EAST KILBRIDE team recently celebrated their 50th anniversary and to mark the occasion the club enjoyed a great presentation bash with their very own football annual to top it off.
LOCAL amateur football team Duncanrig A.F.C. marked their 50th year in football with a stunning glitzy bash at the Ballerup Hall in the town centre on Saturday night.
The hall was jam-packed with former and current players who travelled from all over to take part in the celebrations in a night to remember with the ‘old heads’ of past mingling with the current squad of today.
Well-wishes from various parts of the world poured in with dedications and congratulations messages from other local teams from the town were welcomed with open arms by the Duncanrig A.F.C. members.
“On the park, we were all rivals all vying for that number one spot in the town but off the park, we are all the very best of friends and the number of best wishes from those clubs was very touching and a bright highlight in the world of football. It was marvelous of all the clubs to join in to celebrate the 5oth anniversary of the club,” said one of the satisfied party-goer at the event.
Award-winning television and radio broadcaster Peter Martin MC’d the evening spectacularly with highly-regarded after-dinner co-speakers John Gahagan and George McNeil producing a stunning night of quality entertainment for the packed house.
The evening was a roaring success filled with raptures of laughter from the speakers’ gallery to tears of nostalgia and recollection on the floor.
The club was formed by three Duncanrig school former pupils in the summer of 1967, namely Alan Davidson, Rees Anderson, and Edwin Sheed. The club would play under the banner of Duncanrig Former Pupils before a name change in 1972 to Duncanrig Amateur Football Club.
The club’s 50th anniversary was also captured in a full-colour glorious football annual developed by the Club Books company for Duncanrig A.F.C. The 130-page book highlights the club through the years with vintage photographs plus interviews and features with original founders and legends of the club.
Club Books spokesperson said: “We wanted to give the club something to be proud of. For an amateur football club to reach the 50-year milestone is quite remarkable so it was imperative we help the club with their official club book to mark the festivities.”
A spokesperson told EK24: “As the evening ended many of the old legends and elder statesmen of the club spilled onto the awaiting car park looking to party more into the night as the youngsters of the current squad piled into taxis looking for a safe way home.”
We are guessing it was said with tongue-in-cheek.
Congratulations, Duncanrig Amateur Football Club and here’s to the next 50-years.