Fond farewell to cup hero
Cup winner dies at 92
Tributes have been paid to a legend of Clyde FC who was pivotal in bringing the Scottish Cup to Rutherglen. Fans expressed their condolences to the family of Davie Laing after his passing on Saturday. He played over 60 games for the Bully Wee. Among them were the 1955 Scottish Cup final and replay against Celtic when Davie turned in man-of- thematch displays to help the team take the trophy back to Shawfield.
The family of Clyde legend Davie Laing have paid tribute to the man who played a vital role in bringing the Scottish Cup to Rutherglen.
Davie, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 92, was adored by supporters of the Bully Wee during his time at Shawfield from 1954 to 1956 as a ‘skilful wing-half ’.
At a fee of £6,000, Davie was sold from Hearts to Clyde and went on to make more than 60 appearances.
Among those matches was the historic Scottish Cup victory over Celtic in 1955 when he stood firm in the defence as the Bully Wee triumphed 1-0 in a replay.
His daughter, Valerie Dray, was too young to remember her dad in his Clyde days but loved hearing about Davie’s stories as a player.
She said: “It’s the last thing he remembered, he had Alzheimer’s but could remember his football career.
“If you mentioned Clyde he could remember what he did in the cup final against Celtic. It was lovely because people could talk to him about that.
“It was the highlight of his career and he was very proud of that because it was such a big part of his time in football.”
Born in Fife, Davie was brought to Tynecastle by then manager Davie McLean. His debut however, was delayed after he joimed the Navy in 1942. But he returned to play over 250 games for the Edinburgh side.
In September 1954, he was sold to Clyde and was immediately recognised as one of club’s best signings during that time. As a skilful, forward-thinking defender, with passing, tackling and shooting abilities, Davie was also known for his long throw-ins.
And his talents shone through during the Scottish Cup run which saw wins over Albion Rovers, Raith and Falkirk before a semi-final triumph against Aberdeen.
Although Celtic took the lead in the final, Clyde battled back to earn a replay and eventually brought the cup to Rutherglen for the second time after Tommy Ring’s solo goal in the replay.
Match reports at the time named Davie man of the match in both games and described him as “the best buy” Clyde had made in years.
The club’s relegation and some cost-cutting measures saw him leave Shawfield but he will always be remembered as a true legend of the Bully Wee during their time in Rutherglen and went on to be inducted in their Hall of Fame.
Davie, who also tried his hand as a journalist and referee, played for Hibernian, Gillingham, Margate and Canterbury City before retiring – and his daughter was glad to have got the chance to see her dad in action during the latter parts of his career.
Val said: “He travelled the world with his football. Football was his life.
“He had a good life and did everything he wanted to do – a footballer, a journalist, a qualified referee and a physiotherapist.
“The word everyone uses, whether of his playing days or at the care home, was that he was a gentleman.
“As a father he was strict but not overly strict. He was fair and loving and family meant everything to him.”
Davie’s funeral will be in Fife and details will be announced on the Clyde FC website. All are welcome.
Scottish Cup win Davie Laing – hands in the air – celebrates as Clyde score against Celtic
Talent Davie was famed for his long throw-ins and defensive abilities