Longside’s first ever reunion hailed a success

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MORE than 60 former Longside Football Club players and committee members met up in the social club recently for their first ever reunion, with plenty of memories being exchanged on the day.

From the 1950s there was Tom Beagrie (would Tom’s sliding tackle have survived the referees of the modern era?), and Ian Wilson then, of course, a flying winger.

Attending from the 1960s were Doug Milne, a real stalwart for Longside in a number of roles including team manager, Dougal Summers, still celebrating the Fordoun Cup win in 1966, and the rugged John Greig - Longside’s one that is.

Vice-president John Duncan said a few words before calling upon Doug Milne and the well-kept secret was out as Doug spoke about Alan Davidson and his 50 years as secretary of Longside FC.

Doug was involved with Alan from the 1960s with the emergence of Longside and the Summer Football League, amateur football right through to junior football.

In appreciation of his 50 years, which began in March 1962, Alan was presented with a ‘This is Your Life’ book.

The whole party them moved outside for a commemorative photograph, taken by regular club photographer Neil Willox, who was also helpful in the making of a special DVD.

It was at this point that the excellent work of Michael Thomson, Kenny Lawson and Jimmy Leel was appreciated - the pitch being in immaculate condition.

Throughout the evening a DVD of old pictures from the past 60 years was running and for this the committee expressed thanks to Gavin, Fiona and Lori Davidson for their work.

Around the tables were extracts from 36 scrapbooks and 21 photo albums producing many interesting memories.

Mr Davidson expressed thanks to everyone who contributed to his ‘sponsored slim-in’, the majority of which was collected on the night of the reunion by Helen Davidson and amounted to more than £600.