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JP candidates stake their claim

first_img Twitter JP candidates stake their claim WhatsApp By admin – February 21, 2018 Local NewsGovernment Pinterest Twitter Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Odessa High turns to pitching for guiding light in 2018Next articleGOOD NEWS: Jack Hendrix Competition Winners admin Facebook Facebook Pinterest Top row from left: Steven Westfall, Sheryl Jones, Missi Walden.Bottom row from left: Matthew Stringer, Marvin Jennings, Gary Dunda. Not pictured: Jet Brown. Ector County residents learned about the seven justice of the peace candidates and their platforms, and about the office itself, during a forum Wednesday night hosted by the Ector County Republican Women.The seven candidates running for the office are Matthew Stringer, Jet Brown, Sheryl Jones, Missi Walden, Steven Westfall, Marvin Jennings and Gary Dunda. They are running to fill the empty seat of precinct 2, vacated by Judge Christopher Clark when he was appointed as County Court at Law No. 2 Judge.Early voting began Tuesday for the March primary, but as there will likely be a run-off in May, voters will likely have more time to learn about the remaining candidates contesting for the vacant seat.The candidates were cordial with each other throughout their statements and the Q&A session afterwards, as each stated their reasoning for wanting the office and what they would do in the position.Stringer focused on accountability and transparency in his speech, stumping for a proposed yearly report showing exactly what his office did, how many cases were processed, and what their budget was.“I will constantly strive to promote the people’s confidence in our local judiciary, and I will bring my small business background and proven conservative record to be a visible force working to address the needs of our criminal justice infrastructure,” Stringer told those in attendance. “The rights of the people and public safety depends upon it.”When asked by an audience member what other work he’s held outside of his family’s jewelry store, Stringer didn’t directly answer the question posed, but expanded on his part in starting his family’s business, Diamonds in Midland.“I’ve been involved in every area of growing a small business from a 750 square foot location located on the wrong way of a one-way in a small town, Alpine, Texas, grew it into a 4,200 square foot store in Midland, Texas that did hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales,” Stringer said. “Whenever you have a small business, you realize that it consumes so much of your time in your life and it’s a major sacrifice.”On the opposite end of that spectrum is Brown, who told the crowd on his experience as a CEO of Permian Truck and an owner of a consulting firm. Brown said that, with his other jobs, he would be setting his own schedule in the seat, but not to expect him to be taking any time off. He told the crowd in the last sixteen years, he’s taken two weeks of vacation,When asked by an audience member if he looked at the seat as a part-time job, Brown said he didn’t see it that way, as the justice of the peace would also need to be available during nights and weekends, giving an anecdote on doing business over the phone from 2 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. the previous night.“Anything I do is not a part-time job,” Brown said. “Whatever needs to be done, I do.”Brown said that, should he be elected, there would be people set in place to take some of his duties. He also pointed out that his work is done remotely over the computer or the phone and wouldn’t take up much time.Jones talked to the crowd about her experience in law enforcement as a patrol officer for the Odessa Police Department and her time interacting with justices as a juvenile investigator, and previously educated various law enforcement agencies on utilizing a criminal information database.“I feel that I will be your full-time, committed judge,” Jones said. “I’ll be in the office five days a week, it is a full-time job.”Walden told the crowd of her background working in the courtroom, a qualification she alone has among the candidates. She said she’s been in the legal field for 27 years, working as a legal assistant at the Shafer Law Firm before moving to the Ector County Courthouse to become the court coordinator for the 244th District Court before transitioning to the 161st District Court.“I have been involved in thousands of hearings and trials throughout the last 13 years,” Walden said. “I have the experience to do what needs to be done in the justice of the peace court.”Walden said her main goal in the position would be to make the court as paperless as possible, a transition she said she has already gone through in the 161st District Court.Westfall, the youngest candidate at 26, told the audience how he would like to improve the office by making himself available to the public. He said his main way of doing this would be by making his office open to the public during lunch hours, which he would be able to do due to each justice running their office independently.“I want to make myself available to the public 24/7, five days a week,” Westfall said.“I’m just an old cowboy up here, I’m not a politician,” Jennings said. “Justice is supposed to be blind, and I look at everybody the same. I want to be fair to each and every one.”Jennings brought up his past, when he faced criminal charges including assault, injury to a child and theft. But he said that those charges were dropped, and were involved in a custody issue related to his ex-wife. The last candidate to speak was Dunda, 79, who told the senior citizens they still had much to give. He stressed to the crowd that the justice of the peace had a simple court, overseeing misdemeanors and eviction cases, and talked about his time serving as a game warden out of Ector County and as an Ector County constable.“I don’t care if you’re a republican or a democrat, rich or poor, I will treat you with integrity, honesty and fairness,” Dunda said.Few questions were asked after the candidates’ statements. The final question asked to each candidate was simply what the job actually entailed. Four of the candidates summarized the position: It entails hearing class C misdemeanor cases, like traffic tickets, small claim civil cases with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000, like land lord and tenant disputes, and they may also wed couples wishing to marry.Early voting for the March primary will continue until March 2, and Election Day is March 6, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.More CoverageSeven candidates vie for JP officeIf You Go2018 Election FactsFirst day of early voting: Feb. 20.Last day of early voting: March 2.Election Day: March 6. WhatsApplast_img read more

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Premier League gets green light to resume in June

first_imgThe Premier League has been halted since March 6 (Getty Images)However, supporters will be unable to attend matches at stadiums and all games for the rest of the campaign are set to be played behind closed doors.In its plan, the Government has warned that the opening of stadiums and places which attract large crowds ‘may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Premier League is aiming for matches to resume on June 12 but that plan would need to be approved by a 14-team majority.Among the proposals has been the use of eight to 10 neutral venues to stage the remaining fixtures.But several clubs, including Watford and Norwich City, have opposed that suggestion.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ has been given a huge boost (Visionhaus)The Premier League has been given the green light to resume in June.The UK Government released a 50-page plan on Monday afternoon, detailing how lockdown restrictions will be eased in five steps.In ‘step two’ of the Government’s road map, it states that ‘cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact’ will be permitted from June 1.However, any easing on lockdown restrictions and reaching ‘step two’ of the plan is entirely dependent on whether coronavirus infection rates fall to an acceptable level, meaning that June 1 date could be pushed back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Premier League has been suspended since March 9, while the final games of the season were due to take place this coming Sunday.All 20 clubs have held extensive talks over when the season can safely resume, while some teams have already allowed players to return to the training grounds individually. Advertisement Advertisement View 8 comments Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 May 2020 2:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Premier League gets green light to resume in Junelast_img read more

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Rangers celebrate ‘love’ with the less privileged

first_img Receiving the presentations, a representative of the home, Rev. Sr. Scholastica Mmasichukwu Nworgu, thanked them for the visit and gifts presented stressing, “We greatly appreciate your presence here today which is a day to celebrate love. We thank you for remembering us as you always do to see the little ones here. We pray to God to see your team through all the competitions you participate in.” Read Also:CCC: Enugu Rangers make history in Egypt, beat Pyramids Rangers will this weekend, trade tackles with Akwa United F.C in a matchday 20, NPFL, as the second round of the season kicks off on Sunday, February 16, 2020, with kick-off slated for 4.00 pm inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The team, after its morning training session went to Holy Child Motherless Babies Home, Ogui, Enugu, where cash and gifts were presented. Team manager of the side, Barrister Amobi Ezeaku who led the delegation on the visit described the visit as one that needed to be carried out as the season deserves stressing, “Love is in the air and Rangers as a team decided to visit the less privileged and celebrate with them. Love is about giving. Love is about shearing. Love is about listening. The much we came with for the operators of this home is to encourage them in the good work they are doing.”Advertisement Players and officials of the ‘Flying Antelopes’, Rangers International F.C, Friday, joined the less privileged in the celebration of the season of ‘Love’ as the world celebrate St. Valentine’ day.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Povetkin stuns Dillian Whyte with sensational KO

first_imgDillian Whyte’s world title dream was left in tatters as Alexander Povetkin inflicted a second career defeat on him with a sensational fifth-round knock-out.Whyte had dominated the opening four rounds and twice sent the 40-year-old Russian to the canvas. But Povetkin turned the fight on its head with a ferocious left uppercut that ended the fight in an instant.“I didn’t feel I would finish the fight like this but I was pretty confident in the fourth round,” Povetkin told Sky Sports.“I went down twice but it was OK. It was not too much damage.“I was watching his fights and I see that he was missing uppercuts from the left and from the right.“All my training I trained for those shots and it was definitely one of the best punches of my career.” Whyte, the WBC’s number one contender for over two years, knew he could not afford any mistakes behind closed doors at Matchroom HQ in Essex.The prize of meeting the winner of the trilogy fight between current champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was on the line.There was a sedate start to the fight as Whyte began to establish his impressive jab and Povetkin struggled to make an impression.Povetkin was left off balance by a strong right in the third and Whyte troubled the Russian further as he worked well to the body.Whyte was getting more confident by the round and Povetkin took a count after being dropped to the floor by a right-left combination early in the fourth. Povetkin was looking out of his depth and he was sent tumbling to the canvas again by a short left uppercut close to the bell.It looked as if the end was near for the Russian but he landed a perfect punch from nowhere that left Whyte on the floor for some moments, although he was able to eventually get to his feet.Fury was quick to comment on Povetkin’s victory, writing on his official Twitter account: “40 & proud,” while IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington added: “Wow! crazy this boxing ya know….”Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who confirmed there was a rematch clause, which he will exercise before the end of the year, said: “I can’t quite believe it to be honest. When the punch landed I felt I was in some dream.RelatedPosts Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Fury wants Anthony Joshua in 2021 Dillian Whyte wants Povetkin rematch “The fight was over virtually after two heavy knockdowns, but this is the drama of the sport we love.“This is the drama of heavyweight boxing and one punch can change everything.”Tags: Dillian WhyteKOPovetkinlast_img read more

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Horizons Enrichment Program Co-founder Honored by NJ First Lady

first_imgRUMSON – New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie presented the state’s 22nd New Jersey Hero award on Wednesday afternoon to Lore Macdonald, the co-founder of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program at the Rumson Country Day School.Macdonald was honored for her commitment to ensuring educational opportunities for area children.New Jersey Heroes is an initiative of the state’s first lady to highlight the work of people and organizations that impact New Jersey and their communities.last_img

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Decision for aquatic centre expansion needs to include impact on taxpayers and businesses

first_imgThe public will decide on the expansion of the aquatic centre fitness facilities that will cost $1.5 million at referendum this year, but local business owners want the community to have more information about the true impact of this cost before the vote.  The vision to expand the fitness centre that operates under the Grand Forks Recreation Commission has been in the works for 11 years. The first proposal went before council in 2000 with a price tag of only $240,000 but was rejected.  In 2010 the commission put it back on the table with new drawings and cost estimates. In April they recommended to the board of the Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary that the project proceed to referendum.  Brian Johnson, owner of Flexus Body Systems, questioned the decision to proceed with the expansion at the aquatic centre. Johnson noted that financial reports on the aquatic centre show losses every year. The aquatic centre announced in March that it will be closed for six weeks this fall in order to manage their budgets.  “Usually if one wants to expand a business it’s because they’re busting at the seams,” said Johnson. “Is it really worth the cost of going to referendum for this decision? If the centre is already running at a deficit, to expand into another 3000 square foot facility, it’s going to be an ongoing cost. You take a losing situation – it might not be the best investment for the future.”  Johnson said there needs to be more information provided to the public about the actual costs of the facility and the construction and consideration given to how $1.5 million could be better used in other recreation options around the community.  “With a non-profit organization like the aquatic centre, conflict (can happen) with businesses in Grand Forks who form the tax base. We were never approached to see if we had concerns. We’ve been in competition before,” Johnson added noting the lack of community input on the project.  The existing facility is 600 square feet full of equipment, accessible only by crossing the pool deck which limits access to staff availability.  “We have a maximum capacity of maybe eight to 10 people on a good day,” explained Mackey. “We’ve been running classes of close to 20 – 25 people in that space for a number of years. A lot of the initiative for this project has come from our user groups who have expressed concern.”  Mackey said that people have had to be turned away from classes because of the restrictions on the space. The new design can hold up to 50 people in the fitness centre and another 50 in the studio a total of just under 3000 square feet. Mackey said cost estimates as of November 2010 totalled upwards of $1.5 million.  The new facility would see 32 additional hours a week of operation for the fitness facility using 46 staff hours per week. One of the spin offs would be freeing over 2000 sq ft of activity rooms in the arena that potentially could be used as a youth centre for the community, explained Mackey.  The building will include environmentally friendly designs using no fossil fuels and will see a net zero increase to carbon footprint of facility.  “There’s always the question about how it’s going to impact the private sector. The private sector is demand driven, whereas the public sector is need driven. GF Rec does not compete with Flexus, Curves or Jazzercise. We offer services to all socio-economic and demographic sectors. We do not duplicate services with them,” Mackey commented.  Grand Forks council accepted the presentation made by Mackey at their Jun. 27 meeting, and made a motion at their Jul. 18 meeting to support the referendum on the expansion question at the upcoming elections in November.last_img read more

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Video: Prospect linked with Chelsea and Man Utd scores five in Brazil rout

first_imgAtletico Paranaense forward Mosquito, linked with a move to Chelsea, has been on the radar of several European clubs since scoring five goals for Brazil’s Under-16 side in a 6-1 demolition of Bolivia in 2011. Manchester United are rivalling the Blues for the signing of the 17-year-old, the Daily Mirror say.More recently, he netted a hat-trick against Slovakia in an Under-17 international.See also:Man Utd rivalling Chelsea for the signing of Brazilian prospect – 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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‘Like champions:’ UST posts emotional win to end nightmare season

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 READ: UST averts winless season, beats UEThe win also marked the end of one of the darkest times in the school’s rich basketball history after the Tigers dropped their first 13 games of the season-17 straight dating back to last season-easily their worst performance in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter the buzzer, Lee shared a moment with his coach Boy Sablan, who took majority of the flak for all the losing.“We endured a lot and that made us players closer to coach because we always want to make up for the losses,” said the 5-foot-8 playmaker. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ “We were beaten, but we continue to fight until we get the win. We always fall short, but even though we’re losing, we still stick together, go back in training, and try to correct our mistakes.”The 20-year-old was also touched to see the support of the UST community, which came out at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the team’s final game.“For me, whenever they cheer, it’s really a big boost for us, especially when we got the lead. I feel like we have someone backing us up and won’t let us down. So we don’t want to let them down,” he said.And as UST turns the page and move on from this nightmare of a campaign, Lee is hopeful that the Growling Tigers will be a much better team.“This is not just for coach Boy, but also for the whole UST community,” he said. “I hope whatever we endured will be a lesson for us, an inspiration for the next season. I hope we can recover next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pasaol pleased with UE’s campaign despite 3-11 record LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UST Growling Tigers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas may have had a tumultuous season, but Marvin Lee found relief after the Growling Tigers escaped the ignominy of ending UAAP Season 80 without a win.“It feels good to win. It’s like we feel like champions. I just thank the Lord because he fulfilled my wish for us to win at least one, that we won’t be 0-14,” said the UST captain a thrilling 88-85 victory over University of the East on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Indian skipper Dhoni acknowledges fan with a job on his birthday

first_imgA file photo of MS Dhoni.In a country where celebrities are worshipped as demi-gods, it is quite common for fans to celebrate their icon’s birthday every year with great pomp and joy.While such extravagant celebrations manage to get some media coverage, it is quite rare that the celebrity acknowledges such admiration. But Ravinder Kumar Saini was lucky enough to get a job at his idol and Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s farmhouse in Ranchi.According to a news report in Hindustan Times, 28-year-old Saini was on cloud nine when he received a call from Dhoni who offered him a job as a caretaker in his Ranchi farmhouse.”On Saturday, I got a call from Dhoni and he offered me the job of caretaker in his farmhouse as a ‘return gift’ on his 32nd birthday,” Saini was quoted saying.Saini has reportedly claimed of having spent Rs 50,000 to celebrate Captain Cool’s birthday in 2009.last_img read more

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The Dundee fan who skipped his own stag do to play for the club

first_img Read more Nothing compares to the raw and rugged brilliance of Scottish football Share on LinkedIn Read more Does he ever regret not taking his shot at glory? “I’ve thought about it a lot over over the years. The first thing my wife said after the game was ‘why didn’t you just shoot?’ but in the moment I honestly didn’t really think about grabbing the winner or anything like that. Since then I must have had 50 people telling me I should have hit it but for every single minute I played it was in my head not to do anything stupid. I didn’t want to be in any way responsible for ending that run. I was asked to keep things simple and that’s what I did.”Seven years on, Robertson remains as committed to Dundee as ever. He is a season-ticket holder, his wife is also a lifelong supporter and their two daughters have already heard all about the time their daddy played for their team.“If someone had said to me at 16 that I would get three games for Dundee I would have bit their hand off. I got to play more professional games than most guys who signed full-time when they left school. And for my team in a special season for them. A lot of Dundee supporters have said to me that I was living their dream for them. I mean, what a great thing to hear. I still can’t believe how lucky I am.”• This is an extract from Nutmeg magazine • Read the full article in Issue 9, which is out now• Nutmeg and Grant Hill are on Twitter In their heart of hearts, most football-mad kids know they will never become professionals. For a select band the dream lingers on a few more years before they too fall foul of a system that only cares for the freakishly talented. Craig Robertson belonged to this second group. Despite being a standout at schoolboy level, he was not handed a full-time contract on his 16th birthday and instead found himself at junior club Lochee United, happy to perform at a decent level but acutely aware was extremely unlikely to have a mark on the senior game.And yet there he was warming up under the floodlights and stealing glances at the rapidly filling stands as he tried to identify his family and friends among the travelling Dundee support. Five months past his 30th birthday and with the No9 shirt on his back, Robertson was about to make his professional debut for his beloved Dark Blues in a game that had huge implications for the future of the club. How could this have happened?An accountant’s office is an unpromising setting for a tale of footballing romance but it was there that Robertson’s Roy of the Rovers story began one Monday in February 2011. Despite his own playing commitments at Lochee, Robertson’s passion for Dundee remained undiminished. He was due to attend their match at Raith Rovers the following evening and, having injured his foot while training with Lochee, he could pass on driving duties if he fancied a few beers. As his thoughts drifted from spreadsheets to the game, he noticed a missed call from his Lochee manager, Paul Ritchie, who presumably wanted to check up on his injury. After an exchange of pleasantries, Ritchie uttered seven words his midfielder had dreamed of hearing since he was old enough to know what football was: “How do you fancy playing for Dundee?”“Obviously I was stunned,” says Robertson. “But I thought it could be a wind-up, so I wasn’t totally committing in case the call was being recorded. I just kept saying: ‘Honestly? Are you being serious?’”Ritchie was being serious. Dundee had entered administration and faced a fight for survival, a battle Robertson had himself aided by donating the £14,000 proceeds of his testimonial match against the Dark Blues. On the park, the rump squad manager Barry Smith had at his disposal were performing miracles. A pool of just 12 senior players supplemented by teenagers, trialists, loanees and legends coming out of retirement had gone on a 15-game unbeaten run as they sought to overcome a 25-point deduction imposed by the Scottish Football League.Dundee – who were banned from signing players until they exited administration – were dealing with the personnel shortage by exploiting a registration loophole that allowed them to play trialists for up to three games each. Having become aware of Robertson’s talents at his testimonial, Smith sought to bolster his squad with a player who would give more for the cause than anyone. His was the next call Robertson took.“My heart was thumping but, until I heard Barry Smith’s voice, I was still half-thinking it was a joke,” says Roberton. “Barry just said that, if I wanted to, I would be playing for Dundee the next night. He asked me if I had any hesitations and I said no. He asked how I would feel if I was starting and I said that’d be fine. Then he asked if I was fit and I honestly never thought to mention the injury.” features Share via Email The gentle pleasures of watching football in the Scottish Borders The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The adrenaline coursing through his body helped anaesthetise his foot and a couple of early touches settled his nerves. He grew into the game with every completed pass and played his part as Dundee won 2-1. “It’s one of the biggest nights of my life and I can actually remember very little about it,” Robertson laughs. “I remember a couple of passes and thinking that if I committed another foul I’d probably get booked, so I had to be careful. That was about it. I wasn’t trying anything too fancy. Don’t get beat and don’t give it away – that was all I wanted to do.”Robertson left Stark’s Park with praise from Smith ringing in his ears as he basked in the glory of a lifetime’s ambition being realised. He lay in bed unfussed by his inability to sleep as he replayed the events of the previous 36 hours in his head. It was a tired man who returned to the world of accountancy the following day.“Going back into work was surreal. A few colleagues were Dundee fans and one had been there. Others had been following the game. Everyone wanted to talk about it. I didn’t do a scrap of work. I just hid behind my computer screen reading match reports and trying to find my rating out of 10!”Having waited 30 years to make his first senior appearance, his second followed quickly. Morton visited Dens Park a few days after the Raith match, but his home debut proved tougher. “There was a four-day build-up, the adrenaline had worn off and I was thinking about all kinds of stuff. I would be playing for Dundee at Dens. I’d be wearing the dark blue this time rather than the away strip. I kept thinking about all the great No9s who have played at Dens. All these stupid things were going through my head.”While an early touch at Raith had helped Robertson settle, the ball getting stuck under his boot during the warm-up on a rock-hard, heavily sanded pitch added to his insecurities. A dull 1-1 draw provided scant entertainment but one group of supporters enjoyed the occasion more than most.“I had just got changed when I was told there were some fans in hospitality who wanted to see me. There were about 50 guys on a stag do, all hammered – guys I knew and faces I’d seen home and away for 20 years. They were all singing my name. It was pretty comical.”Before Robertson left the stadium, Smith took him aside and told him he would be returning to Lochee temporarily but would definitely play his final trial game at some point. He was told to look after himself and “not to do anything stupid at weekends.” When the call came a few weeks later, it meant ducking out of his own stag do.“There were about 30-40 boys meeting up on the Saturday night but I got the call beforehand that I was needed to play against Dunfermline in a couple of days. I ended up having two pints and going up the road early. I couldn’t get smashed so close to the game, so the guys had my stag do for me.”Robertson watched on from the bench as title-chasing Dunfermline took a first-half lead and threatened that long unbeaten run. An injury just after the hour-mark forced Smith to make a change and Robertson ran out under the Dens Park floodlights for his last game in dark blue. Ten minutes later, Dundee equalised against the run of play.Then, in the dying minutes, the ball sat up nicely for him on the edge of the box. He had scored dozens of goals from just such a position over the years and now had the opportunity to grab a last-minute winner for his boyhood heroes. But instead of shooting, the amateur did the professional thing and squared the ball to a teammate. Dundee didn’t score a winner but they did see out the game comfortably to stretch their run to 22 games. Topics A lot of Dundee supporters have said to me that I was living their dream for them. What a great thing to hearCraig Robertson Read more Scottish Premiership Share on Messenger Share on Facebook In a daze, Robertson called his father, who had first taken him to Dens Park as a four-year-old, and then his brothers. “Once he got over the shock, my older brother launched straight into a pep talk. He was giving me lifestyle advice, telling me to start stretching immediately and get out for a run that night then go straight to bed. We’re all massive Dundee fans. It was a huge thing for them as well. Work were great about it. I think they thought I was taking the mick. ‘He wants a half-day off, at a day’s notice, to go and play for this team he’s always banging on about? Aye right’.”Following an unproductive morning in the office, Robertson met up with the Dundee-based members of the squad for the coach journey to Kirkcaldy. He sat on his own and felt the first flutter of nerves. “There were only a few of us who got on in Dundee, but all the Glasgow and Edinburgh lads were at the hotel where we were meeting. Walking in there was far worse than the thought of the actual game. They were playing for their livelihoods and must’ve been thinking: ‘Who is this guy? Is he going to mess up our run? Can we trust him with a pass?’ In the end, everyone was pleasant enough and no one made a big deal of it.“Barry came up and asked where did I want to start, left wing or in the middle? I was being asked to pick where I played for Dundee! I’d played out wide when I was younger but as I’d got older I’d moved inside, so I said I would stick there. He just wanted me to feel as comfortable as possible and not to make a fuss over me. He told me to go out and do what I’d been doing all season.”Dundee’s change kit was doled out in the dressing room and Robertson was handed the No9 shirt. “I can’t remember thinking ‘was I good enough?’ beforehand because it all happened so quickly. I just floated through on adrenaline without any major concerns. Then it hit me a bit in the warm-up as I looked at the big away support under the floodlights and was like: ‘Shit, I’m actually away to play here.’“I could see my wife-to-be and her family but I couldn’t see my family. My mum, dad, both my brothers and a couple of carfuls of mates were there. They’ve told me on numerous occasions since that it was the proudest moment of their time supporting Dundee, which means a lot.” Share on WhatsApp Dundee Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Guardian Sport Network Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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