Tributes to popular sports coach and baton bearer

Bill Don.
Bill Don.

Tributes have beeen paid to a popular former football coach and Commonwealth Games baton bearer who passed away recently.

Bill Don of Harestanes, Kirkintilloch, who was in his 80s, died at Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow last month.

The dedicated coach guided Bishopbriggs Amateurs to the prestigious Scottish Amateur League title in 1966.

In recognition for his services to sport and his dedicated volunteer work for Poppy Scotland, Bill was given the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton through Glasgow city centre ahead of the opening ceremony last year.

Steven McClean of Poppy Scotland said: “We would like to pay tribute to Bill who, over the years, raised thousands of pounds for war veterans. He will be sadly missed.

“The veteran was always seen near Merkland shopping centre leading up to Remembrance Day with his collection tin and cheery disposition.”

Back in 2006, the Herald interviewed Bill, who worked with many great sporting figures over the years, including the late Jock Stein and former Scotland boss Walter Smith.

At the time, he said: “I’ve really enjoyed, not only coaching footballers, but people from other sports, including Scottish cycle champion Billy Billsland from Lenzie.

He added: “I’ve had a great life but I couldn’t have done it all without the support of my wife Margaret, daughter Audrey and son Stuart.