A service in celebration of the life of Lawrie Reilly will be held at 11am on Friday 2 August at St Andrews and St Georges West Church, George Street, Edinburgh where Ted Brack, Grant Stott and Pat Nevin will pay tribute to Lawrie’s life-time of achievements.

At the end of the service, the funeral cortege will travel to Easter Road Stadium where the cortege will travel up the walkway behind the East Stand to inspect the scarves, shirts, flowers and other tributes which have already been received in large numbers from supporters to mark the passing of a club legend.


Until the day of the funeral, tributes to the greatest ever Hibee, Lawrie Reilly are being accepted at the West Stand reception on the railings provided.

The tributes will be placed near the Hall of Fame and memorial stones behind the East Stand next Friday. This would be a suitable gathering point for supporters who wish to pay their respects but prefer not to attend the service.

The cortege will then travel on to Warriston Crematorium for a short service of committal at 1pm.


Meanwhile tributes continue to flood in. A spokesperson for the Football memories Programme which helps people suffering from dementia said:  “We were all so sad to hear of the passing of our Football Memories ambassador Lawrie Reilly on Monday June 22nd. Many of the obituaries mentioned Lawrie’s role in the Football Memories project and he was an enthusiastic supporter of our work. He was one of Scotland’s greatest ever players and his stories held us all spell-bound. Modest and humble, he had a mischievous glint in his eye and how he handled the football journalists at the launch of the Scotland International Legends cards was a master-class. At the end of the interviews, one journalist thanked him and asked for his autograph. He will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to his wife Iris and his family. We could not have had a better man to be the public face of Football Memories.

The project uses photographs of matches, players and programmes to stimulate the memories of men suffering from dementia with some quite remarkable results.

Top photograph courtesy of the Football Memories Programme