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Gareth Wardlaw 2009/10
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Gareth Wardlaw 2009/10 Where were you brought up and what team did you support growing up?

I was born in Burntisland. I had a favourite uncle who lived in London and I followed his local team Arsenal.

When did you start playing football and who did you play for as a youth?

When I was 5 years old at school. I also played for my High School team, Balwearie High in Kirkcaldy when the school  reached the semi final of the Scottish Schoolboys cup. I usually played Centre Half at school. After school I joined Kirkcaldy  Under 18's.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career?

My mum and dad were very supportive and took me to all the games when I was at school and as a junior player. Otherwise Jerome Bryden who played for Killie was a great influence.

Tell us about your career to date and in particular your time with Ayr and Raith?

I played for Burntisland Shipyard and was capped for the Scotland Amateur team. Ayr saw me and I signed for them and played for them for two and a half years. It involved a lot of travelling but I really enjoyed it. I got picked up by Raith and continued playing in the Second Division but had a bad injury last season

Did you play against Cowden?

I did score for Ayr at Central Park but I was suspended for the game at Somerset Park when Cowden won 4 - 0. I never had the opportunity to play for Raith against Cowden.

What has been your best achievement in football so far?


Winning the Second Division Championship with Raith last season. Being capped for the Scotland Amateur team in 2005.

What has been your biggest disappointment?

Suffering a serious injury last year when I dislocated my elbow.

Who are the biggest characters you have met in football?

Andy McLaren at Ayr United was larger than life and Frankie Fairbairn is a total nutter.

Who is the best player you have seen in the flesh and the one that you have played with?

Thierry Henry and Ian Wright of Arsenal and Kris Boyd who can score goals any time, any place.

How did your move to the Blue Brazil come about?

I got a call from the gaffer. We spoke a few times and I liked what he said about the club and his ambitions.

What are your hopes for this season in the Second Division?


I'm hoping for a play off position but I am more than happy to take each game as it comes. The team are more than capable of achieving a high position.

What is your early impression of the set up at Central Park.

Very good. The training facilities are first class.

How do you rate the current Cowden squad?

A really good team. The dressing room is fantastic. The best I have seen and it clearly shows on the park.

Do you have ambitions to move into coaching/management when your career is over?

No. I'll be looking after my wee boy and family.

Tell us something that we don't know about you?

No cause my wife might see this. I'll come back to you on any other personal secrets.

Have you set a personal goals target for the season?

No but I just want to play well for the team.

Who has the best/worst dress sense at the club?

Best Mini Ramsay, worst Jay Stein and Jay Shields.

Who has got the best/ worst patter?

Frankie (Fairbairn) has both best and worst without a doubt.

Who is most likely to sook up to the gaffer to get a game?

Robbo I think.

Have you a personal message for the fans?

Many thanks to all for your support so far and for making me feel so welcome.