Elgin City are pleased to announce that Stephen Scott is joining the Board of the club.
Stephen is seen in the attached photos presenting the Man of the Match award to Rabin Omar, after he scored a wonder goal in a 4 – 1 victory against Annan last November and with wife Jane, son Evan and some of Gleaner’s Elgin staff on the 65th anniversary of the company’s incorporation in April last year.
Stephen is well known to many of our supporters around the world. He was born in Elgin, went to West End Primary and then the Academy, continued his studies in Edinburgh and ultimately became a commercial property lawyer in Edinburgh (once famously described by a retail agent as “one of the property world’s more colourful characters”!).
He is still a consultant in the Edinburgh office of Burness Paull solicitors, and is very proud of his association with such a top firm.
About six years ago, Stephen and his wife Jane, a Lossie girl, bought out her Uncle’s interest in what had been her family’s business, Gleaner, thus becoming 100 per cent owners of it.
Stephen openly professes to have had a zero per cent knowledge of the fuel business at that time, but in coming up with the deal what drove him was protecting the staff and also the dependent pensioners – about 360 people in total.
He has put in many 18 hour days as he gained an understanding of how the business works, which caused him to decline politely some previous overtures for him to join the City Board – because he worried about his business commitments causing him to let the club down.
He now feels though that the business and its subsidiaries are in a sufficiently good place that he can devote whatever energies are required to the club.
Gleaner have multiple signs (one of which is LARGE) dotted strategically around Borough Briggs. Stephen was also the founder member of the Supporters’ Club Gullane Branch, where the family used to live before relocating back to Moray, and its banner is permanently in situ at Borough Briggs.
He also set up the Supporters’ Club Holetown Barbados branch because, before he had a significant illness in 2018, the family was spending on average about four months a year (but still working every single day) over there – hence that branch’s sign, next to the Gleaner one, behind the goals at the Academy end (or as some refer to it, the Plots end).
Stephen said “My late father Alex (a well – known chartered surveyor in Elgin) and my Uncle Ed, Mum’s brother (former editor of the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald), started taking me to Borough Briggs when I was a wee boy, and Dad bought me my first season ticket in summer 1968 at the tender age of 3 going on 4.
“As those who know me will attest, I have been hooked on the Club ever since. Our son Evan said to me when this decision was reached that it would have made Grandad very proud, as he was also an Elgin boy through and through. I agree, and that means the world to me. I look forward to working with all the great people on the Board in furtherance of the ambitions of the club which we all love”.
In these trying times, it’s nice to have some good news to share.