The club has just received confirmation that Willie Morton's funeral will be held on Friday 9th August, 2.45pm at the Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh and afterwards at the Gorgie Suite, Tynecastle.
Tributes from around the world have been paid to our former player and Scotland international, Willie Morton, who died suddenly at his home in Edinburgh on Friday July 19th. He was 58.
The left-arm spinner started out his cricket career at Williamfield as a junior in 1973 along with brother Donald and Bruce Russell in coach Raymond Bond’s first ever intake, and was a regular member of our first team by 1978. He went on to play at youth level for his country before reaching the pinnacle of a full cap for Scotland in 1982.
Trials followed at Northamptonshire and Warwickshire and it was the Edgbaston club which offered him a contract in 1984.
A serious back injury meant his full-time career ended prematurely but he returned to Scotland to play for Watsonians before returning to play at Stirling from 1993 to 2000.He then moved on to Penicuik, coaching at both club and international level.Willie worked as head groundsman at George Watson’s College, looking after both the cricket and rugby pitches as well as the school grounds.
Born in Drip Road, he was the youngest of seven children and attended Raploch Primary School before the family moved to Cameronian Street and he finished his primary education at the former Craigs Primary. He went on to Wallace High School, leaving school and working as a gravedigger with Stirling District Council before moving south to follow his cricketing dream.
Willie’s standing in the game has seen tributes come from cricketing colleagues and opponents from around the world, including West Indies legendary opening batsman Desmond Hayes and England opening bowler Gladstone Small, with whom he shared a flat during his Warwickshire days.
Former Stirling County captain Neil Tranter said in a message: “One incident from long ago summed up for me and my family his integrity and nobility of character. In his first game for County just after he had played his first game for Scotland, he wore his Stirling County sweater rather than his Scottish one. When asked why, he simply said that he was playing for Stirling County not Scotland.
“For all his achievements, he never considered himself better than any of his less talented colleagues, a true indication of his humility, thoughtfulness and warmth of character. I have never forgotten that.”
Willie’s son Keith (with his first wife Donna) is skipper of Heriot’s FP and he is survived by his second wife Katie. Our sympathies are with them and the rest of the family.
Willie's funeral will be held on Friday 9th August, 2.45pm at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh and afterwards at the Gorgie Suite, Tynecastle
As we start to ramp up our preparation for the coming 2019 season, Stirling County Cricket Club will be hosting a Social Open Day/ Junior Sign-up day on Saturday 27th April between lunchtime and 4pm at New Williamfield. There will also be 2 adult matches being played at the same time and it is not only a chance to reconnect with members after a long winter, but also to allow Junior members to be re-signed and for SCCC to communicate the plans ahead for the season ahead for the Junior players with their parents. Refreshments will be provided!
Our hope is that there will also be a special announcement with respect to the SCCC Women’s section.
In addition to this, we are very excited to also inform you that SM Cricket (our official kit/ clothing supplier) will be on-hand with different product offerings and be able to demonstrate some equipment as well. SM Cricket is a valuable partner of SCCC and it is wonderful that they can be part of this special day. They will be able to showcase both Adult and Junior equipment, so we think that all members will be covered!
In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting either Vicki Hambly (email@example.com) or Jason Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will also be sending further regular announcements out on our Twitter and Facebook feeds!