CLYDE Football Club recently held a fundraising sportsman’s dinner, the highlight of which was the inaugural hall of fame ceremony for the club.
Organised by the Clyde board and held in Glasgow’s Marriott hotel, this night of celebration looked back at the highlights of the club’s history, patrticularly the “golden era” of the 1950s.
Clyde’s first inductees into the club hall of fame were the Dunn family, who have served on the club’s board since the 1920s and ex-players Davie Laing, Tommy McCulloch, Pat Nevin and George Herd.
The Dunns became involved in the club when chairman John McMahon approached businessman William P Dunn for financial support. Not only did William agree, but this inaugurated a family tradition which has continued to this day. Billy Dunn, like his father, became club chairman and daughter Frances became part of club folklore, due in part to washing the team kit in her bath! Today, Willie Dunn’s nephews Frank and Gerry are both directors.
Davie Laing joined the team in 1954 and immediately became a star of the team, with man of the match performances helping Clyde not only win the Scottish Cup but pull off a number of “giant-killing” performances, including a 2-1 win over Arsenal at Highbury.
Clyde’s longest-serving goalkeeper Tommy McCulloch racked up 485 appearances for the Bully Wee between 1957 and 1972, including a Scottish Cup win in his first season.
Pat Nevin started his career at Shawfield, playing two seasons for Clyde before playing for Chelsea, Everton and Tranmere and earning 28 Scotland caps. Today he is an in-demand broadcaster. He said at his induction: “Clyde made me two, three, four times the player I was before.”
George Herd joined Clyde in 1957 and in his first season won the Scottish Cup. He played at Shawfield for three more seasons and earned five Scotland caps, also playing in a memorable 10-0 win over Stranraer.
David Macpherson, one of the club’s directors, said afterwards: “I must admit that after Billy Dunn’s speech and the reaction and speech of Davie Laing I was quite emotional.
“Davie especially enjoyed Gordon Sydney telling his grandson a recollection of Davie playing in the team that beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury the same year they won the Scottish Cup. How times have changed! The night also raised over £15,000 for the club.”