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 sixth interview, kicking off 2016, is with former BAJFC player and now manager, Keith Gibson. Read below what Keith had to say when he sat down with our website admin over a coffee or two…
It’s been eighteen years since you joined your first senior football side, Dundee FC, what’s your most memorable happy moment that sticks out in your playing career during that time?
I had a lot of happy moments throughout my playing career and many games stick in my mind. I scored my first two senior goals at Hampden Park when I was on loan to East Fife so that was special for me. I won promotion with Peterhead in the 2004/2005 season which was also a great achievement and a great team to be involved in. My most memorable moment though has to be winning the 3rd Division with Arbroath, especially after the disappointment of being relegated through the playoffs the year before. It was great to get a league winners medal and it was my most prolific as I scored 11 goals that season. I had a great three and a half years there.
Did you have any game day rituals or superstitions before a match as a player and now as a manager?
To be fair I never really had any rituals as a player. As a manager, I like to get to the park 45 minutes to an hour before the players for home games just to make sure all my preparations are done. Every home game Tony, our coach, brings in pies for the coaching staff and this has been a tradition now since we came into the club.
Who was your toughest opponent be it in the Junior or Senior game and why?
I’ve come across a lot of tough opponents over the years, too many to mention but it was something that I thrived on. I would always want to get the better of whoever I was playing up against though that’s for sure.
You’ve finished your playing career and are now the club’s manager, would you rather be on the pitch playing or on the sidelines?
I would still rather be playing, to be honest. I miss training and playing in games but the time was right to retire as my knee never really recovered from injury. Managing is the next best thing and I’m grateful I was given the opportunity to manage. I never really seen myself being a manager but I feel I’ve adapted well to it and I’m really enjoying it although it can be tough at times.
What team do you support and any player that you idolized since you first knew about football?
I’ve always liked Dundee FC and Rangers. Paul Gascoigne was my boyhood hero and what a talent on the pitch he was, truly a great player.
Rumour has it you had a season ticket for Ibrox for a few seasons, is this true?
Hahaha… This is true, I had a season ticket for two whole seasons at Ibrox Park but sadly had to give it up when I went full time with Dundee FC. To say I was gutted was an understatement…
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey?
There are many to mention but the biggest one is always train the way you play and work hard and take pride in everything you do.
What would you have done if you never played football?
That’s a hard one…I’m not sure what I’d do on a Saturday afternoon if I wasn’t involved in football, let me get back to you on that one…
Broughty Athletic are you first Junior Football team, be it as a player then manager, how has it been so far at the club?
The club is great, we have a good squad of players and we have a great committee also. The club has big plans to develop Whitton Park so hopefully the work can start soon as I know our Chairman, Gordon Deuchars, is working hard behind the scenes to get things done at the park.
How did it feel in the two playoff games versus Armadale to win promotion to the Super League last season?
That was the most nervous I have been as a player/manager as I know how hard we had worked to get in that position. After losing the first leg, I felt we could go down and beat them in the second leg. We had the worst possible start though, going 1-0 down(3-1 on aggregate) after 10 minutes but again the players were unreal that night. It was a great feeling and a big relief to win. It was a proud moment for the club and all involved.
Finally, tell us a bit more about Keith Gibson outside of football?
I’m an Assistant Education Resource Worker with Dundee City Council’s Children & Familie’s service. I’m married to my lovely wife Kerry and have two boys Millar(9) and Evan(6).