IN THE DUGOUT | March 23rd | TONIGHT Craig Young and I will celebrate our 50th
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers
TONIGHT Craig Young and I will celebrate our 50th together, steady it’s not THAT birthday yet.
It’s our half century of games coaching together in the Scottish Sun Lowland League and even now 21 months into the adventures with East Kilbride FC and BSC Glasgow it’s been some journey.
The crashing low of being dismissed by EKFC three days after winning the SFA Challenge Cup last May has been discussed more than enough in this blog and will be buried once and for all from here on in.
Instead this little landmark is a time to reflect on the friends we have made and hopefully the respect we have gained as a coaching team.
There’s a perfect symmetry in the fact that opposite us in the dugout tonight are the Whitehill Welfare double act of Mickey Lawson and Mark Adams.
In my first home game as Kilby coach Whitehill were the opponents and I have to admit I was daunted by the guy I had to try to outwit.
I consider Mickey to be a legend at our level of the game for his work with Spartans and now at Welfare and here we were fresh out of the amateurs facing him at K Park.
The performance from EKFC that night will always live with me, real passion and pressing and a terrific display from 17-year-old Jacob Kean between the sticks, a keeper who I’d worked with since I first took my sons’ team when the boys were just eight.
A dramatic winner from Gary Graham – now back in tandem with us at BSC – gave us a memorable 1-0 win and I will always remember Mickey’s class in defeat and his genuine appreciation of the whisky and shot glass I handed over as a gift.
When the hurt of the sack came that summer Mickey was one of the first on my phone with words of comfort and I will always remember that.
Now we are in the midst of our new journey with BSC and whilst I hate being asked to take positives from defeat last Wednesday night’s 1-0 loss against Edinburgh City showed me the potential of this football club.
The 15 games here so far have been about reshaping the squad, trying to put in place the way we work after inheriting someone else’s vision.
Every coach is different, that’s what makes this job fascinating but I’d say we are now far closer to the sort of side that I feel can realistically threaten the higher echelons of this league next season.
This time around the fixture logjam those 16 postponements caused means we now face five games in 15 days to define our season.
My case for a winter shutdown needs no further evidence than that but that argument is for another day.
Let’s relish this chance to prove ourselves over the next hectic spell.
Our eyes are trained firmly on the SFA Challenge Cup semi-final with Edinburgh City here at Lochburn Park on Saturday April 4.
I know now with the right application, the correct tactics and most of all the desire and hunger we showed last week we CAN win that.
Until then every game should be savoured, we have come through enough frustration in the winter from hell to feel any different.
All I want tonight is that same intensity and commitment we showed against City, a little more calm and intelligence on the ball? Then BSC Glasgow will be a force to be reckoned with.
Enjoy the game,