GALA Fairydean Rovers historic cup win was recognised at Scottish Parliament on Monday.

South Scotland Labour party MSP Carol Mochan lodged a motion congratulating Gala Fairydean Rovers on winning the East of Scotland Cup, their first ever trophy.

And as importantly for the work done behind the scenes on behalf of the local community.

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The motion read: “That the Parliament congratulates Gala Fairydean Rovers FC on winning the East of Scotland Cup, defeating Linlithgow Rose FC in a penalty shoot-out on 26 March 2023; notes that it is the club's first senior trophy since being established in June 2013, when it brought together Gala Fairydean FC and Gala Rovers FC to develop all levels of football in Galashiels; understands that, in the subsequent decade, the club, its academy and its community trust have provided opportunities for hundreds of people across the Scottish Borders to participate in football through its men's, women's, walking and para-football teams, as well as its junior academy; recognises what it sees as the cultural importance of the club's iconic Netherdale stand, which was restored and re-opened in 2022, and congratulates the volunteers, players and staff involved in making the club such a valued and important part of its community.”

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The motion was supported by: Karen Adam, Jeremy Balfour, Neil Bibby, Miles Briggs, Stephanie Callaghan, Sharon Dowey, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan and Paul Sweeney.

Gala Fairydean Rovers chairman Ryan Cass said: “What an honour it is to have been named in the Scottish Parliament. The credit goes to our fan Dave Scott who brought it to the attention of MSP Carol Mochan and to Carol for putting down the motion.

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“It was amazing and a proud moment for the club and shows we are doing something right. It’s lovely to be appreciated.”

And the players could make more history on Saturday when one point against Gretna will see them beat their previous record points tally in the Lowland League.

“We are hoping for a big crowd for the game as the cup will be on display. A full stand will ake the day even more special,” he added.