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