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Football fans can reminisce fondly in play about days of Auld

12 May 2022

A new comedy show about a football team on the verge of greatness is coming to Glenrothes next month.

Celtic fans will relish Bend it Like Bertie, which relives their team’s epic 1965 Scottish Cup final win against Dunfermline – the club’s first trophy under legendary manager Jock Stein.

The play by Jim Orr celebrates the part played by one of the club’s most celebrated players – Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld, who scored two goals in the Hampden Park final.

The Celtic hero, who died last year, gave his approval to the script, which focuses on the lives of two fervent fans, Danny and Denise, during the team’s run to the final.

Auld had returned to Celtic from Birmingham in early January and played a major role in the cup-winning run, and he later claimed to the final was his favourite game.

This Cup win, secured with a late winner, proved to be the launchpad for Jock Stein’s all-conquering Celtic team of the late 60s and early 70s.

Says Jim Orr: “At that time, Celtic had no reputation in European or world football and they had not won the league or cup in 12 years. On top of that, they faced a disillusioned support with crowds of just 10 thousand, a club very much in the shadow of Rangers.”

Des McLean, who plays Auld, adds: “It’s an incredible honour to play the legend that is Bertie Auld. The play is an emotional rollercoaster, that all Celtic fans, and all football fans young and old, will love.”

The play, which also features River City star Jimmy Chisholm, is being showcased in a 16-date tour. £1 from each ticket will be donated to Football Memories Scotland – an online resource that support the work of Alzheimer Scotland.

Bend It Like Bertie will be at the Rothes Hall on Sunday 5 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £19 and for £17 concessions. There is a reservation fee of £1 per ticket. The box office number is 01592 611101.

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