Everyone at Carloway FC is greatly saddened by the death of club legend DR Macleod who passed away on Saturday at the age of 86.
DR made his debut for Carloway aged 15 in a 3.2 victory over Aths at Goathill in 1951 and quickly established himself as one of the best forwards in the league. His clever footwork at outside left reflected his mischievous, lovable character whilst his finishing was clinical.
DR combined brilliantly with other club stalwarts including Larry Maciver and Brot Macarthur and his goals fired Carloway to four trophies between 1952 and 1957, a golden period for the club. These goals also led to wider recognition and DR was a regular star and scorer for the Lewis and Harris select team at this time. DR continued to terrorise defences in the sixties before the lack of local work led to him leave the island.
The club was never for from his mind and when the club returned to the league in 1978, DR had also returned and was an important figure on the club’s committee. He became club manager in 1987 and guided the club to Autumn Cup victory in 1990, the club’s first silverware for 33 years, before managing the team against Rangers at the official opening of the new pitch in 1991.
DR was a popular figure as manager, respected by both players and fans alike, and he guided the club through some difficult times when players were in short supply. He remained fully involved in the club after stepping down as manager in 1993 and barely missed a game as the club went through another golden period from 2012 when his grand-nephew Scott Macaulay recreated some of the family magic. No one was more delighted to see Carloway lift the league and Eilean an Fhraioch trophies and his warm, fun personality made him a great favourite with the modern players – he was always supportive, never critical.
DR will be remembered by all for his generosity, loyalty and sense of humour – laughter followed him around and the club ran through his blood, we may never see his like again.
Everyone at Carloway FC passes on their condolences to his family who have shown amazing commitment in caring for him over the last year.