Aaron Dunsmore; “I knew I wasn’t good enough for Hibs, but Neil Lennon told me to never give up.”

Written by Colin Byiers Aaron Dunsmore has become a mainstay in the East Fife line-up since he joined from Hibernian in 2017 and has notched up over 130 appearances for the Fifers in that time. The 24 year spoke with me recently about playing for his boyhood team, working under Neil Lennon and his desire toContinue reading “Aaron Dunsmore; “I knew I wasn’t good enough for Hibs, but Neil Lennon told me to never give up.””

Jim Leighton: A dream move that destroyed a friendship and nearly ended his career

“JIM LEIGHTON” by paisleyorguk is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Written by Colin Byiers When Scotland goalkeeper Jim Leighton signed for Manchester United in the summer of 1988, it seemed the perfect move for the 29-year-old. He had won everything that there was to win at Aberdeen, including the European Cup Winners Cup, and wasContinue reading “Jim Leighton: A dream move that destroyed a friendship and nearly ended his career”

Bobby Barr: I want to retire at Brechin

Photograph owned by Brechin City Football Club Written by Colin Byiers Bobby Barr has now played well over 400 times in his career that has seen him play in 3 out of the 4 top divisions in Scotland, and, still in his early 30’s, the midfielder shows no sign of stopping any time soon. I spoke withContinue reading “Bobby Barr: I want to retire at Brechin”

Kane Hester: I am loving life at Elgin City

The photographs in this article have been provided to us by Elgin City Football Club with prior written approval. Written by Colin Byiers Elgin City striker, Kane Hester, has been attracting the attention of clubs in the Scottish Championship and League 1 this year after netting 8 times in 11 matches before the suspension ofContinue reading “Kane Hester: I am loving life at Elgin City”

David McCracken: I owe Jim McInally a debt of gratitude for giving me the opportunity…

Photograph courtesy of Falkirk Football Club with prior written approval. Written by Colin Byiers Falkirk’s Co-Manager, David McCracken, hasn’t been in management very long, but has had a lot to deal with in the last 18 months. Coaching wasn’t what he had planned to do when he finished his long playing career as I discovered when he spoke toContinue reading “David McCracken: I owe Jim McInally a debt of gratitude for giving me the opportunity…”

Jamie Swinney: Stenhousemuir, Hibernian partnership and looking for the future

Photograph courtesy of Stenhousemuir Football Club Written by Colin Byiers Stenhousemuir CEO, Jamie Swinney, has been at the forefront of the new strategies that the League 2 side has put into place recently, and desire to improve, not just Stenhousemuir, but to help all of Scottish Football. Jamie spoke with me recently about the partnership withContinue reading “Jamie Swinney: Stenhousemuir, Hibernian partnership and looking for the future”

Steven Lawther: Author of the book, ‘Arrival’

Written by Colin Byiers “Arrival” charts the rise of the Scottish Women’s National team that culminates in them qualifying for the Women’s World Cup in 2019. The books author, Steven Lawther, spoke with me about the book and the successes of the women’s game in Scotland. Was this a project you felt strongly about? It wasContinue reading “Steven Lawther: Author of the book, ‘Arrival’”

Ross Meechan: I take a lot of pride in having played every minute for Forfar

Photograph courtesy of Forfar Athletic Football Club Written by Colin Byiers Ross Meechan might not be a familiar name to supporters of teams in the Premiership or Championship in Scotland, but he is an established name in League One and besides one season with Stenhousemuir in League Two, the 26-year-old has spent all his senior career playingContinue reading “Ross Meechan: I take a lot of pride in having played every minute for Forfar”

Martyn Fotheringham: You never lose the buzz of scoring!

“Forfar Athletic v The New Saints” by yellow book is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Written by Colin Byiers On 12th December 2020, Martyn Fotheringham made his first appearance on the football field in over two years as he came off the bench for Forfar against Partick Thistle. Incredibly, his next appearance would give theContinue reading “Martyn Fotheringham: You never lose the buzz of scoring!”

Derek Soutar: Goalkeeping and Goalkeeping coaches

“Selsport Pro Titanium Wrappa Goalkeeper Gloves 1”by Aidan L is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Written by Colin Byiers During his career as goalkeeper at clubs like Dundee and Aberdeen, Derek Soutar has worked with some of the best goalkeeping coaches in Scotland like Billy Thompson, Jim Leighton and Paul Mathers, and since retiring from playing, he has been running hisContinue reading “Derek Soutar: Goalkeeping and Goalkeeping coaches”

Darren Young: East Fife, Ebbe Skovdahl and Aberdeen

Written by Colin Byiers Ebbe Skovdahl was appointed Aberdeen manager back in 1999 and will be fondly remembered by many Dons fans for his 3 and a half years at the club and a man who was a big part of Skovdahl’s Aberdeen was Darren Young. Darren would be appointed captain by the Dane atContinue reading “Darren Young: East Fife, Ebbe Skovdahl and Aberdeen”

Marc McCallum: From Forfar supporter to Forfar number 1

Written by Colin Byiers Goalkeeper Marc McCallum has spent the last 3 and a half seasons at his hometown club Forfar, where he has firmly established himself as “The Loons” number 1 choice. Ironically for Marc, a loan spell at the beginning of his career while at Dundee United almost put him off signing for Forfar permanently. IContinue reading “Marc McCallum: From Forfar supporter to Forfar number 1”

Scottish League 1 2020/21 Review – Part 2

FALKIRK Falkirk’s slow start to the 2019/20 campaign and the global pandemic resulting in the season being ended early meant that Falkirk would need to have one more crack at promotion back to the Championship from League 1. Co-managers David McCracken and Lee Miller turned the fortunes of the Bairns when they were appointed to replacedContinue reading “Scottish League 1 2020/21 Review – Part 2”

Mitchel Megginson: I wish I had more time with McInnes

Credit: Mitch Megginson / Twitter Written by Colin Byiers Mitchel Megginson led Cove Rangers to promotion from the Highland League and to the League 2 title last season, but the Cove captain might not have been there had things at Aberdeen gone slightly differently. When I spoke to him, we started by speaking about hisContinue reading “Mitchel Megginson: I wish I had more time with McInnes”

Scottish League 1 2020/21 Round Up – Part 1

AIRDRIE Airdrie, at the start of the season, would have been one of the favourites for promotion, certainly a play-off spot, and adding players like Max Currie and Thomas Robert to an already impressive squad added to that optimism. Having started with a 2-0 home win over Peterhead, Ian Murray’s men slipped to back-to-back defeatsContinue reading “Scottish League 1 2020/21 Round Up – Part 1”

Scott McLaughlin: Livingston’s 2004 League Cup Win

Credit: deadline news In March 2004, Livingston won their first and to date, only Major Scottish Trophy when they beat Hibernian 2-0 at Hampden Park in the League Cup. The victory, however, was in a season when the club were plunged into administration and a lot of uncertainty surrounded the Almondvale side. One of theContinue reading “Scott McLaughlin: Livingston’s 2004 League Cup Win”

21 years and still going strong; Derek Lyle’s career

Credit: Peterhead Football Club On the 9th of October 1999, 18-year-old Derek Lyle made his first career appearance as a substitute for Partick Thistle in a 3-1 lose to Stirling Albion in the old Division 2. 21 years, 645 appearances and 182 goals later, Del is still plying his trade at League 1 side Peterhead.Continue reading “21 years and still going strong; Derek Lyle’s career”