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Bryan Gilfillan 2007/08
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Bryan Gilfillan 2007/08

Who has been the biggest influence on your career?

My family! My dad and uncles gave me lots of encouragement. No professional footballers in the family although my dad played in the Army.

Who are the best players you have played alongside?

Sammy Clinging (Notts Forest), Barry Robson (Dundee United) and Mark Brown (Celtic).

Who have been the biggest characters?

David Bagen was at Inverness with me and Graham Stewart also at Inverness.

When did you start playing football and who did you play for before moving senior with Inverness CT?

I started about age 11 or 12 in Edinburgh with Hutchieson Vale then on to Inverness and local teams up there.

Tell us about your time on the books with Inverness as a youngster?

I signed S Forms with Inverness Caley Thistle at age 15. When I left School soon after, I signed up full time straight away and played for 3 seasons

How did your move to Cowden come about the first time around?

I was siiting in a pub when Keith Wright called and invited me to come to Cowden. At first I was on loan but then agreed a transfer deal to sign from Inverness.

What are your main memories from your time at Central Park under Keith Wright?

My most vivid memory is being subbed off after 20 minutes in my first game at Forthbank in the opening game of the season against Stirling Albion. The gaffer said I was off the pace. I also remember getting sent off at Central Park against Peterhead by Colin Boyle. He is not my favourite ref!

You are fondly remembered for your 40-yard wonderstrike which ended Stirling Albion’s long unbeaten run – what do you remember about the incident?

I remember it like it was yesterday. Stirling had been unbeaten for twelve games. The keeper was out of his goals and I was quite surprised that he even reached it.

Your form at Cowden attracted the attention of a number of clubs – what attracted to you to Gretna?

It was a very good offer. I wanted to play full time football and had the ambition to progress.

You played a major role in Gretna’s 3rd division championship win – what are your main memories from that season?

Towards the end of the season I no longer felt part of the team or ready to celebrate the championship win. I was feeling left out as newer players were being brought in.

Your performances were rewarded with under 21 recognition with Northern Ireland. How did you qualify to play for the Irish and how did you adapt to playing at that level?

My mother is Irish from just outside Belfast. I thought I acquitted myself well. I started in every game and the team only lost two games.

You fell out of the picture at Gretna during the 2nd division campaign – what went wrong?

I had a knee problem which hindered my training and preparation. I was then offered to Stranraer on loan. I thought it would be acceptable for six months but was then told that I no longer had a future at Gretna. By then I was no longer enjoying it.

Your next port of call was a move to Peterhead. Tell us about your time up North?

I was the only new signing by Iain Stewart. I joined up when the team was strong and the fans expectations were for another promotion. It was not a happy time as the management changed and the fans turned against the team.

Cowden came back in for you in August – did you have to think twice about returning to Central Park?

This was the second approach by Cowden. I am very definitely happy to be back at Central Park.

Has much changed since you were last a Cowden player?

There has been a complete turn around. Players, coaches, Management, Directors all have changed. The Club is run very professionally.

You made a fairytale return starring in the Fife derby win over Raith Rovers. How did it feel to come off the park with three points?

That was one of the best games I have played. To get one over Raith is always good.

As a local boy – how much does it mean to you to pull on the Blue Brazil shirt?

Very special. I play every game as if it were my last.

How do you rate the current Cowden squad?

The team is young and relatively inexperienced. It will take a couple of years to really gel. The best will come as the quality is definitely there.

You have worked under a number of different managers. How have you found working with Brian Welsh and Danny Lennon?

Really good. They go into every detail, tactics opposition etc. They are very good together, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.

What are you ambitions for the current season?

I think we can get to the play offs. I am looking to January and the transfer window when we can look at bringing in one or two new players. We just need a wee bit more.

What are your future football ambitions?

I want to try something outside Scotland for a year or two before I get too old but I would certainly consider staying if the club are challenging for the First Division.

What has been you most memorable/biggest disappointment so for in football terms?

The way I was treated at Gretna.

Which player is the most likely to have worn the dunces cap at School?

PS.

Which player is most likely to take an apple to training for the gaffer to try and ensure a starting slot on the Saturday?

PS again (only kidding)

Finally, do you have a message for the fans?

Have patience.The team will come good. Please keep coming and cheering us on.