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Sutherland derby pays tribute to memory of former Brora Rangers Ladies coach


By Will Clark

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THE first ever Sutherland derby in the Highlands and Islands Women’s League paid tribute to a man who helped promote women's football in the county.

Mary Stewart, Siobhan MacBeath, Poppy Watson,Yvonne Brown and Nadene McCulloch.
Mary Stewart, Siobhan MacBeath, Poppy Watson,Yvonne Brown and Nadene McCulloch.

Brora Rangers and Sutherland played for the David Watson Memorial Trophy in memory of the former Brora coach who passed away last year after battling MND.

Sutherland stormed back from 2–0 down to win 4–2 on Sunday at Brora Playing Fields.

After the match, Watson’s daughter Poppy, who plays for Brora Rangers, and his wife Yvonne Brown presented the trophy to the winning team.

The winning team Sutherland with Poppy David’s daughter (Brora striker) Mary Stewart (Brora manager) and Yvonne Brown (David’s wife & Poppy’s mam)
The winning team Sutherland with Poppy David’s daughter (Brora striker) Mary Stewart (Brora manager) and Yvonne Brown (David’s wife & Poppy’s mam)

Brora Rangers player/manager Mary Stewart said the trophy is a fitting tribute to a man who did so much for women’s football in Sutherland, as well as Brora Rangers.

“David Watson was our friend and coach for many years at Brora Rangers," she said.

“David was a football man through and through and knew the game inside out.

“He became involved with the Brora Rangers Ladies set during his early days in Brora when his young daughter Poppy joined the team.

“His commitment to the ladies team was second to none, Yvonne and himself travelling with us wherever we played. “David joined the coaching staff and was a great asset to the team with his tactical knowledge. He is a huge loss, we miss him hugely but every game we play we know he is with us in spirit.”


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