Saints acknowledge former player's generous gift

The committee and management of St Duthus Football Club were delighted to receive a donation of £500 from former player James Oliver today. The donation was from the profits raised from the sale of his book "What the **** were you playing at?!", which tells of his time in football. 

James had promised 50% of all profits from his book would go to Charities and Clubs supported by his great friend Alan Ross. Alan was another former Tain St Duthus player, who also enjoyed spells as Manager, Trainer, Committee Member and Chairman of the club at different times. Alan was diagnosed with cancer in March this year and sadly passed away in October. He will be missed by all who knew him.

James, who had organised a Fundraiser for Alan, said "I spoke with Alan about where we could put some of the proceeds from the Fundraiser and the book sales. As we had both played for Tain and had a life long love of the game, it made sense to put something back in to the club. Alan said that I should put some of the book profits in to the club and I am delighted to honour his wishes."

Niall Harkiss, Chairman of St. Duthus, who helped James with the production, printing and launch of the book through his company K & N Concepts Ltd, said "This donation is a great example of the generosity shown by Alan to the club over the years, both as a supporter and as a volunteer to the cause. He will forever remain one of the club's greatest custodians. On behalf of our committee and everyone connected to the club, I extend our thanks to Jim for this fine gesture."

James has been delighted with how the sales have gone and with less than 100 copies left from an initial order of 500, he is hopeful that they will all be snapped up soon. James added, "100 books represents £1,000 that will be donated to local charities and it would be great to be handing that amount out in the next few weeks."

James' book can still be purchased via PayPal at or by contacting him directly by email at The Seaboard Memorial Hall and Tain Bothy (Post Office) also have some in stock and they can be purchased there as well.

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