Old pros take on Stewartry squad

Neil Little and Davy Irons go in for the header
Neil Little and Davy Irons go in for the header

A BIG crowd turned out on Sunday for the charity match between celebrity team Dukla Pumpherston and the Stewartry Sunday Amateur Football Association’s over 35’s.

It was held at Islecroft Stadium, Dalbeattie, and featured players from many famous clubs while the Stewartry side was made up of players from Creebridge House Hotel and Ferrytoon in the west to Cum Ye Inn and Crown in the east.

The Dukla team had many names of yesteryear in Scottish Football including Davie Irons from Dumfries, who is now manager of Stenhousemuir, former Queen of the South manager Kenny Brannigan and their guest keeper was none other than Eddie McGaw, the Ferrytoon Stewartry Sunday League keeper.

S.S.A.F.A Over 35’s squad:

Manager - Brian McRobert; David McCreadie - Creebridge House Hotel; Donald Hughes - Creebridge House Hotel; Charlie Drummond - Crown; Richard Simpson - Crown; Tony McLaughlin - Cum Ye Inn; Niel Little - Cum Ye Inn; John McRobert - Cum Ye Inn; Andrew Mellon - Cum Ye Inn; Robert Porter - Ferrytoon; Barry McKinnon - Ferrytoon; Colin Campbell - Ferrytoon;

Mark McLeary - Market Inn; Alistair Kirkpatrick - Tides Inn; Darren Lazenby - Tides Inn; Barry Malcolm - Tides Inn;

Mark McCulloch - Twynholm; Terry Briggs - Twynholm; John Uphill - Youth United; Paul Riding - Youth United.

Dukla Pumpherston’s squad:

Dougie Bell (ex Rangers, Aberdeen, Hibs); Kenny Brannigan (ex Sheffield Wednesday, Kilmarnock, Falkirk, ex-manager Queens); Gerry Collins (ex Ayr, Hamilton, player and manager Partick Thistle); Hugh Farrell (ex Coventry); Grant Inglis (ex St Mirren, Leeds United); Davie Irons (ex Ayr, Dumfermline, Partick, St Johnstone, current manager of Stenhousemuir); Brian Martin (ex Motherwell, Falkirk, St Mirren); John McDonald (ex Rangers, Barnsley); Gary McSwegan (ex Rangers, Dundee United, Hearts, Kilmarnock); Stephen Mooney (ex Dumbarton, Arbroath); Craig Pollock (ex Clydebank);

Robert Riley (ex Kilmarnock, Hamilton); Ronnie Yule (ex Rangers, Hamilton); Eddie McGaw (Guest Goalkeeper - Ferrytoon, Stewartry Sunday League).