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Players Page
This page is devoted to club stalwarts from past times, priceless characters who created a niche for themselves in the ongoing history of our proud club.


PAST PLAYER'S - NO1.

MALCOLM O'MAY (MOM) - 'The Striker.

Possibly the bravest centre-forward we are ever likely to have, MALCOLM O'MAY led the line at KINTYRE PARK, and, all blades of grass throughout the WEST OF SCOTLAND and beyond during the late 1970'S and early to mid 1980S. Scorer of forty-nine goals in our first-ever season in the Scottish Amateur Football League, Malcolm was direct and extremely pacey, but also had tremendous courage in goalmouth situations. Although the club dominated the 7TH DIVISION TITLE race during season 1977/78, his goal scoring ratio was nothing short of phenomenal. One of the reasons 'THE PUPILS' won the 7TH division title at a canter, his ability to grab a goal also helped the club achieve an amazing 121 league and cup goals to add the TOP GOAL SCORE TROPHY to its collection in the same season.
Another milestone in MALCOLM'S prolific scoring career was his four goals against THORNLIEBANK in a 6-1 win at NORTH HOLM GIFFNOCK during season 1980 /81; the Pupils coming from behind to overhaul EAGLESHAM and claim the FOURTH DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.


PAST PLAYERS - NO 2 - ADDED JUNE 2008.

JIMMY MCCALLUM (BALDY) - 'HEART OF A LION.'

Every team has its comic wit, and with Jimmy 'Baldy' McCallum there was never a dull moment. The journey to and from Glasgow on match day was never a chore, in fact, it was sheer pleasure to part of a laugh a minute experience.

On the park things were slightly different, as Jimmy was a consumate winner in everything he did. Whither as the ball-winner in the centre of a midfield four, or wide on the right, he was a tenacious 'terrier' in the tackle, someone who reminded me of the great Billy Bremner of Leeds United. Not that Jimmy was all industry, in fact he was one the most skillful players in the team. He also had the habit of scoring important goals, one which helped to secure promotion to the first division for the first time in the club's history.

An important part of a Pupils side who climbed six divisions of the SAFL in seven seasons, a past player of the year, and, a club man to the core.


PAST PLAYERS - NO3 - ADDED FEBRUARY 2009

DUNCAN MCAULAY - GREENOCK MORTON/SAFL SELECT CAPTAIN.

Duncan joined the club at the tender age of fourteen, the youngest player by far to wear the tradional white of Campbeltown Pupils. Arguably the most skillful player of his generation, his career went from strength to strength,and, he was soon on the radar of the senior fraternity. Glasgow Celtic were first to follow his progress, joined later by Liverpool, who sent their chief scout Steve Twentyman to monitor his progress.
All the while Duncan was simply interested in playing football and, as a youth he was farmed out to Drumchapel Amateurs under 16s squad to gain the necessary experience. Duncan returned to become part of the successful Pupils side of the late 1970s, this, before joining Greenock Morton at Cappielow.

After a spell at Morton, Duncan joined Greenock High School for a short period before returning home. During his second spell with the Pupils he was picked on a regular basis for the SAFL Select, captaining the team to cup success in the inter-league trophy - the Baxter Trophy - during the mid- 1980s. After retiring - almost forcibly at the age of 40 something - Duncan became the club coach and match secretary, posts he still holds to the present day.

Along with ex-team mate Campbell Robertson, both men steered the club to a Premier Division One title in 1998/99 and a Premier Division title in 1999/2000.

PAST PLAYERS - NO 4 - ADDED MARCH 2010

DAVID MARTIN - 'MIDFIELD POWERHOUSE.'

David's physical stature seemed to give the warning 'what you see is what you get,'however, nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, as explained, he was the mid-field powerhouse of an extremely successful Pupils side during the late 70s and 80s, but there was far more to his game. In his armoury was the longest throw-in I have ever witnessed at any level of the game, as well as being the hardest striker of a ball a team could wish for. He was strong running, could score goals, and, had more than a little skill to his game on the ground. David was a 'play anywhere' footballer who was a superb club member. Definately one who would die for the shirt! Another player who was part of a young Drumchapel Amateurs squad, he played for the Glasgow club in their regular tours of Iceland during the development of football in that country.

CAMPBELL ROBERTSON - No 5 - 'CENTRE-HALF SUPREME.'

Good in the air, elegant on the ball but also with the touch of steel that all good central defenders must have. Campbell is a perpetual winner, a characteristic he still displays each and every week on the touchline as the present club manager. He was also versatile as a player, and, if things didn't go to plan, he was equally as comfortable leading the line at centre-forward. Many a crucial goal he scored when asked to save a losing situation.

STEWART McSPORRAN - No 6 - 'SWEEPER ON A MISSION'.

'Big Stewarty' was a player who was always in cruise control, a man with electric pace who patrolled the back four with grace and a real touch of 'steel'. Great in the air, he was a real threat in the opposition's box at corner kicks or set pieces, a trait that allowed him to claim a respectable number of goals during a distinguished amateur career. Popular with his team mates, he won 'player of the year' on a number of occasions, not easy in a team full of quality players.

KEVIN GILCHRIST - No 9 - 'CAP FITS PERFECTLY '.


Kevin joined the club from the successful Campbeltown Boys Association and was treated to a trial at St Mirren before settling down to play his football at amateur level. But what a career the 'wee man' had, winning numerous SAFL representative honours and also being capped at amateur level for Scotland against Ireland in 1986. He led the SAFL attack the year the league won the Baxter Trophy - the national inter-league trophy - and had the distinction of notching 13 of the 15 goals scored by the SAFL on the way to lifting the trophy. I can truthfully say, St Mirren made a huge mistake by not signing this 'pocket dynamo' of a centre forward. Too small they said. He had skill in abundance and a big heart to make up for his lack of stature. For senior football - definitely the one that got away !