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 next interview is with Broughty Athletic striker, Bryan Duell. Read below what Bryan had to say when he sat down with our website admin over a few tinnies…
You made your senior debut with Forfar Athletic back in August 2007, do you remember who it was against and the scoreline?
Now that seem’s a long time ago now… Not that I remember much about that season because it was one to forget but my debut was at home to Stranraer and we lost 3-0 I think. Like I said, it was a season to forget.
Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
Usually, I put my right sock on then my left sock. Then the same with my shin guards and boots. I also put a double loop of tape around the top and bottom of my socks and if I can get away with it, I tape up my wedding ring.
Who has been your toughest opponent/s in the Junior or Senior game so far and why?
The only player I’ve ever had a tough time against is myself if I’m brutally honest. I am always letting myself down by getting yellow and red cards during games from the officials.
What are your plans after you finish playing football, as in would you take up coaching or management or leave football altogether?
I would like to stay involved in football in some capacity but just now I’m having to travel across the country watching my son play so that might be a big factor when I choose to hang the boots up, but I’m not nearly ready for that yet though, still life left in my old legs…
What team do you support and any player that you idolized since you first knew about football?
I support the big team in the city, Dundee FC, and I try to get to as many games as possible but it’s difficult when we play Saturdays. I can’t really think of anyone who I idolised back in the days but some of the players on show today are as good if not better than the best players when I was younger.
You scored your first senior goal in a 4-0 win over Elgin in August 2007, do you remember how you scored?
No, I don’t to be honest…but I bet it was probably a tap in or a penalty. Funnily enough, I did check the Internet and noticed that Broughty’s Trigger(Paul Lunan) also scored that day so they must have been rubbish if we beat them!
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey so far?
Number one lesson learnt is NOT to get involved with referees…and I’m still finding that very difficult to this day.
What would you have done if you never played football?
I was always going to play football, I wasn’t interested in anything else when I was young, I was going to my dad’s games from about 2 yrs old, playing in the streets every night until I was about 13 yrs old, then that’s when weekends became eventful!
Broughty Athletic are your fifth Junior Football team, how has it been since you signed?
You clearly haven’t done your homework, as Broughty are my seventh junior side! I’ve played for more junior sides than some have had hot dinners. It’s this my third time at Broughty Athletic and I haven’t felt more settled in a team than I do now. Great bunch of guys and coaching staff and the committee staff aren’t too bad either, yourself included with your smart camera and decent flash!
Broughty training sessions or Broughty losing a game, what is the worst?
I don’t know any players who like losing whether it be in training or a competitive match and I’m no different. But nothing starts the weekend off better than winning on a Saturday afternoon.
Finally, tell us a bit more about Bryan Duell outside of football?
I have been married to my lovely wife, Pamela, for 11 years this May and we have two wonderful children, Liam 12 and Kerra 7, who take up all my time when I’m not at football. I’m a sheet metal worker and currently working at Galloway Group and have been doing that nearly 15 years now.