East Kilbride YM are set to pay a fitting tribute to one of the club’s most legendary figures across their 100 year history after his family came on board to sponsor a new tournament.

Angus McConnell, who sadly passed away this summer, was involved in the club for over 75 years.

Last month the the club revealed they have named their summer league, and trophy, after the highly-respected former Scottish Amateur FA president, who was a torch bearer at the 2014 Commonwealth and was awarded with the British Empire medal for his contribution to sport.

Now his family have got involved to sponsor the tournament and trophy, which will see his name emblazoned on the silverware.

Anne Cluney, Angus’ niece, and her husband Martin, who owns an air conditioning business, are sponsoring the summer league and EKYM boss Graeme Robertson said: “Anne and Martin contacted me straight away because it was Angus’ name and they were delighted to sponsor it.

“We’ve got a special trophy named the Angus McConnell memorial trophy and it will be used throughout all our events in our centenary year.

East Kilbride YM manager Graeme Robertson said Angus had a 74-year association with the club
East Kilbride YM manager Graeme Robertson said Angus had a 74-year association with the club

“We’ve got events on every month and it’ll be used for different sporting tournaments so it will be a fitting tribute to Angus.

“It’s the first time we’ve done a summer league in East Kilbride and it was just after Angus’ passing so we decided to commemorate his name by putting it on the trophy.

“He was an iconic figure within East Kilbride. He’s been recognised in the honours and he was involved in a lot of different sports in the town – he was involved in the sports council.

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“When he was on the committee, he was very involved but obviously with his age it was scaled back but he was still managing to come along to games, even recently.”

Martin Cluney explained: “We wanted to maintain a link between the club and Angus’ family. It’s special in their anniversary year especially after the year that we’ve all had with a lack of sport all round.

“The man was phenomenal. Some of the things that he achieved and set up are remarkable.

“He was involved in other sports councils due to the success that he had with the East Kilbride sports council.

Angus McConnell was a Commonwealth torch bearer in 2014

“He was involved with the YM for 75 years which is quite the innings by anyone’s standards - he was quite the man.

“His mother had a catchphrase that he was never in but when you look at his participation it’s a surprise that he ever was. He was just a very driven man but he loved seeing other people being successful.

“It’s really nice for the family and we will make a point of turning up for a few games and the latter stages.”

East Kilbride YM are celebrating their 100th year in 2021 and boss Robertson believes it’s a remarkable feat.

“Not many clubs make it to 100 years so it’s a massive achievement for every single person that’s been involved with the YM since day one.

Angus at the launch of East Kilbride Community Club. Front l-r Bobby Savage, Dennis Byrne, Allan Cunningham, Angus McConnell. Back l-r Gordon McCulloch, Les Goodfellow, Graeme Robertson, Martin Ross.

“So many people have helped to keep it going throughout all the years. We’ve got a lot of our old members down helping out and volunteering which has been great.

“At times we’ve maybe lacked a focal point in the community but now we have Kirktonholme where people can, hopefully, come and congregate.

“I just hope it’s a good tournament and hopefully it’s a nice return to football. It would be great if people were allowed to watch and get back out in the fresh air.”

Last month the club unveiled their first tribute to Angus, when they revealed one of their two pitches at Kirktonholme is now named the Angus McConnell Memorial Pitch.

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