Hugh DavidsonTIME TUNNEL ……. In the tunnel today is Scooooooooooooobs!!!
Without a doubt one of the best liked players of recent years in a Montrose shirt was Hugh ‘Scooby’ Davidson. Scoooooooooooobs needs no introduction to Montrose fans young or not so young unless you only started to come down to Links Park last season. In the rest of this article I’m not going to use his real name because we fans simply know him as Scoobs.
Scoobs is from Dundee and if you ‘google’ his (proper) name on computer there is a Wikipedia entry for him which is a sign that you are more than just an ordinary person. Of course we at Links Park already knew that. He only retired a year or so ago so it’s not much of a Time Tunnel but nevertheless many of us are chaffing at the bit to hear how and what he’s doing now, so here goes as Time Tunnel caught up with him recently.
Briefly summarise your career in senior football.
"Started my career with a 6 year period at Dundee United which included loan spells at Raith Rovers and Stirling Albion. Following that I had spells at Forfar and Arbroath (Ed: which appears to be the only blot on his career) before finally signing for Montrose."
How did the name Scooby or Scoobs come about?
"It’s a poor reason but ….. been called Scoobs almost all my life. When we were really young my sister couldn’t say Hugh and ended up calling me something that sounded like Scooby. Maybe it’s as well nobody really heard exactly what she was saying!"
What are you doing these days?
"Between work and my 2 kids I don’t much time for anything else."
With your vast experience do you still have aspirations of getting back into senior football or has your career moved on now?
"Will be sticking to 5 – a – sides now I think."
Daft question maybe but what were the highlights of your days at Montrose?
"Loved my time at Montrose. Winning the fans favourite award a few years back was a good feeling and hearing the guys on the terraces shout Scoooooooobs was decent as well.
Another highlight was Ronnie Marquis once gave a cracking pre match team talk before a game against Arbroath. Say no more."
Any cringe moments you care to recall?
Also a funny memory was a wind up played on Daryl Nichol where he was presented with one of those massive fund raising type cheques that had been lying around in a cupboard for years at Links Park. The cheque was re-written and he was told he had won £1000 for goal of the round in the Scottish Cup. He totally fell for it and was even planning on taking it to his bank in the morning. (Ed: I would have fell for it as well if it was just after he scored ‘the’ goal against Edinburgh City a couple of years ago – what a solo length of the field that was – we could have done with him last week)."
Who apart from you do you think could have easily played at a higher level?
"For me the guys who stood out generally have indeed moved upwards. John Baird is one, Aaron Sinclair is another and more recently Martin Boyle. Guys like Chris McLeod and Jay Stein should have played at a higher level as for me they had great ability."
Time for you to have a go at somebody – who was the nightmare in the dressing room? Who was the dressing room joker?
"On my 30th birthday Heggy cut up all my clothes on a training night. He didn’t hang back and cut up everything including my work shirt, trousers, tie, shoe laces and the rest. I severely took the bait and walked out that night like a tramp in the huff."
Any regrets about your time at Montrose?
"That we didn’t get promoted the year we got to the play-offs. We were beaten by Stranraer but I feel we had a good enough side to go up."
Which was your favourite away ground and why?
"Hampden, decent after match grub!"
What are you most proud of in your football career?
"My Scotland Under 21’s caps and scoring in a Dundee derby match."
Do you keep in touch with anybody at the club or fans or other ex-players?
"To be honest I’m quite bad for not keeping in touch with people as I met loads of great people during my time at Montrose football club. I do still speak to Chris Hegarty (despite the clothes cutting up saga) and also David Hannah."
I also asked how he would like to see senior football re-organised in Scotland.
He ‘passed’ on that one – he’s now well retired!
Scooby will always be welcome back at LP even just as a spectator but if you read the online messageboards there are still calls for him to come out of retirement. He was at Links Park from 2006 to 2011 and his final appearance for us was at Hampden Park where he ended by sadly limping off injured. A great servant and player of Montrose FC. Hope to see you giving us a wave from the stand or the touchline soon Scoobs and thanks for giving your all in a Mo shirt. Oh, and we’ll try to stop missing a beat about the odd wayward back pass!