Alan Mahood: It’s the final countdown

“Hampden Park” by Tom Brogan is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 It’s The Final Countdown Bags packed and good to go. Take a few home comforts to make it easier. Some boys take their own pillows. Others take their favourite tea bags. Each to their own. Some take nothing because this is all new toContinue reading “Alan Mahood: It’s the final countdown”

Alan Mahood: MOTM Bubbly…Post Match Interview Not So Lovely Jubbly

Photograph courtesy of Kilmarnock Football Club MOTM Bubbly… Post Match Interview Not So Lovely Jubbly Go a walk for the Sunday papers. Stretch the legs, clear the head. Done ok yesterday. Probably a 7. Maybe an 8? Could I possibly dream of a 9? Standing in the queue waiting for somebody to cash in lastContinue reading “Alan Mahood: MOTM Bubbly…Post Match Interview Not So Lovely Jubbly”

Alan Mahood: Out With The Old? That’ll Be Right!

Out With The Old? That’ll Be Right! When you’re the new guy in the dressing room you have to prove you’re good enough to get a place in the team. When a new signing comes in, you’re job is to keep them out! You don’t dislike the guy. You might have had a run inContinue reading “Alan Mahood: Out With The Old? That’ll Be Right!”

Alan Mahood: Flying High Or Game Passing You By?

“Kilmarnock FC -Rugby Park” by SteHLiverpool is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Big game Saturday. Straight on to Amazon and hit the re-order button. Another 2 big bottles of confidence please! If only. If only it was that simple and you could guarentee a performance. You get games where you do no wrong. You wantContinue reading “Alan Mahood: Flying High Or Game Passing You By?”

Alan Mahood: From YTS To Competing With The Rest

Walking up the old wooden corridor at Cappielow from the dressing room to the office. Virtually skipping by the time I get there. Head spinning with ideas. No point buying a car yet, can’t drive. If I get a speedboat where will I keep it? Wonder how much a Rolex is? I had completed myContinue reading “Alan Mahood: From YTS To Competing With The Rest”

Alan Mahood: The dressing room. Football’s inner sanctum

Tonight Matthew, I’m going to get slaughtered. Waiting outside the Colosseum and listening to the lions roar as the crowd smells blood… Standing in the middle of a bullring with a red cape preparing for the beast to be released into the arena… Approaching the dressing room door on a Monday morning after having aContinue reading “Alan Mahood: The dressing room. Football’s inner sanctum”

Alan Mahood: First card spells danger

Ref takes my name, flashes yellow card. A talking to at most surely but tackles are flying in, typical cup tie and he’s obviously had enough. Keep the head, don’t do anything rash,nothing stupid….30 seconds later sitting in the dressing wondering what just happened? Morton v Killie 94/95, Scottish Cup replay. These games were alwaysContinue reading “Alan Mahood: First card spells danger”

Alan Mahood: The reality for an injured footballer

Photo courtesy of Alan Mahood Ice? Ice? Maybe You played. Team won. Your knees killing you but your minds already on next weeks game. It’s a biggy. Every game is. Need to be fit. Cut a piece of tubigrip and put it in your toilet bag. Pop into the supermarket on the way home forContinue reading “Alan Mahood: The reality for an injured footballer”

Alan Mahood: Retiring from football. So… what now?

Credit: Callum McFadden. Photograph taken in February 2020 before Covid restrictions changed our lives as we know it. You’ve made the decision. Or you’ve had it made for you. Either way, it’s over. You grow up playing every minute you can, ball under the arm 24/7 taking every opportunity you get to get a touchContinue reading “Alan Mahood: Retiring from football. So… what now?”

Alan Mahood: When the final whistle blows….for real

Photo courtesy of Alan Mahood Some people are lucky enough to make the decision on their own, others less fortunate have it made for them. Then there’s the guys in between who know it’s time but can’t let go due to the love of what they do or fear of whats to come. When peopleContinue reading “Alan Mahood: When the final whistle blows….for real”

Alan Mahood: Morton, Forest and Kilmarnock

Photos courtesy of Alan Mahood You retired from professional football in 2005. How are you enjoying retirement and how is life for you these days? Since I have retired I have been in and out of football really and when I retired I was at a loose end because football was all I had doneContinue reading “Alan Mahood: Morton, Forest and Kilmarnock”

Coach and Confidant: The key to working with academy players

When inviting young players in to the Academy, it’s always important to take a number of things into consideration. New surroundings. Being the new face. Not knowing anybodys name. Different training methods. Nerves! The reason they’ve been asked in initially is they stick out playing for their boys’ club and somebody thinks they’re worth aContinue reading “Coach and Confidant: The key to working with academy players”

Alan Mahood: From Saltcoats to Serbia – Steve Clarke’s journey to the Euro’s

In October 2017 when Kilmarnock FC were managerless a few names were mentioned. Some were the usual suspects, one or two were interesting outsiders, then there was Steve Clarke. As a fan you always look at where a managers been and who they’ve worked with? Ruud Gullit, Jose Mourinho, Gianfranco Zola & Kenny Dalglish areContinue reading “Alan Mahood: From Saltcoats to Serbia – Steve Clarke’s journey to the Euro’s”