Scots couple honour Arthurlie cup final heroes with huge 26-year-old shirt draped from house

William and Myra outside their home with the giant jersey on show
-Credit: (Image: Andrew Neil)

A Barrhead couple have put their shirt on Arthurlie for Sunday's Junior Cup final.

William and Myra Dyer have a giant jersey showcasing the club’s colours draped over the front of the Paisley Road home they have lived in since 1990.

It’s the first time in 26 years that retired Barrhead hairdresser Myra’s stunning creation has been on show.

And it has become something of a star attraction in the town with locals coming for a look – while passing motorists stop to take pictures.

Arthurlie face West of Scotland League rivals Darvel in their first Junior Cup final since thrashing Southside Derby foes Pollok 4-0 in 1998.

William and Myra will be among 2,000 ‘Lie fans travelling to Cumbernauld’s Broadwood Stadium for the silverware showdown having nailed their colours to the wall.

The couple above the huge shirt which hangs from their home
The couple above the huge shirt which hangs from their home -Credit:Andrew Neil

“The shirt is 26 years old and it was made by Myra,” explained William, who is a retired railway plant engineer. “She bought bed sheeting and cut it to make the strip then did all the badge artwork.

“It’s the first time it’s been out since 1998 which was the last time Arthurlie reached the final of the Junior Cup. It has been up in the loft and over at the ground so it’s been given a wash and Myra gave it an iron. It looks great.

“The reaction has been great. Cars stop and people get out to take photos. It’s something to put a smile on faces. The Junior Cup is the pinnacle for a club like ourselves. This means a lot to the town.”

William joked that Arthurlie are trying to “do a Wigan Athletic” by winning the cup despite being relegated from the Premier Division this season.

In 2013, Wigan dropped out of the English Premier League but beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to lift the FA Cup.

“There is a crowd of us going,” he added. “We’ve got all our merchandise. The shirt will be up until at least Sunday night – I’ll have to see what state I’m in before deciding if it comes down then!”

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