Iconic Leith Sports Shop blows the final whistle

Footballers flood to Leith to pay tribute as local shop will take to the bench permanently.

23072610Leith Athletic Ltd will close next week after 45 years of business. The ‘local landmark’ has been visited been numerous ex-football players as they pay vigil to the shop that stores many memories.

The shop has provided generations with football strips and boots. Ex-footie stars such as John “Yogi” Hughes, ex Hibs manager, and Allan Preston, ex Hearts player, have posted emotional farewells on social media saying “It was a real Leith icon and will be sorely missed.”

Shop owner, Ian Ireland, 79, has decided it’s match time finished. The owner tells the Scotsman,

“My wife did most of the work but she died around four years ago. I was an accountant but I worked [in the shop] on a Saturday. It was her life, she loved talking to folk and meeting all the locals.”

His wife’s gift of the gab has been reflected as all the locals know the sports shop and will remember it fondly.

All of the sports equipment has been sold with locals buying hundreds of pounds in tribute to what has been a well loved shop in a final farewell.

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