Tam Dalyell would have been proud of Bo’ness United’s Community Foootball Club’s under-15 side last Saturday after they won a trophy which recognises his 43 years in politics.
The MP coached the Bo’ness Academy school side during his early days as a teacher. And after a successsful career in politics, local Labour politicians set up an annual football tournament and trophy in recognition of him. The tournament is competed for by youth sides across the county.
Up against a plucky but less business-like side in Lanark United, the Bo’ness United team romped to victory in the West Lothian Association of Youth Football Clubs Final at Almondvale Stadium with a convincing 3-0 scoreline.
Bo’ness had a number of outstanding and promising players but played as a team with a winning game plan, which won their captain Conor Weir the man of the match trophy, together with his very impressive goal 20-yard goal from the byline in the first half.
The Bo’ness goalkeeper, Ryan McCue, kept a clean sheet, while Kristian French drew the crowds applause with his ‘bend it like Becham’ free kick in the second period.
Linlithgow and Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty, who presented the trophy to the team said: ‘‘Tam would have been proud of the Bo’ness team. He was a former teacher and football coach at Bo’ness Academy.’’