Graeme praised for services to football at Gala occasion

Graeme McIver receives his award from youths section chairman Robert Fairburn and secretary Fred Blackie
Graeme McIver receives his award from youths section chairman Robert Fairburn and secretary Fred Blackie
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Players at Gala Fairydean Rovers Youths were rewarded for all their hard efforts during the season at the club’s annual presentation day.

Player of the year and top goal scorer trophies were handed out to the winners in each of the club’s age sections at the 3G Arena on Saturday afternoon.

This year’s guest of honour was Gala Fairydean Rovers secretary Graeme McIver, who is also secretary of the club’s juniors section.

He was the recipient of the youths annual award for services to local football.

Graeme said: ”This is the first football trophy I have ever won, so I am naturally delighted.”

Youths chairman Robert Fairburn explained Graeme would have merited the award for his work in the juniors section alone.

He said: “The juniors are very well organised and, each year, produce a healthy supply of players to step up to the youths section, for which we are very grateful.

“Graeme has been involved since 2008 and key to its success.

“In 2013, he was appointed secretary of the main club and he has been tireless in ensuring all the criteria is met to compete in the Lowland League, as well as pushing the club on to gain its SFA Bronze Licence.

“Many of us have the dream that, some day soon, Gala Fairydean Rovers will be competing in the Scottish senior leagues, with all the big clubs visiting Netherdale.

“For that to happen, the club has to be professional both on and off the pitch.

“In his role as secretary, Graeme is ticking all the boxes for the club off the pitch, with all his hard work and new initiatives driving the club to new levels.

“He was instrumental in the formation of the club’s walking football and disability teams, as well as being the editor of the club’s award-winning match programme.

“But the list of what he actually does for the club on a weekly basis is really endless.”

Graeme joins a list of illustrious local names who have won the trophy, donated by Stewart Technology.

They are John Irvine, John Clayton, Garry Fraser, Jimmy Dunbar, Mike Riddell, Colin Rafferty and Fred Blackie.

After the ceremony, held in the A-listed stand at the 3G Arena, the coaches of both the youths and juniors sections battled it out for the Coaches Cup, donated by The Trophy Guy, with the juniors coming out on top 7-3.

Gala Fairydean Rovers Youths 2016 winners:

Under 13s player of the year, Ben Sloan. Players’ player of the year, Dylan Curran.

Under 14s (Edinburgh) player of the year, Jamie Whitehead. Players’ player of the year, Adamo Antonacci.

Under 14s (Colts) player of the year, Jamie Crooks. Players player of the year, Matthew Murray.

Under 14s (Borders) player of the year, Siris Davidson. Players’ player of the year, Bradley Takadiyi.

Under 15s player of the year, Sam Cockburn. Players’ player of the year, Kyle Cockburn.

Under 16s player of the year, Tyler Grainger. Players’ player of the year, Andrew Callow.

Under 17s player of the year, Michael Moody. Players’ player of the year, Kieran Crawford.

Colin and Keir Rafferty Trophy (for top goalscorers) – under 13s, Bryce Ormiston.

Under 14s (Edinburgh), Faustas Joudekis.

Under 14s (Colts), Matthew Murray.

Under 14s (Borders), Jack Bradshaw.

Under 15s, Cammy Finlayson.

Under 16s, Ben Swan.

Under 17s, Charlie Robertson.

Services to local football, Graeme McIver.