Episode 31: Mark Docherty (Part One)

When it was announced the Pelé Podcast was set to return in May, several listeners suggested Mark Docherty would make for a fantastic interviewee. And they were not wrong!

Sparky, an enduringly popular figure in the Scottish lower leagues, joins Craig G Telfer to look back over the ups and downs of his career. In the first of two parts, he begins by discussing his first steps in football as a boy – as well as his background in boxing – and his move to St Mirren as an apprentice. Mark remembers the high jinks of his time at Love Street, his short loan spell with Montrose, and reflects on a missed opportunity with the Buddies.

He then discusses his move into part-time football with Stirling Albion and the unexpected difficulties of playing in the Second Division. The player then talks about joining the Daily Record’s “Gie’s a Game” scheme and his subsequent 18-month spell at Brechin City, as well as his brief stopover with Annan Athletic.

Mark closes this instalment by looking back over the best spell of his career as an important figure of Paul Hartley’s Alloa Athletic side and their incredible success as they achieved back-to-back promotions.

This is a hilarious – and sometimes moving – interview with one of part-time football’s most likeable characters.

Listen to part two here.

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