BEM for Oban Times’ stal­wart

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OBAN Saints Foot­ball Club sec­re­tary David Buchanan has been awarded the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (BEM) for vol­un­tary ser­vice to foot­ball.

Named in The Queen’s New Year’s Hon­our’s List, Davie, 67, has been in­volved with the club for nearly 50 years as a player, coach, man­ager, sec­re­tary/trea­surer – and he still washes the strips ev­ery week af­ter the games.

Davie, who has worked at The Oban Times for 50 years, said: ‘I re­ceived a let­ter at the end of Novem­ber from the Cab­i­net Of­fice in Lon­don ask­ing if I would ac­cept the award, which I was de­lighted to do.

‘The hard­est part was keep­ing things quiet from my fam­ily and friends.

‘I am deeply hon­oured to ac­cept the award not only for my­self and fam­ily, but for all mem­bers, past and present, of Oban Saints Foot­ball Club and other sports clubs in the town whose com­mit­tee mem­bers work just as hard as I do to keep their clubs func­tion­ing in their par­tic­u­lar sports.

‘To think my work at the club is ap­pre­ci­ated is re­ward enough, but to get the BEM is be­yond my wildest dreams.

‘I would like to thank ev­ery­one who phoned and sent mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions, and to who­ever nom­i­nated me for the hon­our.’

Davie was pre­sented with the McDon­ald’s/Sun­day Mail Best Vol­un­teer in Adult Foot­ball award in 2011.

Making the pre­sen­ta­tion at a din­ner in Ham­p­den Park that evening was for­mer Scot­land, Celtic and Liver­pool leg­end Kenny Dal­glish, along with for­mer Scot­land head coach, now Di­rec­tor of Foot­ball at Hearts, Craig Levein.

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