A lifelong supporter, Douglas Rae attended his first Morton match aged eight and held a season ticket each and every season thereafter until joining the board in 1988.
After over eight years as a director, he resigned from that role on 1 August 1997 prior to a regime change at Cappielow before returning to buy a controlling interest in the club and preserve its very existence.
Mr Rae stepped in to prevent administrators from plunging the club into liquidation in August 2001 and has served as chairman for the last 15 years.
He has seen the club participate in national cup finals and watched as footballing icons such as Sir Stanley Matthews and Tommy Lawton turned out as war-time guests.
However, it is more recent events that rank as personal highlights, including the final-day victory over Peterhead to clinch the 2002-03 Third Division championship and a shock League Cup success against Celtic at Parkhead in September 2013.
Owner of successful local confectionary firm Golden Casket, Mr Rae was the recipient of an OBE in the Queen’s 2016 birthday honours list.
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