Profile - Gerard McClintock
Monday, 01 August 1994 00:00
Few people have served Enniskillen Town United as selflessly as Busty McClintock who has devoted untold hours to bringing success to the club which is now as much a part of him as he is a part of it. A profile from the 1994/1995 season.
Busty began playing for Town in the early 1970s and his playing career can best be described as being moderately successful. He transferred to Lisnarick in 1979 and upon that the clubs’ demise in 1983 he returned to Town where he was appointed Player Manager of the reserves. He led them to the Division 3 title in the season of 1984-1985 whereupon he resumed full time playing. He helped Town to the Division 2 championship two seasons later and towards the end of the decade he had the job of ‘A’ team manager thrust upon him, when quite simply, there was no one else prepared to take on the task.
“Busty’s” appointment was an inspired one and success followed him with regularity culminating in the never-to-be-forgotten night of 11th May 1993 when “Town” confounded their critics and won the Junior Challenge cup for the first time. His team’s success provided the perfect riposte for those who had predicted hard times ahead following Gary Beckett’s departure at the beginning of the season.
The magnitude of “Towns” achievement is a tribute to “Busty’s” own style of management. He is very much his own man. He has a clear perspective of his job and he is prepared to take unpopular decisions. The identification with his team is strong and more than anything else it is his team.
The sincerest tribute one can play to “Busty” is that he is determined to satisfy an increasing local hunger for further tangible success. For him, victory becomes the measure of a man’s worth in the record books and suffice it to say that his place in “Town’s” history is already assured.
These questions were put to Busty at the start of the 1994-1995 season.
Who were the biggest influences on your career?
Chris Brennan of St Michael’s Youth Club and Basic Wallace of Lisnarick.
Who were your most difficult opponents?
Herbie Downey (Maguiresbridge) who always played hard but fair and Adrian Hopkins who always played hard to watch.
What was the best match you were ever involved in?
It was a Lowry – Corry cup final, against Lisbellaw United. We were beated by the only goal of the game and I had the misfortune to mis a penalty.
What was your biggest thrill in the game?
Being involved with the “Town” in all their finals as manager. The biggest thrills of all were the Junior Cup Final and Replay – the tension, excitement and victory celebrations were totally unbelievable.
Have you ever been booked or sent off?
Yes, I was booked on several occasions but was only sent off once and then by a stand-in referee.
What is your favourite ground?
Celtic Park but it needs a lot of work done to it to bring it up to the standards of Drumad, Lisbellaw and Ferney Park Ballinamallard.
Who are your favourite “Town” Players of the past?
Brian Nolan who was a brilliant goalkeeper and Sean Connolly who always did the unexpected.
Which present player players do you most admire?
Gary Beckett and Rory Judge who both appear to have great futures ahead of them.
What were the best goals you ever seen scored?
Damian Love’s equalising goal against Oxford United in the Junior Cup final when he brilliantly lobbed the goalkeeper and Rory Judge’s winning goal in the replay when he showed tremendous pace and resilience to score.
What other sports do you enjoy?
Formula One Motor racing and Hurling.
What are your hopes for next season?
For Town to achieve similar success as last season. It would be great for the club to win the first Division in their 25th season.
What are your long-term ambitions?
For “Town” to own their own ground and to move up to a higher standard of football.