Scottish football's most famous tea lady Aggie Moffat has died
Aggie Moffat spent 27 years looking after St Johnstone managers and hundreds of players behind the scenes at Muirton Park and McDiarmid Park.
She is best remembered for a 1991 Perth bust-up with the then Rangers manager Graeme Souness, which saw shocked club owner Geoff Brown forced to play the role of peacemaker.
The row – tagged ‘The Storm in a Teacup’ – was brewing after house-proud Aggie, in her blue pinny, made a beeline for an Armani-suited Souness in a corridor outside the boardroom in the wake of a 1-1 draw.
She was raging about a broken kettle and the mess left in the visitors’ dressing room.
She spent 27 years looking after St Johnstone managers and players
She later said: “That row grew arms and legs. It’s all water under the bridge now – but I still wouldn’t speak to the man.
Aggie was a great servant to the club over many years
“Mind you, I had bigger fall-outs with directors Geoff Brown and Stewart Duff and they never made the papers.”
She later told Grampian TV about Souness: “He is just a plonker. He always will be.
She is best remembered for a 1991 Perth bust-up with the then Rangers manager Graeme Souness
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"I never liked the man and I never will. If he’d come back the next season I would have finished it. His nose would have been splattered over his face.
"That’s the only thing I regret not happening – that I didnae finish it. I should have broken his big nose.”
Souness admitted that a second argument with Ms Moffat in the same season, this time over the cleaning of football boots in the dressing room, was a deciding factor in his decision to leave for Liverpool in April 1991.
“She stormed up to see her chairman and I followed up behind her,” he said in 2010. “I had an argument with their chairman and I knew within myself I was ready to explode. It was on that trip I decided I had to get out of here.”
The incident even attracted the attention of Hollywood legend Robert Duvall, who offered her a part, alongside Rangers legend Ally McCoist, in the 2000 movie A Shot at Glory.
But she turned down the role of Wee Brenda, a tea lady with village club Kilnockie who had a spat with a leading manager.
Aggie joked: “I said if Liz Hurley wanted the part, she could have it. I didn’t find out what the fee would be. I still have no regrets and I was proved right. The film was rotten.” She
decided to hang up her apron in 2007 at the age of 62, having begun laundering the Saints kit and cleaning the dressing rooms back in 1980 while her late husband Bob assisted making match-day sandwiches.
A Saints spokesman said: “Aggie was a great servant to the club over many years. Everyone at St Johnstone is sad to learn of her passing on Thursday.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”