An open prize draw was held to help us choose the mascot for Motherwell FC's semi-final tie at Hampden. Each of the four semi-finalist clubs was given this opportunity through the SPFL Trust.
Eight-year-old Josh Kirkwood was drawn from the hat and proudly led his Fir Park heroes out on to the pitch.
The inaugural Motherwell FC Community Trust / Academy Golf Day took place on Sunday 3 September at Torrance Park Golf Club. Teams came from local businesses, parents, coaches and Well Society members.
After bacon rolls, teas and coffees the teams set out on the new course in Holytown.
On-course prizes were won by David Clark (longest drive); Mark Gray (nearest the pin in 2), Craig Clark (nearest the pin 8th hole), John Kane (nearest the pin 12th hole), Cammy Gray (nearest the pin 14th hole) and Harry Clark (nearest the pin 16th hole).
The inimitable Tam Cowan hosted the prize giving and was hugely popular with the attendees and some Torrance Park regulars who were in the clubhouse.
A special award was given to the team comprising Willie Pettigrew, Derek Johnstone, Marc Kerr and John Cartwright. There was no question of the team challenging the top of the leaderboard. Their commitment to the cause, on-course banter and some unique tee shots assisted them to this prestigious recognition...
Ross McLean, Steven Barr and Cammy Murray finished in third place.
Two teams tied at the top of the leaderboard but on a count back the Jervistonians comprising Scott Leitch, Russell Dyer, John Murray and Craig Thomson finished in second place.
Winners on the day were the Mitie Team: Andy Thomson, Mark Gray, Chris Phee and Kevin O'Neill. Tellingly, the victorious team were also awarded the "Bandits" trophies...
The prizegiving was followed by an auction where hospitality, a signed shirt and boots raised funds which will be used to deliver projects in the local communities. A proportion of funds raised will go towards a new venture with Elizabeth Montgomerie House, the Maggie's Centre at Monklands Hospital. This project begins this week and will use the power of football to support men who have been diagnosed with cancer or who have lost family to the disease. After a "Men's Breakfast" at the Centre, participants will come to Fir Park for some gentle exercise and walking football and some lunch. They will also be given tickets for a Motherwell FC home fixture.
Motherwell FC Academy has produced some of the nation's finest players over the years without the fanfare accorded to some of the bigger clubs. Academy participants do not pay to be part of the set-up but the SFA grants awarded need to be subsidised to ensure that talent doesn't become the domain of those who can afford it. Funds raised today will be used to ensure that every child selected for Motherwell FC Academy can participate without financial strain on their family.
The day was rounded off with a raffle where prizes included £50, a four-ball at the Carrick, tickets for a Glasgow Rocks match, a Cobra golf umbrella a golf bag and a wedge.
Players were well looked after by staff at Torrance Park and the splendid buffet was most welcome at the end of a fun day.
The Trust and Academy would like to thank everyone for their outstanding support and contribution.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our next one!
Photographs from the Day
Courtesy of Alastair Reilly, Motherwell FC