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Stewart McPherson tracks Down Vale players of the days gone by
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Name Jim Phimister
Date of Birth 24 Aug.1961
Occupation Goalkeeping Coach
Briefly outline your football career prior to joining Deveronvale.
Started playing Sunday welfare sometime in the 80s, moved to Bon Accord juniors, played for various other junior clubs including Turriff, Stonehaven, Hall Russells and Sunnybank. Retired from playing in 1998 to coach.
Which year(s) did you play for Deveronvale? Who signed you for the club, and what attracted you to join ?
Signed in 2000. A chance meeting with Ian McIvor the Deveronvale goalkeeping coach at Largs on a coaching course led to me being asked to play in a couple of friendlies against Hamilton Accies and Brechin, which resulted in Gregg Carrol asking me to sign.
What are your fondest memories of your time with the club?
On an away trip to Wick we came in to the changing room after the match to find someone had broken in and stolen most of our suits. Rab Brown had a party to go to in Aberdeen and had to turn up still wearing his playing kit.
What is the most memorable game(s) you played in for Vale, and why?
The Aberdeenshire cup final 2000 versus Fraserburgh, because it was my first senior winner’s medal.
Who were the characters at the club ?
Ian Murray, I played against him in the 2000 Aberdeenshire cup final prior to him coming to the club.
We were 2-1 up at the time and facing a corner late in the game; Molby put his hands between my legs and pulled me off my feet just as the corner was being taken. I got up and smacked him on the back of his head. Everybody thought I would be sent off, but thankfully I was just booked.
Who were the best players you played with at the Vale and why?
Nigel Montgomery and David Henderson, were a great partnership in the centre of defence. Rab Brown, Paul Urquhart and Mark Chisolm, always gave 100%. Steve Dolan (the duracel bunny) great energy. Mike McKenzie and Jamie Watt for their goals.
And who were the best players you played against, and why?
Mike Beattie a striker for Cove very quick and nearly always on target.
What have you done in a football sense since you left the Vale ?
I left in 2005 to work in Aberdeen FC youth academy, where I am now a fulltime goalkeeping coach.

What does a normal Saturday afternoon entail for you these days ?
Watching football. Either AFC’s youth teams or scouting for new goalkeepers 


Jim in action during the Aberdeenshire Cup Final v Fraserburgh in 2000.