Former Berwick Rangers footballer Stuart Markland took delivery of a new electric wheelchair at the weekend, and admitted it would change his life.
Markland, who is 66, suffers from ill-health and has been partially housebound at his home in Portobello, near Edinburgh.
But thanks to an appeal launched by former colleagues, he was presented with his new set of wheels at a ceremony in The Guildhall on Friday evening.
The presentation was made by local supporter Gemma Law, and was watched by former team-mates, including Russell Craig and John Keith, who were the principal organisers of the fund set up to raise money to purchase the wheelchair.
After the presentation Markland said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed - Russell and John for organising it all, Jimmy Crase for holding a fund-raising event at his pub in Linlithgow, the Berwick Supporters’ Club and Trust, who made contributions, and of course all the individuals.
“This really will make a big difference to me - it will change my life.
“Sometimes I haven’t been able to get out of the house in my old wheelchair, now I will be able to get out a lot more often, I might even be able to go down to the pub!”
Markland played for Berwick for two seasons in 1967-68 before joining Dundee United.
And a number of players from the Berwick side who famously beat Rangers 1-0 in the Scottish Cup at Shielfield in 1967 were there to mark the occasion, including Craig, Gordon Haig and Andy Rodgers.
Markland said returning to Berwick for the ceremony, and seeing so many familiar faces, brought back many happy memories.
“I really enjoyed my time at Berwick, it was a nice friendly club,” he said. “It is quite emotional to see everyone again.”
Originally it had been planned to hold an auction of football memorabilia from the 1960s, but this will now take place on the opening day of the league season (August 9), when. Berwick face Arbroath at Shielfield.
A number of the 1967 team will be in attendance and the auction will be held in the Sponsors’ Lounge after the game.