Sep 9 2011 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
TEEING-UP at Perth’s King James VI Golf Club is in vogue with the football fraternity.
Hard on the heels of manager Derek McInnes and his St Johnstone squad limbering-up for an historic win over Celtic at Parkhead with a round on the Island, it was the turn of the pundits to pit their wits against the historic course.
Charlie Nicholas, the former Celtic and Scotland ace and now of Sky Sports fame, played the course along with the Scottish branch of the Arsenal Supporters Club, with plenty of banter flying about the Gunners’ 8-2 lashing by Man United.
BBC man on the microphone Billy Dodds whose many clubs included a spell at St Johnstone which proved an astute bit of business by chairman Geoff Brown, teamed-up for a round with a colleague from satellite broadcaster ESPN.
A spokesman for the Island said: “Our fame seems to be spreading among football folk. We were told Tony Docherty at St Johnstone has been among those recommending us to contacts in the game.”
Ex-Saints boss John Connolly and former Rangers attacker Ian Redford were members until recently.
But while their transfers out might have trimmed the squad, football pros past and present golfing at King Jimmy include David Wotherspoon, the gifted Hibs youngster, Ashley Booth, Jackie Coburn, Gavin Redford, Ray Smethurst, Marshal Moyes, Derek Simpson and Ian McPhee.