This Saturday sees us welcome Shotts Bon Accord to Alliance Park in the South Challenge Cup on date which marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in our lifetime.
For most of us, Sept 11 2001 is one of those events where we will always remember where we were when we heard the news of the attacks on New York. Not only was it an attack on NYC, but an attack on the values and that so many of us around the world, hold so dear.
I first visited NY in 1994 for the World Cup and immediately fell in love with the city. The size, the vibe, the people, the diversity and above all, the feeling that anything can be possible. The city inspired me and changed my life.
A few years later, I was privileged enough to live and study in NYC, where I met many great people who remain good friends to this day. I visited the World Trade Center, before and after 9/11 and know many people who lost loved ones and colleagues on that terrible day.
The 20th anniversary is ever so more poignant this year as we continue to witness the human rights violations in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troops after a costly 20 year war following 9/11.
It is with this in mind, that I would like to invite everyone to join us in a “minute of reflection” before our match on Saturday, to mark the importance of the date and take a moment to consider those less fortunate than ourselves.