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Scotland picks teams for Coalfields home nations after thrilling tournament

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s knock-out competition for the Coalfields Community Cup, and the right to represent Scotland in the C...

YFS launches summer recruitment evenings

YFS is delighted announce we'll be running our summer recruitment evenings across Scotland in July and August. The exact locations and...

Pre-order your FSSDA Festival photos now

The YFS cameras will be at the Fife Soccer Sevens Development Association Festival this weekend, taking individual photos from all teams.  The...

Get your club in shape off the field this summer with our club management software

Youth Football Scotland is pleased to introduce a web application that will assist them to improve their off field operations. Click here...

YFS launches new 'Grassroots' magazine

To read the first edition of Grassroots magazine, click here. Youth Football Scotland and Grassroots Media are delighted to launch our brand ne...

  • Scotland picks teams for Coalfields home nations after thrilling tournament

  • YFS launches summer recruitment evenings

  • Pre-order your FSSDA Festival photos now

  • Get your club in shape off the field this summer with our club management software

  • YFS launches new 'Grassroots' magazine

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James Francis "Jim" Murphy (born 23 August 1967) is a British Labour Party politician and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Renfrewshire since 1997. Until May 2010 he served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Scotland. Prior to this, he served as Minister of State for Europe, from 2007–09, before which he was the Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform, from 2006–07; he held a number of other junior positions in Her Majesty's Government. Jim now captains the House of Commons football team.
 
A keen football player throughout his youth days, Jim answers five questions on his youth career for YFS...
 


1. Which clubs did you play for in your youth career?
We grew up in Arden in the south side of Glasgow. My Dad and some of his pals coached Arden Villa. I played right back - I think I only got in the team because my dad was one of the coaches!
 
We then emmigrated to South Africa where, at the time, football apartheid was still in place. White kids were expected to play rugby or cricket and black kids were expected to play football. Most immigrants played football. There was a mini-world cup tournament involving all the immigrant communities.
 
I played Sunday football for Scotland - sometimes me, my two brothers and my dad played in the same Scotland team.
 
2. Who was the best player you played with and against during your youth career?
My brother!
 
3. Who were your role models as a young player?
Danny McGrain - the Scotland and Celtic Right Back. A real pro. I have got to know him over the years and he is a real decent man.
 
4. Who was your favourite coach at youth level?
I suppose I would have to say my dad. Nowadays I captain the House of Commons MP team and we have had great coaches including Kenny Dalglish, Geoff Hurst and Lawrie McMenemy.
 
5. If you had one piece of advice to today’s generation of youth football players, what would it be?
Play football to enjoy it.