Nicky Devlin has packed quite a lot into his career already. From boys club football to the senior ranks, and then from the top flight back to the part-time game, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen. And now, after being made Ayr United’s youngest captain in over a century, he joins the Pelé Podcast in the studio to reflect on the last six years.
Recorded after the Gretna Tournament, Nicky begins by discussing his formative years with the famous Drumchapel Amateurs and outlines his move to Jim Chapman’s Dumbarton. He talks about the step up into the SFL and his two years at the Rock, before looking back on his transfer to Motherwell and his relationship with Stuart McCall and Kenny Black.
He remembers his loans to Stenhousemuir and the Sons, and his decision to join the former on a permanent basis in 2013. He talks about working with Martyn Corrigan and his dismay following his sacking in January 2014, and then reveals the difficulties of playing for Scott Booth and his disappointing departure from Ochilview. Nicky then looks back on last year’s dreadful campaign with Ayr and attempts to explain where it went wrong to Mark Roberts.
The podcast finishes with his ascent to club captain (and his thoughts on Somerset Boab’s latest effort) and his aspirations for the season ahead.
It is an essential listen for supporters of Dumbarton, Stenhousemuir and Ayr United.