Duns Amateurs number one Scott Lumsden has rounded off the Dingers title-winning season - with a Scotland call up.
The Duns stopper was selected to join the national Amateur squad following an impressive first season between the sticks at Gavinton.
He earned his first Scotland cap on May 7, making his debut from the bench during the national amateur select side’s 2-0 victory over Northern AFL at Meadow Park Stadium, Castle Douglas.
The 30-year-old came on as a substitute in the second half to help Scotland record a clean sheet and win the Jack Britton Rose Bowl match; an annual fixture played between the Scottish Amateur FA and their Northern Irish counterparts.
He said: “I got 15 minutes at the end - compared to what I’m used to it was a wee bit different! But to be involved in something for your country is certainly enjoyable.”
Lumsden has played football for as long as he can remember. “I played rugby as well, but running wasn’t my favourite past time,” he explained. “That’s why I have been stuck in goal. I kind of get in the way quite well!”
But winning a Scotland cap at this stage has surpassed all expectations for the Duns keeper, who describes himself ‘in three words’ on the Duns Amateur website as “Past my best”. He said: “It’s just a little velvet cap in a box, but it means so much!
“There’s two boys at home who have been asking where’s my hat, but I’m keeping it away from chocolate covered hands!”
He added: “It means such a lot to represent your country.”
Lumsden shone in front of a Scotland Amateur representative during Duns’ South Cup semi final defeat against Carnwath in April, when he was named man of the match.
“The one day that the rest of my team mates never showed up was the semi final of the South Cup at Carnwath,” he said. “The one time all season that they didn’t play well was the time I played well, so it kind of worked out! I had a few saves to make that day and he reported back to Hugh Carswell (SAFA National team manager)”
Lumsden then went to a training day before being named in the squad for the Northern Ireland game.
Formerly of Gala Fairydean, then Coldstream, he’s only plied his trade at Duns since the beginning of this season.
“The only time I have ever won anything has been with Duns this year,” he said. “We have got a very good team - I don’t have that much to do on a Saturday! It’s a great squad of boys and we’ve shown that by winning the league. But the management like to keep your feet on the ground and not let you get above your station!”
For now the keeper’s thoughts will be turning to tonight’s Waddell Cup clash between Duns and Lauder, but he’s hoping to begin a collection of little blue caps. “They said if I’m still playing amateur football next season I’d be involved, so I’ll wait and see.” he said.