EK Ca­ley This­tle pay tribute to Robert

Cash gift to char­ity

East Kilbride News - - SPORTS - Paul Thom­son

East Kil­bride Cale­do­nian This­tle have do­nated £500 to char­ity in mem­ory of their muchloved coach Robert Woot­ton.

Robert passed away at Hairmyres Hos­pi­tal on Septem­ber 20 fol­low­ing a short ill­ness and the club have handed over a cheque to MacMil­lan Can­cer Re­lief, the Woot­ton fam­ily’s cho­sen char­ity.

The 65-year-old, who lived in White­hills, had been with EK Ca­ley This­tle for the last eight years and was highly re­spected both on and off the pitch for his ded­i­ca­tion, hard work and af­fa­ble na­ture.

An elec­tri­cian with Scot­tish and South­ern En­ergy, Robert had been in­volved in boys foot­ball for over 20 years and East Kil­bride Cale­do­nian This­tle Foot­ball Club ex­pressed their deep­est sym­pa­thy to the Woot­ton fam­ily for their loss as they made their do­na­tion.

EK Ca­ley This­tle spokesman Dou­glas Mar­shall told the News: “Robert loved be­ing around peo­ple that en­joyed learn­ing new skills and, as such, went on many SYFA train­ing cour­ses.

“This al­lowed him to coach the team to the very high­est of stan­dards we en­joy to­day.

“He was also a qual­i­fied First Aid for the team and was al­ways on hand help­ing and giv­ing in­valu­able ad­vice dur­ing and af­ter match days.

“The coaches and the team will miss him dearly.

“As a to­ken of how much Robert was re­spected and loved, East Kil­bride Cale­do­nian This­tle foot­ball Club have do­nated £500 to the fam­i­lies’ cho­sen char­ity MacMil­lan Can­cer Re­lief, who guided the fam­ily and aided Robert to­ward the end of his won­der­ful life.

“There was an amaz­ing turnout at his fu­neral from boys clubs across the area, which high­lighted just how much of an im­pact he had.”

In June Robert was thrilled to see Ca­ley’s 2002 team lift the La­nark­shire Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (LFDA) League B ti­tle.

The team won all but one of their league matches and no one was prouder than Robert to see the boys get their hands on the sil­ver­ware.

Proud mo­ment Robert, far right, with the club’s 2002 team when they won the league ti­tle in June

Sadly missed Robert Woot­ton loved work­ing with young foot­ballers

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