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Ian Stewart

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:45

The older faction of the ‘Loons’ support would have noted the passing at the weekend of Ian Stewart.

Ian who spent his whole life in the town, National Service apart, played for the Station Park club for four seasons in the fifties.

An old style wing half, Ian joined the Athies from Forfar Celtic in the summer of 1953 and during the next four years was a regular in club’s starting line-up.

He was a member of the side who recorded a memorable 3-1 triumph over Dundee United at Tannadice in the Scottish Cup during his second season with the club and was also involved in the still much talked about match against Championship chasing St. Johnstone at Station Park in January 1956 when referee Willie Brittle brought a halt to proceedings with eleven minutes remaining as snow fell with the home side 3-1 up.   Needless to say the re-arranged game in April ended in victory for the visitors!

Only weeks after that controversial Station Park joust Ian took to the field at Tynecastle on a ‘pea souper’ of an afternoon as the ‘Loons’ took on the then mighty Hearts side of the day in the Scottish Cup going down only 3-0 to Tommy Walker’s side.

Ian moved on to Montrose in June of 1957 where he spent a season or two before becoming an accomplished bowler at both the Canmore Bowling Club and in more recent times at Forfar Indoor.

The sympathy of all connected with the club are extended at this time to his wife Eleanor and daughter Hazel.

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