A new feature that we have brought to the BAJFC website is ‘An Interview With…’, a light hearted small insight to who the BAJFC players, management, and committee are. Our next interview is with the BAJFC defender Barry Myles. Read below what Barry had to say when he sat down with our website admin team over a McDonalds Happy Meal…
It has been over 8 years ago since you first joined Broughty Atheltic, what’s your most memorable happy moment that sticks out in your career?
Jeesh, eight years ago you say…where have all the years went! I first signed for Broughty Athletic back in February 2008 from Arbroath FC. I have had a lot of great memories here and met a lot of great people, but there are two memories that are definitely up there at the top of the list. Firstly it’s got to be winning the North Region league in the 2009-10 season.
Secondly, getting promoted to the Super League last season after our play-off win over Armadale Thistle. When I re-signed for Broughty in February 2015 I never imagined for one second that come the end of the season we would have been promoted. It was a great finish to the season and we deserved to go up.
Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
Nothing too over the top to be honest, just like some of the other guys. Usually on match days I’ll put my left shin pad on followed by the right. I don’t know why but I have done it for years and it’s kind of stuck with me.
Who was your toughest opponent be it in the Junior or Senior game and why?
Tough question this one for sure. There have been a good few players I have played against through the years. But, the one I remember the most was when I played for Arbroath FC Under 19’s. We played against Dundee FC Under 19’s at Dundee Violets ground and Kevin Mcdonald was playing up front for them. I’m sure it ended up being about 7-0 to Dundee and he must have scored 5 or 6 of the goals, I just couldn’t get near him!
What are your plans after you finish playing football, as in would you take up coaching or management or leave football altogether?
I’d like to think there’s still a few years left in me yet but as it stands I don’t think coaching or management would be something I would be interested in. I prefer playing the game and getting on with it, but like I say, plenty life let in the body yet.
What football team do you support?
For my sins it’s got to be Dundee United. I used to have a season ticket for Tannadice Park for many years but, unfortunately, had to give it up when I started playing on Saturday afternoons. I still try to get to as many games as possible when I can though during the winter call-offs etc. Things at Dundee United aren’t going too good at the moment but I have had some cracking times supporting and following them, including trips to Athens, Moscow and Wroclaw along with seeing them winning the Scottish Cup twice.
We hear you are partial to the odd naked run around a football pitch… Care to enlighten us as to why this is?
Hahaha!…We used to have our annual Christmas team night out at Whitton Park, which included our yearly quiz. We used to get randomly paired up and we all stuck a few quid in each for the winners pot. But there was also a forfeit for the losing pair too…and that’s where the naked run around the pitch comes in. I was never great at quizzes and I was able to prove that 4 years in a row! I came last every time and had to do the honourable run around the pitch starkers!
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey?
The main and most important one is to enjoy it as it comes, as it won’t last forever. And an absolute must during your career is to enjoy the team smokers!
What would you have done if you never played football?
God knows about that…I would have probably ended up going to watch Dundee United home and away across Scotland most weeks or getting dragged around the shops from the missus! So thank goodness I took up football as neither of them are appealing at the moment!
You’re at your second spell at Broughty Athletic, how has it been since you’ve been back?
It has been great since I have been back at the club. Things have definitely changed over the 18 months I was away. There is new management who are taking the team in the right direction, hence we are in the Super League and are trying our best to stay there this season. Also, we have a good bunch of players who are great to train and play alongside with. I’m looking forward to being part of the new Whitton Park development plans in the near future which include a new playing surface, stand and clubrooms etc.
Broughty training sessions or Broughty losing a game, what is the worst?
It’s got to be Broughty losing without a doubt, it sets the mood for the weekend which isn’t a good one. I too, like some of the other lads, don’t mind our training sessions especially the one’s where we have a friendly game with an 8-30pm kick-off!!!
Finally, tell us a bit more about Barry Myles outside of football?
Away from football, I’m a self-employed Scaffolder working here, there and everywhere as many people know. I’m often jumping from job to job but hopefully, I will settle down somewhere soon. In my spare time, I enjoy the occasional night out with the lads, especially Xmas nights out and quizzes! I live with my lovely partner Deborah along with our three mad little kittens.