Back­room leg­ends Tommy and Jack re­mem­bered by City

Brechin: Du­gouts named af­ter two club stal­warts

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - The courier & ad­ver­tiser satur­day, septem­ber 16, 2017 Graeme stra­chan

The legacy of two sadly-missed club stal­warts will live on at Brechin City’s Glebe Park.

The home and away du­gouts have been re­placed with mod­ern struc­tures and ded­i­cated to two long-serv­ing back­room staff.

Two old brick du­gouts were re­placed dur­ing the close sea­son fol­low­ing pri­vate fund­ing and a grant from the Scot­tish Foot­ball Part­ner­ship.

The club has recog­nised the ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion of for­mer sports ther­a­pist Tommy Gil­martin and for­mer trainer/kit man Jack Sunter.

Mr Gil­martin has had the home dugout ded­i­cated to his mem­ory and the away dugout has been ded­i­cated to Mr Sunter in a move which the club said was “long over­due”.

Chair­man Ken Ferguson said: “We are very grate­ful to ev­ery­one who has helped out with this project and es­pe­cially those who made it pos­si­ble with their fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

“Hope­fully it is sat­is­fy­ing for all to see the new struc­tures in place that will be with us for many years to come and that now proudly bear the name of two club stal­warts.”

Jack Sunter was an in­te­gral part of the set-up of Brechin City Foot­ball Club for more than 40 years.

He started in the early 1950s as as­sis­tant trainer to Reg Melvin be­fore tak­ing over the reins on his own in the 60s, serv­ing un­der nine dif­fer­ent man­agers un­til 1992/93.

Mr Sunter rarely missed a game and the front seat on the team bus to away games was very much his own.

He was de­scribed as ‘typ­i­cal’ of the train­ers of his era – his equip­ment was sim­ple; a wash­bag with a wet sponge and some plas­ters.

Mr Sunter felt that any in­jury could be treated with a few rubs of the ‘magic’ sponge and ev­ery wound could be healed with a stick­ing plas­ter.

Play­ers re­spected his tough love ap­proach and it was rare to find a player not responding to his on-field treat­ment.

Tommy Gil­martin joined Brechin in 1985 and re­mained in that role for 25 years.

He ded­i­cated most of life to help­ing oth­ers in his role as a se­nior charge nurse at Stra­cathro Hos­pi­tal and other NHS es­tab­lish­ments.

He treated and di­ag­nosed count­less in­juries, whether sports-re­lated or not, sus­tained by a myr­iad of in­di­vid­u­als who sought him out for treat­ment.

Mr Gil­martin wel­comed ev­ery­one with open arms pro­vid­ing a valu­able com­mu­nity ser­vice from his im­mac­u­late treat­ment room at Glebe Park.

gstra­chan@the­courier.co.uk

“Hope­fully it is sat­is­fy­ing for all to see the new struc­tures in place that will be with us for many years to come and that now proudly bear the name of two club stal­warts.

KEN FERGUSON CHAIR­MAN

Brechin chair­man Ken Ferguson with one of the new du­gouts. Pic­ture: Paul Smith.

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