|Date of Birth
||7th October 1957
|Briefly outline your football career prior to joining Deveronvale.
|I was in a prime position at the Vale as I went training with them from the
age of about 14, as I joined in with my big brother Des, who also played
for the Vale.
Billy Anderson was playing for the Vale then along with Zane Watt, Jocky
Wilson, Big Martin Allan, Alfie Smith, Brian Mercer, Norrie McBain, Jmmy
I was also a traveling member of THE VALLEY CREW (...we sing this song
SUPER SUPER, the valley crew we sing this song, SUPER SUPER VALE etc etc
all the way there and all the way home!) Happy days!
Better answer your question now I suppose - Foggie primary school team,
then Banff Academy school teams (except the Under 14s run by the French
teacher Mr. Paterson, who thought I was too small to play for the Senior
team at Banff Academy).
I had trials for King Street A under 18s who had Aberdeen school boys Ian
Wilson and Neil Cooper playing for them. Never made it with them but was
welcomed at a lesser club run by Frankie Waugh -Walker Road Youth Club, and
spent 2 great years there. Used to leave Foggie on the early morning bus to
Aberdeen, I think it left at about 07.00 and got hame at 20.00 at night a
for a game o fitbaw.
Joined Vale at the start of season in 1975 when George Christie was the
Manager. I had to wait for my debut until some time in October that year
after Auld Sandy Bremner gave George a gentle reminder about some of his
younger squad members who might do a job for the team. So I started my
first game for the Vale away to Keith and must have covered every blade of
grass and tackled every player on the pitch, my own team included probably!
What do I remember about it ? The fact that I was so ill afterwards that I
was unable to go out on a Saturday night which had never been known before
I must have done OK because I remained in the midfield for the rest of
that season. That’s not very brief! I think I’ve answered Q5 as well in
this section. I always wanted to play for the Vale as it was my local team
with loads of family connections - Dad Sandy, Uncle Bingo, late Uncle
Podger and sister Pauline were all on the committee at some stage, and
brother Des as I said earlier started his senior career with the Vale.
|Which year(s) did you play for Deveronvale? Who signed you for the club, and what attracted you to join ?
|First spell was from August 1976 until June 1979, signed as I said by
George Christie. Second spell as player/ manager was August 1994 until June
1995. This time it was Eddie Bruce who persuaded me to come and unite
Deveronside and Deveronvale. Which I did.
Both spells were great times except for the time I left during the reign of
'King' Ken Tedcastle... King Jester more like! I don’t know what I did to
upset him but I was not a football player in his eyes.
I left for a short spell (Mr Banff can look through his records and see when
I left.) I had trials with Huntly and Elgin City, but Jim Gerrard didn’t
think I was good enough, and so did Ian Dickson at Elgin City, although the
late Jim Anderson, who was Mr. Huntly always said Jim Gerrard made a big
I was still training with the Vale to keep myself fit and able, and was
asked to fill in at left back away to Forres Mechanics in November 1977, I
think (again Mr. Banff can look up the records and check my memory) I think
the wise old Johnny Cowie might have had something to do with my recall. I
must have done O.K. because I don’t think I missed a game until October
1978 when King Ken ruled that as I had trained with Celtic all week along
with Allan Forbes, it wouldn’t be fair to leave someone out who had been
training at Banff.
I have always been told as a player and a manager that you play your
strongest available team. Allan Forbes and I watched from the stand that
Saturday 7th October my 21st birthday. Happy Birthday from King Ken!
Second spell as player manager was a bit special because I gave the
graduates of the Deveronside Under 18’s their chance in the first team. If
you're good enough you're old enough and some of them became regulars too.
Alistair Veitch, Stephen Rattray, David Ironside, and Craig Stewart are the
ones that spring to mind, sorry for any one left out. I also tried to get
my nephew Ross, but Pele Paterson got wind of it and signed him for Huntly.
We had a very respectable season finishing in the top half of the table and
picking up the club's first bit of silverware since my first spell in 1978.
We were well off for good footballers too. Bradley Kerr (when he turned
up)Paul Bridgeford, Rico and the ever lasting Dippy. Happy days.
|What are your fondest memories of your time with the club?
|We were playing at Clachnacuddin during my second spell at the Vale. I was
rolling around on the ground as usual and I tackled the ball with the
nearest part on my body. Then all I heard was Rico saying "I have seen
everything now (or words to that effect) you're aff ur heid cove tackling
someone with ur heid!"
|What is the most memorable game(s) you played in for Vale, and why?
|Probably the Bells Cup Final in 1978 when we beat Jim Gerrard’s Huntly
team. He kicked 10 bells of s**t out of me, as did his partner in crime
Dave Watson, but we kept battling on and ran out victorious. It was payback
time for Jim who rejected me 18 months earlier. The other game (or games)
was the Aberdeenshire Cup final against Peterhead in 1979 when we drew 2-2
with them at Peterhead, and the replay at Princess Royal Park the following
Sunday was mobbed. What a crowd we had, and I was so disappointed that we
let the fans down that day.
|Who were the characters at the club ?
|Norrie McBain was the goal king I watched from the Bridge Street End. Then
I played in the same team later on... how cool was that ! Johnny Mackie was
a loyal servant to the Vale.
The local crew - Grant Smith, Allan Forbes, Syd Imlach, Michael Herbertson,
Walter Robertson, Alex Cormack and my taxi driver Les Mason. My memory has
gone blank, its nearly 12 o’clock at night when I’m typing this with two
That’s the young guns, now the oldies - Johnny Cowie, Roy Chillingworth,
Raymond Archibald, Davie Ross , Charlie Esslemont, Brian Pratt, and of
course the Aberdeen connection - Jim Leighton ! What a keeper, even at 16
or 17, I cant remember. Then the next year we had Chris Slavin.
A special mention to Dougan, Biz (Jim Leslie), Faither (Alex McPherson),
Jimmy Hay and the Englishman Kenny Lloyd...all legends ! To anyone I missed
out I'm very sorry. It is late and I'm getting on a bit now but good luck
anyway. If you want to remind me who I missed out call me on 07877 636196
|Who were the best players you played with at the Vale and why?
|Any player who wears the red and white of the Vale are already the best. I
will mention one player who never played for the Vale, or any other team,
mind you he would have only played for one team and that was his beloved
Glasgow Rangers - William 'KIPPERS' Wilson from Portsoy, the best player I
have played with or against. What a waste of talent. I would have captained
Scotland if I had his natural ability.
|And who were the best players you played against, and why?
| I couldn't single players out because every team then had characters in
their ranks. Kenny Roger and Rexy Hunter at the Broch, Big John Sievewright
and Ally Christie at Peterhead, Charlie Duncan, Dave Milroy and Tichy Black
at Inverness Thistle, the whole team at Keith under Bobby Wilson etc etc,
My old team I left at Brora had characters too - John Sutter who I coaxed
out of retirement, Donald Allan who’s career I made last 4 years longer
than it would have, and Gary Farquhar who another naturally gifted playe
|What have you done in a football sense since you left the Vale ?
|Keith F.C. 1978-Oct 1980
Colchester United Oct 1980 –Feb 1983
Loan spells at Birmingham City F.C. Oct 1982
Wrexham Town Dec 1982
Plymouth Argyle Jan 1983
Millwall F.C. Feb 1983 –July 1985
Reading F.C. Aug 1985- June 1987
Brighton and Hove Albion July 1987-June 1990
Peterborough United July 1990-June1991
Dundee F.C. July 1991- June 1992
Loan spell at Shrewsbury Town Mar 1992 April 1992
Player /Manager at Brora Rangers F.C.
Player /Manager at Deveronvale F.C. July 1994-June 1995
Youth Team Manager at Gillingham F.C. July 95-June 2003
Academy Coach Millwall F.C. Aug 2003 –June 2006
Kent Elite Soccer Sept 2006 –June 2007
Fosse Bank School Sept 2006-Present
|What does a normal Saturday afternoon entail for you these days ?
| I have 2 sons Leigh 26 and Sean 22. Leigh plays For Cray Wanders in the
Ryman Premier and Sean has just joined Whiteleafe F.C. in Ryman Division 1
so I will be watching them most afternoons. Which ever one is nearest
Team line-up 1978/79
Team line-up 1994/95