Author: Dave Lamb

Q&A With Robbie and Gregor

imageThis weeks Q&A is with our newest recruits to date, former Livi Lions youngster Robbie Renwick and one time Manchester United trainee Gregor Lamb. They give us a small insight to life in the Rovers changing room.

Q. So our first question to the “Spice boys” of the changing room was gentle. How are you both finding life at the Rovers so far.

RR. Spicy. I’m really enjoying my football at the moment Including the training. There’s a top group of guys in the changing room which has made settling in very easy. Keeping the old guard on their toes is always fun however in turn they are great to learn from as well.

GL. Mackay is definitely the founding member of the Spice Gang, not us pair! I’ve also really enjoyed my first couple of months with the Rovers. I feel as though I’m handling the step up very well. The physicality of the league and the level im now playing at will only aid me going forward. The lads have been brilliant and have made it very easy for me to feel part of the team.

Q. Excellent stuff. So having been involved in the changing room long enough already who is the biggest moaner and who is the one that always finds a positive.

RR. Colin Smith, biggest moaner hands down. Speedy is on the opposite end though. He does however offer false positivity at times by saying he’s joining us (the young team) on a night out.

GL. Biggest moan is Colin “Bottom lip” Smith. Positive for me is Robbie. (Best pal points) If I’m being honest he’s always encouraging us to find that second wind if things aren’t going our way.

Q. Whilst we are dishing the dirt. Who spends the most time in the mirror and who is the one spending overtime on the training ground.

RR. Mirror mirror on the wall. Simple it’s Jamie Mackay. He easily has the worst crew cut in the team which goes along nicely with his shocking patter. The grafters, well the gaffer knows who they are. (On further inspection both Robbie and Gregor turn up for extra training on a regular occurrence).

GL. Mirror is definitley Mackay. He tries on 10 different pairs of shoes before he goes out. I’m not sure if it’s because his barnets so bad, but he’s always messing about with his hair for hours too. I can’t comment on biggest grafters. The boys might find out who the gaffers favourites are. (See above)

Q. The boys have an away game. This calls for an overnight stay and a room mate is required. The gaffer lets you pick. Who do you want cuddling up and who is the one that would give you nightmares.

RR. I’d go with Bambi (Gregor Lamb). We are of similar ages and similar banter. The boy is also a hit with the ladies. If I wasn’t loved up he’d be a dream team mate. Nightmares would be Ben Brown. If let loose on an overnight stay I’d hate to imagine what that boy would get up to.

GL. I’d share with Ben McGinley. The big goalie gives great cuddles. Nightmare would be Saul Schulz Keith. He may have a double barrelled name but he’s also got a double barrelled backside as we all found out at the gaffers annual FIFA tournament. I heard his toilet is still blocked from all that coconut milk he drinks.

Q. Not long to go lads just a few more questions and we are done. Who is the brightest spark in the changing room and who’s head is just filled with hot air.  

RR. Big Foff (Ross Forrest). As well as oozing intelligence the big man oozes paper notes. Mind you he doesn’t mention that he’s a lawyer all that often. Thicker than a plank of wood goes to David Lindsay. The boy managed to stab himself in the thumb with his epie pen.

GL. Big Ross takes it for me as well. Working in a swimming pool one week and tearing the courts up the next. He must be doing something right. Least intelligent is a tough one. It’s a toss up between Jason Newell and big Davie Lindsay. Davie just always looks confused but big Jase is impossible to understand at times. You literally have to decrypt every message he writes. (Robbie also added), yeh the man sticks lol at the end of every sentence. He’s always wearing the yellow jacket at training so we eventually just named it after him.

Q. Who is the hardest member on the park and which team mate would rather swan dive to safety?

GL. Hardest is Smith. Never pulls out a 50/50 and is like a brick wall at the back for us. Strikers must hate playing against him. Softest. Hmm even though we call him the fridge, Saul pulls out of more challenges than anyone I’d say.

RR. I’d also go with Smithy. He snaps you in training as well as the opposition come game day. Maybe not the softest but definitely the lightest is Mikey Cockburn. Worst performer in goals for the 5 a sides. He hates a swan dive. Basically runs away from the ball and hides behind Smithy for protection, just like a Saturday.

Q. Ok lads we will round things up. If you were stuck on a deserted island (Magaluf) who are the three team mates you’d want by your side and why?

RR. The Green Tree Loyal. Bambi (Gregor Lamb) Benzo (Ben Brown) and Mcgin (Ben McGinley). We are the young team who lead by example off the park. McGinleys long arms would provide cuddles. Benzos banter and never ending collection of “oiler boiler” boxer shorts would provide something to cover our privates in times of need. Bambi (Gregor Lamb) is tall and skinny so we could use him to good effect in grabbing our only source of food (coconuts) from the trees. Aiding to that of McGinleys shovel hands and Benzo’s massive forehead we could easily crack them open and survive. What a team.

GL. I’d take McGinley, Benzo and Robbie. Me and the goalie (Ben McGinley) get on really well and I’m sure he’s said he’s been in similar situations before so he’d be an expert in staying alive. I’d take Robbie because we are the only ones still in school and because of this we know all the gossip in Peeblesshire to keep us going. Lastly I’d take Benzo basically because he loves a laugh and we’d need those qualities to get us through those lonely nights.

There you have it. A recognisable pattern as we learn that the “Spice boys” most definitely stick together!



Castle Warehouse Back Our Boys.

Peebles Rovers would like to say a massive thank you to our local department store for their generosity. Rovers were presented with the cheque this morning from the management team and staff of Castle Warehouse outside the Peeblesshire outlet. The contribution will go a long way in helping the club.

Peebles Rovers have made great strides this year in recruiting what is largely a local based team. With this we are delighted that local businesses are getting behind our club once again. We believe that the future is bright for Peebles football however without this kind of backing and support, our senior side would cease to exist.


Q&A With Ben McGinley

We caught up with Rovers Number One Ben McGinley as he dished the dirt on his fellow team mates and briefly describes his first season with the club. Ben was signed from Whitehill Welfare at the beginning of the season and has wasted no time in showing just why the gaffer worked tirelessly to get the young stopper at Whitestone Park.

Q. So Ben we will start with a nice easy one. Who is the most vain in that Rovers changing room.?

BM. Saul, that boy spends more time fixing his barnet than he does on the ball.

Q. Lets fast forward. Its the end of a team night out who is the last player you’d want to be left standing next to.?

BM. If i’m being honest not many of the boys can last the pace. I’d probably say Benzo (Ben Brown) however. The boys full of mischief, god knows where we’d end up.

Q. The boys have an away game that requires an overnight stay. Who is your choice of roommate and why.?

BM. Wee Donny (Donovan Ndiweni). He’s really good at cuddling.

Q. Footballers are not exactly renowned for their intelligence. Who has the least and who has the most.?

BM. The thickest in the team is a tight call. Benzo and big Jason Newell do not have a brain cell between them. The “yellow training jacket” was however named after big Jase so he might just shade it. For the most intelligent. (Ben pauses) Colin Smith thinks he knows everything but Mikey Cockburn goes to University which is extremely rare within this squad so he surly takes it?.

Q. Fastest and Slowest. Who’d give Usain Bolt a chase and who wouldn’t even get out the blocks.? 

BM. Robbie Renwick’s extremely quick so he’d put up a chase. The slowest by far is big Davie Lindsay. Its safe to say a snail would finish before the big man. It’s just a rumor but supposedly the milk in the club room has turned quicker than him on a few occasions already this season.

Q. Who is the hardest in the squad, and on the flip side who would slip contact in order to keep their boots clean and their shins intact.? 

BM. Speedy is small in height but he is built like a fridge. I wouldn’t like to mess with him when when the red mist appears. To be honest you’d have to be even braver to skip the challenge. If you got caught going in half hearted, Smithy would most certainly be waiting for you in the changing room once the whistle blew.

Q. Who is the biggest wind up and the one that gets under the gaffers skin the most.?

BM. Simple. Ben Brown. He’s the biggest wind up merchant i’ve come across. What makes matters worse is when Donny’s enters the fray. The pair of them are a nightmare.

Q. If you were stuck on a deserted island (Magaluf), who are the three teammates you’d want by your side and why.?

BM. Smithy, the boys loaded and would get in the drinks. The gaffer (Ger) because his Mrs Laura told me that he would be allowed to go as she trusts i’d look after him. So i’m making sure he cant get out of it. And lastly wee Donny. He has rhythm in his feet and would produce the entertainment on the dance floor.

Q. Lastly we asked Ben to describe his short but instrumental spell at the club so far.?

BM. I’ve certainly loved my time so far and really am enjoying my football. The boys in the changing room are great to work with and there is always a positive vibe. At the beginning we knew it would take time as we have a very young squad and although things were not going for us to begin with the work ethic and belief has never changed. As the season has developed we have continued to improve and with the same mentality going forward i am more than sure the club will have a very bright future.