Bud’s plea: Give me back my memorabilia

20/11/08, TSPL, Scotsman, Sport, Football, Interview with Former Rangers, West Bromwich Albion and Scotland star Willie Johnston pictured at his Pub the Port Brae in Kirkcaldy. 'Picture, Ian Rutherford

20/11/08, TSPL, Scotsman, Sport, Football, Interview with Former Rangers, West Bromwich Albion and Scotland star Willie Johnston pictured at his Pub the Port Brae in Kirkcaldy. 'Picture, Ian Rutherford

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scottish and Rangers football legend Willie ‘Bud’ Johnston is fighting to get back precious memorabilia from a locked Kirkcaldy pub.

A huge collection of medals, football shirts, photographs and a Scottish cap he loaned to the Port Brae bar during the 15 years he owned it and after his son, Dean (41), took over in 2000, have been locked up inside the building since August last year.

The pub was closed by the Belhaven Brewery when Dean breached his contract after a dispute over prices.

He told the Press this week he was in the process of trying to find funding when the pub was boarded up with all the collection still inside.

No warning

“We were not given any warning that they were coming along that day to board up the premises, or else we would have made sure that the stuff was all taken out,” he said.

Willie (64), who lives above the pub, added: “There is a lot of stuff you can’t put a value on, - Dennis Law’s shirt and my medals as well as a Scotland cap and lots of photographs.

“It was not just stuff that belonged to me, as lots of friends and punters handed in things they had collected for us to display.

“I have a legal agreement which says that if anything was to happen to the pub then all the memorabilia would be given back to me, but every time I phone the brewery they pass me on to the people selling the pub and they pass me on to someone else.

“It has been dragging on for more than six months now.”

Legal action

Dean added: “We have asked countless times for someone to come along and let us in to get the stuff out, but they just pass us from one person to another.

‘’We have been getting nowhere.

“If we don’t get something sorted out within the next couple of weeks then we will have no option but to take legal action against them.”

Willie was a talented left winger for Rangers and scored twice in the European Cup Winners Cup against Dynamo Moscow in 1972, as well as making numerous appearances for Scotland.

He went on to play for West Bromwich Albion then the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada before retiring to Kirkcaldy and buying the Port Brae in 1985.

A spokesman for Belhaven Brewery said the company would not comment on such matters.