EK Caley Thistle pay tribute to Robert
Cash gift to charity
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