Airdrie- salutes its hereos

BUNGLING football bosses were left red-faced after a special Remembrance matchday programme used a picture of NAZI troops.
The shocking image was on the front cover of Airdrie United’s magazine for Saturday’s Division Two clash against Livingston.
Last night club officials insisted they thought it showed AUSTRALIAN squaddies.
But the snap, left, actually features nurses handing out water to German soldiers on a train during World War Two.

On the photo are the words: “Lest We Forget” plus a PoppyScotland logo and the slogan: “Supporting Our Heroes”.
Last night Airdrie United secretary Ann Marie Ballantyne said the image was chosen because Network Rail had been lined up to be match sponsors.
She said: "The picture we originally wanted looked too contrived, so we looked about for one with a train on it.
"As far as I know the snap came from PoppyScotland and we were told the soldiers were Australian. The idea was to tie in the train and Remembrance Sunday.
“In the end, Network Rail pulled out as sponsors at the last minute but by then everything was at the printers.”
Ms Ballantyne added: “For the first time ever we had paid to get special strips made with poppies on them. Normally only SPL teams do that.”
Last night PoppyScotland spokeswoman Leigh James described the club’s blunder as “unfortunate” - but denied they supplied the photo.

She said: "That picture is definitely not from our website. We did not get an official approach from Airdrie United about using any images.
"Obviously the club meant well and tried to support the charity.
“Unfortunately they used a wrong image on this occasion - but their sentiments were correct.”
Last night the Lanarkshire club’s gaffe was the subject of mocking posts on supporters’ websites.
Some fans were convinced the image had to be a fake, with one saying: “Surely nobody is THAT stupid?”
But another wrote: “That’s an embarrassment. The person responsible should get the sack.”
To round off a bad weekend, Airdrie lost the match 1-0.