Carluke Rovers saved from extinction

CARLUKE Rovers manager Whitey Moffat has saved the 123-year-old junior football club from extinction.

Rovers faced going to the wall by next month, following the shock December resignation of the Central Division 2 club's chairman David Lannigan.

But it was at that point that Whitey came to the rescue.

"We were only left with three committee members when David resigned," Whitey said.

"Something had to be done to save the club, so I have taken the bull by the horns over the past four or five weeks by trying to generate some interest.

"I knocked on doors and made phonecalls, and I'm delighted to say that we now have 14 committee members appointed with possibly more to come.

"I was astounded by the response I had from these people, including those I knew from my days managing the Kirkton Church team, EU Boys Club and Milton Rovers.

"Carluke Rovers was in danger of folding if I hadn't done this, and the thought of that really upset me.

"By March, we would have had no money to pay players or meet other financial obligations."

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