The Big Interviews – End Of Year Review – Alan Lindsay (Baillieston Thistle AFC)

Chief Writer Tom Scott was quickly off the starting blocks in August after Alan Lindsay was appointed Baillieston Thistle Manager.

What was the background to you becoming the new boss of Baillieston Thistle?

“I know a lot of the guys involved and have been friends for years. There was talk of the amateur team starting back up and I was asked if I would be interested in coming in as Manager. I had spent the previous year at Nicos as Assistant Manager ,and had no Intention of leaving as I loved it there with a special group of guys but the opportunity to get involved with what’s happening at Baillieston Thistle was too good to turn down and when Liam Martin had explained it all to me it was a no brainer.”

Have you managed in Amateur football before taking the reins at Thistle?

“I took over as manager at F.C Baillieston in 2018 after breaking my leg playing the previous year. Managed there for a year before going to Nicos as Assistant Manager last year. Again, Nicos was with a lot of guys who I have been friends with for years and it’s a brilliant group of boys to work with. Can’t thank Adam and Craigy enough for getting the opportunity to do that.”

Can you tell us about your playing career in both Senior and Junior football?

“First signed for Petershill after a pretty unsuccessful year at Stenhousemuir. Played for Peasy for 3 years under Stevie Easton and Scott Mcharg, then the last year Willie Paterson. My Dad, Jimmy Lindsay, got appointed Rob Roy Manager the following year and he signed me. Stayed for 2 seasons. I then had 2 years at Pollok, but unfortunately spent pretty much the full 2 seasons injured after requiring surgery on my knee at the start of both seasons. The 2nd one being an ACL reconstruction, which pretty much put an end to my junior career”

Am I correct in saying you had a spell at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy? I know from experience there they had some great people on the Committee.

“I spent 2 years at Rob Roy as stated above when my dad Jimmy Lindsay took the job. Really enjoyed my time there and a lot of the boys that were at Rob Roy are now at Nicos. Was a great dressing room, and wish we could have kept that squad together longer , but it was not to be.”

Have you had time to access the Amateur structure at Baillieston Thistle, and if so, what are your short-term and long-term priorities?

“The priority first of all for the amateur team is to get a team back representing the area and something the community can be proud of. Although I’m not from the area, all my mates and my wife grew up in the area and obviously with me previously playing and managing in Baillieston I have strong ties to it. The amateur team is only a small part of what we have at Baillieston Thistle. Since 2016 guys have been working hard behind the scenes and have numerous youth teams.”

Is there a backroom staff to work with, or have you brought in your own coaches?

“Assistant Manager will be Lee Watson, who is one of my oldest mates and former team mate at FC Baillieston. We will hopefully have Kevin McBride helping out. He had a great career at both senior and junior level, and was also a former team mate of mine at both Petershill and Rob Roy. Kevin also helps out with one of the youth teams for Baillieston Thistle.”

Do Baillieston Thistle have a close link with the community, and if so could the relationship be improved?

“We have a close link to the community with us having numerous youth teams ranging from 2008s to 2014s, which hopefully in time will increase. As a club , we also work closely with the local food banks and youth clubs.”

Many thanks, Alan Lindsay.

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