Minutes silence for Doc Paterson

The Ayr United club doctor who was known as Painless Paterson died recently aged 96.

Dr Bob Paterson became the Somerset Park medic during the halycon days of Ally MacLeod in the early 70s and also served on the board as a director before stepping down in 1986.

As a GP based in Trabboch, Bob’s beat included Tarbolton, Drongan, Mossblown, Annbank, Coylton, Dalrymple and Rankinston.

An all-round sports fan, he was a keen golfer and played at Prestwick St Nicholas, Royal Troon and Prestwick GC.

Bob captained the Scottish water polo team and continued his love for swimming every day until he was 80. He was also a member of Ayr Rugby Club and Ayr Business Club.

As a youngster, Bob and his family regularly took holidays in North Berwick, where they stayed at a hotel which was owned by the uncle of Rod Stewart.

A close friendship grew over the years and Bob and his second wife Ann were invited to Rod’s wedding to Rachel Hunter in Los Angeles in 1990.

Former player Robert Reilly recalled: “Injured players often got a jag to play on the manager’s insistence. We used to call Bob Painless Paterson – no pain.”

Bob is survived by Ann and children Peter, Gordon, Eileen, Carol Ann and Robert. Another son, Tommy, died.

Everyone at Ayr Uniteds thoughts are with Bobs family and friends and they will be present at Somerset Park today where we will pay our respects with a minutes silence prior to kick off.