Clydebank FC Charity Bungee Jump

CLYDEBANK FOOTBALL STARS BUNGEE JUMP FOR MASCOT EMMA

Players and officials of Clydebank Football Club paid their respects to former club mascot Emma Smith on Saturday by bungee jumping 150 ft from the Titan Crane Clydebank.

Little Emma, 11, passed away last January in Yorkhill Children’s Hospital after a rare asthma attack triggered a cardiac arrest.  She had been a supporter of the Bankies from the age of 4 and was much loved by the club’s players and staff, appearing as a mascot on several occasions.  Emma was a popular figure at Clydebank games, clutching her teddy with its red and white scarf and, at her funeral, mother Maxine insisted all attendees wore red.  On that day, Clydebank Football Club officials pledged to do something in honour of Emma, whose mother hopes to open a sports centre in Clydebank for children and adults with disabilities.

Clydebank FC charity Bungee jump

On Saturday, they paidan emotional tribute, raising close to £2000 for ‘Emma’s Strength’; the charity set up by mum Maxine, by plummeting from the Titan Crane Urban Bungee Jump.  Joining the players, officials and friends of Emma’s mother Maxine was new Clydebank Football Club mascot ‘Titan’, who also performed a bungee jump – minus his trademark monkey mask.

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Afterwards, Clydebank Football Club Director Stephen McLaren, who had a special bond with Emma, admitted he had a tear in his eye after being winched back to the bungee jump platform by the crew of operators, Highland Fling Bungee.

“I wasn’t meant to be doing the bungee jump but, on Friday, I saw all the tweets coming in from the players and I got a bit emotional.

“I knew one of the boys couldn’t make it so I went onto Facebook and posted, ‘if I can get £250 of pledges by midnight, I’m bungee jumping.’

“By 10pm, I had over £300 so there was no way back.

“It was brilliant. When I stood up there at the end, I had a wee cry.  Emma was a great wee girl. She had a lot of ailments through her life but she always battled on.”

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Highland Fling Bungee staff were delighted to welcome the charity bungee jumpers and Clydebank Rebuilt, who operate Titan Crane, footed the bungee jump costs.

The Titan Crane actually sponsored club mascot ‘Titan’ for one season.

Players Vincent Berry and Michael McAdam, who performed the bungee jump, reckon the daredevil plunge will bond the players ahead of their next campaign.

“When the idea of bungee jumping was first talked about in honour of Emma, there were some guys in the dressing room who put their hands up straight away and others who were not so up for it,” said midfielder Berry, 25.

“There has been quite a lot of banter about it but the boys who have done it will certainly be closer after this and even the ones not doing it have supported in other ways.”

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Highland Fling Bungee staff were delighted to welcome the charity bungee jumpers and Clydebank Rebuilt, who operate Titan Crane, footed the bungee jump costs.

The Titan Crane actually sponsored club mascot ‘Titan’ for one season.

Players Vincent Berry and Michael McAdam, who performed the bungee jump, reckon the daredevil plunge will bond the players ahead of their next campaign.

“When the idea of bungee jumping was first talked about in honour of Emma, there were some guys in the dressing room who put their hands up straight away and others who were not so up for it,” said midfielder Berry, 25.

“There has been quite a lot of banter about it but the boys who have done it will certainly be closer after this and even the ones not doing it have supported in other ways.”