Stewartry’s John “Ludo” Low has collected the Tennent’s Volunteer of the Month Award for his hard work in numerous roles at the club as reporter, handyman, cleaner, groundkeeper, record keeper, and number one supporter.
He has been an ever-present member around the club, quite literally! John was present at the founding meeting in 1970, before becoming President serving the club 1989 till 2005.
He was President when the club built the new clubhouse and moved their pitches at Greenlaw, where they are to this day. He was site foreman when the clubhouse was being built by the club’s members, making sure the job was done right.
John can be found at the club first thing on a Monday morning hoovering up, emptying bins, sweeping changing rooms, cleaning showers after the weekend games and training.
Tuesday’s for him are usually spent phoning round and collecting match reports quotes for the local press while Wednesdays are “repair” days.
Anything broken or needed to be looked at Ludo is the man with the tools for the jobs. Sanding down the doors after they have swollen and jammed, replacing broken light bulbs or just cleaning the toilets.
Thursdays he has a day off unless something needs his attention, but before long Friday comes around and he’s setting up the clubhouse for all the pre-match functions whilst pulling together the match day programme.
Saturday he is pitchside with his notebook marking down scorers, times and big events that happened so he can write his match report for the following week.
Sundays he is pitchside once again, watching the youth sides play and taking more notes in case he needs to write another match report…
John has also been instrumental in preparation for the clubs 50th anniversary going back through his records to find names of every player to have played in Stewartry’s 1st XV.
Bill Tyre current President at Stewartry said, “John Low is a club stalwart. The club would never have been able to function without him. He’s the first man there and last man away for all our events and matches.
“The club will forever be in his debt for his efforts since the club was formed to present day. We also want to thank his wife and family for letting the club borrow his time and efforts all these years