Cup thrill for fan Cathy

Foot­ball Mem­o­ries Group wel­comes top tro­phies to Ruther­glen Li­brary

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Foot­ball fan Cathy Con­nelly got her hands on the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup just days be­fore her 95th birth­day.

A mem­ber of the Foot­ball Mem­o­ries Group, Cathy re­ceived an early birth­day present when the Ju­nior Cup and the se­nior Scot­tish Cup were brought to Ruther­glen Li­brary.

The visit marked the suc­cess of the group which brings to­gether peo­ple with de­men­tia through a shared love of the beau­ti­ful game.

Foot­ball fans got a treat re­cently when two of the Scot­tish game’s most pres­ti­gious tro­phies paid a visit.

The Scot­tish Cup and The Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup were on dis­play in Ruther­glen Li­brary for the meet­ing of the Foot­ball Mem­o­ries Group two weeks ago.

Mem­bers of the group were able to have their pho­tographs taken with the tro­phies and learn a lit­tle more about their his­tory.

They were brought to Ruther­glen to cel­e­brate the suc­cess of the group which brings to­gether peo­ple with de­men­tia through a shared love of the beau­ti­ful game.

The group meets monthly at the li­brary and is led by vol­un­teers who are trained to spend time with peo­ple who may be so­cially iso­lated or liv­ing with de­men­tia, and have an in­ter­est in foot­ball.

Gerry Camp­bell, gen­eral man­ager of South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture, said: “This is a great ex­am­ple of the work go­ing on in our com­mu­ni­ties to com­bat lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion. Ev­ery­one in­ter­ested in foot­ball has their own sto­ries about their team and how foot­ball has im­pacted on their lives, and li­braries pro­vide a wel­com­ing and friendly lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment for these groups to meet.”

The Foot­ball Mem­o­ries Group is a part­ner­ship be­tween Alzheimer Scot­land and The Scot­tish Foot­ball Mu­seum at Ham­p­den and Ruther­glen Li­brary, which was cho­sen as a wel­com­ing and ac­ces­si­ble place for the group to meet.

Mem­bers talk about teams and matches from the past and work with images and mem­o­ra­bilia to stim­u­late mem­o­ries.

Cham­pi­ons Hugh Porte and Gordon Burleigh hold Sco­tish Cup with Mar­garet Rose Watt

Of­fi­cials Coun­cil­lor David Wat­son, Robert Craig, Gerry Camp­bell and He­len White

Fam­ily Mar­garet Rose Watt and grand­son Ol­lie ad­mire the tro­phies

All smiles Alice Han­nah and daugh­ter Jennifer Co­cozza lift tro­phy

In­tro­duc­tion Robert Craig of the Scot­tish Foot­ball Mu­seum

Look­ing up Cathy Con­nelly, 95

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.