It’s the 7th May 2014, we are at Tynecastle needing a win against Hearts to keep us in the Premier League. It’s my first season as manager and as you can imagine the stress levels are high, as we were one of a number of clubs that could have been relegated that season. The family […]

It’s 2002 Hampden Park, the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. My two brothers John and Paul are with me at the game and we are so excited about the match. This was a Madrid side that contained Raul, Roberto Carlos, Zidane, Steven McManaman, Claude Makélélé and Luis Figo, all right here […]

It’s the Scottish League Cup Final Aberdeen v Inverness Caledonian Thistle. It’s probably the worst final of all time with the game tied at 0-0. The longer it goes on, the more I am dreading the thought of making a mistake. Aaron Doran has a free kick and I am thinking please don’t stick this […]

Having worked in the media and in football clubs as a Chief executive, you get the chance to meet many special people, some famous, some who just love football and their club. At boardrooms up and down the country, there are no shortage of very famous people walking in the door and without sounding blasé, […]

My Dad has always been the biggest influence in my career. He is steeped in football and, for as long as I can remember, I have walked in and out of dressing rooms as a boy and as a player loving the preparation for the next big game. Charlie Devlin managed Drumchapel Amateurs and guided […]

I was released by Celtic at the age of sixteen, but fortunately Hamilton took a chance on me and gave me a full time contract. I played with a lot of very talented players in the Celtic youth team; Callum McGregor, Islam Feruz, Joe Chalmers, Marcus Fraser and Dylan McGeoch. Being told you are no […]

I am playing under Ian Holloway at Blackpool, one of the most charismatic managers I have ever worked for. I can remember him with a cone on his head after we made it to the play-off final back in 2010, he was a special person. However, one day sticks in mind that typified the gaffer. […]

I’d hit a few penalties for Motherwell and scored, so striking the ball from 12 yards didn’t really worry me, but this game was different. It was 6-5 to Hibernian and Craig Brown threw me on with 10 minutes to go in a match that was going from one end of the ground to the […]

I’m on loan in 2015 to Falkirk from Aberdeen. We are at home against Rangers, we are unbeaten in seven games and feeling confident. The stadium is packed and the atmosphere is electric as we are awarded a dubious penalty by Willie Collum after three minutes. John Baird is scoring goals for fun and duly […]

It’s the maddest game I have ever been involved in but quite possibly the best game ever in the Scottish Premier League. Motherwell and Hibernian are both chasing a European place at the top end of the league, head to head at Fir Park. If someone had said to me we would share a 12 […]

We are playing Celtic in Glasgow and the odds on a Hamilton win are long to say the least! It is a day I will never forget and one many Accies fans will cherish for a very long time. We hadn’t won there in 76 years, but there was something different about this team. We […]

It was a night I will never forget at Pittodrie. A place in the last 32 of the Uefa cup is at stake against FC Copenhagen. The Danes needed a point, we had to win. Jimmy Calderwood and Jimmy Nicholl were the perfect combination as manager and assistant. Their banter was top class, but when […]

It’s the play-off semi final first leg against Falkirk in May 2014 for the right to meet Hibernian in the final. My family were there to support me and the stakes couldn’t have been any higher for the right to play in the Premiership in Scotland. I’m not known for my goal-scoring, my job is […]

I started my career as a kid at Manchester United, but like so many others couldn’t make the breakthrough to the top team at Old Trafford. It’s now the 27th December 2006, I am playing for Inverness Caley Thistle against Rangers at the Tulloch stadium. Most of my family are off work at the festive […]

I remember my mate Steven Bell at Dundee United, I shared a room with him for a year. Sadly, he was released by United and then one year later, I suffered the same fate. We didn’t really keep in touch after we moved on but, I still considered him a friend. He moved to Stirling […]

It’s the second leg of the Premiership play-off final and we are 2-0 down from the first leg at our own ground. Now, at a packed Easter road, everyone had written Accies off as no hopers, but not us, we knew we could win. Confidence was brimming in the side and we truly believed we […]

I’ll never forget the feeling of being my first Scottish Cup final as a young Falkirk fan. I was around eight years old. It was a glorious summer’s day and my dad, my uncle, my cousin and my Grandpa were all there. It means a lot to me because it was the only time I […]

The Parc de Prince September 2007 France v Scotland. I have never been on the end of a bigger pumping in my life. It was wave after wave of French attacks. This was a French side that a year earlier had reached the World cup final. Diarra, Thuram, Abidal, Benzima, Ribery, Viera, Makelelé, Trezeguet and […]

I was a boyhood Rangers fan and to play for them at the age of twenty was something special. It didn’t quite work out first time around and I decided to move on to play regular football. After a spell at Wolves and, would you believe, a short spell at rivals Celtic and then Derby, […]

Tynecastle is bouncing, the atmosphere is electric and I’m on the bench bricking myself, incase the gaffer Gordon Strachan decides to bring me on for my debut in front of a hostile crowd. Shaun Maloney kept saying to me, “He’s gonna put you on, he’s looking towards you, this is it, you’ll be going on.” […]

My Father-in-law, Jim was a big Celtic fan and loved telling me about walking up to Celtic park on match-day as a boy. The week before I was due to play for Dundee against Celtic, Jim was told he had cancer and had weeks to live. The news was devastating. I was very close to […]

It’s Saturday April 9th at 5.30am. My wife Carolyn had gone into labour on the Friday and I had called my manager at the time, Gary Bolan, to let him know I might miss Livingston’s away game at Stenhousemuir. My wife said to me to go and play in the game and, despite a lack […]

My biggest inspiration in football was a guy called Eddie Hunter, who at that time was the manager of Queen’s Park football club. On a Tuesday night, we used to run from the ‘Rangers end’ at Hampden park up every stair right round the stadium to the ‘Celtic end’, before finishing off with a lap […]

I was playing for Morton in the Premier League against Hibernian at Cappielow. I didn’t make that many appearances in the top flight of Scottish football and I was almost certainly not known for scoring goals. However, on this day, I scored an absolute cracker against Scotland’s International goalkeeper Alan Rough. We had a corner […]

I honestly didn’t believe we were going to win the league on ‘Helicopter Sunday’. I sent my wife to New York because I thought I would be heading home at night, like a bear with a sore head, having lost the title to Celtic. At Easter road, all we could do was win our game […]

I started out as a 7 year old playing for Sampdoria youths in 1972 and I now find myself back there coaching a new generation of youngsters in 2016, all with dreams and ambitions like me all those years ago. My football memory is from 2012. I am a long way from home with my […]

Without doubt my ‘football moment’ came on October 12th 1977. I was a skinny seven year old kid who ate, slept and dreamt football 24/7. It was that night my eyes widened, heart pumped and smile beamed like never before because of the beautiful game – and it might not have done so since. That […]

“Sometimes the joy of football is more about seeing someone achieve something special, rather than your own personal goals. In my case the arrival of Tony Watt as a youth player for Celtic sticks in my mind. I played for Dundee, Hearts, Tranmere, St Johnstone and Morton in a professional career that lasted seventeen years. […]

“It’s 1982 and as a 10 year old, I am glued to the TV watching the World Cup Finals from Spain. The host nation playing in Valencia in front of a partizan crowd against Northern Ireland, in what should have been a foregone conclusion in Spain’s favour. Billy Bingham’s side hadn’t read the script, despite […]

I am 21 years old and still staying with my Mum and Dad. I never expected to make my debut for Motherwell in a team that contained the likes of Ged Brannan, Stevie Hammell, Lee McCulloch and Andy Goram in goal. Billy Davies was the manager and he mentioned to me on the Tuesday to […]

We are playing Ajax in the European cup in 1982. The build up to the first leg is amazing, Celtic fans as far as the eye can see going up London road, hours before kick off. This is an Ajax side containing Johan Cruyff, Soren Lerby, Jan Molby and Jesper Olsen. They were a good […]

I remember going to Rugby Park with my Dad as a boy. Kilmarnock was our team and I can still smell the pies and remember all the sweets on sale at the ground. I used to lie on the top of the old dugout and watch the games, I was probably 6 or 7 years […]

“I am fourteen years old on an ‘S’ form signing with Aberdeen. Sir Alex Ferguson calls me and asks if I can play in a reserve fixture at Cowdenbeath. To say I was excited was an understatement! I was registered as a trialist and made my way to the dressing room to meet what I expected […]

“I was brought up in a Kilmarnock supporting household. My grandfather “Mattha” had won two Scottish Cups with Killie and had captained them to victory in the 1929 final against Rangers. Unfortunately, I never got to meet him as he died before I was born. However, my other grandfather went to Killie games and took […]

“As a professional footballer, you feel quite lucky to get paid doing something you enjoy. My earliest memories of watching the game involve Celtic. My uncle Gavin took me to Celtic park for my first ever old firm game; Celtic 6-2 Rangers. I was a young boy, and to be honest, I was scared watching […]

“I’m a professional footballer. All I ever wanted to do was play football, nothing else mattered. My favourite player was Zinedine Zidane. He was world class and his movement and skill amazed me, then and still to this day. If I wasn’t playing football, I would almost certainly be watching it or maybe playing golf. […]

“I am a 20-year-old media student from Glasgow. I have always wanted to work in the media, whether that be in radio, television, music or journalism. Right now, I am working on a Football Show in Scotland, gaining invaluable experience alongside great people with the same love of the game. I love playing and watching […]

“I look back on my football life with so many fond memories. I am one of the lucky ones to have played the game at the very highest level for my country. The highlight for me was undoubtedly playing for Scotland at three World cups. However, my favourite game was against Brazil in a pre-season […]

“I am passionate about music and love football. I sing & play guitar for my band Frank’s Red Hot Wings who gig regularly in Glasgow. Hamden park has been the stage for two special moments in my life. The first gig I ever attended at the age of 12 was AC/DC at the national stadium. I still […]

“I was selected for the Hamilton District, while I was still at school. On a Saturday morning I had a job on a milk van, which made it difficult for me to make it in time for games. I had to make my mind up what I really wanted to do and my Dad convinced […]

“A lifelong Rangers fan and one of those boys lucky enough to have signed for the club, I would have loved nothing better than becoming a first team regular. Sadly it wasn’t to be, but I still enjoy watching my boyhood heroes and recall one match in particular. Celtic 0-3 Rangers in 1999, a match […]

“I always wanted to be a footballer, and at every opportunity, I would tell anyone who would listen that is what I was going to do. If I wasn’t playing it, I was watching it and it doesn’t get any better than watching Henrik Larsson at his best in a Celtic strip. It is Saturday […]

“I probably started out as a Motherwell fan because of my uncle. He inspired me and gave me sound advice on how to work hard to reach your goals in life. My earliest memory is the 1991 cup final, arguably the greatest final in the history of the competition. Motherwell 4-3 Dundee United. Uncle Phil […]

“It is the 10th June 1998. I am rooming with my mate Billy McKinlay in preparation for Scotland’s opening match at the World Cup in France. The manager Craig Brown called Billy to go to his room for a chat. Billy had been told the week before that he was playing from the start in […]

“I said to David Templeton, I’ve got a feeling we are going to get a penalty in this game. The manager at Tynecastle, Paolo Sergio, was a great lad with a dry sense of humour but, very funny. He threw me on in the second half of the semi final of Hearts against my old […]

“I had just signed for Hamilton after 2 good years up at Inverness. Going back to play against your old club can sometimes be difficult and, to be honest, I didn’t expect a good reception from the home support because that is the joy of football and the banter that goes with it. As I […]

“I had just turned seventeen and said to my Dad that I would make my debut for Troyes in France and score for my first goal for them before the end of the season. I was determined to do it and set all my focus on getting into the first team. I achieved my dream […]

“As a football writer, there’s nothing better than getting the chance to play football at one of the most famous stadiums in the world, Wembley. The Scottish Football Writers’ association v the ‘Auld enemy’ England. The preparation for this game probably the total opposite of the professionals we write about, day in, day out. We […]

“One of my best friends is a guy called Andy Milne. I am managing St Mirren and we were in a battle to avoid relegation with Dunfermline. We had just lost to the ‘Pars’ and the gap between us at the bottom was four points in our favour with two away games ahead against Dundee […]