Bully Wee legend dies at 82
Clyde FC were again saddened to hear of the death of another club legend after hero Joe Walters passed away this week – aged 82.
Joe wrote his name into Bully Wee history when he took his customary position at right-half in the 1958 Scottish Cup final against Hibernian.
The match was won courtesy of a single Johnny Coyle goal and was enough to bring the cup back to Rutherglen.
Joe made his debut for Clyde in February 1956 and by his last game in March 1962, he had amassed just over 230 appearances for The Bully Wee.
The news of his death comes less than a week after fellow club legend Davie Laing died aged 92.
Joe’s daughters Aileen and Jan paid tribute to their dad and remembered his love for Clyde, his family and sports.
Aileen said: “He loved his time at Clyde. He talked about his team-mates with great respect and affection. He spoke of Harry Haddock and Tommy McCulloch as being very supportive and helping him when he first joined the team – they took him under their wing.
“He was very proud of
days at Clyde but he didn’t boast about his achievements – he always said that he was part of a winning team.”
Jan said: “He had his medal from the cup final and we’ve seen pictures of him playing football but we didn’t get the chance to see him play.
“He wasn’t really one for telling you about what he did but we were proud of dad whether he was a footballer or a father.
“It’s only recently that we’ve learnt a bit more about his career.
“He was very caring and always did everything for his girls. His wife and his girls meant everything to him.”
The classy right-back or right-half featured in many Clyde matches over a sevenyear period.
Joe made his Clyde debut against Celtic in February 1956 and the following season he claimed a Division B winners’ medal.
Back in Division One, Joe and Clyde enjoyed a tremendous season – a fourth-place finish in the league, League Cup semifinalists, Glasgow Charity Cup winners and the famous Scottish Cup triumph over Hibs.
Joe, who was husband of Myra and is survived by his daughters and grandchildren Ryan, Mark and Megan, was also capped once for Scotland.
Aileen added: “Jan and I were privileged to have Joe as a dad. He was a very loving husband, dad, and grampa and we loved him dearly.
“He was always great fun. We have memories of him dancing to Top of the Pops on a Thursday night and dressing up with the kids.
“He loved to dance and he met mum at the Barrowlands in 1961. He used to say that mum was a dancer and he was a chancer.
“The overwhelming feeling we get from everyone who knew him that he was a real gentleman and very caring.
“He spent his last three and a half years in Whitecraigs Care Home as he had Alzheimer’s and the carers just loved his cheeky charm and they will miss him too.”
Joe’s funeral will take place on Friday, July 28, at 12.30pm in Craigton Crematorium, Berryknowes Road, Glasgow.
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