Ross Mathie

Ross Mathie

International Youth Team Coach at The Scottish Football Association Ltd

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Location:
Hampden Park, Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
HQ Phone:
+44 141 616 6000

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Ross Mathie who has been influencial on players as they progress through the national sides is to retire
29 October 2010 111a The SFA will be losing one of it's most loyal servants in November this year when Ross Mathie retires. His last throw of the dice on their behalf will be Victory Shield international against England which will bring to a close a 30-year association with the National Youth Teams. Mathie joined the SFA as Under-16 coach in 1981 and has been instrumental in the development of countless young professionals over the past four decades, providing experienced coaching at a key stage of player development, as well as instilling the principles of fair play and comradeship within his squads. He will also leave his duties as coach of the Under-17 squad with immediate effect. SFA Chief executive Stewart Regan said: "I would like to thank Ross for his remarkable contributionnot just to the Scottish FA but to Scottish football in general. He will be missed by his friends and colleagues throughout football but also by the players whose lives, not just careers, have been enhanced by Ross's positive influence. He is one of the game's unsung heroes and a coach who takes pride in making better players and better people. He is hugely popular at Hampden and in the modern era it says much for his capabilities that he has endured in an unforgiving industry. I am sure the Victory Shield squad will do their utmost to give Ross a fitting send-off by beating England in his final match in charge."

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Ross Mathie is the first man to lead Scotland to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship and has a long record in playing and coaching to bring to bear in the finals, not least from his experience of the former U16 event.
Playing career Having played junior (non-league rather than youth) football, even winning a Scotland cap at that level in 1967, Mathie turned professional in 1968 with Kilmarnock FC in the Scottish top-flight. Having been club top scorer in 1972/73, the striker joined Dumbarton FC and later had spells at Motherwell FC, Berwick Rangers FC and Falkirk FC. Coaching experience In 1981 Mathie became a coach at second division Clyde FC before joining the Scottish Football Association a year later to assist technical director Andy Roxburgh. In 1989 Scotland hosted the FIFA U-16 World Cup and Mathie assisted Craig Brown as Scotland reached the final, only to lose on penalties to Saudi Arabia. Brown and Mathie had also been to the FIFA U-20 World Cup two years earlier in Chile. Also a former assistant at U21 level, Mathie is back in a final tournament this year after Scotland's three victories in the U17 Elite round

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His progress through the ranks at club level had been mirrored at international level, where his development was carefully handled by Ross Mathie, the Scottish FA's shrewd youth coach.
"I'm not going to say he's going to become the best Scottish player of all time, as he could get a serious injury or whatever, but he's certainly a player with great potential," he told the Herald. "He's a smashing lad as well and very level headed too.

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