Time for watch to come home

The watch won by Willie Fordyce which has been gifted to the club with the rosebowl and whisky which was presented by Celtic FC.
The watch won by Willie Fordyce which has been gifted to the club with the rosebowl and whisky which was presented by Celtic FC.

ARBROATH FC has been gifted a 1930s watch which was presented to the team which won the Dewar Shield in 1938.

The Shield was contested by the winners of Aberdeenshire, Forfarshire, Perthshire and Stirlingshire Cups in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but now sits in the boardroom of McDiarmid Park in Perth.

The Arbroath team of 1937/38 was victorious in the competition after recording a 1-0 victory against St Johnstone in front of a crowd of 8,000 at Muirton Park.

The winning team that day was: Robertson, Fordyce, Becci, Adams, Gavin, Urquhart, Lowe, Lynch, Adam, Devlin and Duff.

It is thought that the successful Lichties were then presented with watches to commemorate the achievement.

And now fast forward 75 years later to the present day, Arbroath chairman John Christison was contacted by local man Bob Barraclough, who had located one of these watches on the internet and decided to gift it to the club.

A new glass face was needed and the initials engraved on the back suggest it belonged to Willie Fordyce, who played in the victory.

The watch now has its place in the boardroom with Mr Barraclough donating the timepiece in memory of Lichties’ fan Harry Masson, who died in 2009 aged 79.

Mr Masson was well-known as a dedicated supporter of the club, who always stood in the same spot of the terracing for every single game along with his trademark cigar.

Another new addition to the Gayfield boardroom is a rosebowl that was presented to the club recently by Celtic.

The Parkhead side gave the memento to the Lichties before last month’s Scottish Cup replay.

It was accompanied by a bottle of whisky which was also presented to the club.

In return Arbroath gave the Hoops Smokies and smoked salmon as a reminder of the tie.