‘Big Yin’ has a soft spot for 'Wee Gers'
The ‘Big Yin,’ Billy Connolly has pledged his support to the ‘Wee Gers’ of Berwick.
Connolly, who is a Celtic fan, says he's had a soft spot for Berwick since they beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup in 1967.
He's penned a letter of support to the club following their relegation to the Lowland League and is promising to visit next time he's in the country.
In it, he writes: "To the young men of Berwick Rangers. Your chairman tells me that you are a bit p**d off at being in the Lowland League, and not setting the heather on fire there either…
"I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for you, ever since you beat the Gers in the Scottish Cup. You pulled your socks up and got on with it then, and could do it again nae bother. I’ll be watching your results with great interest, and cheering for you.
"The next time I’m in Scotland I’ll come and see you. Until then, power to you, Billy xxx”
Berwick chairman John Bell hopes it can inspire his side to turn their season around after pinning it to the dressing room wall.
He said: "It's nice for somebody like Sir Billy to take an interest in a wee club like ours, it's a wee bit of positivity.
"This calendar year has just been dreadful but this put a smile on people's faces. He probably guessed that we weren't very happy with where we are at the moment.
"We're fifth from bottom of the Lowland League and that's not where we want to be. We think we've got a squad that's capable of much more. I think we've lost nine games and seven of those have been by one goal so we're not far away.
“I think the players will appreciate having that wee note in the dressing room."
Caledonia Braves 0
Berwick picked up three welcome points with a 1-0 home Lowland League win over Caledonia Braves at Shielfield on Saturday.
The only goal of the game was scored by Yaw Osei who netted midway through the first half.
The win, their fifth of the season, lifted Rangers up to 11th in the table with 18 points from 17 games played.
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the sides in the early exchanges, Osei shooting over the bar for Berwick.
Sean Brennan made a good save from a Raffi Krissian volley, whilst at the other end John Balde dragged a shot wide.
The breakthrough came when Osei ran onto a flick-on and his shot was parrfied into the net by the keeper.
The Braves responded and almost drew level when they struck a post, but Berwick held out to lead 1-0 at the break.
The second half resulted in few chances for either side, but the visitors made a late push and Craig Quinn headed over before Brennan made a good save late in the game to keep Rangers in front.