Time Tunnel - Ian Hair
Time Tunnel talks to former Mo player Ian Hair.
If you followed MFC about 30 years ago you will undoubtedly remember midfielder Ian Hair and probably for more than one reason. He played for us from 1976 until 1981 which included two classic cup games against Celtic. Another reason for remembering Ian is for his, well how should we put it – his, errr his, well shall we say his erratic hairstyle? A bit like a bushy wrap around I suppose but Ian insists it was the style those days! Well…… Ok. Anyway it was a pleasure to catch up with him and here is what he told us :-
Briefly summarise your career in senior football.
Played for Scotland schoolboys at Wembley then signed for Aberdeen in July 1971 age 16, broke into the first team in 1974 and went on to play 100 first team games scoring 6 goals. Played in the UEFA cup in 1974 against Finn Harps and then Tottenham who beat us and went on to the final. Fell out with the manager Ally McLeod and asked for a transfer. Signed for Montrose in 1976 for £7,000 having turned down an offer from Bertie Auld at Partick Thistle. Played at Links Park until 1981 when a knee injury and business commitments forced me to retire.
What are you doing these days?
I was involved in newspaper distribution and then bought the Four Mile Inn at Bucksburn, Aberdeen where I was mine host for 11 years but sold it 8 years ago and I’m fully retired now.
What were the highlights of your days at Montrose?
Probably playing Celtic in the quarter final of the League Cup in 1981. We drew 1-1 at Links Park, I scored the goal (ours that is!) and should have scored another. We lost the second leg 3-1 at Parkhead.
Any cringe moments you care to recall?
A 1-1 draw at Arbroath when I scored both goals, The own goal was a cracker!
Who was the joker in the dressing room?
Ian Stewart. He once threw a bucket of freezing water over Bobby Street in the showers and, knowing Bobby would get his own back, Ian put Bobby’s clothes on. Needless to say Bobby threw a bucket of water over his own clothes.
Which was your favourite away ground?
Ibrox where I remember when playing for Aberdeen we beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup.
Who apart from you do you think were the best Montrose players in your day?
Les Barr, big Dennis D’Arcy, Bobby Livingstone, Gary Murray, Malcolm Lowe, Dougie Robb, Streety, we had a good squad in those days.
What are you most proud of in your football career?
Proudest moment is being able to say I played at Wembley and Hampden even though the latter was only against Queens Park. Also I scored against both Rangers and Celtic.
Anything else come to mind?
Whenever I played for Aberdeen against Celtic my job was to man mark Kenny Dalglish and kick him if I could get near him, a task that was near impossible.
The 5 or so years I spent at Montrose though were magnificent, probably the most enjoyable years in my football career.
Although Ian didn’t specifically mention it, in conversation he said that at one time he had been tipped for Scotland under 23 honours and a move to Tottenham but neither happened. That must have been a huge disappointment for such a talented and committed player.
Ian hopes to be at the Peterhead game on 1st October. It will be great to see him again and he can always be assured of a warm welcome back at Links Park. And, get your hair cut before you come Ian!!