Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club was honoured to welcome our young 2009 squad to Creamery Park to act as matchday mascots for our league game against Thornton Hibs.

Although the match ended disappointingly in a 4-4 draw (Bathgate giving up a three goal lead in the process) the day itself was lent a special atmosphere as the kids of the 2009s joined us to escort the Senior side onto the pitch.  Their day started with our Assistant Manager, Davie Strathie, and player/coach Andy Malone taking the boys in some training inspired by the drills that our senior players typically undertake in training.  The skills and behaviours of the players was exceptional as they were put through their paces.

Next, they were shown inside the home dressing room and the gaffer Andrew Colley explained how he was setting his side up for the match and gave a terrific insight into the inner sanctum enjoyed by himself and his players.  They were even shown inside the managers office where all the major decisions are taken.

The squad then took to the park where each and everyone of them was presented with a special commemorative medal and framed team picture as mementoes of their day.  They returned the favour by presenting to the club a special plaque in memory of Owen Shaw, their friend and team member, who passed away earlier this year.  This special gift will take pride of place in the clubhouse and will be displayed in perpetuity in recognition of the 2009 squad’s tragic loss.

The day concluded as our guests escorted our Juniors side onto the pitch prior to kick-off in the big match.  Although the result was not as planned the smiles of the children as they participated in the day made it a very special occasion and one that all at the club hope will be remembered for a very long time indeed.