Rob Roy pay tribute to legend team physio Andy Stevenson

Former Rob Roy and Dunfermline physio  Andy Stevenson who has passed away (pic by dafc)
Former Rob Roy and Dunfermline physio Andy Stevenson who has passed away (pic by dafc)

Rob Roy’s win over Linlithgow Rose proved a fitting tribute to former physio Andy Stevenson who died recently at the age of 98.

A minute’s silence was observed before kick-off in memory of Andy who was coach and physio of the club’s 1962 Scottish Junior Cup winning team.

Born at West Benhar on Boxing Day 1919, Andy left school at 14 and started work as a moulder at the Lion Foundry near Kirkintilloch.

During the war he served with the RAF before working post-war for a spell as a storeman at a Lenzie colliery.

His father Andrew, an athlete, encouraged Andy to train as a physiotherapist and his first football involvement was becoming Rabs’ physio towards the end of 1960-61.

His first full season, 1961-62, was the most memorable in the club’s history as Rob Roy won the Central League Championship, Coronation Cup, Dumbartonshire Cup and Scottish Junior Cup, defeating Renfrew in the final.

Among the players while he was at Rob Roy was Martin Ferguson, brother of then just plain Alex.

After a spell as part-time assistant trainer with Third Lanark, Andy became Dunfermline Athletic’s head trainer in 1964 and enjoyed great success with the Pars as they won the Scottish Cup in 1968 and were regular competitors in Europe.

He even took over as caretaker manager for three games in 1966 when boss Willie Cunningham was in hospital - and was unbeaten in those matches which included defeating Spartak Brno in the Fairs Cup.

Alex Ferguson was one of the Dunfermline players while Andy was there and the two were inducted into Dunfermline’s Hall of Fame together in 2007.

In his autobiography ‘Managing My Life’, described Andy as “a master at rubbing away aches and tensions.”

After 10 years at East End Park, he also worked for Hearts and Hibernian

He was also involved in other sports, being highly regarded by the Scottish Rugby Union and helping sprinter Allan Wells to Olympic glory in 1980.

His funeral will take place at Dunfermline Crematorium on Friday at 11.30am.