Managers in the ADJFA all serve their time, whether it would be for the short-term or the long-term, however this man that we’re about to do a feature with has been with Colony Locos along the way since the majority of the kids were 10 years old.
Locos is the big clue into who I’m talking about, it’s Mr Derek Wood, he has risen his team from B league football up to the Scottish Cup final and it has been an incredible adventure for all associated with the team. It has been a steady progression as quoted by Mr Ian Abel (a former Colony coach) after the Inverurie side's victory in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup against FC Bonnybridge, coaches Derek Wood and Alan Calder have both given up their coaching roles.
Derek Wood spoke about some key moments in his Colony career when he said “I’ll go back into the history books to start with and it was back at Under 13 level when we played against Cove BC in the Batt Cables Trophy, we lost a last minute goal and ended up playing B league football for 2 seasons.
“I remember how devastated we were that season, we reached the A league at Under 15s and I think the first season at under 15s, to compete in the A league as well as we did then it totally went beyond my expectations.
“We were just slowly carrying on every year and just got better and better, obviously we were up against Albion BC every year who were the best team in a generation.
“I was speaking to Bruce McGregor after the game and Albion gave our boys something to aspire to as we knew that was the standards that we had to match to get there.
“We was getting there every season and finally in our last season, we managed to beat them in the Raymond Kelly Association Trophy which we went on to win.
“Our last league game against Albion, we was 3-0 and cruising before one of our players got sent off and the game turned and Albion scored in the last minute to get a 3-3 draw, Albion being in the league actually helped our boys kick on.
“In cup-ties this year, we’ve been lucky, we’ve had mostly home draws and then we’ve also been playing games on Astroturf which has helped.”
So, what does the future lie ahead for these guys after the departure of Derek Wood and Alan Calder?
Wood added “It’s up to the guys themselves in what they want to do, some of the guys might want to carry on playing with their mates, if any of them has any ambition in going to a higher level then I think they need pushed on now.
“There is a few of them who have talks with Highland League clubs this week so we’ll be in a better position next week to know what is happening with the squad for next season.
“Alan Gordon from the Under 17s will be taking the team next season and he was down talking to the guys this week regarding next season and he’s hoping to keep them all and build on for next season and build on from what we’ve left behind.”