A new feature that we are be bringing to the BAJFC website is ‘An Interview With…’, a light hearted small insight to who the BAJFC players, management, and committee are. Our third interview is with BAJFC defender Paul Lunan. Read below what Paul had to say when he sat down with our website admin over a shandy or two…
Well, Paul, it’s been 14 years since you started playing senior football with Forfar Athletic back in the day, what’s your most memorable happy moment that sticks out in your career?
Has it been that long?…The most memorable moment that sticks out in my career has to be playing for Forfar Athletic against Rangers in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup in 2002. I was 19 years old at the time, we lost 6-0 against a team that included the likes of Klos, Amoruso, Numan, and Kanchelskis. They went on to win the trophy that season too.
Do you or did you have any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
Not that I’ve ever been superstitious but, I do eat chicken or pasta about 4 hours before a game and drink plenty of water. It’s something I’ve always done and it’s stuck with me.
Who was your toughest opponent be it in the Junior or Senior game and why?
Tough question that…but it has to be Rangers Barry Ferguson. He was such a hungry player for the ball. He had great movement and played the ball quickly and I found it very tough even to get close to him!
What are your plans after you finish playing football, as in would you take up coaching or management or leave football altogether?
At this present moment, I would probably say that I would leave football altogether once I hang up my playing boots. Management and coaching are made for some people, just not me I’m afraid.
What team do you support and any player that you idolized since you first knew about football?
For my sins, I’m a Dundee United fan. I had a season ticket for Tannadice for several years when I was younger before my playing days took up a Saturday. Players back in my time watching them that stood out for me were the likes of Billy McKinley and big Duncan Ferguson.
You’ve played at a packed Ibrox Stadium, how was that experience?
It was mind blowing! What an experience to be playing there in front of a packed 50,000 crowd. I just happened to be captaining my team against Rangers, and it also happened to be Ally McCoist’s birthday to add to the atmosphere. It was one of my proudest moments in my footballing career.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey?
What I’ve learned is, to be the best you can be in football you need to prepare well, be disciplined, be as fit as you can be and always look to improve yourself. Also, playing football can be a short experience for some, due to injuries etc, so you need to make the most of every game you play in as it can be your last.
What do you think you would have done if you never played football?
I only ever wanted to be a footballer since I can remember, but probably would have done some form of sport as I was always active and interested when I was younger in my school days.
Broughty Athletic are your second Junior Football team after two brief spells with local side Dundee Violet, how has it been since you joined The Fed?
Yes, I had two short spells with Violet in my time but Broughty has been my longest spell in the Juniors. The club has been good for me, it’s a club that’s given me the chance to play at a very good level of football and being close to home at the same time. I enjoy being around the lads on match days, training, and around the club in general.
Broughty training sessions or Broughty losing a game, what is the worst?
It has to be losing a Broughty game, as I’ve never been a good loser in football. But that could be a good thing, that you don’t accept losing, helps you to push harder in your next game. The training sessions are enjoyable most of the time, but I can’t say I’m a fan of the running exercises these days!
Finally, tell us a bit more about Paul Lunan outside of football?
Outside of football, I work as a local taxi driver which I enjoy very much. I have two beautiful children, Rubhan who is eight and little baby Arabella, who is just twelve weeks old. I enjoy my time with my family first and foremost and also like a night out with the lads.