Roy Of The Rovers
Mr Easton Roy first began playing rugby for Stirling County FC after he had returned home from serving with the RAF in World War II. More than seven decades on and the 95 year old is still turning out for the club at its Bridgehaugh ground. After a 60 year playing career with the club, Mr Roy hung up his boots when he was 85 after starring in the Golden Oldies World Cup in 2008. But after a ten year break, Mr Roy dusted off his boots to take to the field once more at the tender age of 95 for a charity match featuring a mix of past and present players. And the flying nonagenarian wasn’t there to make up the numbers. He played for the entire 40 minutes and even scored a try. Speaking after the game Mr Roy said: “It was good fun. I was a bit apprehensive because I’ve not pulled on my boots for a good while, but I felt alright when I got out on the pitch. It was great seeing the old boys and reviving the old memories. I keep myself pretty fit in the gym and I go out for a wee jog but nothing beats playing a game of rugby.” But for a few aches and pains, the retired roofer got through the game relatively unscathed. “I actually felt quite good on Saturday morning, but on Sunday I needed a couple of baths to soften myself off. But I think we’ll have another go next year.” Stirling County stalwart Allan Imrie, 43, who organised the match, which raised hundreds of pounds for Strathcarron Hospice, added: “Easton’s a unique force of nature…Some people might have worried about his age and whether he’d hurt himself but he’s really unbreakable. He was up and down the pitch like a youngster and I can vouch that he’s still rock solid in the scrum – it’s like scrumming a brick wall.” Stirling job Mr Roy.