Dunfermline Athletic

Thanks for your contribution

Wednesday, 20th Jan 2016

Following the tribute night for Norrie at Carnegie Hall on Friday, our club would like to extend its thanks to the very, many people who helped make the various events something extra special.

Ross McArthur, DAFC Managing Director commented

“Our #SPIRIT initiatives in memory of Norrie really captured the fans imagination and we were delighted that the Pars supporters really got behind it. Our last event took place on Friday, at a near full house at Carnegie Hall, and was a fantastic evening, being emotional and light hearted at the same time. It was a great way to round off our tribute to a legend. In the same week that another legend died, Norrie yet again proved to us that without doubt he will always be a hero for more than one day!

"The McCathie family expressed their thanks to me and asked to pass this on to all Pars supporters who supported the various initiatives, they were genuinely taken aback by the warmth of feeling for Norrie. Our re-born community club has received much praise for the various initiatives, which has attracted a lot of media interest, but to me it is important that we always look after our own, and act in in a dignified manner.

"The various initiatives could not have taken place without the help, support and assistance of so many people in and around our club, who volunteer on a regular basis, so it is important that I take this opportunity to thank them sincerely, as it has been really humbling to see the effort that has been put in:

"Billy Braisby, my fellow director, as ever has been a colossus over the last few months as we scoped and planned everything out.

"Craig Brown, our Club Photographer, was literally here, there and everywhere filming and pulling together video footage. The edited video clips he then produced would put some national TV broadcasters to shame. As I have said on many occasions, our club is so fortunate to have Craig’s considerable skill, professionalism and expertise to call upon.

"As we are likewise, with Mikey Mlotkiewicz, whose design ideas and eye for detail are always outstanding. The #SPIRIT graphics that Mikey designed for the initiative were simply stunning and really captured the “spirit” of the initiative. Mikey, along with Craig, as usual optimised our social media streams to promote the initiative so successfully.

"All of the trustees of the Dunfermline Athletic Heritage Trust (DAHT), who supported the concept of the tribute night and spent many hours creating the wonderful exhibition at the club. Duncan Simpson and Donald Adamson deserve credit, along with Jim MacDonald, Graeme Herd and Christine Scott who all mucked in. However, I have to make special mention of John Simpson, who put his heart and soul (along with countless hours), into the organisation, presentation and delivery of the exhibition. He did himself, our club and the McCathie family proud. Thank you John.

"The unique match day programme was also another a fitting tribute to Norrie and I would like to acknowledge the hard work and research undertaken by editor, Duncan Simpson and his Programme Team (Gordon Baird, Jason Barber, Gus Rodger, Jean Nelson, Christine Scott, Alan Hill, Matt Ford and John Simpson) to create a superb collector’s item. Thanks also to Cowdenbeath director and historian, David Allan for his contribution along with Mikey Mlotkiewicz for the superb cover and poster design.

"In terms of the Carnegie Hall event, I would like to thank all of the former team mates, friends and colleagues of Norrie who attended, both on stage and in the audience, as well as the many others who put time aside to be filmed for the evening, along with supporters David Henderson, Avril Lawson and Marvyn Stewart. Chris Wishart of the Former Players Association, deserves special thanks, for helping us to contact a number of team mates of Norrie. BBC’s Brian McLauchlin who was our interviewer for the evening, and Steven Mill who did a superb job of hosting the evening, as well as interviewing participants for the video clips.

"Douglas Scott and Christine Scott who once again assisted with so many different aspects such as promoting events on our website, gathering information and assisting with some of the interviews.

"Jason Canning, and his team of helpers who designed, organised and delivered the fantastic card display in the Norrie Stand on 2 January. It will live long in the memory of everyone at East End Park and added real poignancy to the occasion. Well done Jason, it was a great tribute.

"I would also like to thank Allan Johnston, his backroom staff and the players for engaging with everything that was asked of them with all of the initiatives. It is fair to say that the “spirit” of Norrie is alive in our dressing room today! It was great to see Allan, John Potter and Mo Hutton attend in person at the Carnegie Hall on Friday night.

"Last, but not least, I would like to thank all of the Pars supporters for making all of the initiatives a success, by attending the Cowdenbeath game, purchasing a programme, queuing in the rain to purchase a Norrie strip or attending the exhibition or tribute night. In addition, many supporters left some great memories and tributes to Norrie at the exhibition and on social media. Our supporters are once again a credit to our club”.

Thanks to everyone who made all of the initiatives a fantastic tribute to a fantastic Pars captain and leader.



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