Beatson Charity Day in Memory of Elspeth

Beatson Albion Rovers Photocall

Cliftonhill will be turned yellow on Saturday in tribute to our much loved friend Elspeth Reilly who sadly lost her battle with cancer last month.

Elspeth, wife of club secretary Paul, was a well known and loved face around Albion Rovers and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

In her memory, we are having a special day for this Saturday’s clash with Montrose where we are asking you to join us in celebrating Elspeth’s life and raise money for our nominated charity The Beatson, where Elspeth received treatment during her illness.

The team will wear their new strip (third kit), which has the charity’s logo prominently displayed on the back, along with yellow armbands.

And we’re asking all fans on the day – both home and away – to come to the game wearing everything and anything they have that is yellow, the charity’s colour.

Before kick off, we will have a minutes applause when we ask that you make as much noise as possible as a mark of respect to Elspeth, whose family including her children Andrew and Eilidh, her father and brother will be our special guests on the day.

There will also be a Beatson Bucket collection both inside and outside the stadium and we ask you to give as generously as you can to help fight and find a cure for cancer.

Elspeth’s husband and Albion Rovers secretary Paul Reilly said: “The last few months were a very difficult time for Elspeth, our children and our families, but the support we got from all the staff at The Beatson and everyone at the Beatson Cancer Charity was a great source of strength and comfort throughout Elspeth’s treatment.

“We can’t thank them enough for all they did and it seemed very fitting when the club decided to choose them as their nominated charity. Elspeth was delighted and she would be touched that the club is having a day to not only celebrate her life, but also raise money for a very worthwhile cause. We are urging all our supporters to turn up to our game on Saturday wearing yellow as a tribute to her.”
David Welch, chief executive of Beatson Cancer Charity said: “We have all been incredibly touched by Elspeth’s story and we are honoured to be chosen as the nominated charity for Albion Rovers. To lose someone who is at their prime in life after such a short illness is devastating and highlights just how important this fight against cancer is.”