Hawick Waverley AFC

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Hawick Waverley AFC 

The season got off to a slow start, with the team getting a couple of draws before a run of four defeats.

In October, the club chairman Brian Hope was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer. The news was a huge blow to everyone at the club. Brian was the founder of the club in the mid 1970’s and has seen the team progress from playing in the local pub league to then be admitted into the Border Amateur League in 1980. Promotion to the top division was gained after two seasons and the club have never been relegated since, a statistic that Brian was very proud of.

At the time of Brian’s illness, one of his grandsons was playing at semi-professional level but wanted to return to the club to play for his papa’s team alongside Brian’s other two grandsons and also the manager Mick, who is Brian’s son. Two other former players returned from a higher level too and boosted the squad. Unfortunately, Brian passed away on the 17th December and is a massive miss to everyone involved at the club.

Results have taken a massive turn around and at time of writing, the team have won twelve games in a row, are sitting in a comfortable third in the league and have a cup 1/4 final and two semi finals to look forward to. It would be a lovely touch if the team could possibly lift a cup this season in memory of Brian.

The situation with Brian seems to have brought everyone at the club together and team spirit is as good as I have seen it in over twenty years at the club.

We are now getting towards the last few months of the season and although a league win is a long shot, there seems to be a real determination in the squad to keep the winning mentality and second place is a realistic target.

The cups are the clubs best chance of lifting any silverware, and it would be great to reach a final. The club are in the semi final of the South of Scotland Amateur Cup which is the ‘biggest’ cup we compete in and it is an achievement in itself to reach this stage. We face Avendale AFC in the last four and it would be great to progress to the final in this cup, which Hawick Waverley won in season 2005/06.

As for our plans for the club, we are just getting back to some sort of normality after Brian passing away. We continue to build and promote the club and make it an attractive option for the best players in the area to play for. We are also planning our end of season dinner and presentation night and we have lined up Chris Sutton to be a guest speaker on the night which is fantastic.

Our facility is a council owned building which we rent for a nominal fee, currently on a 25 year lease. We do all the upkeep of the building and did extend the facility about nine years ago to gain more space in the home changing room area. The way things are in the area surrounding the changing rooms, I don’t think there is any scope for any more alterations although we are more than happy with our facilities.

Our hopes for the next five years are to continue pushing the club forward and promote it in the correct way. The club is Brian’s legacy and its only right that we do all we can in his memory to run the club as he would have wanted.

Article provided by Alistair McCutcheon

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