ON Friday, May 10, Tom Clark from the Rangers Supporters Erskine Appeal (RSEA) attended the unveiling of a beautiful bespoke bench at Gairloch Golf Club in memory of Harold Davis.
Davis, who would have been 86 on Friday, was the Honorary Life President at the golf club and it was the perfect tribute for a local hero and Rangers legend.
The bench – which was donated by fans of Rangers FC, Bothy Boys and Megatech Projects Ltd – was created by a local carpenter and Harold’s wife Vi was on-hand for the unveiling along with friends and members of Gairloch GC.
Clark told the Rangers website: “In 2007 Harold became President of the Rangers Supporters Erskine Appeal so he was a wonderful help when it came to the money raised for Erskine over the last decade.
“We miss him and it was lovely to be involved in the unveiling of the memorial at his adopted home in Gairloch.
I organised a crowdfunding page online to raise the money for the bench and I hoped to reach our figure in four weeks from start to finish, but I had to close it after eight hours because it was full.
“Harold left Rangers 55 years ago so most of the people donating had never seen him play. That is a measure of the man’s character and it was great that so many people wanted to help.”
Davis, who sadly passed away in June 2018, is a member of the Ibrox Hall of Fame and he made 261 appearances for the Light Blues and scored 13 goals.
Signed from East Fife by Scot Symon, the right-half was an outstanding defender, playing alongside the likes of Bobby Shearer and John Greig from 1956 until 1964.
In that time, a terrific Rangers side won four League Championships, two League Cups and a Scottish Cup, and they were also the first British side to reach a European final – the 1961 Cup Winners’ Cup final with Fiorentina.
Davis story is a quite unique one. While serving for the Black Watch in the Korean War, he came under heavy machine gun fire and spent almost two years in hospital recovering from his injuries.
That he was even able to lead anything resembling a normal life following that was remarkable, but to go on and have the footballing career he did was truly extraordinary, and speaks volumes for the sort of man Davis was.
Born in Cupar, Fife, Davis had a spell with Partick Thistle after his time at Ibrox, but returned to Govan as a coach under manager David White in the late 1960s, and later would manage Queen of the South and be assistant manager at Dundee.