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We will start with a well known face at the club, our captain Martin "Tino" Russell. Tino joined the club some 6 1/2 years ago now and here's what he had to say
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Young Falkirk , Gairdoch United & Falkirk Athletic
What has been your best moment in football?
Winning the cup with Falkirk at Shettleston juniors ground 1-0 down with 5 minutes to go and won 2-1
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Bad Injuries needing operations missing vital games feeling like you’ve let the team down
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Stenhousemuir (Ochilview) scored 2 hat tricks in two cup finals there (u19s)
Who is best player you played with?
Zander Miller
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Daz Liddell and Daz T
And then Who is the laziest?
Greg Forrest
You chip in with a goal or two from midfield, what’s been your most special?
Scoring against Tayport after coming back from injury winning us the game 3-2
Your proudest moment in football?
Being appointed Whitburn captain
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
Falkirk Athletic manager Brian Penman
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Reece Duncan
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Win the league
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Play at the highest level possible with Whitburn and get to a major cup final
Anything else you like to say
Mon The Burnie
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Ladies and gentlemen today we introduce summer signing and Vice captain, centre half Martin Maguire. An old head at the back. He is actually only 26 but his head just looks old 藍藍Only allows us to take his photograph in the dark
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Where do I start 
Cambuslang Rangers, St Rochs, Lesmahagow, Shotts, Albion rovers, Greenock Morton
What has been your best moment in football?
Probably captaining my boys club team to a cup win in a tournament at Lennoxtown.
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
This season to be honest. By far and away best bunch of boys I've played with and getting locked down and not getting to see them or play has been brutal as I think it could be a great season.
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Surface wise Hannah Park, Shotts although I'd like to take it in a good 100 yards it's massive.
Who’s the toughest opponent you faced?
Highest profile is probably Andy Robertson played against him for years. But in a one off game John Fleck, unbelievable
Who is best player you played with?
Nicky Devlin or big Neil Parry
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Probably need to give it to the skipper Tino. Fly's into his first touches like it's a game 
And then Who is the laziest?
Big Nick Hamilton. I thought the big man was signed to hold the goals up every time I turn round he's leaning against the post.
You chip in with a goal or two from defence, what’s been your most special?
Scored one after dribbling from my own half for Lesmahagow against vale of Clyde.
Your proudest moment in football?
Featuring for Mortons first team at 16
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
Definitely my dad. Used to work from 7 in the morning n pick me up after Training at like 10 at night. Took it for granted at the time but he's some man.
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
It's got to be Reece Duncan he's the life and soul, I think I'm loud but wow he's another level. Love him, he's what every team needs.
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Get back playing, and seeing how far our squad can go. Can definitely win things.
And hoping for a team night out at one point 
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Just to enjoy it as long as possible had time out due to work commitments and you miss it.
Anything else you like to say.
Just want to thank friends, family and the fans that have contributed to the pick the teams and donated supporting the club through covid. All the players appreciate it and hopefully see yous in the ground soon.
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Today we get to know another familiar face known to most of you. Reece Duncan, one of the most popular players in his own car藍. He wont need any introduction to you I'm sure after 3 1/2 seasons at the Burnie
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Rangers, Dunfermline & Camelon
What has been your best moment in football?
Scoring at Ibrox
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Tearing my ACL
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Ibrox
Who is best player you played with?
Faisal El-Bakhtaoui or Shaun Byrne
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Captain Tino
And then Who is the laziest?
Mick McGarahan by a mile
You chip in with a goal or two not from penalty spot, what’s been your most special?
Solo goal vs Broughty
Your proudest moment in football?
Representing my boyhood heroes
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
Declyn Cummings, the Norwegian Paul Scholes
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Would be wrong to say anyone other than me
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Win the league
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Keep improving and developing my game as much as possible and see where it takes me
Anything else you like to say
I'd just like to take this time to apologise ……..to absolutely nobody 藍
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Thursday and we introduce the teams original flying machine. A back heel expert that legend has it , one actually came off once. In his 4th season at the club striker/ winger Darren Liddell
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Alloa, Brunswick, Beechwood, Camelon
What has been your best moment in football?
Winning a league title with Beechwood and Brunswick
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
When Reece Duncan joined Whitburn
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Excelsior stadium or the Recs at Alloa
Who’s the toughest opponent you faced?
Islam Feruz at Celtic
Who is best player you played with?
Reece Boyle, country mile
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Woody
And then Who is the laziest?
Mick McGarahan without a single doubt
You chip in with a goal or two from time to time, what’s been your most special?
Scoring in the league decider at Brunswick
Your proudest moment in football?
Winning league with Beechwood and Brunswick.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
The auld father
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Reece Duncan 100%
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Get out of lockdown, back to playing games and win the league.
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Play at the highest level I can.
Anything else you like to say
Ann Haddow my hero
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As its the weekend we have decided its double bubble. Time to meet the first of the lads spending their first season at Central Park. Centre half Chris Kelly introduces himself and also assures us this is not his usual hairdo (Something about Mary)
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Tower hearts 21s and Wishaw juniors.
What has been your best moment in football?
Winning the league with Tower
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Getting injuries being out for weeks/months missing games and training, hate it.
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Central Park
Current squad who is the best trainer?
El capitano Tino
And then Who is the laziest?
Mick McGarahan stroller
You chip in with a goal or two, what’s been your most special?
Not scored too many but probably volley against St Mungos
Your proudest moment in football?
When we win the league
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
Todd Lumsden
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Reece Duncan
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Win the league and improve as a team
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Improve as much as I can and be as good as I can potentially be.
Anything else you like to say
Let us play some ball
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Sunday special for you, In his 4th season at the club our very own Andre the Giant, centre half Grant Hamilton. Any of you that know him will understand trying to get Grant to stop talking 廊is a nightmare so we've edited it for you.
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Syngenta, Falkirk, Stenhousemuir, Kilsyth Rangers
What has been your best moment in football?
Captain of the Forth Valley schools team that won the Scottish Cup
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Not won any major trophies with Whitburn (yet)
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Palmerston Park, Queen of the South
Who is best player you played with?
Jason Scotland or Colin McMenamin
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Big Martin when he’s there and not out catching the bad guys
And then Who is the laziest?
Any of them daft goalkeepers
Your proudest moment in football?
Professional debut with Stenhousemuir
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Reece Duncan
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Get fans back into the grounds and win the league
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Keep enjoying my football and improving my game and see where it takes me
Anything else you like to say
Mon the Burnie
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Final player interview and we have left the longest serving player until last Dewi Taylor , this being his 10th season at the club and he still looks about twelve years old.
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Stirling Albion, Gairdoch, Dunipace Juniors
What has been your best moment in football?
Getting promoted with Whitburn
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Injuries
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Central Park
Who is best player you played with?
Craig Scott
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Daz T
And then Who is the laziest?
Goalkeepers 100%
You chip in with a goal or two, what’s been your most special?
35 yard volley against Tranent
Your proudest moment in football?
Signing for Whitburn
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Reece Duncan
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
To win the league
What are your own ambitions in the game?
To play at the highest level possible with Whitburn
Anything else you like to say
Mon The Burnie
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Today we have one of the longer serving players, our attacking midfielder Andy Thomson who is in his 5th season with the club. Quietest of lads off the park but Rottweiler when the whistle goes
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Stenhousemuir, Armadale, Dunipace
What has been your best moment in football?
Winning the Scottish with the college just edges Reece Duncan slide tackling another teams free kick before they’ve taken it.
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
The last year of Covid has been brutal
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Bathgate - great pitch and like a goal there
Who’s the toughest opponent you faced?
John McGinn
Who is best player you played with?
Greg Nicol - what a guy.
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Daz Tom 100%
And then Who is the laziest?
Goalies - sure they just take penalties every Tuesday Thursday.
You chip in with a goal or two from midfield, what’s been your most special?
Either of the two I scored against Kirriemuir two years ago - videos available on request
Your proudest moment in football?
Signing at Stenny all they years ago
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My Mum and Dad - still come to all the games
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Mick
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
I’ll take getting any games played at this rate
What are your own ambitions in the game?
To enjoy playing as long as possible and hopefully win a few trophies along the way.
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Next up in the management team is someone one or two of you may recognise. He's such a quiet guy you may not have noticed him around the place 邏He assures me he is the best kitman in the world and who am I to argue with the legend that is Robert Haddow. So much more than a kitman to me and everyone else involved at the club although we could fall out over one of his answers 藍
How long have you been involved on committee at Whitburn?
12 years
Who has been your favourite player in that time?
Dougie Horne
What is your most memorable goal whilst watching Whitburn?
Reece Duncan's last minute winner up at Kennoway Star
If you could go back and watch one game over again what game would it be?
Scottish Cup Final
Strangest thing you have seen in the juniors?
Roof coming off the changing rooms while Ann and I were in it
Covid has been the biggest challenge this year But how has it affected your role and duties within the club?
Big time...Not being able to get everything ready for the players in the changing rooms as it has been horrendous having to do it outside.
How adaptable have you found the squad in these strangest of times?
They players have adapted well under the circumstances
What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
Hoping to get back up and playing sooner rather than later.
Highlights of this season so far?
Getting most of last seasons players signed up
What’s your long term ambition for Whitburn?
To play in the senior league
Do you have message to the players?
Keep active but stay safe
Do you have a message to the support ?
I know it has been hard this year but hopefully will see you back at Central Park this year
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As its the weekend you get two for the price of one. Returning to the club for a second spell Lewis Milton is in his 3rd season overall. Lets see what this quiet lad has to say 
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Bathgate, Armadale, Hamilton Accies, Celtic
What has been your best moment in football?
Signing full time with Hamilton
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Watching Darren Liddell try back heels every week
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Bathgate or Hamilton when it was grass - bowling greens
Who’s the toughest opponent you faced?
Celtic ressies fired out half a first team, still have nightmares
Who is best player you played with?
Would need to say Andy Robertson now or Islam Feruz
Current squad who is the best trainer?
The skip , very busy
And then Who is the laziest?
Darren Liddell
You chip in with a goal or two from midfield, what’s been your most special?
For Whitburn vs Harthill , took a bobble 
Your proudest moment in football?
Being capped for Scotland u18s
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
The eld boy
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Wee Kieran Mitchell he’s some driver
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Win the league and Darren Liddell to bring something to the team
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Stay confident and consistent see where it takes me
Anything else you like to say
Darren Liddell cheats on strava , embarrassing
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Now for the quiet assassin, he wont read this as probably still sat on his PlayStation from last night. After 3 1/2 seasons at Whitburn no introduction required for our very own Daz T, left back Darren Tomaszewski
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Brunswick, Mill inn, Carron and Grange rovers.
What has been your best moment in football?
Winning the league title with Brunswick.
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Whenever we lose
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Central Park
Who’s the toughest opponent you faced?
Hibs
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Tino
And then Who is the laziest?
Mick Mcgarahan 
You chip in with a goal or two from defence, what’s been your most special?
Scoring the winner against Bathgate with a freekick to win 3-2
Your proudest moment in football?
Signing for Whitburn juniors
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
Lewis Dando
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Reece Duncan by a country mile
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Winning the league
What are your own ambitions in the game?
To achieve as much as possible for as long as possible
Anything else you like to say
mon the burnie 李
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We start the week with our international man of mystery, the Norwegian Ryan Jack, Declyn Cummings. Central Midfielder who arrived this season from second division Norwegian leagues and still complains its too cold when we training 略
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Aberdeen/hearts as an academy player, Stirling Albion, Kidderminster Harriers, Valdres and øystese
What has been your best moment in football?
Signing my first contract professionally
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Covid
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
FK Haugesund Stadium
Who’s the toughest opponent you faced?
Jude Bellingham when he was at Birmingham tearing it up at Dortmund now
Who is best player you played with?
Joe Ironside, guy could score from anywhere at Cambridge now
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Got to be the captain
And then Who is the laziest?
Mick without a shadow of doubt
You chip in with a goal or two from midfield, what’s been your most special?
I’ve clearly scored too many couldn’t say 
Your proudest moment in football?
Making the bench in the FA cup
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My Granda
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Got to be Reece
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Hopefully win as many games as we can and see where it takes us
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Keep working hard and hopefully play at the highest level I can
Anything else you like to say
Looking forward to getting back playing again
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Penultimate player interview time. This lad is about the only one to be mentioned by almost all his team mates in their responses. Signed back in the summer its true to say this guy has made his presence felt about the place. For any of you the are worried he also assures me he is not as see through as his picture makes out. Centre Half / Forward, Mick McGarahan
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Cumbernauld Colts, St. Rochs, Wishaw
What has been your best moment in football?
Hat trick in the Under 20 Lowland League cup final
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Being declared worst trainer in Whitburn when Darren Liddell and Greg Forrest are signed players
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Palmerston Park, 2 goals 2 reds in 2 appearances so it’s entertaining at least
Who’s the toughest opponent you faced?
Jai Quitongo absolutely ruined me, nearly gave up football after it
Who is best player you played with?
Jamie Barjonas with school football
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Daz T unsung hero of these interviews, not smart enough to do anything else but
And then Who is the laziest?
Darren Liddel or Greg ‘weekend away’ Forrest, both carrying spare tyres
You chip in with a goal or two, what’s been your most special?
Chipped the keeper to score a last minute winner away to Bonnyton Thistle and secure my hat trick after being 4-0 down with 35 minutes left
Your proudest moment in football?
First game in junior football for St. Roch's, away to Petershill. First time they’d won their in 30 years and had St. Roch's fans talking about how impressive I was on Twitter. Made my Mum and Dad chuffed seeing that.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My dads had a massive influence as everyone’s dad does, other than that Alan Bateman who was my gaffer at Cumbernauld Colts for 5 years
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Declyn Cummings, Reece Duncan tries his best but he’s about as funny as a fart in a space suit
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
Get over my current injury and play some competitive football
What are your own ambitions in the game?
Stick around at Whitburn and see how well they can progress as a team in the future and see how high that takes me
Anything else you like to say
Daniel Potts hates me so much
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They've been taking some abuse from team mates in here so time for the first of the keepers #gkunion Introducing summer signing and without doubt the angriest man at training Daniel "Pottsy" Potts
Can you tell us your previous clubs?
Motherwell and Albion Rovers
What has been your best moment in football?
Although I was on the bench, playing Celtic in the Scottish cup.
Flip side what’s your worst moment so far?
Probably getting relegated.
What’s your favourite ground to play on?
Hampden
Who’s the toughest opponent you faced?
At youth, Mikey Johnston always seemed a step above everyone. At senior level probably Lawrence Shankland.
Who is best player you played with?
Trained with James McFadden while at motherwell once.
Current squad who is the best trainer?
Dec Cummings
And then Who is the laziest?
Big Nick. Guys heads too far north, not a clue what's going on majority of the time. Or Grant Hamilton just because he’s had a go at the goalies.
What’s your favourite save in your career?
Won a penalty shootout to progress the Rovers in the cup. Only to get disqualified for playing an ineligible player. Or my penalty save at hampden.
Your proudest moment in football?
Making my senior debut.
Current squad who biggest wind up merchant?
Mick McGarahan
What’s your hopes for the remainder of this season?
To get back playing football.
What are your own ambitions in the game?
To play competitively as long as possible. Possibly coach in some way after that
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Okay so we have reached the final interview in this series of getting to know the players and staff and we have saved the most important until last. Ask any of the players most important person and I guarantee only one winner.
Ladies and gentleman we give you our Queen, Ann Haddow
How long have you been involved at Whitburn?
12 years.
Who has been your favourite player in that time?
Dewi Taylor, was my wee star sub until he earned his place but I have been lucky to have been involved with a fantastic bunch of boys in my time at Whitburn.
What is your most memorable goal whilst watching Whitburn?
Daz T free kick against Bathgate
If you could go back and watch one game over again what game would it be?
Scottish Cup Final (sorry Jamie)
Strangest thing you have seen in the juniors?
Reece Duncan missing 2 penalties in one game ( sorry can't think of anything else)
Covid has been the biggest challenge this year But how has it affected your role and duties within the club?
Zoom meetings instead of face to face meeting. Becoming Covid Officer and all it entails.
How adaptable have you found the squad in these strangest of times?
I think the players have been tremendous the way they have had to change the way they keep fit. I am so proud of them 
What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
That we can get back to playing games and some sort of normality would be nice.
Highlights of this season so far?
Actually managing to get 2 league games played and some of the results we had in our pre-season.
What’s your long term ambition for Whitburn?
For us to be as successful as we can be now and in the future.
Do you have message to the players?
Well done to you all with managing to keep yourselves fit. Miss you all and hope we can see each other soon ❤
Do you have a message to the support ?
It has been a horrible time but hopefully we will be able to see you all back at Central Park soon.
Mon the Burnie
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It's the birthday boys turn today. Former player and current Assistant manager Darren Wilson. Happy birthday from everyone at the club. Daz talks about the difference between coaching at Whitburn and with the youngsters in Hearts Academy and also the challenges faced by the coaching team around Covid restrictions and disruptions
Previous clubs played with
Syngenta, Hutchison vale, St Johnstone, Dalkeith Juniors, Whitburn Juniors, Bathgate Juniors, Lochend, Linlithgow Thistle & Bo’ness juniors
Previous clubs coached
Falkirk Academy, Hearts Academy
How are you finding your first year at Whitburn in coaching role?
Really enjoying working with the squad and trying my best to make use of contacts in the game to improve the good squad we were left with. Training has been excellent and the boys play at a high intensity we must demand standards to improve even more.
What’s the biggest differences between your role with the academy and working with adults?
For us it’s all about winning, forming a team that will compete and win trophies at academy it’s about developing the individual to go and play for Hearts first team or to have a career in the game.
At academy level all players come with a commitment to learn and train 110% it’s hard for me to remember some of our boys have had a full days graft on a building site or just off nightshift, managing that’s been tough.
Covid has been the biggest challenge this year but what difficulties has the at brought to the training regime?
Initially trying to form a relationship is tough, I am a person who strives for trust and loyalty. Once the player and I have a relationship we can get the best out each other. That’s been tough.
Training in the beginning was good in small numbers because you can dissect units and take more time to develop the individual and positional sense. The stop start has just upset rhythm and stopped creating an environment to establish systems and patterns.
How adaptable have you found the squad?
The squad have been excellent, it’s not ideal for anyone this situation we just want to play and train. Boys have been good they all have different backgrounds but I am sure they are all doing the best they can. Jamie, Woody, Hubba and I are all forward thinking and the environment and regimes have changed that’s been hard for some players but once situations become real, and we win games that’s what turns players heads. “The penny drops” !
What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
Play firstly, compete second and as a coach give Whitburn a style and identify that is adaptable in different situations. As a player I always wanted to know my job, I want all players to know their role in the team.
Biggest regrets of this season so far?
Probably the Bo’ness 3-1 game, I felt we could have changed it earlier, not having Daz T due to a close contact hampered us through the week and with squad selection. We had enough chances to win 5 games. Fair play to them it’s not sour grapes and they deserved to win taking chances but I feel those were points that got away.
Highlights of the season so far?
Small gains in players, using the captain as an example. Tino as we know likes to run to support. We were working on him balancing off on the side of the ball. He did that and created a goal there was a realisation that he had achieved something and that our method worked. There has been many individuals gains, this team playing the way we want, and for the badge that’s what will take us forward long term.
Long term ambitions for your own coaching career?
Having achieved A licence its important for me to work with an adult squad and coach at the highest level. Whitburn have given me that opportunity I want to take them to the highest level possible. I want to help the gaffer build a squad that will push Whitburn to the next level and be a big name again.
Long term ambition for Whitburn?
Being a Linlithgow boy and my dad on the committee at the rose I remember fearing Whitburn. They are one of the biggest teams in the juniors, having huge crowds and attracting the best players in the area. There is no reason they cannot push for success. With support and financial backing the club will strive to be the best.
Message to the players?
Boys you have been excellent but this is just the start we need to be United in everything we do. The effort during this lockdown is immense and we are all trying so we can to hit the ground running when we’re back.
Message to the support ?
We are in this together, knowing the history as a player, we know how much this club means to you all. Whitburn will have a playing style and an identity, the players and management are working to achieve success.
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Carrying on with the coaching staff and today its ex player Scott Woodhouse. Having spent time as a player at the club Woody returned at start of the season in coaching capacity and talks here about balancing his duties between Queens Park and Whitburn.
Woody assures me in pic 2 he has not just trod on the ball and is about to face plant the ground at high speed
Previous clubs played with
Whitburn JFC, Blackburn FC, Livingston FC
Previous clubs coached
Livingston FC Academy, Queen's Park FC Academy
How are you finding your first year at Whitburn in coaching role?
It’s been a great experience so far! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the lads, and seeing them progress and develop in the short time that we have had them as a coaching team. It’s been really good to not only get to know the players as footballers, but as individuals away from the field as well.
What’s the biggest differences between your role with the academy and working with adults?
I think the biggest difference is how I interact with the players. Obviously because of the age of the players in the academy, all communication is through their parents, where I only see or speak to the players on training nights and game days. Whereas with the adults, I speak to some of them on a daily basis, via text or phone, and exercise together with some of them away from football.
Covid has been the biggest challenge this year but what difficulties has that brought to the training regime?
At the start of pre-season training, we were limited to small numbers with the restrictions. Therefore we had to be creative with our sessions. Still making them as fun and enjoyable as possible, but still sticking to the basic fundamentals involved in playing - working on fitness, dribbling, receiving, passing and shooting. As restrictions lifted, we were allowed to train in larger groups, where the training looked more like how a traditional training structure would be. Obviously since the last lockdown, training has been adapted again where we are setting the boys weekly challenges and taking part in ZOOM fitness sessions.
How adaptable have you found the squad?
I have found the squad to be very receptive to the information that we are giving them. It can take time for a group of players to adapt to the new demands, standards and expectations set by a new a new management team, but in general, I feel the group we have, have done very well in doing so!
What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
It would be nice to get back in to some sort of routine with regards to training, then of course the games programme returning. Ultimately, get to see how far this squad can progress towards achieving our aims set out at the start of the year.
Biggest regrets of this season so far?
No so much a regret, more of a disappointment that we haven’t been able to get into the swing of things but understand that things are difficult and out with our control.
Highlights of the season so far?
Some of the football that the boys have played this year has been fantastic to see. All throughout the team, from building our attacks from the back to defending from the front. Collectively working hard on and off the ball for our team mates. In particularly, the game against Larkhall, I thought the lads were fantastic on the day!
Long term ambitions for your own coaching career?
Of course I would love to coach in a full time capacity at the highest level possible, but for the time being, I am just enjoying the experience of coaching with Whitburn and Queen’s Park. Still learning and developing as a coach as much as I can.
Long term ambition for Whitburn?
Growing up I remember Whitburn winning the Scottish Cup, and consistently being regarded as one of the strongest teams coming from the East of Scotland. It would be fantastic to be a part of the club as we try and progress Whitburn back to holding that kind of status once again!
Message to the players?
It is a difficult time for everyone at the minute, but we’re all in this together. The work that we are asking you to do doing behind the scenes will be vital for when we do come back to some sort of normality and hopefully hit the ground running and move forward with the season. The night is darkest before the dawn…. Keep up the good work!
Message to the support?
Look forward to welcoming you all back to Central Park, hopefully in the not too distant future. Where you can see the hard work everyone associated with the club has been putting in to give you a team to be proud of on the pitch! Stay safe! See you all soon!
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Today is first of the coaching staff and the return of an old club favourite. Our goalkeeping coach Martin Hubbocks rejoined the management team in November having spent a couple of seasons with Whitburn previously. Two pictures for Hubba, one from his previous spell and another where there is two devilishly handsome keepers back in the days when GK strips were something else
Previous clubs played with :
Stirling Albion, Armadale Thistle, Dunipace Juniors, Fauldhouse Utd, Blackburn Utd.
Previous clubs coached:
Livingston FC Pro Youth Academy and of course my first spell at Whitburn Juniors.
How are you finding your first year at Whitburn in coaching role?
Much the same as during my First spell at the club. It's made it easier to settle back in when you've got a lot of familiar faces still involved with the club such as Tino and Dewi. Both Darren and Scott were involved during my first spell at Whitburn and I'm an ex team mate of the Gaffer so it's been good working with them all again.
What’s the biggest differences between your role with the academy and working with adults?
Both come with separate challenges but both as rewarding. The Academy boys talk about Online Gaming where the older Lads talk about Online Dating
Covid has been the biggest challenge this year but what difficulties has this brought to the training regime?
Suppose it's been the completely alien concept of filling out online track and trace forms and temperature checks before training. We used to all share a water bottle back in the day Can't see that happening for a long time. On the coaching side it's opened my eyes to the level of Detail that's getting put in too keeping the lads ticking over with the Gaffer, Scott and Darren constantly looking at new ways using all the technology available to keep the training going in challenging circumstances.
How adaptable have you found the squad?
On first impressions in the very little time I've worked with the lads I've found them great to work with and have responded well to a change of face.
What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
To get back training and hopefully resume playing matches on the way to lift Silverware at the end of the season.
Biggest regrets of this season so far?
No Regrets
Highlights of the season so far?
Not had the pleasure of a matchday yet so i've got to say getting back involved with the Burnie and working with the hardest working duo in Junior Football Ann and Robert Haddow.
Long term ambitions for your own coaching career?
No long term ambitions for a coaching career due to work commitments. Would just like to give a little back to help the lads progress their own careers in the game.
Long term ambition for Whitburn?
To hopefully play a part of getting the club back to where it belongs.
Message to the players?
Keep working hard and try to remain positive during these strange times. With the lack of face to face contact it's important everyone keeps showing the levels of commitment and work rate that's been put in so far during Lockdown. Keep it going and you'll be as fit as the Goalkeepers one day
Message to the support ?
Thanks to everyone for the support you've shown the club over the past year. For a Football fan a Saturday is what it's all about and especially those hardened followers of the junior game. Keep your spirits up and hopefully you can get back to your favourite spot on the terraces very soon.
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Today is all about another familiar face, our physio Archie Gilmour. Having spent the last 5-6 years at Whitburn after a lifetime of travelling about with football he is well positioned to give us some insight into his career
What other clubs have you worked at
Malaga Youth, Scarborough Athletic, Pickering town, Armadale Thistle
What’s the biggest achievement for the squads you been involved with?
Winning the north Rideing senior cup with Pickering
What is your most memorable goal whilst watching Whitburn?
Waiting for the goal that wins the super league
Worst moment you’ve faced as a physio at a match?
No injuries are small and no player wants to be out. I just want them all back and fit. However spending 2 hours waiting for an ambulance at Pickering holding a players shoulder in place not great
If you could go back and watch one game you been involved in over again what game would it be?
Got to be the win at Pickering in the cup but waiting for the big one at Whitburn
Strangest thing you have seen in the juniors?
The antics of some bench’s is something to see sometimes
Covid has been the biggest challenge this year But how has it affected your role and duties within the club?
Makes it difficult with limited access to the players to stay safe but the guys have been great and helpful
What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
To see the season played out and be in there at the finish
Highlights of this season so far?
Seeing the squad come together and develop as a team
What’s your long term ambition for Whitburn?
To help as many of the squad as possible to stay injury free
Do you have message to the players?
work hard stay fit eat well
Do you have a message to the support ?
we’ll be back, stay safe up the burnie
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