The Big Player Interview – Scott Hindmarsh

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott has been on the trail of another top talent in Ayrshire Amateur Football – and today’s spotlight is on Scott Hindmarsh at Kilbride Thistle AFC.

Kilbride Manager Sean Kenney has also told Scottish Amateur Football News that “Otto” is the club’s longest serving player.

PICTURE CREDIT Mr Sean Kenney.

Tom asked the Questions and Scott did not hold back with his answers!

FULL NAME and POSITION (S) PLAYED AT KILBRIDE THISTLE AFC?

“Scott Hindmarsh best known as Otto. I’ve played in just about every position for Kilbride since signing with them, I’m naturally a full-back , but for the time being I’m a make shift centre half.”

WHEN DID YOU SIGN FOR KILBRIDE THISTLE, AND WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION PLAYING FOR THEM?

“I signed for Kilbride at the start of the 15/16 season from another local amateur team. There was a few reasons I chose to sign the dotted line. I hadn’t been enjoying my football at the time and wanted something fresh. Kilbride had young squad and a lot of ambition and were clear promotion challengers. I went across to watch them play away to Galston, and and signed later that day and haven’t looked back.”

WON ANY HONOURS? PLEASE DETAIL COMPETITION and YEARS.

“I haven’t won any honours yet although promotion the Premier League was an achievement in itself, the way things are going with the club I’m really positive we’ll be winning something in the near future.”

WHAT IS YOUR BEST- EVER MEMORY PLAYING FOR KILBRIDE THISTLE?

“There’s been many memorable games in my seven seasons, Scottish Cup runs, last minute winners, and underdog games, but for me my favourite game was in my first season when we beat local promotion rivals and my old team Cunninghame, which saw us clear favourites for promotion and at the same time caused them to fold. It was a mid-week game in West Kilbride and whoever won were basically promoted. We had just made a massive signing in Ryan Wilson, who started the season with us but joined Cunninghame, and eventually came to his senses and decided to re-join us a few days before the game , and he comfortably scored a hat-trick, which saw us run out 4-2 winners.”

WHAT IS THE BEST PRANK/ WIND-UP YOU HAVE WITNESSED AT TRAINING OR DURING PRE-MATCH, INVOLVING A PLAYER?

“One of the boys in our team got stitched up big time. One of our players, Alex Somerville, thought it would be a good laugh to use his work phone to pretend to be a local junior manager.”

“He then decided to start messaging one of his team mates pretending to be that manager, and saying ‘how he would love to sign a player of his calibre’. This went on for a while with the player telling the “junior manager” his preferred position, ex-pro youth teams and how he can influence games. These messages ended up on the group chat, and the boy got a hard time for what he was saying to the “junior manager”, I’m pretty sure he was close to leaving the team after that before everything got sorted. It was a good laugh at the time and still gives me a fair chuckle.”

GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO THE MANAGEMENT STYLE OF SEAN KENNEY?

“Sean Kenney is as close to OCD as a manger can get, from setting up training an hour before the boys arrive, not letting the boys on the park a second before he schedules it, and even setting out standards before the season starts. To be honest, his management style is for those who want to improve themselves and the club, if you’re not willing to commit 100% then you won’t reap the rewards of playing under him.”

“Sean expects the best from each player as well as gives his best for each one of them, he likes the club to be run as professionally as possible but still involves a fun environment to the club which makes it good to be part of.”

“For anyone who has played under Sean or alongside him they know he’s very passionate about the amateur game and does his best to help it grow, he’s been a driving force for Kilbride Thistle ever since I signed even when he was playing and I imagine he’ll not rest until this club is reaching its full potential no matter what level that may be.”

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