Jan 6 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
IT’S the day Davie Loy never thought he would see.
The day his beloved Auchinleck Talbot lock horns with Hearts.
The 82-year-old Beechwood Park treasurer will bristle with pride when he takes his seat in the Gorgie stand.
Davie has been involved in all nine of Talbot’s ScottishJunior Cup triumphs.
But going into the lion’s den at a leading SPL club in the William Hill Scottish Cup will be a whole new ball game.
When Talbot first won the junior cup in 1949 young Davie piped the bus down Auchinleck Main Street.
He has been on the club committee since 1977 along with secretary Henry Dumigan so has never paid into a final.
Now Davie will mix with the big wigs in the Tynecastle directors’ box on Saturday.
He quipped: “We’ve been told we can’t wear trainers and jeans – only collar and tie. So I’m now looking for a shirt.
“It’s the biggest game in our history. The town will empty on Saturday.”
Davie reckons Talbot can’t be written off, even if they are huge underdogs.
He joked: “The replay will be at Rugby Park on Tuesday. If we had been allowed to take it to Beechwood, Mr Romanov would have been in a portacabin along with the rest of us.
“It’s impossible for us to beat them on paper but if we play the way we can then you never know.
“If we score first, then we are in with a shout. I just hope it’s in the 98th minute.
“But we won’t be discussing win bonuses until after the game.”
The Junior Cup win that sticks out most in Davie’s mind was beating Pollok 3-2 at Hampden in 1986 when they came from 2-0 down at half-time.
Davie recalled: “That was a fairytale because we were without Albert Morrison who was working in India while Bobby Dickson broke his leg in the semi-final.”
Davie was on the open top bus when Talbot brought home the cup after beating Musselburgh 2-1 at Rugby Park in May.
He recalled: “When we got to Auchinleck we couldn’t get down the street because of the crowds. There was a tremendous turnout.
“The celebrations went on all night. But not for me – I was in my bed at 10pm and then up at 5.30am the following day.”
Talbot collected £8000 prizemoney from Emirates for winning the cup and also their share of the gate money from the 6025 crowd.
But on Saturday, they expect to bank around £50,000 from their biggest game ever.
Commercial manager Colin Chisholm said: “From a financial point of view, it’s a lucrative fixture although the manager would have preferred a lower league club.
“The money will allow us to make ground improvements which will benefit everyone in the area.
“We are representing Scottish junior football. Not everyone is happy that junior clubs were admitted but they havebenefited the competition and not let anyone down. We’ll be giving it our very best.”