Fans preparing to say farewell to Adamslie

Rob Roy FC
Rob Roy FC

A football team’s loyal band of followers are getting ready to say goodbye to the ground they’ve called home for almost a century.

Rob Roy Football Club was established back in 1878 and initially moved to Adamslie Park in 1926.

But the club will be leaving Adamslie at the end of this season, after selling the ground to housing developers.

Now the Rob Roy Travel Club members, who organise buses to take fans to away games across Scotland, are planning a supporters and fans match to let some of the Rabs faithful take to the famous turf on Sunday, May 25 for the last time.

The group is completely autonomous from the club - but Rob Roy chiefs have agreed to help out with changing facilities, strips and catering.

The game, which kicks-off at 1.30pm, comes at the end of a mixed season for Rob Roy, who are in the semi-finals of the Euroscot End Central League Cup, but face a two leg play-off against Shotts Bon Accord to secure their place in the SJFA West Super League Premier Division.

It will come a week after Ally McCoist’s Rangers play against Stewart Maxwell’s team in another farewell event.

Raymond McDonald, life-long Rabs fan and one of the match organisers, will also be producing a commemorative programme.

He’s hoping to include some memories supporters have gathered in their years at Adamslie.

And he’s certainly got fond recollections of days gone by.

He explained: “My own experiences of Adamslie are going when i was a kid, getting in for nothing, and the smell of pies and bovril being made - it was lovely.

“Back then the match programmes were hand written!

“When I came back to Kirkintilloch a couple of years ago I returned to Adamslie.

“My favourite game to date at Adamslie has been the 4-2 comeback against Pollok in the league this season after being two down at half-time.

“We will all miss Adamslie, the place is steeped in history.”

Urging fans to come along and enjoy the match, a spokesperson for the Rob Roy Travel Club said: “Come along and support and encourage the boys as they play on the ‘hallowed turf’ before it’s confined to the annals of history.

“There will also be some current and former Rob Roy players taking part.”

The spokesperson added: “The pie stall and all the usual facilities will we open, so get down for a fun-filled day out and a sporting match.

“Hopefully the bank holiday weather will be good to us.”

Tickets for the match will be available on the day at the turnstiles - just go along and enjoy the fun.