IN THE DUGOUT | May 20th | SIX days that will put our club on the map.
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers
That’s always what this week has been about for BSC Glasgow and what a way to start at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie on Sunday.
As someone lucky enough to have been invited to be a part of this club’s vision this season it was a privilege to be at the Scottish Cup Final watching our 2001s beat Rangers SABC to lift the trophy.
The hard work of Mark Carnegie, Peter Vezza and the coaching staff was rewarded with a hugely deserved triumph.
And it wasn’t just about Gio Vezza’s free-kicks, it was the way we passed the ball and the sheer pride bursting out of men like Peter Winckles.
Peter had helped start the Fun Fours back in 2004 and he was there 11 years on to see EIGHT of the kids from that original group graduate to become the best team in Scotland. You can’t script that.
To see the faces of BSC stalwarts Kenny Moyes, Steve Prince and George Fraser at time-up will always stay with me.
As a football coach the higher you go up the ladder you are told to stay cold and detached from emotions.
Coach the game, improve the players but don’t get too attached to a place because at Lowland League level the sack could loom for you.
You’re given wise counsel to protect yourself from the hurt of that psychological damage. Sorry but I can’t operate like that. Who’d want to?
As long as we are here – and I hope it’s for years to come – this club will get heart and soul from Craig Young, Ally Graham and myself.
That’s why I was screaming at the ref with the rest of them when we were denied THAT stonewall penalty kick on Sunday.
Mind you, I wasn’t as bad as Mr Moyes. Thank God, we don’t have him in the dug-out on a Saturday!
Now with Part One navigated the spotlight falls on our team for the SFA Challenge Cup Final against Civil Service Strollers at Whitehill Welfare’s Ferguson Park on Saturday.
With key midfielder David Cameron recovering from a bug the squad is all fit, we have no suspensions, it’s all about picking the right 11 to get the job done.
After winning this trophy with East Kilbride FC last year I know just how good it feels to land the biggest Cup we play for at this level.
I don’t want to start imagining the desolation if you don’t.
Coaches spend every waking hour searching for inspirational words in weeks like this.
Pep Guardiola famously used scenes from Gladiator to inspire his Barcelona stars before the 2009 Champions League Final.
As recently as last weekend shrewd Alloa coach Danny Lennon turned to Al Pacino’s brilliant Any Given Sunday speech to fuel his side’s desire to turn around a 3-1 first leg defeat from Forfar and stay in the Championship.
Before our semi-final win over Edinburgh we showed the players a terrific Zoe Birkbeck video as our Director of Communications took the boys through the highlights of their season set to music.
We’ll try and press the right buttons this week but ultimately this is about our players producing their best when it matters most.
I’m just proud to have the chance to be a part of it. Eight years of my life went into the birth of EKFC before it all ended last summer.
That’s gone now, the hurt is healed and in whatever role it takes in the future BSC Glasgow will get heart and soul from us now, on Saturday and beyond.
Heads up, win the Cup,