Plaque for avid Lichties’ fan

Arbroath Football Club chairman John Christison beside the new plaque put up in Gayfield in memory of Bill Yeaman.
Arbroath Football Club chairman John Christison beside the new plaque put up in Gayfield in memory of Bill Yeaman.

A brand new plaque has been unveiled in Gayfield’s 36-0 lounge to commemorate one the Lichties’ biggest fans who passed away last year.

Bill Yeaman was an avid supporter after being born in the town’s St Vigeans Road in June 1931, but was latterly living in Stirling with his wife, Irene.

But despite the distance, he still made the trip to Gayfield for every home match and to various parts of Scotland for away games.

To commemorate his loyalty and love of the club, his family had a plaque created with a special song Mr Yeaman had composed inscribed on it.

And last week they handed it over to Arbroath chairman John Christison, and the club have now given it pride of place in the supporters’ bar.

Wife Irene said: “He always came through to Gayfield in the car or train and even made the trips to places like Stranraer and Brechin and Forfar.

“It will be nice to see it up on the wall in the bar and the family are planning a visit to see it sometime soon.”