The Big Interview – Craig Smith (Record Goal Scorer With Easthall Star AFC)

My Interview Series today features a player no long involved with Amateur Football – Striker Craig Smith, who has hung up his boots after scoring goals galore for Easthall Star FC, writes Tom Scott.

He was quick off the mark explaining the photograph kindly provided. An after-match celebration following the club’s dramatic penalty-kick win against Oban Saints in the Jimmy Marshall Cup final at Vale of Clyde’s Fullarton Park, Tollcross.

He said: “No one gave us a chance of winning that game. Oban were the in- form team, but we stuck at it and scored with a few minutes to go (2-2). We won it 3-2 on penalties.”

“All the boys in the pub celebrating after the game. Think I played in four different positions that day because of so many team injuries. Ended up with one myself!”

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO END, AND YOU ARE NOT INVOLVED WITHIN THE GAME NOW?

“Before Easthall I played for my school team, Easthall. From there onto Glasgow East Schools, the Glasgow School team, Rangers, and after that Easthall Star FC.”

“I currently help out Coaching at Airdrie Community 2010s, where my son Lewis plays.”

“No more Football for me. It’s the Boys’ turn!”

“Would just like to say I was loyal to Easthall all those years because it was just a big group of mates, like a family, on the pitch. Anything happened , everyone was in, and Danny Cameron (Manager) became a good mate. It was also my local team and I was happy we had some great laughs and memories. If I could go back and do it all again I would . In the end, it felt a wee bit strange because I had grown up in a team where I was playing with all the dads, then their kids started playing like Daniel, Aron, Lee, Chris and Dean, so it became strange because I had watched them growing up, but it was probably because I was at Easthall so young.”

GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO THE MANAGEMENT STYLE OF DANNY CAMERON?

“He is a Top Man – Top Manager.”

“He loved playing 3-5-2 because when you have the right personnel it just works, and Easthall always had right good midfielders over the years, and that is where most games are won and lost – guys like JP, Dede, and Gizzy…. What a midfield that was.”

Let’s Celebrate!….. Easthall Star FC after winning the Jimmy
Marshall Cup Final on penalty-kicks against Oban Saints at Tollcross, Glasgow.

Photograph kindly provided by Mr Craig Smith

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