Star-studded Gairdoch squad to team up again

A Gairdoch United team from the 1960s, packed with stars of the future, will be reunited for the first time later this month.

The local club has a long and proud history of producing some fine football players. However, the under-16s of season 1962-63 was really something special.

John Blackley, who went on to become a member of Scotland's 1974 World Cup squad and play 300 times for – and later manage – Hibernian, was one.

Another, Arthur Duncan, also played for the national side and made a stunning 610 appearances for the Easter Road club.

Alex Rennie, meanwhile, was cutting his teeth at Rangers before moving to St Johnstone, for whom he was also the manager.

Now they, and many others, will team up with captain Ronnie Cowan once again on Friday, May 16, for a reunion dinner at Amarillo in The Falkirk Stadium.

Ian Laurie, a former player with the Bairns, has organised the event and gathered more than 40 people together, including other Gairdoch connections and directors of Falkirk FC, for the special night.

"It was a really good side back then and it's amazing that so many went on to make the grade at the very top level in senior football," he told Heraldsport.

"A lot of us have lost touch though, and this reunion will allow us to get together again and share some memories.

"We will have a great turn-out and almost everyone is accounted for, but there are still others out there that I would love to hear from."

If you were part of the team, or know the whereabouts of anyone who was, then contact Ian on 07900 910696.

The under-16 Gairdoch United team of 1962-63 is pictured right. They are, back row from left, Rab Provan, Ian Laurie, Bobby West, Ronnie Cowan, John Blackley, Charlie Smith, Ian Waddell and, front row from left, Wilson Hogan, Rab Dickson, Ray Sneddon, Jim McLay, Alex Rennie, Alan Reid.