A LOCAL football club is benefiting in more ways than one from perhaps their most famous ex-player.
Murray Wallace has bolstered his former club Busby Amateurs’ reputation as his professional career has gone from strength to strength — and now his current club, Huddersfield Town, are donating kit to the local side.
The former Falkirk defender — who is a former pupil of Mearns Castle — spent his formative years playing with Busby and as a result, Huddersfield have gifted the club new Umbro kit for their under-9 and under 21 sides.
The 19-year-old is delighted with the news.
He told The Extra: “It’s a great thing. I’m very glad my current club have shown an interest in the club where it all started for me. “Considering how many age groups they run, the cost of equipment and kit must be very high so it’s great to see them get a helping hand.
“I really started to enjoy my football at Busby and a lot of my good friends still play there”.
Busby Amateur’s chairman Alan Bruce said: “This donation is fantastic and I would like to thank both Huddersfield Town and Pro Legal Sports Management for their donation.
“We’re going to use the money to buy 18 outfield kits and two goalkeeper kits for the under-9s and then the rest will go towards kit for our under-21 side — many of whom played with Murray when he was with us!”
Huddersfield Town chief executive Nigel Clibbens added: “We were more than happy to help out Busby Amateur, particularly given their links with Murray.
“We’re all looking forward to having him at the club next season and I hope this donation helps Busby continue to offer such great opportunities for youngsters in their area to get into football too. We also commend Murray’s agents Pro Legal for matching our contribution”.
Busby Amateur football club was formed in 1980 by current chairman Alan Bruce after a 22-year void without a football team in the region. Today they have teams at every age group, from under-5s to two senior sides, giving the club over 230 members.
For more information, visit www.busbyamateurfc.com.