Beith Juniors FC: My Site News: Frank O'Hara's Evening Times Profile

Wednesday, April 28
Frank O'Hara's Evening Times Profile
As Frank is a former Beith player and mentions Beith in this, I thought you might be interested in reading it.

FRANK O'HARA:
tough guy defender who showed his glass while shopping with his wife. Aka - I was called Mad Dog or Tasmanian Devil on account of my competitive nature.

Age - 34.

Occupation - Director of Roofing Company

Current club - Benburb

Previous clubs - Beith, Benburb, Renfrew, Arthurlie, Clyde, Milngavie Wanderers.

Position - Midfielder or defender

Honours won - Second Division title in 1992/3 with Clyde, Whyte and MacKay Cup in 2002 with Benburb

Best Junior players - Pat Cairney, whom I played alongside at Arthurlie, would have gone through a brick wall to win the ball and I rate him as the best centre-half to have played at Junior level. My former Beith and Benburb team-mate Gary Graham is someone who has got better with age, an outstanding reader of the game and a classy defender who was always looks to pass the ball rather than aimlessly clear his lines. Another Beith player I admired was Hughie Findlay, who had a hard streak about him though what made him a stick out was his energy in getting from box to box.

Most difficult opponent - None, because I would just kick anyone who gives me a hard time. Joking aside, I came up against Ian Durrant with Rangers when he was on the road back from injury and he gave me the runaround with his ability to ghost into space to pass. Arthurlie's Martin McGarvey is very hard to pin down while Dougie Fontana was one of the hardest men I ever came across and was only too delighted to have him in the same Benburb team.

Most memorable experience - Hopefully it doesn't ruin my tough guy image to say the births of my daughters Mhairi and Carmen. In football, I'd go for Benburb's 3-2 Whyte and MacKay win over Johnstone Burgh, who were League Champions that season and outright favourites to beat us, yet we came back from 2-1 down to win the trophy at Newlandsfield.

Biggest disappointment - Not going further up the ladder at Clyde will always be a source of frustration. I joined them at 18 and was there three seasons, yet only played around a dozen first team games even though a lot of players felt I deserved to hold down a regular place. The policy at that time was to opt for more experienced pros and there weren't many opportunities for younger lads coming through.

Most embarrassing moment - Just before Christmas, I was out shopping with wife Karen at Braehead and ended up flat on my back after walking straight into a pane of glass. It was like something out of a Laurel and Hardy film. My face was red with embarrassment at having such a gaffe with so many people in the vicinity.

Funniest dressing room story - A year ago, Benburb's final game of the season was at Lanark United and our young, blonde physiotherapist Gayle Carmichael, who has since moved to Australia, was giving out rubs at Moor Park before the game. Gary Graham was complaining of a knock and she asked him to get on the treatment table. When he pulled down his trousers he was wearing a pair of stockings and suspenders. Gayle's face went bright red when we said she had to wear the gear for our night out afterwards. What the future holds - A lot depends upon whether Benburb stay in the Super League - I'll make my mind up at the end of the season whether to continue at Junior level. If not, I'll have plenty of business and family matters to fill up my Saturdays though I'd also like to lower my golf handicap.

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