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.

McBride Bags Winner in Five Goal Baillieston Thriller

Paul McBride was the toast of his Baillieston Thistle team mates and Manager Alan Lindsay with the winning goal in a 3-2 friendly against Crosslands United.

Like every club throughout the country, Thistle have not kicked a competitive ball since March and afterwards boss Lindsay told me “Was a great game. I was delighted with the performance and getting the win thanks to goals from Richie Robertson, Aldo Cairns and Paul McBride’s winner.”

“The match was a good test for us against a team who play in the division above us. Overall, it was just great to get back.”

New Boss Praises Baillieston Thistle Youth Structure

Baillieston Thistle AFC Manager Alan Lindsay has barely settled into the hot seat, but is acutely aware of the work that has taken place over the past four years putting a youth structure in place. Dedicated coaches, led by Liam Martin, have put in a power of work and Alan revealed: “I do not want it to look like I am taking the credit for the work that has been done on the youth set up side of things.”

“There’s an awful lot of hard work and effort gone on behind the scenes for the last four years to get the set up to where it is. I have not had anything to do with that. I am just in the door to look after the amateur team, however I am very keen to help out with anything that they might need in terms of the youth set up.”

“I was lucky to be involved in the Celtic and Ross County youth set ups, and it is something I feel passionate about.”

Liam Martin kindly took time to tell me “Baillieston Thistle started in 2016 with 16 boys from the 2009 age group. Fast forward four years we now have teams at 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014 and seniors. All kids teams are playing in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League from fun 5s, 7s,9s and 11s. We have had over 8 boys picked up by pro clubs like Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell and Hamilton. The vision is to build a community football club with teams at all age groups with a pathway to senior football.”

“We believe in giving back to the area , and work very closely with the local food banks and youth clubs. In terms of sponsorship we have been relying on the generosity of local businesses. We have applied for a national lottery grant to help with equipment for the kids and to try and help grow the club even more. In turn, hopefully this will help increase sponsorship and again give the local community something that we can all be proud of. Hopefully, this will see us grow for many years to come. “

Club Interview: Baillieston Thistle AFC

News Writer Tom Scott continues his highly popular Club Interview feature with the spotlight falling on recently appointed Baillieston Thistle AFC Manager Alan Lindsay.

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. Cant 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 the set-up well from taking goalkeeping sessions at their former Adamslie Park home, and Merkland. 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.