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Super Ally pulls on boots for K-Park stand opening

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Rangers boss Ally McCoist will pull on his boots again at K Park this Sunday to officially open the new 400-seater grandstand and pay tribute to local football legend Graham White.

Former Calderwood Blue Star boss White spent 15 years at the East Kilbride club nurturing young players and was a heart and soul member of the local sporting community.

Graham suffered a stroke in 2011 and Gers gaffer Ally who grew up in Calderwood revealed: As a trustee of East Kilbride Community Trust Im delighted that our charitys team will take on Grahams Select with all the money raised going to the White family for his care.

Guys like Graham are the lifeblood of what is a great football community in East Kilbride and there couldnt be a more worthwhile cause.

Ive been back in my hometown a lot this season playing for the EKFC Veterans and I did promise the boys in the Rolls-Royce, Duncanrig and the YM that I wouldnt mention the fact we won the leagueagain.

Seriously, the grandstand is the icing on the cake at a great facility now and I was delighted to see Rangers reserves beating Partick 3-0 at K Park recently. Its a tribute to the Academy that they are staging matches like that.

Current EK stars Chris Erskine of Partick Thistle, Jamie Longworth of Queens Park and Montroses David Gray will join Coisty, Gers assistant Ian Durrant and former Motherwell and Scotland star Rab McKinnon in honouring Graham.

The completed grandstand at K Park has proved hugely popular and was built with the help of a £122,500 donation from Paterson Quarries Limited.

The game, which kicks-off at 2pm, is part of packed day for EKCT as trustee James Kean will host a Christmas party for 80 children with additional support needs and their families in conjunction with EKFC at his home in Thorntonhall on Sunday morning.

After all the fun of that event, part of an ongoing EKCT programme of fun activities and sports coaching with the kids, its on to K Park for the big match.

EKCT chief executive Monique McAdams added: Graham White believes the more you put into the community the more you get out.

He sums up what EKCT aims to be about and we particularly admired the work he did educating young footballers about health and fitness and dragging them away from the downfalls of drink.

East Kilbride is a football town and Graham is one its great football men, were delighted to honour him in this way.

Entry on Sunday will be by donation at the gate all welcome. Dec 5 2012 by Paul Thomson, East Kilbride News