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, management, and committee are. Our next interview is with Broughty Athletic midfielder Ryan Suttie. Read below what Ryan had to say when he sat down with our website admin over a coffee…
Back in May 2010, you made your brief debut for Arbroath FC in the Scottish League One Play-Off final against Forfar Athletic coming on as a sub, how did that feel and do you remember who you replaced?
Wow, 2010, feels like it was yesterday, even though the long hair and the blonde highlights are well gone! Yeah I can remember getting the shout from the manager which I thought was odd, as I rarely played the whole season. If I remember correctly I replaced Phil McGuire. I was on the park for around 10 minutes and was out of breath for 9 of them. It was a good experience on a personal level, but the game seen us relegated and that’s never good as a player to go through.
Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
It may seem strange but when I’m getting ready I will put my left boot on then the right and do the same with my shin guards left, then right. I don’t know why but it’s something that has stuck with me.
Who was your toughest opponent be it in the Junior or Senior game so far and why?
Hmmmm, this is a hard one as I never played a lot of senior games, but there is one that stands out. I think I was about 17/18 yrs old and Arbroath played Rangers in a friendly on a freezing Friday night down at Gayfield and the manager put me on with about 20m minutes to go and he said to me, ‘just get close to him’. The player in question was Charlie Adam! To be honest, I was just running after his shadow for the whole 20 minutes I was on but was good for me to play in a game like that and against a player of his quality.
Although you are still very young, what are your plans after you finish playing football, as in would you like to take up coaching or management or leave football altogether?
Well hopefully I still have a good few years in me yet but yeah, I would definitely stay within football in a coaching role of some capacity.
What team do you support and any player that you idolized since you first knew about football?
Haha here’s the funny one… I would say that I’m a Dundee fan but you would most definitely see me in the United end at a cup final. Some people slate me for this, but we all love a day out on the drink don’t we??
There are two players that I liked to watch and they were Frank Lampard & Steven Gerrard, two great modern midfielders and just great to watch during a game.
How did it feel playing against Dunfermline at East End park, despite losing 5-2 in 2010?
This is like a previous answer but it was a strange one, I could remember the situation I was in, as I hadn’t been playing as the new manager brought in fresh faces and the midfield was very talented. But I was on my way back to the dugout after being in the dressing room and just heard my name… Played nearly 70 minutes alongside our manager (Keith Gibson) in midfield and it was tough. To be honest though, I was doing his running for him too! But yeah, good experience again but the result was disappointing.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey so far?
The biggest lesson I have learnt is… Always listen to the more experienced players in your team when they are telling you something about your game, as they have been in your position and know how it is.
Another one, always play it safe on clobber on a team night out. It’s not like a night out with your mates, this is a different story with the footie boys, you never hear the end of it if you rock up with double denim or a shite shirt!!!
What would you have done if you never played football?
I would probably be playing ice hockey/roller hockey as that was my main sport as a youngster and only started playing football properly when I was 13 yrs old.
Broughty Athletic are you third Junior Football team after St Andrews and Tayport, how has it been since you signed back in November 2015?
It’s been great so far, really has. The boys are class and it’s enjoyable turning up three times a week knowing the standard we have within the dressing room and the way we try to play on a Saturday. I have played with a few boys previously at different teams so it was good to see old faces again. And as I mentioned before I have taken on board a few things that players and coaches have passed onto me about my game which I’m trying to improve on.
Broughty training sessions or Broughty losing a game, what is the worst?
I started with two wins against Tayport in the league and cup, but then experienced my first defeat against league leaders, Bonnyrigg Rose, away, so I will go with Broughty losing a game for now. But every player knows how bad it is to lose and the way it makes you feel, it literally ruins your Saturday night!
Finally, tell us a bit more about Ryan Suttie outside of football?
I have recently just started working with one of the clubs sponsors, Robert Lawson & Sons Auto Electricians and I have taken some stick from a few ex-team mates as they were calling me Lawson’s (Grant) tea boy by day, and boot boy by night, but it’s just banter…I hope! But it’s a great job and I’m really enjoying it. When I’m away from work and football, I enjoy spending my time with my Mrs, my family and my friends.