Match of the day means missing Falkirk final

Wedding party who will miss cup final, left to right, Kayleigh Stewart (10), Agnes McClintock, John Stewart, Oliver Stewart( 15 months), William McClintock and Angela McClintock''Picture: Michael Gillen
Wedding party who will miss cup final, left to right, Kayleigh Stewart (10), Agnes McClintock, John Stewart, Oliver Stewart( 15 months), William McClintock and Angela McClintock''Picture: Michael Gillen

It’s traditional for the bride’s mum to shed a tear, but Agnes McClintock hopes she will be crying tears of joy on daughter Angela’s big day.

Despite being die-hard Falkirk fans, the family will miss the Scottish Cup final as their elder daughter gets married on Saturday, but they admit that they will be with the club in spirit and hoping for 
victory.

Angela (37) has even brought forward the ceremony to a 1.30 p.m. ‘kick off’ so those attending will be able to watch the match at the 
reception.

The McClintocks usually travel to away matches on a bus with the Kevin McAllister Falkirk Supporters’ Club, which leaves from the Roman Bar pub in Camelon.

Around 20 other supporters who travel with them are also missing being at the big game to see the day’s other top match when Angela marries John Stewart (37).

Speaking from her home in Glen Village, mum Agnes said: “She’s had the date picked for the wedding and reception at the Beancross since February last year. We couldn’t believe it when we discovered it’s clashing with the Scottish Cup final.

“She did talk about trying to change the ceremony to Sunday but we’re going ahead with the Saturday.

“The wedding is now at 1.30 p.m. so after the photographs have been taken, hopefully there will still be time to watch a bit of the match. It would be great if we saw Falkirk lift the cup.”

Angela, a care home worker, was just a youngster when she encouraged her mum to first start taking her to home matches at Brockville.

Very quickly they were hooked and soon Agnes, a retired bookbinder with Dunn and Wilsons, and dad William, who worked with Asda before retirement, were attending matches home and away.

Angela and John, an Ineos worker, live in Grangemouth with 15-month-old son Oliver. John also has a 10-year-old daughter Kayleigh.

As a Rangers supporter, his focus will be on Sunday’s play-off game when his side meet Motherwell in the final game of the season.

Meanwhile, Angela is declining to say whether the traditional ‘something blue’ for brides will, in her case, be a Falkirk scarf.

Agnes added: “We’ve hardly missed a game for years and were at the finals in 1997 and 2009, who’d have thought we would miss this one. But it couldn’t be for a better occasion.”

The family’s exciting week started yesterday (Wednesday) when they celebrated William’s 65th birthday. However, as well as the wedding – and the cup final – there are more celebrations in store.

Agnes explained: “Our younger daughter, Debbie Coyle, is due to have her first baby on June 11. I’ve told her that it would be great if it could come a bit early on Saturday – then we will hopefully have a hat-trick of celebrations on the day.”