Stewart honoured as an inspiration

Stewart Morrison received the Robert Lawrence Medal from Dr Catriona Duncan, associate diabetes specialist, in Kirkcaldy.

Stewart Morrison received the Robert Lawrence Medal from Dr Catriona Duncan, associate diabetes specialist, in Kirkcaldy.

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A DIABETIC former football star, now living in Pittenweem, has told how he hid his condition from his manager in order to stay in the team.

Ex-Dundee United player Stewart Morrison relived his memories as he was presented with the Robert Lawrence Medal in recognition of living with Type I diabetes for the last 60 years. He is one of only 28 people to receive this award over the last decade.

First diagnosed at the age of 13 he joined United’s first team in the late ‘50s and credits his good health to his love of sport which, as an active member of Anstruther Tennis Club, continues to play a large part in his life today.

Mr Morrison, who monitors his blood eight times a day, explained: “During the 1959 season, I was responsible for two goals in a four-all draw with Queen of the South. With three games to go, defeat could have proved fatal but we were promoted to the first division. Jerry Kerr, the manager, never knew I was diabetic and in those days, the police force and the banks had already turned down my job applications due to my condition.

“It’s not easy living with diabetes all these years but you just have to get on with it – there are a lot of people out who are worse off than me.

“Taking regular exercise and eating a healthy diet has definitely helped me manage my condition.”