Davie MacFarlane (1967-2013)

Davie McFarlaneGlenafton Athletic were saddened to learn that former midfielder Davie MacFarlane passed away today. ‘Mighty Mac’  was a member of the great Glens side of season 1992/93 that won the Scottish Junior Cup, Ayrshire League Championship and Ayrshire Cup .

Ayr-born Davie stepped up from Ayr United Boys Club to sign for Rangers as a 17 year-old at the start of the 1984 season. He made 7 appearances for the Ibrox side, including coming off the bench to replace Ian Durrant in the 1986 Scottish League Cup Final in the 2-1 victory over Celtic.  In the Rangers side that day was former Glens player Ted McMinn, while future Glens player Tony Shepherd was in the Celtic team.

Davie McFarlane2During his spell at Rangers he went went on loan to Kilmarnock (December 1987-1988) and also had a loan spell at Dundee before signing on permanently at Killie for £100,000 in October 1988. He scored 7 goals in 26 appearances for the Ayrshire side.

Davie had a brief spell with Sunshine George Cross in the Victoria League Australia before joining Glenafton Athletic in Season 1990-91 as part of the Alan Rough revolution. Of course he was quick to remind his new boss that his best ever goal was when playing for Rangers against Hibernian at Easter Road “when he chipped Roughie him from 40 yards”.

Davie, Tom Brown , Mick Morran and Alan Rough with the Scottish Junior Cup

Davie, Tom Brown , Mick Morran and Alan Rough and young mascot Alison’ with the Scottish Junior Cup

Davie quickly established himself as a firm favourite with Glenafton supporters and played in three consecutive Scottish Junior Cup Finals for the New Cumnock side.

The thoughts of all at Glenafton Athletic are with Davie’s family and friends at this sad time.

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