Sep 28 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
Footie-mad Gary Thomson says his Rugby Park visit was ‘one of the best ‘ in his world tour of stadiums.
The taxi driver was shown around the ‘Theatre of Pies’ before watching Kilmarnock’s 3-1 win over St Mirren on Saturday.
Rugby Park was number 89 in his official ‘Football Stadium Tour of the World’
The 34-year-old Glaswegian has set the ambitious target of visiting 5000 professional, Junior or amateur clubs around the globe.
His adventure started with a tour of Wembley back in 2009.
Ross, a former professional snooker player, has travelled 7450 miles visiting Scottish, English and German clubs so far.
His 100th stadium tour will be at the home of the New York Red Bulls during a holiday to America in November.
Speaking after Saturday, Gary said: “Rugby Park was one of the best experiences on my tour so far. I’d an awesome day, what a wonderful club Kilmarnock FC are.
“It is not often you find a club so welcoming. I was talking to all the staff, fans and stewards — everyone was great.
“I met legendary keeper Billy Thomson, he was my boyhood hero as a young Rangers fan. I also met Manuel Pascali and several other players in the dressing rooms before the game.”
Gary added: “I was completely surprised at half-time when they announced my Football Stadium Tour over the tannoy .
“And the Killie pies are the best pies you’ll taste at any ground.
“To top it all off, Kilmarnock and St Mirren put on an awesome display to win the match.”
Gary admits he finds it impossible to find the time to stay to watch 90 minutes of all the games he takes in.
Last week, he visited 35 stadiums within six days.
Said Gary: “I love everything to do with football.”
To find out more about Gary’s tour, visit www.facebook.com/GTFootballStadiumTour