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Ex-footballers’ Bute walk raises hospice cash

Martin Ferguson (left) and Bobby Watson at the conclusion of their sponsored walk round Bute along the West Island Way on August 23 and 24, 2014.

Martin Ferguson (left) and Bobby Watson at the conclusion of their sponsored walk round Bute along the West Island Way on August 23 and 24, 2014.

 

Two former footballers have raised more than £12,000 for three hospice charities as a result of a weekend-long walk along the West Island Way round Bute.

Bobby Watson and Martin Ferguson set out from Kilchattan Bay at 10am on Saturday and completed the course in Port Bannatyne at 3pm the following day.

The pair were raising money for the St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow and the Brick By Brick Appeal, set up to raise funds to build a new home for the latter facility.

Bobby played professionally for Rangers and Motherwell from the mid-1960s until the mid-1970s and won one Scotland cap, while Martin, whose playing career in the 1960s included spells at Partick Thistle and Morton, spent 15 years as a scout with Manchester United - where the manager was his marginally more famous brother, Sir Alex.

The pair were met on their arrival at the Port’s Anchor Tavern on Sunday by family, friends and supporters, among them several members of the McAlister family, of Bute farming fame, who first met Bobby when he visited Bute at the tender age of 16 and who have stayed in touch with him ever since.

* More on this story in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, August 28.

 

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