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Managers Worked Under

(1) Bob Alexander **** (1945-74)
 
  • President of Junior FA
  • Approachable Character
  • Very Strict
  • If He Said Something - That Was Law
  • Nobody Rubbed Him Up The Wrong Way
  • Didn't Suffer Fools Gladly
  • Good At Identifying What Player Would Suit Irvine Meadow
  • He Knew Game Inside Out
(2) John Chryton **
  • An Englishman
  • Nice Man
  • Reasonable Coach
  • Wasn't At Meadow Long Enough To Assess Him In Detail
(3) Johnny McIntyre ****
 
  • Brought To The Club As A Player By Bob Alexander
  • Good, Good Player - Left Midfield
  • History Tells You About Him As A Player
  • Retired As A Player And Became Coach
  • Quite Heavy Duty With His Words
  • Good Coach
  • Straight To The Point
  • Quite Quick Tempered
(4) Davie Curlett **
  • Ex-Kilmarnock
  • Top Player At Killie
  • Pedigree Well Known
  • Good Coach
  • Nice Rapport With Players
(5) John Donachie **
  • Very Close Friend Of Sir Alex Ferguson
  • Spell With St.Mirren
  • A Nice Big Chap
  • Tactically Quite Shrewd
(6) John Minford *** (1989-90)
  • Played With Medda - Left Back From Hibs
  • Played With Hibs For A Good Few Years
  • Lived In Hurlford
  • Funny Big Guy
  • Took Training
  • Pass Marks
(7) Johnny Boyd ****
  • Great Player
  • Right Or Left Half From Greenock Morton
  • Was Captain For Morton
  • Well, Well Known
  • A Stalwart
  • Smashing Guy
  • First Class Coach
  • Good Knowledge
  • His Son Played For Medda For A Wee While
(8) Neilly Muggins ***
  • Very Good Player With Irvine Meadow
  • Nice Man
  • First Class Player
  • Fair Coach
  • Good Servant
(9) Davie McIlroy **
  • Played With Irvine Meadow Too
  • Small Chap
  • Outside Left
  • Good Servant
  • A Wee Character
  • Got A Lot Out Of Him
  • Used To Do Backflips When Celebrating Scoring A Goal But One Time Had To Get Stretchered Off After Doing His Back In
(10) Sanny McInespie ***  (1982-84)
  • Complicated Big Character
  • Controversial
  • Always Thought He Was Right
  • Alright Coach
  • Had To Be His Way Or Not At All
  • Good Trainer
  • Infamous One - Took Training One Saturday Morning At The Waterfront Before A Scottish Cup Tie At Arbroath, Training Went On & On And As A Result Nearly Missed Kick-Off - Players Had To Get Stripped In The Bus
(11) Allan Johnston **** (1986-89)
  • Ace Player
  • Different Class
  • Between Three Of My Favourite Ever Irvine Meadow Players Along With Hugh O'Brien & Eric Morris
  • Used To Drop Like A Bag Of Tatties And Could Win You Penalties All Night
  • Good With The Players
(12) Willie Knox **** (1995-96)
  • What A Lad
  • Record Second To None
  • Astonished He Came To Medda As He Was Auchinleck Talbot Through & Through
  • Him And 'Bob Alexander' Were Similar
  • Knew What Players Were Right For Irvine Meadow
  • Wasn't Very Coach Oriented - Used To Say To The Team, You Know Who We Are Playing - Now Go Out There And Get Stuck In
  • He Knew His Players Would Do The Business
  • Reminded Me Of 'Colombo' - Used To Go Into All His Different Pockets To Try And Find The Teamsheets
(13) Davie McKellar ** (1996-97)
 
  • Ex-Rangers Goalkeeper
  • Delightful Big Chap
  • No Airs Or Graces Of Who He Was
  • Tactically Quite Astute
  • Quite A Short Time At Meadow
(14) Milton Thompson *** (1985-86)
  • Honest Chap
  • When He Said Something About A Player He Meant It
  • 110% Effort & Time For Irvine Meadow
  • Very Dedicated
  • Generous To Help The Team
  • Good Coach
(15) Jim O'Donnell *  (1993-95)
 
  • Been Round The Block
  • Knew The Game Well
  • Rather Egotistical
  • Wasn't Bad In Coaching Department
(16) Iain McQueen *** (1991-93)
 
  • Heavy Duty
  • Not A Slouch
  • He Was Decent
  • Good Talker
  • Players Would Always Listen To Him
  • Short Fuse
  • Used To Kick Tables And Throw Things Around The Dressing Room
(17) Jack McCartney * (1997)
  • Experienced
  • Knew The Game Quite Well
  • He Was The Boss Man
  • All Revolved Around Him
  • Not Easy To Get Along With
(18) Ward White *** (1997-2001)
  • Ex-Celtic Man
  • Lovely Chap
  • Nice Guy
  • Alright Coach
  • Very Clever
  • Had Always Said To Me That He Hoped Not To Be The First Meadow Manager To Be Relegated But Unfortunately That Did Indeed Happen
(19) Robert Reilly **** (2001-2003)
 
  • A Star In His Own Galaxy
  • Knows What He Is All About
  • Top Notch
  • Thought He Was Still Senior
  • His Only Problem Was He Did Not Get On With People Too Well
  • Only Meadow Manager To Move Dug-Outs - Moved 'Home' Dug-Out To Far Side Of Meadow Park (Winton Road Terracing)
(20) Ross Findlay *** (2003-05)
 
  • Another Who I Was Surprised To See Come To Meadow As He Is Steeped In Talbot History - 'The Auld Enemy'
  • Good With Players
  • Quite Funny
  • Friendly And Agreeable
  • Good-Natured And Likable
  • Quite Amiable
(21) Chris Strain ****  (2005-2013)
 
  • Another Who Played For The Meadow
  • Not A Bad Coach
  • Spoke A Lot Of Sense
  • Not So Good At Man Management
  • Nobody Has A Record Like Him
  • Most Successful Manager In Irvine Meadow History
  • Won A Lot Of Trophies At Meadow And Made History On A Few Occasions By Winning Evening Times Cup Winners Cup (First Ayrshire Side To Do So) & Defeating A Senior League Side (Arbroath) In The Senior Scottish Cup
  • Strain - Number One IMO Due To Results And Number Of Trophies Won
 
 
Interview - Monday 17th February 2014