George Wilison, John Scott, Campbell Scott, Johnny Wright, Jim Matthews, Bob McCutcheon, Junior Bell, Vic Bell and Davie Hannah away back in 1951.

Speaking on behalf of club president Tam Smith, Michael Hook paid tribute to the many other clubs – including Selkirk, Galashiels and Harthill – for their support over the years.

He said: “We’ve had a lot of good committee men, a lot of good members and we still have that. It’s great to see as many friends of the club; people who have run the club, been involved with the club, are still involved with the club, can’t leave the club and just love the club.”

An auction and raffle were also held on the night.