FOOTBALL: Boyd lifts 'Sam English Bowl'

RANGERS striker Kris Boyd lifted the Sam English bowl last week at the Club's annual presentation night.

Boyd is the first player to have his name engraved on the bowl, which will be given to the club's leading goalscorer each year.

The presentation marks months of hard work by supporters in the Borough and in Scotland to have the Aghadowey footballer remembered.

Sam English was born in Crevolea on the outskirts of Aghadowey on August 18, 1908.

To this day he is the club's leading goalscorer, with 44 goals in a single season (1931/32).

The bowl is a single piece of solid silver containing 44 silver balls, one for every goal Sam scored in that historic season. Boyd's name will be the first to be engraved on one of the tiny balls.

Earlier this year members of his family and members of the Rangers Supporters Trust travelled to Coleraine for the official unveiling of a plaque marking Sam English's birthplace in Aghadowey.

Dawn McKellar, Sam English's granddaughter who visited Coleraine back in March, told The Coleraine Times last week, that the family were delighted that the Scottish man was first to pick up the award.

"We are absolutely delighted that Kris Boyd got the bowl, the family had hoped it would be him."

Mark Dingwall of the Rangers Supporters Trust added: "I was delighted to see Kris receive the Sam English Bowl.

"It was a real adventure researching Sam's life and times. It is great for both supporters and the family that his achievement has been so well-marked.

"Kris will now have his name engraved on one of the 44 silver balls inside the Bowl. I've no idea what we'll do when we get to year 45," joked Mark.