The funeral has taken place of a Fife man who chose teaching over a blossoming career with Arbroath Football Club.
Wilf Allsop died at Glenrothes Hospital aged 82, a day after celebrating his 54th wedding anniversary.
The former Kirkcaldy High School English teacher and assistant rector was born in Arbroath, where he found a passion for the game.
Mr Allsop played for Arbroath FC’s juvenile section and was capped for Scotland before being called up by Hearts, which enabled him to pay his way through Edinburgh University.
He married Evlyn on Boxing Day 1959 in North Berwick and chose teaching over turning professional.
He began his career in North Berwick, then Elgin Academy and Preston Lodge before coming to Kirkcaldy High School as principal teacher of English in 1968, where he established himself as a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, popular with his pupils.
Mr Allsop’s interests in the town were Kirkcaldy Bowling Club, Bethelfield Church and Raith Rovers.
He became president at the “big green” in 1984 and acted as secretary for more than 12 years before he was made an honorary member.
In the late 1970s Mr Allsop joined Bowhill People’s Burns Club, and recited and delivered the Immortal Memory at functions across Scotland.
The couple moved to Glenrothes in 1988 where he kept up his connection with Bowhill and they both joined Christ’s Kirk Glenrothes, where they made many close friends.
Scottish crime writer and former pupil Val McDermid took to Twitter to pay tribute to “a dear friend” and “a generous and gentle man”.
Mr Allsop is survived by Evlyn, son Stewart, daughter Kay and his grandchildren.