A Lichtie and a Loon ‘gan roon the groonds’ on charity bike ride

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Two dyed in the wool football fans were welcomed in Eyemouth recently during a charity bike ride during which they visited all of Scotland’s football league clubs and the Highland League clubs.

They were joined on their cycle between Shielfield, home of Berwick Rangers, and Easter Road in Edinburgh, the home of Hibernian Football Club, by Jane Sinton, granddaughter of Pat Smith from Eyemouth.

Pat explained: “My granddaughter Jade is a teacher at the Webster High School in Kirriemuir and the two lads who are doing the charity cycle are colleagues of hers at the school.

“Some 32 years ago a youthful Arbroath fan called Anthony Smith completed, what was at the time, a quite unique venture to cycle around all 38 of Scotland’s football league clubs.

“Earlier this year, his saddle sores finally having subsided, Mr Smith approached dyed in the wool ‘loon’ (Forfar), Alan Taylor with the idea of recreating the trip in support of the Webster’s-Litein Global Schools Partnership.

“This time, however, their route will take in the Highland League clubs as well. This will mean a total of 60 clubs will be visited, all of which were asked to donate a strip which will be sent out to the football crazy pupils of Litein and to the Nyahera orphanage for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

“The distance covered is likely to be in excess of 1000 miles and in a quirk of fate started on the very day the 123-year-old Scottish Football League ceased to exist (Thursday, June 27).”

The two cyclists were provided with refreshments in Eyemouth by Douglas Stewart, proprietor of the Tavern Bar in Eyemouth to whom both Anthyony and Alan are very grateful.