A pair of famous faces have signed up as Arbroath Football Club’s new global ambassadors.
Tennis star Johnny O’Mara and golf commentator Ewen Murray both have Lichties links and will use their status to boost the Gayfield club.
22-year-old O’Mara hails from the town and travels the globe on the ATP World Tennis circuit.
Currently 158th in the world doubles rankings, he made his Grand Slam debut at this year’s Wimbledon Championships after receiving a wildcard for the doubles main draw with partner Scott Clayton.
The former Arbroath High School pupil remains an avid supporter of the Lichties and has been seen wearing a club top while at tennis competitions.
Retired professional golfer Murray’s links with the town are parental — his father is from Arbroath and his uncle Frank was a director at Gayfield.
Murray played on the European Tour and is now a commentator for Sky Sports. Among his highest accolades are winning the 1980 Zambia Open and the 1984 Nigerian Open.
He has been commentating on golf since the 1990 Desert Classic in Dubai.
The ambassador roles will include representing the club at various events, taking part in fundraising activities and supporting campaigns in a bid to increase the club’s stature.
Current Arbroath director, Brian Cargill, said: “The club has had great support recently from our supporters, the community of Arbroath and local businesses.
“However, the board is looking to promote the club in areas and markets that we currently cannot reach. To do this we have been fortunate to enlist the help of two successful world sporting stars Jonny O’Mara and Ewen Murray.
“Further ambassadors who have connections with the club will be announced in due course. The club is excited about this new venture and we are looking forward to the future for Arbroath FC both on and off the pitch.”
Mike Caird, club chairman, said: “We’re trying to grow the stature and make the club more well known worldwide and get connections with other sports.
“We are wanting to continue this with more people that have a connection to Arbroath.”