In 1944, I was appointed Burgh Surveyor of Maybole.
Shortly after I started, a number of town councillors and local
people were examining various projects to be ready for Maybole
Servicemen returning from the Second World War.
A public meeting was arranged, and the popular
outcome was that a football field and a football team was the final
decision. Under the chairmanship of the late Ex Provost Tom Murray,
a committee was nominated, of which I was a member, and it was
decided that an area of ground between the local tannery, (now
demolished), and the then Italian POW Camp would be suitable. I
agreed to design and supervise the work to be carried out by a great
group of enthusiastic volunteers.
The area was cleared and roughly levelled, and an old
retaining wall on the road up to the town being in a dangerous
condition was demolished and the stones and earth were spread over
the area and graded to give a gradual fall away from the tannery
building, and drainage taken to the adjoining burn.
This was duly completed by the volunteers, (with the
occasional help of the Italian POWs). I then managed to get the loan
of a "turf cutting machine" from Prestwick Airport, and with the
approval of the Town Council, cut turf from part of the then closed
golf course (part known locally as "the Slap"), and completely
turfed the area.
On completion, local tradesmen generously gave all
the materials to completely build and equip the clubhouse and a
fencer erected the spectators rail and surrounding fence to entirely
enclose the completed football field, which was then named "THE
Meanwhile other committee men, under Mr. Studie Qua,
were scouting around and eventually got a team together, which was
called "MAYBOLE JUNIORS" and who were accepted by the Ayrshire
Junior Football Association, and the job was completed.
After I left Maybole, I designed a covered stand with
ex-Army Nissan Huts and a refreshment room, which were erected and
added to the field.
I am now 92 years of age, and one of my sons, Arthur,
took me down to Maybole on Wednesday to see my old haunts in the
town which I enjoyed working for three years and of course went
along to the Ladywell Stadium, where I assure you, I had the most
pleasant surprise of my visit to the town.
Your club members obviously appreciate the stadium,
and have maintained the whole ground and buildings in excellent
condition, which gave me a proud feeling that my efforts and those
of the original volunteers had been so worthwhile, and I would ask
you to convey my sincere thanks to them for their hard work
throughout the years. I may mention when I left Maybole, the Club
made me an Honorary Life Member.
Finally, I wish your President, your club members and
followers, and yourself, together with the Maybole Juniors Football
Team every success in the future.