Bully Wee leg­end dies at 82

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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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