ALAN Trickett has been appointed as the new manager for Border Amateur League side Duns Amateurs.
Following their successful application, Duns Football Club’s first team will play in the East of Scotland League in the coming season. But the Border Amateur side will carry on as a second team, with Trickett at the helm.
Trickett will manage the Amateur side, assisted by Paul Matthewson, with Neil Oliver heading the East of Scotland outfit.
Trickett, who was playing at Greenlaw last season alongside Matthewson, said: “I was surprised, delighted and honoured that my name came up.
“I have taken a lot of advice from Neil Oliver and Stevie Lennon, and I’ve got Paul Matthewson as my assistant. I have known Matty since he broke through as a youngster at Duns, we played together last year at Greenlaw and it was great to see how much the youngsters look up to him and learn from him, so I’m very lucky to have him.”
The former Border Amateur and East of Scotland regular will have a hard task ahead of him, as Oliver expects many of the existing Duns players, who won the Border Amateur League title last season, to make the step up with him to the East of Scotland side. But that doesn’t worry Trickett.
He told us: “I’ll be speaking with Neil and seeing what players he’s taking for the East of Scotland side. On the face of it building a team from scratch looks very difficult but in practice there’s a very experienced group of players here, with some talented youngsters coming up, so I think the prospects are quite good.”
The new Amateurs gaffer will recruit a few extra bodies, and hopes to put his new-look team out for the traditional Reivers week match against Duns RFC.
“Most of the players are going to be Duns-based,” he said, echoing Oliver’s ethos for local players. “I never realised how many were available from the area.
“The experienced players I have known for years,” he added. “I know the names of some of the young ones coming through and I’m looking forward to getting them all together and seeing what we can do.”