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 second interview is with BAJFC midfielder Jamie Winter. Read below what Jamie had to say when he sat down with our website admin over several cups of coffee, two notepads, four pens and a couple of aspirins…
It’s been 12 years since you joined Leeds United back in the day, do you remember your first day at Elland Road after joining?
I remember being sick with nerves … I was 15 yrs old, moving away from home was a massive deal, it wasn’t easy at all to be fair and my mum probably suffered more than I did! It’s not until I’ve now got kids of my own that I actually fully appreciate the sacrifice they also made for me to go down there at such a young age. The first week I started we were training and preparing all the equipment ( balls, bibs markers etc) for the first team players returning the following week. You got your weekly jobs to do and who’s boots you had to clean etc. My job for the first year was making sure the changing rooms were tidy clearing up the players towels and gathering their training kit etc. I was Alan smiths boot boy, he was a massive help on making me settle in. A fantastic club, all the first team players really made an effort to make you feel welcome. After that, I grew into life down in Leeds and certainly have nothing but great memories of my time there.
Did you have, or still have, any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
Can’t really say I’ve had any superstitions or that. I used to make a habit of being the last player out the dressing room but again over time it’s not stuck. Maybe I need to start paying attention to what I do before we win games and stick to that.
Who was your toughest opponent/s in both Junior and the Senior game and why?
I’ve been fortunate enough to play with and against some unbelievable players. One that sticks out above the rest was in a reserve game at Leeds, I remember playing against Bolton and Jay Jay Okacha played an hour. I literally could not get near him, I’ve never been so happy to see a player get subbed before. Roy Keane also, when he made the move to Celtic he just dominated the game. I felt him snap at my heels every time I touched the ball that day, and again you just felt miles apart from players like that.
On a junior level though, it’s a hard one. There’s obviously a better standard of player this year in the Super League compared to last year. I can’t think of anyone stand out player to be fair. I think just the general level of player is naturally a lot better than what we were maybe used to being up against last season. Last year Tayport and St. Andrews were our standout competition and I always enjoyed our games against them.
Having played 109 times throughout your senior career, what’s your most memorable happy moment that sticks out?
I have a few that stand out for different reasons. At Aberdeen, we played against Hibs at Easter Road, second last game of the season. We needed a win to have a chance of catching them for third place and Europe, it was a sunny day in Leith all my family were down. We won 2-1 and it was just a brilliant game to be involved in, very exciting and end to end for most of the game. Hibs went on to clinch third place on goal difference but still that game is one I always look back on with good memories.
Also, have to mention when our assistant manager, Ray Farningham, was gaffer at Montrose. We went down and played Stranraer and after 70mins were getting cuffed 4-0, it was a disaster. But somehow in about twelve minutes we brought it back to 4-4! I managed to score two that day which was another enjoyable memory to look back on.
Who, in football, was your boyhood hero and why?
It’s got to be Gazza, Paul Gascoigne. I was a season ticket holder at Ibrox and was fortunate to see him on a weekly basis. I don’t think there was anyone like him even when he wasn’t having the best of games he just had the ability to change a game. I probably took for granted being able to watch someone like, him as there’s not many with his ability left in the game now.
In December 2005 you scored the opening goal in a 3-1 defeat against a Celtic team that consisted of stars like Balde, Nakamura, Lennon, Petrov and Hartson, do you remember the goal?
Yes, I do funnily enough. I wasn’t actually meant to be playing that game, but Russell Anderson pulled out the warm up with a severe migraine. So I was put into play sweeper which was totally new to me but I enjoyed it. We actually played really well that day and should have been ahead earlier. When I scored I got a little over excited and ended up being booked for over celebrating as you do. I remember jogging back for the restart thinking I can’t believe I’ve just got the winner against Celtic. Nine minutes later we were 3-1 down haha…suppose that’s football for you. My old man used to like a wee punt on me for the first goalscorer but due to the late call, he didn’t manage to get it on in time. I remember him being a bit raging the fact I scored first but at the same time he let me off seeing as it was against Celtic.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey?
Not to go to the driving range the day before a youth cup game! Eddie Gray, who was caretaker manager at Leeds at the time, spotted me and a teammate there. He pulled us in the following week and asked us to bring our golf clubs as he was eager to see us hit the ball etc. Us being young and naive still didn’t see the issue at this point. He was raging, he drove us to Elland Road, made us put the clubs on our backs and run up and down the stadium stands!!! He made sure we knew that we had responsibilities and as a footballer you don’t go playing golf the day before games. So that was a hard fast lesson to learn.
What would you have done if you never played football when you left school?
I’ve actually no idea to be honest. I had to finish my schooling in Leeds and went to college there two nights a week doing sports science and fitness. I had said if it wasn’t football then I’d have liked to have been a P.E. teacher but whether that would have happened or not, who knows…
Broughty Athletic are you first Junior Football team, how has it been since you rejoined in August 2013?
I’ve enjoyed my time at Broughty so far. They have great people working at the club who do all the behind the scenes work and probably don’t get the recognition they deserve, yourself included. It’s obviously been a big step up from last year to now being in the Super League for the first time in the clubs history, but I think we’re slowly moving in the right direction. We have seen first hand this season the massive gulf between ourselves and some of the other teams in this league but with the plans and developments hopefully happening soon at Whitton Park then it’s going to be a great step in the right direction for the club.
Broughty training sessions, or Broughty losing, what is the worst?
Just now I’m gonna have to go with training being the worst. The gaffer has been making a habit of these 8:30pm friendly kick-off’s at the GA Arena, Gussie Park. Not the best idea, for getting home at 11pm at night afterwards when your up for work at 6am the next morning!
Finally, tell us a bit more about Jamie Winter outside of football?
I work as a CNC Machinist for an engineering company in Stonehaven, so I travel there every day. Most of my other time is spent at home with the family. My wife Lynne is a regular visitor along to our games with my two kids, Ashton who is eight and Camden, who is two. They both certainly keep me occupied. We live not to far away from Whitton Park so they enjoy riding their bikes along to the games and cheering on the boys, getting spoiled with sweets and juice from their great grandad who happens to be Broughty’s Vice Chairman, Ian Cochrane…