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A Chat With Thomas Scobbie

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

Today we did our first ever player interview where we had the pleasure of sitting down and having a chat with St. Johnstone hero 'Tam' Scobbie. We spoke about a range of things including, his time at St. Johnstone, spell at Kelty Hearts and what's next in his career.

Thomas Scobbie spent 5 years at St. Johnstone and amassed 127 appearances for the club, in a journey which involved winning the 2014 Scottish Cup and scoring the winning penalty against Luzern in the 2014 Europa League Qualifying penalty shootout.

[Scobbie celebrates on the bus parade]

Thomas was a defender for Saints who played the majority of his games at Left Back and the rest at Centre Back whilst being a reliable player for the club whenever called upon. 106 of his appearances came under Tommy Wright who trusted him in defence.

We spoke to Thomas today via Zoom and here is the best bits:

Q - How did the move to St. Johnstone come about?

A - A few clubs were after me but I went to McDiarmid and met with Alec Cleland and had a look about. After speaking to him I joined Saints as it was a family club like Falkirk which I liked.

Q - Who was the biggest character in the dressing room?

A- There wasn't really one big player but the team as a whole, people think the dressing room is bouncing before games but it isn't really like that. Apart from Steven MacLean who used to bash his head against the wall before games to psych himself up.

Q- What was your favourite moment in a saints shirt?

A - Scoring the winning Penalty against Luzern [Q- Did you know you were taking the penalty?] It had been mentioned but not really no. A couple of players stepped up and said they wanted to take one, such as Stevie May, Steven MacLean and Chris Millar although Tommy stopped him. I really hoped we would win in the first 5 but I was ready to take. Was some night out afterwards.

[Scobbie celebrates his winning penalty - Images: SKY SPORTS]

Q - What was it like working under Tommy?

A - Before he came in I was actually looking to leave the club as I hadn't had much game time under Steve Lomas but Tommy phoned me and said he wanted me to stay. He was really honest and transparent with his players and even when he was angry he could articulate himself well and get his point across. If you weren't playing he would tell you why and that really helped. The best times in my career where when I had open managers like him.

Q - Why do you think the 2014 side did so well?

A - I think it was the group of lads. I've been in dressing rooms where one player isn't getting game time, and then he speaks to someone else who isn't playing and then another and you get arguments amongst the squad. At St. Johnstone that never really happened and if it did the senior players such as Myself, Frazer Wright and Steven MacLean would have a word. Everyone worked really hard and it was a great place to be.

[Tam Scobbie playing for Saints]

Q - What attracted you to Kelty Hearts?

A - The clubs ambition. I wasn't going to move to a junior team 6th or 7th place but Kelty had a project to get promoted to the big leagues and I had offers from elsewhere with more money where I would stay pro. I was actually considering retiring at 30/31 at Dundee United and had fallen a bit out of love with football and was going to move into coaching but Barry Fergusson got in touch and when he calls you have to pick up.

Q - What was the dressing room like following the play-off victory?

A- It was buzzing, all of the players enjoyed it and most of them went to the local pub and had a few beers to celebrate. I had to go home early as my wife was working but I had a few glasses of wine at home.

Q - What's Next for Tam Scobbie?

A - Good question. I'm not really sure, I'd definitely like to go into coaching but I'm not sure if I'll keep playing and be a player coach or retire. I've had an offer to do some work with Barry Fergusson at Alloa and I've had discussions with Macca and Tommy but we'll have to wait and see.

[Thomas Scobbie has recently departed Kelty Hearts]

Thank You!

We thank Thomas Scobbie for his time and we really enjoyed doing this interview. It means a lot that he was willing to be our "trailblazer" for this new feature on the site and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career. It's really appreciated.

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