A 71-year-old Renfrew resident has been named ‘Local Legend’ for his dedication to supporting grassroots football.

Mick McConville, a football supporter, received the honour as part of a campaign run by Specsavers with Scottish FA, spotlighting the unsung champions of grassroots football across Scotland.

Arlene Stephenson, Scottish Divisional chair at Specsavers, said: "Specsavers is proud of our long tradition in backing Scottish referees but our current partnership sees us going further than ever, helping to raise awareness of grassroots football across the country.

"Our Local Legends campaign is all about shining a spotlight on those away from the glamour of the top divisions, but who work just as hard to ensure Scotland’s communities benefit from the beautiful game.

"From managing their local teams and making sure the pitch is in top shape for matchday, to referees making sure everyone’s game goes ahead or even just fervently following your club for decades - these unsung heroes embody what football is all about."

Known for his work with Erskine Youth Football Club, Mr McConville was celebrated for his contributions to its development over five decades as a coach and custodian.

His dedication and former career as a development squad coach also saw several football stars progress through the ranks.

These include former Celtic star Brian O’Neil, current St Mirren chief executive officer Keith Lasley and former Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken who were all under Mr McConville's coaching.

His focus at the moment, Specsavers said, is on improving the facilities at the Renfrewshire club.

Mr McConville was treated to a fully paid outing last November as part of the recognition to watch Scotland’s 3-3 draw with Norway in a UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match.

He also received a signed Scotland top from Steve Clarke’s men’s national squad to commemorate his contribution to local football.

Along with Mr McConville, two other people were also awarded the ‘Local Legend’, namely Cameron Stirling from Linlithgow, and Norrie Tate from Glasgow’s southside.

Andy Gould, chief football officer at the Scottish FA, said: "We're delighted for Mick to be recognised by Specsavers for all of the hard work he does within their community and local clubs.

"Like these Local Legends, thousands of individuals give up their time to help promote the game within their area and without them the opportunity for people to play and enjoy our wonderful game would not be possible."

The recognition to honour grassroots football contributors is part of an association between Specsavers and Scottish football, dating back to more than 20 years.

The partnership, which was renewed in 2021, aims to raise awareness of grassroots football and para football all through Scotland.