Fond farewell to a true sporting legend

Teddy Scott, late of Aberdeen FC
Teddy Scott, late of Aberdeen FC

THE town of Ellon said farewell to one of it’s most loved and respected residents of modern times on Wednesday, when an icon was put to rest after a lifetime of devotion to his beloved football team.

The death of Teddy Scott aged 83 was greeted with shock and dismay in Ellon, after the town learned of the passing of one of its most famous sons last week.

The former long-time servant of Aberdeen Football Club had been suffering from dementia for nine years, and had spent the best part of two years being cared for in Auchtercrag Care Home in Ellon.

The history of Teddy’s achievements in the game he loved is well documented in his 49 years at Pittodrie, including the wise advice he gave to generations of players and even mangers who queued up to pay tribute to the Aberdeen legend, not least of whom was former manager Alex Smith who said: “I have lost a true friend. He was the most prized of assets.”

Sir Alex Ferguson was also quick to pay tribute to Mr Scott, with whom the Manchester United manager eventually formed a strong bond.

The fact that the Old Trafford boss brought his team north with the Champions League Cup in 1999 for Teddy’s testimonial game, spoke volumes for the respect in which he was held in the world of football.

But for those who have short memories, it should be recalled that Teddy was a force in the game before the glory days of Gothenberg in 1983 and the many domestic honours achieved under Ferguson.

Who will forget the reserve side who, under the shrewd tutorage of trainer Teddy, won its league, cup and league while attracting crowds of over 5,000 on a regular basis?

But for many citizens of the town, Mr Scott was a former apprentice plumber and gentleman of the first order who treated everyone he came across with fairness, honesty and not a little humour.

Astonishingly shy for a man who achieved so much, his first love was his family, including his wife Jean who was totally supportive of the hours her husband spent at Pittodrie each week and almost every day at the club.

His three children were equally proud of Teddy’s success, recognising their father‘s achievements, though for Gary, Shirley and Kay he was just dad. While for Greg, Karen, Sarah, Justine, and Jo-anne he was a loving grandpa.

Teddy’s modesty was best reflected in his admission that when he played for junior club Sunnybank he had been responsible for giving away the goal in the 2 - 1 win during a Scottish Cup final .

He also played cricket for Ellon Gordon, and even had a kind word for the game of rugby and other sports.

This all-rounder will be sadly missed by the sporting public, but most of all in his native Ellon which he graced for his 83 years, including his time performing his national service in the 1950’s.

The funeral was held in Ellon Parish Church on Wednesday when he was given a send off to remember with a huge turn out. Whether Teddy would have appreciated the fuss is another matter, but for those who knew the man it was an honour to be there.