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Football Memories Group Visit

10th November 2019

Football Memories Group

Every Saturday we usually welcome a young boys or girls football team in our community to Gayfield to take part in our Match Day Experience.

Unfortunately the heavy rain this week meant that we had to give the pitch a break at half time. However, we still wanted to use our Saturday home match opportunity to reach out to our community.

We were delighted that our Football Memories Group, who meet once a month at Gayfield took up our invite to come along.

(The group are pictured with leader Christine Beaton enjoying a cup of tea and a hot pie at half time)

Who are the Football Memories Group?

Football Memories Group is part of Alzheimer Scotland with their Action on Dementia

What’s your favourite football memory? The one moment that makes the hairs on your neck stand on end when you think back on it?

Maybe it was meeting your idol and discovering that they were everything you hoped they would be. Perhaps it was a special goal that you can still see when you close your eyes.

Maybe it was something more personal. Sometimes it’s not about what you are watching, but who you are watching it with. Maybe the goal you most remember is one you scored yourself.

Think of all the bookmarks in the story of your life as a football fan. Flick through them all, pick your favourite … then tell us all about it.

Christine Beaton, Community Activities Organiser shared her experience from Saturday with us.

“Our Football Memories Group was invited to go along and watch Saturday’s match against Inverness Caley Thistle.

I have no shame in repeating something I have said many times already. Arbroath Football Club are a TOP TEAM from the Director right the way through every person I have had the privilege to meet who holds a position at the Club.

On arrival we were met by Colin who ensured we were guided safely to our seats. Bill was our Steward who was also very helpful and who retained a watchful eye on our Group. He was attentive very thoughtful and respectful.

We hardly had time to settle before Julie dropped by to check if we required anything.

A few minutes later Brian Cargill popped along to ensure we had arrived safely and again to ask if we required anything. Blankets were issued and the promise of hot pies and drinks were to follow.

We were delighted when Scott Stewart scored in the first half and then half time hot drink and pies fairly warmed us for the second half when we saw Bobby Linn display his usual skill by scoring the second. We were ecstatic when at almost the final whistle Omar Kader scored a beautiful third.

It was a cold but wonderful day and we are grateful to the generosity of Arbroath Football Club for the hospitality extended”.

Alzheimer Scotland – Angus are improving the lives of those with dementia by helping them talk about the games and the players of their past.

Their Monthly meetings are moving to our new Champions Lounge which is Wheelchair Accessible and provides easy access for all.

You will be warmly welcomed!

Football Memories Group at Gayfield 2019 and 2020 dates.

Wednesday 20th November 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 18th December 10.30am to 12.00pm


Wednesday 15th January 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 19th February 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 18th March 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 15th April 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 20th May 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 17th June 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 17th July 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 19th August 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 16th September 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 21st October 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 18th November 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 16th December 10.30am to 12.00pm

If you would like to sign up, or bring a friend or family member please contact

Christine Beaton
Telephone; 07841 435800

Angus Dementia Resource Centre,
262 High Street
DD11 1JE
01241 431770

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