Barry back in town

Barry Robson joins the colony Juvenile players for a training session. Picture: Paul Douglas
Barry Robson joins the colony Juvenile players for a training session. Picture: Paul Douglas

INVERURIE’S own Scottish International Football star, Barry Robson, was back home recently, filming for the SFA and Mars to promote their scheme ‘Just Play’ which aims to get adults back on the football field and adopt healthier lifestyles.

Sky Sports followed the Scottish star as he made the short video and did a live track-side broadcast which hit the lunchtime screens

As Barry started his football career under the late Dod Reid, MBE, he was keen to highlight his connections with his original club. The Mars promotion team, in conjunction with the SFA , made a video of the footballer in various locations trying to chart his progress as a youngster.

The Colony Park outfit were there to welcome Barry and he did some early morning work off camera with Colony’s youngest squad at Strathburn, before joining in training with the juveniles where he was persuaded to give a “master-class” on his now legendary free kicks.

Barry went back the now famous garages where, despite the NO BALL GAMES sign, the youngster would practice his skills night after night. Sky Sports reporter Luke Shankley broadcast live from pitch side at Colony Park where Barry spoke of his many fond memories of playing with the North-east’s biggest Juvenile Club and his roller coaster career which saw him play for both sides of the Old Firm.

SFA Marketing Manager Colin Banks praised Barry saying “ Barry is just the ideal candidate for the Mars ‘Just Play’ scheme. He is extremely professional to work with and we at the SFA are delighted he has taken this on.”

Barry said: “I think it’s brilliant that the Club has continued to grow since those early days with Dod. I had a good grounding here and the reality is that every year there are more lottery winners than youngsters becoming top class international professional footballers so it’s important that everyone simply enjoys the game first and foremost.”