Must admit I have not had an opportunity to Interview many goalkeepers during my stint with Scottish Amateur Football News, but today’s is a cracker, writes Tom Scott.
Not just any goalkeeper, but one who is a Club Captain, won honours at different Clubs, and was named in a League Team of the Year. Very impressive!
Full name and Position(s) Played at Carluke Thistle:
“Lee Bannatyne – Goalkeeper.”
When did you sign for Carluke Thistle, and what is the attraction playing for them?
“Signed in 2020. The attraction for playing with the Thistle was a lot of friends had signed up and I am also close with Scott Parry , who runs the Club. I also have a long affiliation with Manager Neil McLaughlan.”
What honours have you won? Please detail Competition and Years.
“Won all domestic honours that were going in the now defunct Carluke & District AFL over a 3-year period with Motherwell War Office.”
“Also won the Fosters Central Division 1 in 2016/17 with Cambusnethan Talbot.”
“Was also in the League Team of the Year ,and called up to the Saturday Morning League Select Team in 2017/18 whilst playing for Cambusnethan Talbot.”
What is your best memory at Carluke Thistle?
“Being made Club Captain was something that I am proud of. Don’t have too many playing memories as I have only managed a small Pre-Season before Covid put a halt to things, but the club arranged a trip to Newcastle and a friendly against a club called Seaton Burn. At 0-0, Gary Smith pole axed their player in the box, but i saved the resultant penalty and we went on to win 1-0.”
What is the best prank or wind up you have witnessed in your time playing football?
“Whilst at Cambusnethan Talbot, we arranged a day at the Golf Lounge in Glasgow City Centre. Told one of the boys ‘Ginger’ that you had to bring your own clubs. He turned up to Wishaw Train Station in a Taxi and bounced out the Taxi with a full set of Golf Clubs.”
What are your Aims and Ambitions moving forward?
“Simply to win as much as possible. The League, domestic Cups, South of Scotland, and compete in the Scottish.”
Many thanks to Mr Scott Parry for kindly providing the photograph.