Fu­neral plans for High­land League stal­wart

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

Fans of all clubs have been in­vited to cel­e­brate the life of High­land League leg­end Sandy Sta­bles at his fu­neral on Thurs­day.

The for­mer Keith chair­man spent nearly half a cen­tury run­ning his beloved home­town team and was known as one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s most pop­u­lar char­ac­ters.

He died on Fri­day, on the eve of the new High­land League sea­son, fol­low­ing a lengthy bat­tle with can­cer.

Now well-wish­ers and friends of Mr Sta­bles have been in­vited to pay their re­spects to the Keith stal­wart at his fu­neral, due to take place at North Church in Keith at 11am.

High­land League fans are in­vited to take part and are re­quested to wear their club ties.

Nu­mer­ous se­nior Scot­tish foot­ball fig­ures have paid trib­ute to Mr Sta­bles, with SFA Pres­i­dent Alan McRae de­scrib­ing him as “a true one-off ”.

He said: “Sandy was a stal­wart of foot­ball in the High­lands and was a re­spected voice in a va­ri­ety of roles for the Scot­tish FA for over 25 years.”

Mr Sta­bles spent 28 years as a Scot­tish FA coun­cil­lor and only stepped down as Keith FC chair­man in 2014 when he as­sumed the role of hon­orary pres­i­dent.

The main stand at Kynoch Park was re­named in his hon­our when he stepped down from the team’s com­mit­tee.

High­land League pres­i­dent Ray­mond Cardno said: “Sandy was a huge ad­vo­cate of High­land League foot­ball and staunchly fought its cor­ner at the SFA.

“He was held in high es­teem as a foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tor but also as a thor­oughly de­cent man.”

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