Tributes are paid to former Falkirk star

Dennis Setterington dies

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Falkirk FC player who died last week.

Dennis Setterington (60), who lived in Stirling with his wife Jean, died suddenly as a result of a heart attack on Tuesday, December 13.

The Bo'ness teenager rose to fame with Glasgow Rangers and then Falkirk, where he was an integral part of the famous Willie Cunningham side.

A talented footballer from an early age, he helped the Scottish Schoolboys win the Victory Shield in 1961 in a team which also featured Alex Totten – whom Dennis later played alongside at Brockville from 1970 to 1973.

Dennis, a centre forward, joined Glasgow Rangers straight from school in 1961 and spent eight years at Ibrox before moving to Falkirk for 10,000.

He served the club for three seasons before seeing out his career with Stirling Albion from 1974 to 1976.

After football, he had a successful career as a brewer's sales representative before taking early retirement two years ago. He was also a father to son Dennis Jnr and daughter Jill.

Alex Totten, now director of football with Falkirk, said: "It's very sad to learn of the death of someone you have known nearly all your life.

"I played with Dennis for the Scottish Schoolboys team which won the Victory Shield in 1961.

"Our paths split up when I went to Liverpool and he went to Rangers but we met up again at Brockville when we both played for Falkirk.

"Dennis was a good friend as well as a football colleague. He was a good footballer with lots of talent and a clever player with good positional sense."

His sister, Ann Lewis of Bo'ness, said: "The post mortem showed that Dennis was suffering from advanced heart disease, something neither he nor we knew about.

"Dennis's death came as a great shock to all of the family."

The funeral was at Logie Kirk, Causewayhead, Stirling, on Tuesday, December 20, the church where Dennis and Jean were married.

Tam Dalyell, a teacher at Bo'ness Academy at the time the young Dennis Setterington was a pupil, and one of those who spotted his potential, paid his own tribute at Tuesday's funeral.

Mr Dalyell also read tributes from leading football figures such as Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, who knew Dennis at Falkirk and who called him, "a lovely, skilful footballer".

Mr Ferguson added that he had been at Dennis's wedding and, had Manchester not been playing in the Carling Cup on Tuesday, would have been at his funeral.

Ken Waddell, former editor of The Falkirk Herald, added: "He was the best schoolboy player I ever saw."

The Ibrox club was represented at his funeral by John Greig, Sandy Jardine and Colin Jackson.