Friday, 24 July 2009

'Boro respect for Dumbarton captain

Because I was helping get out a small Dumbarton programme sheet for the Middlesbrough friendly on 22 July, I ended up dealing with the 'Boro media people at the Club for squad news and so forth. And deeply impressed I was by their concern to show real respect for Gordon Lennon. They ran a story on their website explaining what had happened, why the 'Boro players would be wearing black arm bands, and that manager Gareth Southgate would be presenting a bouquet of flowers to the popular right-back's fiancée, Kelly, and six-month-old son, Kai, before the game.

'Boro fans also contributed generously to the donations of nearly £1000 that came in the memorial fund bucket collection – adding to several thousand already raised, with the more to come at the Morton Alba Challenge Cup game on Saturday. Heartening stuff. I was sad I couldn’t be there, but happy to be able to help with the programme and liaison with 'Boro over their use of Donald Fullarton’s splendid Guido pictures and one or two other matters. There's another one here, showing Southgate with the Lennon family group.

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