Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

BLETHER: Tayside footballer Ian receives telegram from The Queen

Ian and Margaret Cochrane in their younger days.
Ian and Margaret Cochrane in their younger days.

Thursday past saw one of Tayside’s best-known football figures exchange correspondence with royalty.

August 29 was celebrated by Ian and Margaret Cochrane and their family as it was their golden wedding and, as such, received the customary telegram from The Queen.

I first came across Ian many decades ago (1970s) when he was in charge of Menzieshill Boys Club.

A few years later, he stepped up to the juniors with new club Hydro Dynamo FC. When they folded a few years later, I asked him to become my No 2 at Broughty Athletic JFC, a post he accepted.

Ian’s contacts brought many players to the club, including Graeme Forbes, who went on to play for Walsall, Motherwell, Dundee and Montrose.

 width=
Ian and Margaret Cochrane in their younger days.

When I left Whitton Park, Ian took over, and also had coaching stints later with Forfar clubs West End and Albion in addition to Luncarty.

Senior clubs sought his services, too, and he scouted for Arbroath (under Gordon Wallace), Forfar (Henry Hall) and Montrose (John Sheran).

“I’ve had a great life in football,” said Ian when I contacted him earlier this week.

Ian and Margaret are now resident in a cottage on their son’s farm in Inveraray, and Ian continued: “I’ve met and worked with many great guys.

“But it is all about the players, isn’t it?

“I’ve been lucky to have been involved a wee bit with some great players over the years in laddies football, junior and senior.

“Football is a great society for people to meet.

“Really, football is just what us old-timers talk about.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

This article originally appeared on the Evening Telegraph website. For more information, read about our new combined website.