IN THE DUGOUT | IAIN KING | Latest Column | November 8th, 2014

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“YOU both worked miracles there, get your heads up, you will be back and we WILL cross swords again.”

That text from Whitehill Welfare coach and dugout veteran Mickey Lawson in the wake of East Kilbride FC’s decision to sack myself and Craig Young three days after our team won the SFA Challenge Cup last season remains on my phone to this day.

When you are at your lowest ebb in football you find out who your friends are.

Gigz had left Rolls Royce, a club he had lifelong ties with, to buy into the dream I had been working towards for seven years with Kilby.

We were crestfallen and heartbroken but the sympathy and support of men like the rival coach we face today meant the world to us.

The boardroom politics and bewildering logic of that decision are not worth dwelling on here, it’s done now and we are thrilled to be at the heart of a new adventure here at BSC Glasgow.

Yet whilst we will try everything to outwit each other this afternoon it’s only right that I use the column this week to salute a true football man.

Mickey Lawson is 65 years old now, when he starts prowling that dugout this afternoon though you won’t know it.

He lives for coaching, it’s as close as he could get to playing after a livewire career as a forward that took in Stirling Albion, St Johnstone, Raith Rovers, Berwick Rangers and Meadowbank Thistle.

I’d met Mickey a couple of times in my work as a journalist when he was such a huge part in building the club that is Scottish Sun Lowland League powerhouse Spartans now.

His enthusiasm , his desire and most importantly his knowledge and appreciation of the game always impressed me.

It was fitting then that our first home game with Kilby as a senior club should be against Mickey’s Welfare.

A wave of emotion carried us to a historic 1-0 win at K Park, I gave Mickey a miniature of whisky and a glass at the end as a nod to the lessons I have learned from him.

You’ll get few tougher opponents in a dugout than Mickey Lawson and you’ll get very few who accept the bouquets and the bodyblows this game throws at us with more grace and decency afterwards.

Life is so hectic there aren’t that many blogs I read religiously on the game these days but I never miss his.

We go into our latest duel with our developing team on the back of two excellent wins when we have earned cleansheets too against South of Scotland champions Lochar Thistle and Edinburgh University.

This, though, will be a wholly different test.

BSC lost 4-1 at their place earlier in the season, our mission today is to keep improving on our performances against the team that matter – and to win.

This is our house, after all. Mickey, though, will know he gets the warmest of welcomes – and a glass of Rioja  afterwards.

Enjoy the game, BSC family

IAIN KING, Head, Coach, BSC Glasgow

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