A red cert!

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ra­m­age

Co l t n e s s H i g h’s head­teacher has had to put up with a bit of stick from his pupils re­cently.

That’s be­cause proud Hurl­ford United fan John McGilp is not hid­ing his true red colours be­fore they face off against Wishaw Ju­niors in a his­toric Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup semi- fi­nal clash this week­end.

Mr McGilp ex­plained: “I was ab­so­lutely de­lighted to see Wishaw Ju­niors be­ing drawn against my lo­cal team Hurl­ford United.

“I’m from over Kil­marnock way orig­i­nally and I’ve al­ways sup­ported Hurl­ford, es­pe­cially as my cousin Alex Roy played for them in the early to mid-90s.

“Since I moved to Colt­ness in 2014 I’ve started to keep an eye on both the Wishaw and New­mains re­sults on a Satur­day.

“I’ll prob­a­bly get a bit of stick if Wishaw win but I’m used to get­ting stick off the kids that are Mother­well fans any­way!

“It’s all good hearted ban­ter and a good in­di­ca­tor of the ethos within the school that they are com­fort­able to give me a light­hearted rib­bing.

“I’m obliv­i­ously root­ing for Hurl­ford in the first in­stance but I wouldn’t be too dis­ap­pointed if Wishaw won it ei­ther.”

John also re­vealed another Colt­ness link to the tie, in­volv­ing Wishaw’s new man­ager.

He said: “Derek Holmes the cur­rent Wishaw man­ager is ac­tu­ally a for­mer pupil of the school.

“He’s one of a num­ber of peo­ple who have ex­celled in foot­ball hav­ing had their school­ing in it here, a great legacy of guys such as Roger Hynd, Iain Brown­ing, Ian Kay and oth­ers that have taken foot­ball teams over the years.

“I’d en­cour­age any­one who has noth­ing else to do to get along to Beltane Park on April 14 for the first leg and like­wise to Blair Park in Hurl­ford for the sec­ond leg on the 21st.

“Ju­nior foot­ball is a great in­sti­tu­tion of the Scot­tish game.

“Give me a wet and wild Whit­tlets any Satur­day of the year rather than a Ron­aldo over­head kick!”

Big fan Colt­ness High head­teacher John McGilp with his Hurl­ford scarf

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