East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald met with Arthurlie Football Club recently to present them with an Early Day Motion (EDM) she tabled at Westminster.

The EDM marked the 25th anniversary of the Scottish Cup Junior Final, which took place on Sunday, May 1998 with Jimmy McQuade leading ‘Lie to a 4-0 victory over Pollok at Motherwell’s Fir Park.

The goal scorers for Arthurlie F.C. at the historic cup final were Mark McLaughlin, Steven Convery, John Millar, and Steven Nugent.

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The anniversary was marked last month with a testimonial game at Dunterlie Park between some of the greatest players of Arthurlie’s past and a Clydebank select team.

The testimonial match was for Stuart Allison, who was part of the cup-winning side and later captained the team before leaving in 2006.

He later signed for Clydebank before becoming their assistant manager for a number of years.

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Stuart decided that he wanted any money raised on the day to go to charity with the day's gate receipts heading to Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire in Barrhead, who also received a number of specially made tops from the day which are on sale at VAER in Barrhead.

The Clydebank tops have now sold out with all the money raised from their sale being donated to West Dumbartonshire Foodshare.

Kirsten said: “I was delighted to be able to present representatives of Arthurlie F.C. and VAER with an Early Day Motion I tabled at Westminster to mark the anniversary testimonial match.

“It shows a real generosity of spirit that the decision was made to donate the funds raised at this historic match to VAER, and I applaud all concerned for their work in putting the club at the heart of the community.”

Barrhead News: Stuart with his wife Shaz and daughter Katie who played for both teams on the dayStuart with his wife Shaz and daughter Katie who played for both teams on the day (Image: Sourced)

Almost all of the Arthurlie ‘98 squad were in attendance at the game last month with scorers on the day, McLaughlan, Convery, Millar, and Nugent all there alongside captain Digger Fulton, manager Jim McQuade and many others.

Representing Clydebank was ex-Arthurlie player Budgie McGee who was also manager of Clydebank during Stuart’s time at the club, he was joined, amongst others, by current Bankie boss Graham Moffat and ex-Arthurlie player Steve Bulloch.

The game itself was played in fantastic spirit and after a draw, Clydebank came out on top following a sudden death penalty shoot-out.

Barrhead News: Stuart getting his Arthurlie Hall of Fame award from supporter Tam Sinclair Stuart getting his Arthurlie Hall of Fame award from supporter Tam Sinclair (Image: Sourced)

Following the game Stuart along with past president Jim Dunn, supporter Billy Curran, and ex-players including Iain Ashcroft, Steven Nugent, and Sandy MacLean were inducted into the Arthurlie Hall of Fame.

Stuart and the organisers wish to pass on their deepest thanks to everyone who came along and took part in the day and a special mention to the Arthurlie FC committee who could not have done any more to make the day go as smoothly as it did.