It is with great sadness that I learned the news that our former groundsman Hughie McBride had passed away in Monklands Hospital this afternoon. Hughie had been a loyal servant to the club for many years and had the Rovers at heart. I only got to know Hughie well in the last year or so and it was great that he came back to help out at the ground occasionally despite failing health . He knew everything about the pitch and the stadium and his love for the club shone through.
I have passed on my condolences on behalf of the club to Hughie's family. He will be sadly missed.
I often had a chat with Hughie when I arrived at Cliftonhill early in the morning of a Saturday match. As others have said, he was a quiet man who worked hard to keep the pitch in good order. My deepest sympathy to his family.
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