Alistair Wyllie’s love for Morton is so great that he’s prepared to miss the first half of every home game. It’s a tough sacrifice to make but the devoted fan knows it is for the greater good of a club that he has volunteered for since 1973.
“Anything I am asked to do I will for anyone at Cappielow; it’s part of my life and I love it. You meet a lot of good people. They are diehards but they are genuine folk.”
The 59-year-old from Skelmorlie looks after the 50/50 draw and the programme selling. He arrives at 11.45 am setting up the programmes and making arrangements for the 50/50 ticket sales. Around 20 youngsters, all keen Morton fans, help with the selling.
The only drawback is that he never sees a full game. He always misses the first half. He’s so busy sorting out money from the programme and the draw for banking and he’s the person everyone gravitates to with questions too.
Alistair who is self-employed is heavily involved in the local Scouting movement. Just 17 when he started helping out with Morton he’s done everything from selling bingo tickets, lottery tickets, flag day sales and in the days when you could take alcohol in to the grounds they used to raffle a 40 ouncer (1.5 litre in new money) of whisky at every home game at the wee shop inside the ground at the main stand. He recalls a particular game “One day we were playing Rangers and the bottle was knicked, but we got the last laugh on the fan who took it – it was a display bottle full of cold tea…..”
Giving up a Saturday has had it’s rewards, “You get to know the managers over the years, the nicest was Jock Stein. He always bought a ticket. He was a supporters’ manager. Most of them say hello but very few of them these days would buy a ticket”
All Alistair’s effort is voluntary. “It’s for the love of the club, don’t get me wrong, I love the closed season. It’s nice to get a break!”
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