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 fifth interview is with BAJFC player Douglas Cameron. Read below what Dougie had to say when he sat down with our website admin over a coffee or two…
Well, Dougie, it’s been 13 years since you joined your first senior club, Dundee FC back in the day, do you remember your first appearance and the score?
Has it been that long, goodness… Yes, I remember it well, against Motherwell with over 6000 fans at Dens Park. I wore the number 25 shirt and started alongside the likes of Lee Wilkie, Barry Smith, Ravanelli and Nacho Novo…but sadly we went on to lose 1-0 with Steven Craig scoring a second half winner. But still a great experience none the less.
Did you have, or still have, any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
Friday evenings were always good for downing a couple of bottles of red wine, but now that the new management team has come in, I’m just having the one bottle! As for matchday, I always put my left shin pad in and football boot on first before we head out onto the pitch.
Who was your toughest opponent/s in both Junior and the Senior game and why?
I’ve had the great pleasure to have played against a few top drawer players, such as Henrik Larsson of Celtic, he was a special player, Mark Yardley at St Mirren, he was also equally as tough but in a different way. I also played against Ivan De La Pena when he was on trial at Celtic(name dropping here), but me being an over weight full back, tricky right wingers were a bugger in certain teams so I will go with Chris Burke of Rangers.
Having played 286 times throughout your senior career, what’s your most memorable happy moment that sticks out?
I’ve had some great memories throughout my senior career, making my SPL debut with Dundee FC was amazing, then there was when we gained promotion when I was with Peterhead, that was class. But topping them all off would be winning the league with East Fife in 2008 was something special and I’ll always remember and cherish.
Who, in football, was your boyhood hero and why?
Got to be my old man, aka The Godfather, Kenny Cameron. He had a fantastic career in football with both Dundee clubs, Kilmarnock and Montrose FC. I’ve had some great advice from him over the years with his great knowledge on the game, as have many a player over the years, he’s a great guy to all.
You moved halfway around the world to play for Sunshine George Cross FC in Melbourne, Australia, how did this all come about?
A former colleague that I played with at East Fife was over there living and playing, he gave me a phone call and asked if I was interested. I spoke with the manager, liked what I heard so zipped over straight away. I’m so glad I gave it a go, it was an unbelievable experience as the standard of football was very good. Met some amazing guys over there and still keep in touch with some to this day.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey?
The main thing I have learned is to enjoy football as much as you can throughout your time playing, as your career goes in far too fast before you know it.
What would you have done if you never played football when you left school?
I loved playing full-time football, but looking back now, I should definitely have stuck in at school, I wasn’t the brainiest school-kid. I should also have thought about doing a Collage/University course whilst playing football at the same time, just never got round to it. Hindsight is a great thing… Let you into a wee secret…I was a part-time DJ for a few years, but DJ Wolf Disco Hire is a story for another day!…
Broughty Athletic are your second Junior Football team having previously been at Ballingry Rovers, how has it been since you joined in 2013 and being captain of the team now?
I’m loving my time at Broughty. They are definitely getting there off the park too and have good honest lads that work very hard on the committee and behind the scenes which is great. On the park the gaffer, Gibby, along with Jinky and Tony, have been different class too, putting together a good squad at the club so the future looks good for Broughty Athletic.
Broughty training sessions, or Broughty losing, what is the worst?
Very simple this one, I’m a bad bad loser…so Broughty losing it is!
Finally, tell us a bit more about Dougie Cameron outside of football?
I live with my lovely girlfriend Gillian, our gorgeous six-month-old daughter Luna and our Cockapoo dog called Oscar… Life is great and happy with us right now and we are really looking forward to our future together with Luna as a family.