Falkirk pays tribute to goalkeeper Willie Whigham who died aged 81

The funeral cortege of former Falkirk goalkeeper, Willie Whigham, made a poignant pause at Falkirk Stadium yesterday, en route to his final resting place.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 2:32 pm

Willie passed away in Monklands Hospital on March 3 after a bout of pneumonia. He was aged 81.

His cortege paused at the stadium to allow fans to pay their respects.

Alex Totten and Gary Deans, club chairman, also laid a wreath in the hearse.

Paying tribute: Alex Totten and Falkirk club chairman, Gary Deans wait to lay a wreath in memory of well known goalkeeper Willie Whigham who died at the age of 81 (Pic: Michael Gillen)

Regarded as one of the club’s great goalkeepers, Willie was highly regarded by his team-mates - and remembered as one of the game’s true personalities in the 1960s and 70s.

He joined the Bairns from Shots Bon Accord in 1960, and made over 250 appearances.

Falkirk goalkeeper William Whigham

His stand-out performances were many, recording eight clean sheets as they team returned to Division One.

In 1966 he joined Middlesbrough where he became a firm favourite with the fans.

Willie made some 210 appearances with the English side before a brief spell with Dumbarton and then Darlington.

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