The Big Interviews – End of Year Review – Nim Roy (Pollokshields United AFC)

When you are Manager of an Amateur Football team (plus Chief Cook / Bottle Washer) amid a multitude of other jobs, that would be enough for one person, but not it appears NIM ROY, writes Tom Scott. For the thousands who follow Scottish Amateur Football News on a daily/ weekly basis, Mr Roy is also the driving force behind the GDSFC set-up. His recent Spirit Of Christmas Appeal, with the support of Clubs and Officials, was a run-away success story.

My INTERVIEW back in August topped our Viewing Stats over a week. Here is what the Pollokshields United Manager had to say:

What is your full name and position at the club?

“Nim Roy. I am the Manager (can also add in chairman, team secretary, kit man, water boy lol, of Pollokshields United.”

What year was the club founded?

“Club originally founded in 2002 I believe, we started off in the Unity League as a team all from Pollokshields, in which I played for the team also. As time moved on it looked like team was possibly going to fold and as no one would take it on I decided to run team as well as play. Have been running them ever since (12/13 years!!) We moved to GDSFC 6/7 years ago.”

Best moment – both for a team and personal point?

“Has to be 2018/19 season winning the Division 2 (Now championship) title.”

Apart from yourself, who else is involved at the club?

“As above, I do everything for the team, but do have some of the lads willing to help out if needed James Robinson (Jamsey). Graeme Tod (Does Facebook Page). Lewis Elliot (GK always happy to help if I need it).”

How long have you been at the club?

“Overall, been at club 17 years – of those 17 played for 14, manager for 11/12.”

How has planning been during the pandemic?

“Been difficult just due to uncertainty around a return date, so not wanted to organise training etc too early as players can start to lose interest and also start focusing on friendlies etc, main thing over lockdown period has been keeping the lads going, checking in on them, keeping conversation in the WhatsApp going. We have just in last week or two started to do small group Social Distanced Training.”

What was the basis of the player recruitment plan given Covid-19?

“Got a good squad and have managed to retain pretty much every player (well so far they tell me lol) and added back in our POY and Top Goalscorer from title winning season, Connor McCambridge, who will make a big difference for us this season coming.”

“Also have few boys we brought in tail end of last season Steven, Declan, Gibby who were good additions, but will have now for full season.”

“I’m also still looking to bring in to add to squad and have spoken to a couple of boys looking to come along and will only add quality to our team. This also brings a bit more youth and legs to the side, which will be a big help in this season’s Premiership , as it looks like it is going to be a good competitive division.”

Any warm-up games organised will they help you plan for the new season – whenever we get the go ahead?
I asked this question back in August.

“All going to plan, we have games lined up against Clydebank SFC 13th September (a) Maryhill Black. Star – 20th September (h).TBC – possibly Glasgow Irish – 27th September. This will be based on SAFA guidelines and Covid guidelines if safe to return to playing.

Finally, what are your club ambitions for the campaign ahead?

“For me, I don’t want to sound negative at the start, but first goal will be staying in the Premiership, a lot of good teams in there, I know on our day we can compete with and beat these teams , but will be down to keeping that consistency within the squad and performance. Out with that if cups go ahead, reach a Cup Final to give us a chance of silverware “

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