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 seventh interview is with veteran defender Jay Smart. Read below what Jay had to say when he sat down with our website admin over a pint or two…
Well, Jay, it’s been over 11 years since you started playing senior football with Raith Rovers back in the day, what’s your most memorable happy moment that sticks out in your career so far?
There has been a few over the years, but the most memorable moments would be, winning the Scottish Cup with the Rowantree Amateurs, winning the 3rd Division title with East Fife and winning all my individual merits, the three being the 3rd division PFA, the 3rd division Irn bru Player of the Year and the SFL goal of the season.
Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
I always have scrambled eggs as my breakfast, and I always text our captain, Dougie Cameron, ‘good morning’ on match days.
Who was your toughest opponent be it in the Junior or Senior game and why?
Goodness… The toughest would have to be playing Rangers in the CIS Cup. We got beat 4-0 I think and Kris Boyd scored a hat-trick. Funnily enough, I got Man of the Match that day and thought I marked him really well some would say! To be honest, he done nothing but had three chances and took them all!!!
What are your plans after you finish playing football, as in would you take up coaching or management or leave football altogether?
I’ve never really thought about it… I suppose I’d like to take up some kind of role in football, maybe teaching boys how to take throw-ins with the head or something.
What team do you support and any player that you idolized since you first knew about football?
I love Manchester United and adored Roy Keane as a player/Captain. I loved his attitude etc as he was always getting into boys, making them winners, something the current Man United team lack now, though.
How did it feel winning the PFA player of the year at East Fife?
It was a shock to be fair! I was honoured to just be nominated and never thought I’d win it. I was very drunk on the free beer and wine so never stayed sober, as I thought I wasn’t in with a chance of winning. When they called my name I felt, even more, drunk on my way to the stage. My speech wasn’t the best either. The boy was slating me, it was funny, and I’m just glad big Steven Tweed pulled himself out the running so I won it, as he told me, lol. We had a very good team that year I remember.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey?
I’ve learned a few things… Never, ever, ever…room with Dougie Cameron on away days! As his feet are disgusting! Work hard, and listen. And always put your phone on silent and lock it!!!
What would you have done if you never played football?
That’s an easy one… If I never played football I would have been a Rock n’ Roll star seeing as I’m partial to a bit of guitar and piano. We have a few good singers in the team also, big Bastian, Doug(Right Said Fred)Cameron, chip butty (Ryan Suttie), Jimer Winters on bongo’s. I’m sure we could get a band together and give One Direction a run for their money…
You’re in your first season at the club, how’s it been so far?
It’s been great. The boys are great, I’m back enjoying my football again. I’m sure with the squad here at Broughty we can cement ourselves in this league and look to progress.
Broughty training sessions or Broughty losing a game, what is the worst?
Haha, easy one that, they are both the same! However, I do love the 8:30pm kick-off friendlies! We should have more of them I say!!!
Finally, tell us a bit more about Jay Smart outside of football?
A big, I’m sorry, to all the female supporters out there but I’m a married man to my beautiful wife Tamara. We have been together for 17 years. We have two children Tia(13) and Wayne(9). Also the dog Bella(3), two goldfish, Short(2) & Sharps(1.5) Also I like to perform in a few pubs in Lochee with Dundee’s singing sensation Wee Alfie, performing our favourite song “Eye of the Tiger” regularly…