Scottish Amateur Football News Exclusive
In times of crisis role models are worth their weight in gold and although he won’t thank me for highlighting his contribution on being a winner in Scottish Amateur football plus coaching youngsters at grassroots level, Finnart Star AFC Goalkeeper Brian Paton fits the bill perfectly.
I first came across Brian seven years ago after he signed with Wellhouse Amateurs a great club sadly no longer with us despite winning the Scottish Cup and had been approached by them to organise some Tuesday evening coaching sessions.in Glasgow’s East End.
There was no mistaking Brian’s dedication and work ethic two of the many qualities that have remained with him throughout his incredible 15 year career.
He revealed “In 2005 I started with the Finnart Sunday Amateurs. We lost the Scottish Cup final in 2006. However, that only spurred me to try again and I was a winner in 2007, 08, 10 and two years later again at Rutherglen Vogue as Finnart attacked the Saturday Leagues!
“In 2013 I made the dreaded call to try a new Saturday challenge as training numbers never went well in Pre-Season at Finnart. Wellhouse were the Scottish Saturday Amateur Cup champions as you know. We reached the Quarter-Finals of the national trophy and got through to three Cup finals, all of which were played in one week while I was in Salou with my family!”
“After one season it was time to return to Finnart and here I am still trying to win trophies (37 in November).”
Finnart Manager Brian Blair has brought in the experienced John Crooks as his Assistant this season. John has previously managed Glasgow Harp. Winning the Caley League Premier Division title and reaching the Scottish Amateur Cup Semi-Finals.
He also played, managed and coached in junior football, add in being a captain and Team Boss at Vale of Clyde FC and many a striker knew they were in a game when central defender Crooksy took to the field of play in the nicest possible way!! One of the few genuinely good guys I have personally come across covering football at every level of the game.
Keeper Brian added “We have a verry good squad this season. Training games have been the best training games I’ve been involved iin, and we still have a few players to be added into the mix.”
In addition to chasing more success between the posts. Brian Paton also has a clear passion for coaching kids. and many of the current Finnart 2008 squad have enjoyed going through the transition of proper football development over the past five years from Fun 4s to the 11-a-side game (September 20).
“I also helped Brian Blair and Billy “Woody”. Woodburn with the Finnart Under-19s in season 2017 – 2018. Billy was a great coach, with great ideas and great training sessions. We also enjoyed his work at the Amateurs before he had to step back for work reasons”