Years at Huntly: April 1991 - 2005
Debut: 10th April 1991 v Buckie Thistle at Christie Park, Highland League won 1-0
First Huntly Goal: 13th April 1991 v Keith at Kynoch Park, Highland League, won 3-0
Appearances: 490
Goals Scored: 308

 

My Best Huntly XI I've Played With

Goalkeeper: John Gardiner

A unique character who was always in the middle of the dressing room banter but when the game started he was very professional.

He almost always performed in the big games.

He could also score a few penalties as well!

Right Back: Kevin Walker

A fantastic full back who delivered superb crosses from right back.

He also read the game brilliantly and is probably the worst loser I have ever seen!

Centre Back: Doug Rougvie

I would regard Doug as the best signing Pele ever made.

He was almost unbeatable in the air in both boxes and opponents seem to have a fear of him.

As hard as nails,anyone who wanted to mix it with him almost always came off second best!

He scored a few important goals as well and like John he seemed to play better the bigger the game was.

Central Defender: Dave Morland

A player I would regard as the toughest opponent I faced in the league when he was at Cove Rangers.

A fantastic reader of the game and as hard as nails.

People maybe don’t realise how good a footballer he was and he was definitely someone who was better in your team than against you.

Left Back: Simon Scott

Si was an 8/10 every week.

He was very consistent,good in the air with a beautiful left foot.

A player who started off at Huntly then moved on and returned a fantastic player to help win the league in 2004/05.

Right Wing: Steve Gray

A player who was way too good for the Highland League.

The skill he had was unbelievable and for a spell he was unplayable

.A character to say the least it was a pleasure to see him play.

Centre Midfield: Steve Lennox: I regard him as the best player I played with.

Lenny was nothing fancy he just did everything very well.

He could receive the ball anywhere,he never lost the ball or wasted a pass.

I think he maybe even scored a goal once!

Centre Midfield: Russell Guild

He was the star man in the 2004/05 championship win.

A box to box player with a real eye for a goal, Guildy was the captain who led by example.

The biggest accolade I could give him would be that he could've played in the five in a row team and been one of the best players.

Left Wing: Marco De Barros

Another unique character who on his day was unplayable.

He was a great assister and scorer of goals.

He loved the big occasions and when he turned it on it was a pleasure to watch.

Forward: Gary Whyte He was my main strike partner in the glory years of the 1990’s.

Fantastic in the air and extremely underrated with the ball at his feet, he took all the kicks and elbows and set up the majority of my goals in that time.

He also scored plenty goals as well.

Forward: Brian Thomson

Superb striker who scored many unbelievable goals.

His dead ball delivery could not be beaten, free kicks and penalties were hit so hard goalies could not see the ball never mind save it and his in-swinging corners were delivered so that the slightest touch resulted in a goal.

The only thing he lacked was a bit of confidence in his own ability!!

Substitute: Eddie Copland

A remarkable man who I used to watch play for Huntly in the 80’s.

A man who had so much serious injuries yet he always bounced back. He dislocated his elbow at Dingwall one day and it is still the worst injury I have seen, yet he lay on the ground and all he wanted was his fags! A chain smoker who could run all day.

He would play anywhere for the team.

I will always remember going into the dressing room as an 18 year old not knowing anybody and a bit apprehensive as to what would happen and Eddie took me under his wing and helped me settle in and for that I will always be grateful to him. And I bet he will not believe I did not pick him in my starting team!

Manager: Steve Paterson

This is hard and I will say Pele as he signed me and gave me the start and advice I needed.

He really did have an eye for a player.His main asset was his man management skills and he and Willie Lawson complemented each other very well.

I have to say the best coaching I had was definitely Phil Bonnyman who did a remarkable job when he took us undefeated to win the fifth title in a row in 1997/98. .His training and tactical approach to games was exciting and enjoyable and I think the fact that nobody really knew him beforehand helped him get the respect of the whole dressing room.

I will also mention Billy Anderson and Mike Cormack who won the league in 2004/05. When they took over a couple of years earlier we only had a few boys in contract and they managed to get a squad together of boys who had been around the league for years and some promising boys from the juniors and incredibly won the league.


If any other former players would like to pick their best Huntly XI they've played with they can do so by clicking the link here

More selections to follow in the coming weeks from former players

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