Player Profile – Martin McInnes- Neilston Juniors

By Douglas Droy

Martin McInnes

Name: Martin McInnes

Nickname: Trigger

Club: Neilston Juniors

Position: Centre-half

Date joined: Sept 2013

Previous: Clydebank, Arthurlie Utd, St Peter’s U21s.

Honours: 2 League Cups with Clydebank. Central First Division Winners 2014

Martin started his career with St Peters U21’s and he then moved to Clydebank in 2006/7 where he made 204 appearances and scored 7 goals. He left there in 2012/13 after picking up an injury, but made a comeback with Arthurlie United before joining his current club, Neilston in September 2013 and won Central First Division in 2014.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career?

Probably my dad as he got me into sport at early age and always been there for me.

Your main strength as a player?

My fitness – Generally all aspects of my fitness are pretty good.

What attribute would you improve?

My technical ability.

Do you model your playing style on anyone?

Not really, but I’m inspired watching Maldini, Vidic, and Thuram.

Best player you have played with? 

Played with many great Junior players for example:  Mark Hailstone and Darian MacKinnon, but the best was Alan Jack – scored great goals in big games.

Your proudest moment as a footballer? 

Being inducted into the Clydebank F.C hall of fame which was a very proud moment for me and allow me to tell people that I have something in common with Davie Cooper.

Toughest opponent & why?

There are a few for similar reasons – they are very strong physically, but have decent pace too and have a real eye for goal. – Ross McPherson, Ritchie Barr and Gormley from Auchinleck

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Favourite ground & why?

Newlandsfield – Good venue and until I joined Neilston three years ago, I had never lost there.

Least favourite ground & why?

Vale of Clyde’s ground – Tollcross Park – Lost an under 21’s final there and tore all my ligaments and have never won a game there – enough said.

Any thoughts on the pyramid and Lowland League?


What’s your opinion on junior clubs in The Scottish Cup?

I think it’s great, it raises the profile of Juniors football and provides a measure of the difference between the top Juniors and lower Seniors sides. Usually there isn’t much difference.

Best manager you have had and why?

Billy “Budgie” McGhee – Loves football, gave me a chance and doesn’t take any nonsense.

What’s your thoughts on artificial surfaces?

The new ones are really good and with no ground maintenance means you are playing through winter on a decent surface.

Funniest thing you have seen on football field?

There was a streaker in Clydebank’s last match to gain promotion from Central First Division.

What’s your normal pre-match meal?

Porridge and banana.

Do you have any superstitions?

Yes, lots of silly ones so I won’t go into them.

Any rule changes you would like to see?

Not really, just wish the refs could implement the rules more consistently.

Do the crowd influence you when playing?

The crowd motivates me, but I don’t pay attention to what they shout – it could kill my confidence.

Are you planning to stay in the game when you hang up the boots?

I’ll probably help with my boys with their team, so I’ll be involved, just not in the Juniors level.

What’s your aims for this season?

Don’t get relegated…. Again!!!

Anyone in particular you’re looking forward to playing?

Not really.

Which four famous people dead or alive would you have at a dinner party?

Mohammed Ali, Leo Messi, The Pope, and Elvis.

Finally the best eleven players you have played with?

GK Stefan Conet,

     Paul Allum     Paul Young     Ross Campbell     Andy Paterson

Brian Smith     Gordon Moffat     Alan Jack     Mark Hailstones

Darren Christie     Darian MacKinnon


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