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Tragic Lichties legend to be immortalised in club’s hall of fame

John McGlashan

Former Arbroath player and manager John McGlashan will be inducted into the club’s hall of fame following his tragic death in January.

Supporters of Arbroath FC were asked to vote for their next Hall of Fame inductee and McGlashan was the overwhelming choice among fans of all ages.

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John McGlashan in action for Arbroath in 2002/2003 season. The ex-Dundee player and former Arbroath manager died in January aged 50 after being diagnosed with MND .

He will join another line-up of Lichtie legends who are being immortalised at the club’s fourth annual awards dinner, to be held on September 7 at the Meadowbank Inn.

Born in Dundee in 1967, McGlashan found his love of sport at Whitfield High School where he captained his school team to victory on the popular BBC show We Are the Champions.

He played with Main’s Boy’s Club before joining Dundee Violet in the junior ranks.

McGlashan moved to Montrose FC, before former Scotland captain Bruce Rioch took him to Millwall after two seasons at Links Park.

A bad ankle injury robbed him of game time during his two seasons at the Den and he had brief loan spells with Fulham and Cambridge United.

Peterborough United broke its club record when he signed for £100,000 in 1993 and he helped the club to 10th place before a move to Rotherham United the following season.

McGlashan fulfilled his boyhood ambition by signing for Dundee in 1997 and played a huge part in the Dark Blues’ First Division title-winning side in the 1997/98 season.

The following season he joined Arbroath on loan from Dundee for the first time, making 14 appearances and scoring two goals.

The offer of full-time football at Ross County proved too tempting to turn down and he helped the Staggies win promotion in successive seasons before returning to Gayfield permanently in 2000.

He made another 122 appearances on the pitch, scoring 25 goals.

McGlashan went on to be named the manager of of Dundee Violet in the summer of 2005 but returned to Gayfield only a few months later in September as player/manager.

Arbroath were going through a tough period at the time but McGlashan turned the club’s fortunes around, helping it to seal promotion from Division Three in 2008.

When he wasn’t at Gayfield, he was active in the local community, and was particularly supportive of the Café Project.

He also donated his time to the football based Showcase the Street charity in Dundee and spent time volunteering for Barnardo’s.

After playing his last game for the Lichties at the age of 39, he went on to manage Tayport and Dundee Violet as well as returning to Dens to coach the Dundee youths.

A spokesman for Arbroath FC said: “Despite leaving Gayfield, John remained a very close friend of the club.

“He recommended that we sign Simon Murray from his days as Tayport manager, as he believed Simon was a player that was worth of a chance in senior football.

“He has been sadly missed by everyone and his death sent a shock wave throughout Scottish football.

“His legacy continues, with his family and loved ones doing countless charity work for MND Scotland to try and research more and hopefully find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

“John was highly thought of by everyone he met and a true gentleman on and off the pitch.

“We are honoured that he was part of the Arbroath family and delighted he will forever be in our Hall of Fame.

“John will forever be in our thoughts.”