Many individuals have given significant input into the Sunshine Appeal since its beginnings. The organisation was fairly informal although a group developed which began to be known as the Steering Group. The group consisted of those who had volunteered to do the initial decision-making and organising of delivering donations.
It was and is greatly assisted by the ideas, support, fundraising, advice and practical help from many footsoldiers of the Tartan Army.
Membership of the group can change as a result of people`s time commitments or availability. Our thanks go to all those who have been involved in a “Steering” role in the past – near past or long ago. If the Sunshine Appeal is successful in its aims and ambitions – and it is – it is because of the hard work and dedication of those who have been here before us.
As at Dec 2011 – and currently – those on the Steering Group are:
Chairman – Neil Forbes (Trustee)
Neil is CEO of Saltire Executive Golf which organises golfing tours in East Lothian and beyond. Neil formerly ran the Tyneside Tavern pub in Haddington after retiring from Lothian and Borders Police.
He joined the Sunshine Appeal in 2010. Currently coordinating the Annual Kilted Golf day on behalf of the Sunshine Appeal
First Scotland Game – Scotland v England 1970
First away Game – Wembley 1977
Fav Scotland goal -Archie Gemmill world cup 1978
Vice Chairman – Paul Smith (Trustee)
Financial Officer – John Daly
John has retired from paid employment; he joined the Sunshine Appeal in 2007. He owns and manages a couple of holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye. John watches his club football at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank.
First Scotland match – Scotland 1 V 0 Italy, Hampden Park, 1965.
Fav Scotland player – (currently) Ikechi Anya (replacing Scott Brown); (all-time) Graeme Souness. Or Kenny Dal. Or Joe Jordan. Or Denis Law.
Fav Scotland goal – Dalglish vs Wales, Anfield, 1977
Secretary – June Callison (Neil’s other daughter)
June’s first Scotland game was v Lithuana and Hampden in 1999, 3-0
Her fav current player is Christian Dailly (seriously could still do a job :-))
Her fav all time player – Colin Hendry
She says, “Fav goal is very tough for me but I think Caldwell vs France.”
Neil is a regular attender when he gets permission from his carer (sorry, wife) and for a while has ended up on TV regularly on his travels often when he organises presentations in places such as Iceland and Norway.
Away from Football, Neil enjoys travelling by Train.
Fav Scotland match – Scotland 5 Bulgaria 1 in Japan.
Fav Scotland player – (currently) Robert Snodgrass; (all-time) James McFadden
Fav Scotland goal – McManus v Liechtenstein September 2010
Graeme joined the Sunshine Appeal in Jan 2011. He is a part qualified Accountant, working for BSkyB. and is also treasurer of the Dunfermline Tartan Army. His club team is Raith Rovers.
First Scotland Match: Scotland B 3-0 Northern Ireland B, Easter Road, Feb 95.
Fav Scotland Player: (current): Darren Fletcher; (all time): Colin Hendry
Fav Scotland Goal: Mcfadden vs Holland, Hampden, 2003
Micky is a database developer with Mott MacDonald in Glasgow, and has been involved with the Sunshine Appeal since its inception in 2003.
Currently a committee member at Buckie Thistle football club although tends to watch any match in the Central Belt which takes his fancy.
First Scotland match – England 2 Scotland 0, Wembley, 1988.
Fav Scotland player – (currently) The Goalkeepers!; (all-time) Davie Cooper
Fav Scotland goal – McFadden vs France, Parc des Princes, 2007.
Dave cleaned toilets for British Rail after leaving school, and has since worked in a wide range of different jobs, currently writing computer software.
He joined the Sunshine Appeal in 2011.
First Scotland match – Scotland V somebody Hampden 197?
Fav Scotland player – (currently) Faddy; (all-time) Joe Jordan
Fav Scotland goal – Joe Jordan vs Czech Rep 1973
Monica works for a legal firm in Glasgow and joined the Sunshine Appeal in 2012. When not following Scotland she supports Motherwell FC.
First Scotland match – Scotland 0 V 1 Denmark, Ibrox Stadium, 1998.
Fav Scotland player – (currently) Barry Bannan; (all-time) Ally McCoist
Fav Scotland goal – Barry Ferguson v Italy 2007
Kevin is a betting shop manager who gets a surprising amount of Saturdays off to watch Scotland and Raith Rovers. Kev joined the Sunshine Appeal in January 2013
First Scotland game – beating Portugal 1-0 at Tynecastle in the semi-final of the 1989 U16 World Cup.
Second Scotland game – robbed in the final a few days later by a Saudi Arabian team sporting full beards!
Fav Scotland player – Craig Gordon
Fav Scotland goal – Craig Beattie v Georgia at Hampden in the last minute, 2007
The Steering Group never forget – and should never be allowed to forget – that they are simply the custodians of the funds, goodwill and friendliness of Scottish football fans.
The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal is a registered Scottish charity SC041455