BERTIE AULD’S legacy as a football player and a manager will never be forgotten by Glaswegian football fans. Thanks to the actions of the Celtic great’s son, nor will his tireless charitable work.
The Bertie Auld Legacy was set up in March by the Lisbon Lion’s son, Robert, to honour the former Scotland internationalist’s willingness to help anyone he could when called upon.
Bertie Auld – affectionately nicknamed ‘Ten-Thirty’ by Hoops fans – sadly passed away in November of last year after being diagnosed with dementia.
After hanging up his boots, Auld devoted much of his free time to charitable causes and that attitude rubbed off on his son, who came up with the idea for the Legacy a month after his father’s death.
“You know my dad – he couldn’t say no to anybody,” Robert said. “He used to do loads and loads of charity work and he kept up doing it right up until he was told he had dementia and couldn’t drive.
“It got to a point he was out until twelve o’clock or one in the morning just raising money for charity.
“It’s a funny story actually – my wife and I were in the supermarket and there was this young girl in the queue ahead of us. We were talking away to her. The girl was putting stuff through the till for her and next thing we knew, she was putting it back.
“This was on Christmas Eve. I said, ‘what’s happening here?’ and the girl said she only had £20 to spend so she’s putting some of it back. I said ‘listen, it’s Christmas Eve – get the food through for her’.
“After it, I thought to myself ‘that’s what kept my dad doing all these things’. We had been trying to encourage him to slow down and not do as much but that’s the reason why – because he was helping all these people.
“As soon as I got home, I made some phone calls and we decided to get the Legacy up and running. That was in December, then we had our launch in March and our first golf day in May.”
The next event on the Bertie Auld Legacy’s calendar is on the horizon. Next month, the Barras Art and Design centre, next to the market in the city’s east end, plays host to an entertainment night held by the charity and Robert is keen to get as many people involved as possible to raise money for good causes.
He explained: “It’s an entertainment night. So we have The Bluebells playing, who were big in my day, and we have a group called Mundy coming over from Ireland who played their music at half-time at the [Gaelic football] All-Ireland final. We’ve got the comedian John Colrain.
“It’s on the 22nd October at the Barras Art and Design centre, so it’s great little venue. It holds around 350, 400 people.
“We had the launch back in March and we had a golf day out in Mar Hall, which was really good, but this is the first indoor event that we’ve held and the first entertainment night that we’ve had. We are really looking forward to it.”
The Legacy has four main causes that it will support through fundraisers like the one next month.
“We are going to have a dementia charity that we’ve still to affiliate ourselves to, because of my dad,” Robert said. “Also Spirit Aid, who my dad done a lot for.
“And the Kilbride Hospice – he was an ambassador for them. And the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. So they are the four areas we are mainly going to support and after that we will help as many people as we possibly can.”
Bertie Auld would certainly be proud. A local boy who made it big that was willing to lend his time to anyone, his kind attitude has been passed down to the next generation of his family.
The Bertie Auld Legacy does what it says on the tin: continues the charitable work that was so important to the Celtic great. His son’s only regret is that his dad is no longer around to take part.
“I just wish we had done it 10 years ago so he could have been involved in it because he would have absolutely loved it,” Robert added. “But he was doing that much stuff for everybody else, we kind of missed it.
“We have got it now so we will keep it going and help as many people as we possibly can – just like he did.”