IRN-BRU SFL PHENOMENAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Speedway co-promoter of Berwick Bandits Dennis McCleary – who has been with the club for more than forty years, but is also the long-serving secretary of Berwick Rangers FC – was smacked firmly in the gob on Friday, at the Scottish Football Association Awards function.
This season’s IRN-BRU SFL Phenomenal Achievement Award goes to someone who has given his club phenomenal service off the park. The recipient has spent over 40 years ensuring that everything runs smoothly at a unique club.
His love for his club is a family thing as on a very famous day in January 1967 he watched alongside his mum as his team defeated Rangers 1-0 in a Scottish Cup tie as his dad worked on the Turnstiles.
The recipient first got involved in 1970 when former Rangers, Dunfermline and Aberdeen player Harry Melrose asked him to take on the assistant secretary role which he carried out for 6 years.
From 1976 he was Club Secretary and apart from a short period away from the club has continued to dedicate hours and hours every week to ensure matters run smoothly whilst always representing his club professionally and making friends throughout Scotland and England as he did so.
This season brought new challenges because of the visits of Rangers to his club’s ground for live TV, however again everything went smoothly. This was despite the recipients absence as he was carrying out a prestigious role in another sport that he dedicates time to as he was the Official Time Keeper for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the same day!
The winner of this seasons' Phenomenal Achievement Award is Dennis McCleary of Berwick Rangers. McCleary said: “I had not got a clue that I was going to receive this Award however as soon as they started giving out the background information I realised it was me”.
“At one stage I was not even coming as I had been feeling poorly but one of our Directors John Bell told me that I should come along. I now realise why! I am delighted that I did”.
“I could not have missed this night”.
“My 43 years have gone by really quickly and I am delighted to be recognised”.
“I would like to thank everyone at Berwick and thank all the girls at the SFL who I have worked with over the years as well as the two Davids, Anton and Brian. They have all been a great help to me”.
“I am not used to being in the spotlight as I am usually in the background but I have enjoyed this moment."