28th April 2007.
On this day, Gretna won promotion to the Scottish Premier League, under the management of former
Ayr United player, Davie Irons.
Gretna achieved phenomenal success within a 5 year period, rising from the low ranks of the Scottish
game to the top league, via the Scottish Cup Final, before it all went pear-shaped.
Their wealthy owner, Brooks Mileson, stopped his financial support for the club, early 2008.
With debts of around £4Million, Gretna were put into administration and came out the other side as a
"Newco", named; Gretna 2008.
Mileson took a heart-attack on the morning of the 3rd November 2008, fell into his garden pond,
became unconscious, was rushed to hospital but died a few hours later.
Mileson was not liked by everyone but he was a passionate lover of grass roots football, donating a lot
of money to a lot of clubs and their supporter trusts, including Ayr United's.
The Gretna story is a great, rags to riches and back again, story.
It would make for a great sporting movie.
One for the true football romantics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooks_Milesonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davie_Irons
28th April 1948.
Robert Cook Murray.
RCM was born on the 18th February 1870 in Edinburgh and died on the 28th April 1948.
He was a Scottish Sport Shooter who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
He won a Gold medal as part of the British team, in the 50 metre small-bore rifle competition.
This was the first appearance of this event at the Olympics.
The event was held on Thursday 4th July 1912.