Ex Dundee footballer John McGlashan nominated for unsung sporting hero award

John McGlashan during his time as manager of Arbroath.

Former Dundee footballer and ex-Arbroath team boss John McGlashan, who died of motor neurone disease, has been nominated for a Nordoff Robbins Scotland Unsung Heroes Scottish Sporting Award.

The other nominees are former St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown, Glasgow’s Adrienne Hunter — one of Scotland’s leading sports coaching developers — and golfer Stephen Gallacher, whose foundation provides development opportunities for junior golfers in the Lothian and Borders areas.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland, the country’s largest music therapy charity, will host its awards at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh, on March 23, supported by The Sunday Post and Ennova Law.

John was a Dundee boy who fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing for the Dens Park club.

The former midfielder’s untimely death at the age of 50 last month hit the footballing community hard.

Following his playing career, which started at junior outfit Dundee Violet and also included spells at Montrose, Millwall, Fulham, Cambridge, Peterborough, Rotherham, Arbroath and Ross County, John went on to manage Millwall Lionesses, Violet, Arbroath and Tayport.

He changed countless lives through his youth coaching, working with youth charity Showcase the Street which aims to bring sport and the arts to young people in areas of deprivation and rural isolation.

John McGlashan takes on Falkirk’s Mark Kerr in his days playing for Arbroath.

John also volunteered for the charity Barnardo’s during spells between clubs.

Geoff was the longest-serving chairman in Scottish football when he retired from his post at St Johnstone.

He set up the Riding for the Disabled centre in Perthshire which gives retired racehorses a purpose after their racing lives are over.

The group has a large pool of volunteers who coach riders from pre-school age to 80-year-old novices and handle more than 500 lessons a month.

People with physical, learning or sensory disabilities, as well as those with mental health problems, can take part in the therapeutic riding classes which build confidence and benefit mobility and coordination.