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Scottish FA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round 1 & 2 draw

  The draw has been made for this season's Scottish FA Youth Cup early rounds. A number of Lowland League and Highland League sid...

WIN: Play the first ever official match at brand new World of Football

    Brand new World of Football Centre in Edinburgh   In late August of 2017, World of Football will be op...

Scotland beat Uruguay to win international tournament

  Scotland Under 16s rounded off a perfect week of international friendlies with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday afternoon in Edin...

From watching at home to scoring against England, the story of Scotland's unlikely hero

  The ball seemed to hang in the air for an eternity. As it started to drop towards the crossbar Connor Barron, Scotland’s smal...

Dana Cup 2017 - Media Hub

  Youth Football Scotland is in Denmark this week to follow the fortunes of Clyde SOF, Clachnacuddin FC, Elite FC, Monifieth Athletic...

  • Scottish FA Youth Cup 2017/18 - Round 1 & 2 draw

  • WIN: Play the first ever official match at brand new World of Football

  • Scotland beat Uruguay to win international tournament

  • From watching at home to scoring against England, the story of Scotland's unlikely hero

  • Dana Cup 2017 - Media Hub

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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.