Briefly outline your football career prior to joining Deveronvale.
I had 8 seasons at Huntly before I was out for a season with my cruciate ligament injury, once repaired I had 6 months at Cove and 18 months at Keith before arriving at the Vale.
Which year(s) did you play for Deveronvale? Who signed you for the club, and what attracted you to join ?
I played for the club seasons 93/94 and was signed by Neil McLennan, one season with him and then Kevin Bremner took over. It was Colin Massie that first spoke to me about coming to the Vale, I had 18 months at Keith which I did not enjoy so I was just looking to enjoy my football again. I wish I had joined the Vale far earlier.
What are your fondest memories of your time with the club?
I just loved playing on Princess Royal park it is the best pitch in the league and I really enjoyed everything about the club everyone was so friendly and the players all enjoyed each other company and Rico was just a nutter who kept everyone laughing and spirits high.
I also have a real infinity with the club as my daughter Keira was almost born in the old wooden stand at Banff.
My wife had come up to the game with friends to watch me and went into labour during the game and had to sit through it.
I met her in the pub after the game and she told me what was happening but I was just desperate for a pint. She was born the following day 26th of September 1993
I cannot remember who we were playing. (Inverness Thistle in the Qualifying Cup 2-2) (MTT)
What is the most memorable game(s) you played in for Vale, and why?
The one that sticks in my mind was the Aberdeenshire shield final against Cove when we beat them at Keith. We were massive underdogs that night because they were really strong at that time with players such as Ray Yule, Graham Park and Andy Patterson. I was particularly delighted because I was sent off against Keith in an earlier round and I thought that I had cost us the game as we were really under the cosh holding on to a slim lead but the boys battled away and we got the victory. As you have already told me Stuart no pictures of us celebrating the victory which is a shame.
Who were the characters at the club ?
Rico Masson was a real character always up for a laugh I thing him and Nigel Montgomery could disappear for days at a time after a game. I remember at training one night at what is now the sports village we were all waiting to get started when Kevin Bremner came flying out of the changing rooms and shot off up the road sprinting flat out , we were all standing wondering what the hell was going on, it turned out someone had stolen Kevin’s wallet from his locker next thing we knew Kevin has caught the guy and is marching him back down the road, really the guy did not stand a chance he should have stolen Rico’s he would never have chased him.
Who were the best players you played with at the Vale and why?
We had a real mix at that time with myself and Kevin having played for many years to guys that were in their first year at Highland league level. I was really impressed with a young Kevin Christie and I thought he would go on and become a top class midfield player, Paul Bridgeford was the same very talented. Billy Sutherland was always bussing around and could nick a goal out of nothing and then the one and only Steve Dolan who was MR consistency.
And who were the best players you played against, and why?
Way back in the 80’s Billy Urquhart was a great player strong as an ox but then the whole Caley team were unbelievable, Wilson Robertson was a flying machine I used to play left back with Huntly but they would switch me to the right when we played Caley which was a real joy. My first ever game in the highland league was against Forres when I was directly up against Graeme Roger I always thought that it was the defender that was supposed to kick people but that night I had concussion and Graeme gave me a right hard introduction to what the league was all about, Graeme and me had some right battles over the next few years. Ross County flying machine Billy Ferries was a real handful along with strike partner Brian Grant another very difficult player to get to grips with. I could go on and on Ally Brebner at Peterhead, Tich Black at Inverness Thistle, Eddie Copland who I played against when I left Huntly was a terrific player who caused everybody problems and he just never stopped running
What have you done in a football sense since you left the Vale ?
After the Vale sold me to Sunnybank Juniors I played with them for 3 years but towards the end of the third season I damaged my knee again. I managed to get half fit and joined Mike Cormack at Turriff Juniors and played out the rest of the season with them. My knee at this point was swelling up like a balloon after every game and I could not walk properly for days after so reluctantly I decided it was time to call it a day. I then got involved in coaching my son’s school and juvenile teams for quite a few years which I really enjoyed.
What does a normal Saturday afternoon entail for you these days ?
A normal Saturday for me is either watching my son play or taking in a highland league game. You will see me at Huntly, Inverurie, Banff and occasionally Formartine I find them much more entertaining than going to a Scottish league match