Former Ranger Markland to receive new wheelchair

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Former Berwick Rangers’ footballer, Stuart Markland will be guest of honour at a ceremony in the Guildhall tomorrow (Friday) when he will be presented with an electric wheelchair.

Markland, who played for the club as centre half in 1967-68 before joing Dundee United, now lives in Portobello near Edinburgh.

The 66 year-old is suffering from ill-health and according to former team-mate Russell Craig, he is almost housebound.

“We decided that the wheelchair he had was not up to the job,” said Craig. “We decided he needed to have an electric wheelchair so he could get out of the house more often and so we started a fund-raising campaign.

“In all we need about £2000 to cover the cost of the wheelchair, and recently over £1500 was raised by former manager Jimmy Crease at his pub - the Black Bitch in Linlithgow.

“But we want to make Stuart as comfortable as we can, and that means buyiong a few other things like covers and doorstops.”

Berwick Rangers’ Supporters’ Trust are making a donation to the fund and to help them reach their target the organisers - Craig and another former player, John Keith - are planning on holding an auction of sporting memorabilia, including some items from the 1960s.

Former players attending include Eric Tait, Ken Bowron and Sammy Reid.

The wheelchair is being provided by Mobility Matters, owned by Allan Law of Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, and the presentation will be made by local supporter Gemma Law, herself a wheelchair user.