Featured Writers – Donald C Stewart
A lifelong Ayr United supporter, hence, the haggard expression and oftentimes less than sunny disposition, he remembers clearly his first game as a spectator. 1974, his hometown team, against Leicester City in the Texaco Cup, managing a spectacular 1-1 draw. In typical Scottish sporting fashion, of course, they lost in the second leg. But, with Peter Shilton keeping goal at one end and a marauding Alex Ferguson playing at number 8 for his team, he was hooked.
And so began a love for the team which has broken his heart more often than any relationships he may have had. A former contributor to the Ayr matchday programme, broadcaster with KickTalk Radio and contributor to many online sports websites, he is now the Feature Writer for the Scottish Football Supporter’s Association, (SFSA), the largest member’s based fan organisation in Scotland, as well as a boxing correspondent for the US based, Ringside Report.
As a reviewer he is the Scottish Editor for the internationally renowned FringeReview.co.uk. Though internationally renowned, Donald covers the Scottish performances whilst hoping to be pulled from the bench to play at the Hollywood Fringe, or the Prague Fringe or even the Brighton one!
Donald is also an author with one book covering his work in the theatre occasionally available in some discount stores. This year should see the publication of Why I Love Scottish Football, edited by Donald, which covers all the Scottish Professional Football League clubs from the perspective of one of their supporters, including a former Prime Minister, First Minister and serving MP. Proceeds shall be shared between the SFSA and their Malawi football partnership.
Donald still dreams of donning the black and white, running out at Somerset Park and scoring the vital goal that sends them into the Final. Or at least he does until the nurse comes with his medication.