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Earlier this year, life-long Fort William FC fan James Burns launched a fundraising initiative for the club by creating a scarf of a unique, officially registered ‘C’mon the Fort’, tartan, writes Iain Ferguson.
Combining the club colours with those of the natural environment around Claggan Park, the scarves have proved immensely popular and have found homes with Lochaber
ex-pats and a fan base across the world.
James, although originally from Caol and with many family ties still in the area, has been unable to travel from his home in Italy, although he has still managed to co-ordinate and distribute the scarves.
His efforts over just a few months have already raised £1,326.44 for club funds and a sell out of stock, with more already in production ready to meet future demand.
To celebrate this tremendous ‘win’ for the side, squad members Josh Wallace, Aidan Taylor, Alfie Duncan and Jamie McConnall donned team strips backwards to highlight the amount and hopefully give James a laugh while thanking him for his efforts.
James said: ‘The initial batch of the Fort William FC tartan scarves have been a huge success and sold out to supporters all round the world who are now promoting the club by wearing them on their travels.
‘Thanks to all of them for buying the scarves.’
Ingles Buchan of Scotland is currently manufacturing a lightweight bale for summer scarves and kilts which should be available by the end of this month and a further lambswool batch will be ready for the start of the new footballing season in autumn and the run up to Christmas.
Fort Football Club joint vice chairman Colin ‘Woody’ Wood said: ‘James has done a phenomenal job in producing these, which are a real quality product and made entirely in Scotland.
‘Times are hard for us and no-one has any idea what the future holds for any of the Highland League clubs, but is people like James who keep the Fort going, not only with his vital fundraising activities, but knowing the depth of feeling he has for his home side.
‘The fact he has done all of this from Italy is even more incredible and we all thank him for what he is doing.’
James has also been busy designing and producing leather wallets bearing the club logo which will be ready soon to raise more funds.
Information on the scarves and future fundraising Fort Football Club products can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.