In Mo we trust…

There’s been massive changes at Tantallon Victoria this summer resulting in the club’s best ever start to the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League. The Tally Revolution has been overseen by manager Mo Morrison who took some time out to speak to us about the club, the players and his hopes for the future.

Mo holds the distinction of being the only player to have both played and scored for the club in all of it’s four seasons in the SSMAFL. Joining the club was the result of a chance meeting with Secretary and Chairman Davie Brown, then manager. “I can remember talking to Davie at a birthday party for a mutual friend about football in general and I could tell, even back then, that Davie had great enthusiasm for the game. As the conversation progressed onto grass roots football, as it normally does with Davie, we got talking about a Saturday morning team he had recently helped established.” Davie thought it was ridiculous that Mo didn’t have a club at the time and convinced Mo that his future lay with Tantallon. “Listening to Davie outline his plans for the club, his belief and desire that his club could go places was so strong it was a no brainer for me to accept Davie’s offer of joining the club.”

Looking back, his earliest days stand out as important in his development as a player and now a manager. “Some of my best memories are from playing for my 1st clubs Greenfield United and Celtic Youth Development. I learned a lot from the coaching staff and other players at the clubs and for that I will be eternally grateful.” When he talks about his time with Tantallon he talks with real affection. “This is a fantastic club to be part of whether you are an official, player or fan. Anyone who has been in or around the club would testify to that whole heartedly.” Even in looking to the past his ambition is clear. “I would love to have said that I had great memories of trophy wins with the club in my playing career but my most enjoyable memories have been playing alongside some of the players past and present. The James Kane Testimonial Game against St Anthony’s FC stands out in my mind as a game I’ll always remember and I’d like to thank our big brothers for giving us the opportunity to play at McKenna Park.” Our infamous trip to play Cambusbarron, where we lost out kitbag and home strip, is a favourite memory of all who were there not least of the boss which he described as, “a great experience playing against a well established amateur club”. Mo also pin-pointed this trip as a reason for the clubs early season success and noted, “a group of individuals left on the bus that day – a team came back.”

Mo rates the SSMAFL highly and the efforts of players from clubs everywhere. “The league has a number of quality teams that operate towards the top end of the amateur game. It’s enjoyable being part of the league set up. Since I have been involved in amateur football, I have always had a high regard for every player who enjoys playing the game regardless of their level of ability. Every player has something to offer a team and that may be a club that like to play for fun or a club that have aspirations of winning trophies every season.” Amateur football is going from strength to strength with more and more teams and players involved each season. In one of the most unhealthy regions of Europe Mo sees this as an opportunity. “Regardless of ability, each player plays the game for the love of the sport and I would urge anyone without a club to find a level that they are comfortable with and continue playing for as long as you can.”

So having come back to the club in November of 2011 within a few short months Mo found himself being offered a new position at the club to add to Striker, Midfielder or Central Defender. “Davie approached me about taking over the management of the club and knowing I could bring something to the team I agreed.” It wasn’t going to be easy. Mo and Davie battled from January to May just trying to keep the club alive. Respite was only to come with the arrival of no less than ten new players over the summer. “I can’t deny it was a difficult transition from player to managing the club in the early months, however, assembling a great group of players this season dedicated to their football, and the club, has been a major factor in a turnaround in fortunes this season. Although I’m trying not to play these days barring a crisis or being 2nd choice goalkeeper, you’ll find me patrolling the touchline kicking every ball with the team.”

Looking ahead the East End Bhoy is typically positive about the future of the club. “I am certainly looking forward to the future and the club is already in the process of organising a race night over the next few months and a trip down to the Midlands next summer to visit our friends at Castlecroft, to play them in a friendly match. Everyone at the club is looking forward to the trip and of course, the post match beverages.” Off the park the clubs attempts to embrace social media get the thumbs up from The Gaffer. “Over the past few years the stature of the club has continued to grow and Davie has put his heart and soul into making sure that everyone and anyone is aware of the club and what we are striving to achieve.” More than this, Mo recognises the support of people outside of the club as a factor in the clubs recent success and progress. “I would like to thank the fans and our friends and familys for their continued backing. Without your magnificent support all of this would not be possible.”

Whatever the future holds it’s clear that the right man has his hands on the tiller of the good ship Tantallon.

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