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 and management are. Our next interview is with midfielder Jake Mair. Read below what Jake had to say when he sat down with our website admin team over a bottle of Fruitshoot…
It’s been a few years since you made your debut for senior side Arbroath FC, do you remember who it was against?
Yes, I remember it well. My debut appearance was against Airdrie. I had been in training with the Arbroath first team and got the call everyone wants, to play for the first team, on a Friday night to let me know that I would be travelling through and starting the game. Unfortunately, for us, we lost the game 2-0 but really enjoyed the whole experience.
Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
I would have to say I haven’t ever been a very superstitious person, so no I don’t have any rituals or superstitions to share before a game in the years I have played football. I just turn up and crack on getting ready.
Who was your toughest opponent be it in the Junior or Senior game and why?
I feel as though this is quite a difficult question for me as I had not played many first-team games for Arbroath, but there is one that stands out and that was an away trip to Dumfries, to face Queen of the South. I had been told by the gaffer I was to be starting the game and it ended up probably the worst 45 minutes of my footballing career due to the fact I could not get anywhere near the right-winger who at the time was Dan Carmichael. I think he is at Hibs now, fair to say I was chasing his shadows and I got hooked at half time.
What are your plans after you finish playing football, as in would you take up coaching or management or leave football altogether?
I would hope that I still have more than 10 years ahead of me playing football. It’s not something that I have really thought about yet, but at this moment in time, I have no plans for after I finish playing. I would just enjoy my Saturday’s off and be getting the opportunity to go to more Rangers games with my family.
What team do you support and any player that you idolized since you first knew about football?
I was brought up to support Glasgow Rangers as that is the club that has always been in my family. But now I support the new club, The Rangers, or Sevco to others. A lot of my friends support that other team in green and white and it was good having that rivalry growing up too.
One player that stands out for me would have to be Peter Lovenkrands when he was at the old Rangers. I think that was because of his pace and just how direct he was on the park and also that he was left footed. I wanted to grow up to play like him.
Did you play for any juvenile, amateur teams in your time?
I started playing for my local youth team, Carnoustie Panmure, from as young as I can remember and played with them until I got my chance to go for a trial at Dundee United where I spent a few of my youth years before moving on.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey?
One thing that really sticks out for me from my time at Arbroath is that you have to be very patient in football and then take your chance when you are given it, which unfortunately I didn’t in my couple of years there.
What would you have done if you never played football?
If I had never played football, I feel I would have got into sport regardless. I have always enjoyed watching tennis and wish I took it up at a young age. I could sit and watch it all day, the likes of Nadal, Federer and, of course, our very own Andy Murray. I have never been the type to just sit around so I couldn’t imagine my weekends without some source of sport in it.
Broughty Athletic are your third Junior Football team, how has it been?
It’s been great so far. I feel as though I had a good start to the season, I was scoring goals and felt I was playing with confidence. But then I took a knock on my shoulder whilst playing at Kelty and since then its just been a period of trying to get back to full fitness which has been hard with so many games being called off in the past months. So it’s been a frustrating couple of months but I’m looking forward to the rest of the season now as we aim to stay in the Super League.
Broughty training sessions or Broughty losing a game, what is the worst?
I would think if you asked any player this question every player would answer the same, there isn’t a worse feeling than training all week and building up to a game to then come away without a result on a Saturday. You always want to win your game be it home or away, it set’s you up for a good weekend.
I don’t mind the late 8-30pm friendly game kickoffs either to be fair, I get to catch up on Emmerdale and Corrie before heading up for the game, whereas I miss them both when at a 6-30pm training session.
Finally, tell us a bit more about Jake Mair outside of football?
I could be here all day telling you things… I still live at home with my parents, my brother and also my foster sister. I work for my brothers local Plumbing company which I enjoy very much.
As much as I don’t agree with what team he supports, I do enjoy the occasional night out with fellow winger Paul McLellan and when the rest of the boys get let out for a night.