IN THE DUGOUT | IAIN KING | NOVERMBER 1st | THERE'S always a light-bulb moment.
Iain King, Head Coach, BSC Glasgow brought to you in association with Sport Careers www.sportcareers.co.uk
THERE’S always a light-bulb moment.
That split-second when a switch is flicked and you look about a football club and realise just what they could be if everyone’s dreams were realised together.
Mine came at West of Scotland Cricket Club last Saturday morning as the rain sheeted down and the kids ploughed through their Fun Fours outside on the hallowed turf.
I was there for a board meeting and to receive our brilliant new M and H Logistics strips from actor and comedian Sanjeev Kohli, Naveed in the smash-hit Still Game.
Since Craig Young and I landed the BSC job on September 14 the six weeks since have been a whirlwind of new signings, games, training, getting to know the BSC family of coaches, the seeds of planning for the future. As well as our day jobs.
Now I had a rare chance to draw breath and realise just what we are involved in here.
I know the Scottish Sun Lowland League well, I know community clubs inside-out and believe me when I say that, because of the catchment area and a decade of hard graft from those in charge, BSC Glasgow are in a UNIQUE position.
The sheer scale of the club across the spectrum means we start from a place of strength as Part Two of the story begins.
Our top team need to be an example and a focal point, something to strive for. We need every young player in the BSC set-up to aspire to play there, maybe one day in the SPFL.
I’ve had my light-bulb moment, that is no pipe-dream.
This weekend our Lowland League table-toppers Edinburgh City face Highland League leaders Brora Rangers in the Scottish Cup at Meadowbank Stadium.
Many see this as a dress rehearsal for the play-off match to tackle the SPFL’s bottom club come May for a shot at the big time.
We haven’t faced Gary Jardine’s City yet but with the squad we are slowly assembling now I would be disappointed if we are not competitive with them when we do.
By next season we plan to have a team capable of truly challenging for the title and that will be our goal.
As the journey begins it’s crucial that every team throughout the club identifies with the Lowland League side and we will do all we can to make sure that happens.
That’s why it was so heartening to see so many of the club coaches and players supporting us at Maryhill in the 6-0 SFA Challenge Cup win over South of Scotland champions Lochar Thistle on Saturday.
In wretched conditions the team stuck to the philosophy of the way we want them to play and were rewarded with some terrific goals as Aiden Ferris (2), Tony Wallace, Ross McKinnon, Gerry O’Donnell and Gerry O’Connell secured a second round home clash with South team Abbey Vale on November 15.
Before then we travel to Edinburgh University for the start of the second-half of the season and after the bitter disappointment of the first-half display on our last road trip at Vale of Leithen we are grimly determined to come home with three points.
Enjoy your weekend,
Iain King, Head Coach, BSC Glasgow