About Bernie

Playing days

Playing for Boro

As a young boy growing up in Glasgow, it was always my ambition to become a professional footballer.

I started off playing for my primary school team, St Dominics R.C. Despite not being able to tackle I played left back.

When I moved to secondary school I played left midfield for St Margaret Marys R.C.

In between school football I played at amateur level for a team called Eastercraigs and one of my team mates back then was a guy called Graeme Sharp, who went on to play for Everton and Scotland.

My next move was to sample Northern League football, I continued to play left half for Rutherglen Glencairn.

It was during my stint at the glens, I was spotted by professional club Greenock Morton, I signed a three year deal.

After being released by Morton at the end of my contract I walked out on the game for a season.

I returned to play with Albion Rovers, the manager at the time was Andy Ritchie a former team mate of mine at Morton. He persuaded me to return and he played me behind the strikers.

In my first full season I scored 31 goals and finished Scotland’s top goalscorer.

After my success I refused to sign a new deal for Albion. After a couple of months out of the game a reporter called Andrew Gold persuaded me to write letters to the Premier League in Scotland and the first and second division in England asking for a trial.

A host of letters returned saying not interested.

Middlesbrough replied and after two games on trial I signed a three year contract. The fee was £25,000. In my opening four years I never missed a game.

In my time at Middlesbrough between 1985/1993, I reached all my personal goals.

It was always my ambition to sample full time football, play at the top level, play at Wembley and gain International recognition. Thankfully I achieved all them at Middlesbrough and ended up making 381 appearances and scoring 147 goals making me the 6th top goal scorer in Middlesborough’s history.

I played internationally for the Republic of Ireland and made my debut against Wales at Lansdowne Road. In total I gained 7 full caps, scored 1 goal and was a member of the Italia 90 World Cup squad.

Leaving Middlesbrough I joined Port Vale and played at the national stadium twice in a week in the Autoglass Trophy, which we won and the play off final which we lost, but we did gain promotion the following season.

My last club was Darlington, the least said about that the better. I retired aged 34 and a half due to a back condition.

In 1997 I became a summariser for the Middlesbrough matches for 10 consecutive seasons, clocking up over 500 games including Carling Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup finals, traveling around Europe and enjoying every minute of it.

The commentary had the best listening figures in the North East and we travelled to New York to pick up a Gold Award at the New York Radio Festival for Best Sports Coverage 2006.

Months later we lost the commentary deal.

Despite not being able to broadcast on the air waves for the Middlesbrough games I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in the biggest football show in the North East for 10 years.

The line up was myself, Malcolm Macdonald ex Newcastle and Arsenal striker and Eric Gates ex Ipswich and Sunderland forward.

After 7 years the line up changed with Eric’s departure and ex Sunderland FA Cup winner Micky Horswill coming in.

The stations name may have changed from Century to Real Radio , but the chemistry remains and the listening figures between 6-8pm every week day evening are second to none.

On 23rd July 2012 after 13 fantastic years, listening figures the best in the area for the time slot, the Legends were all sacked.

Watch this space for my next adventure.

Koast and Star radio  saved the Three Legends,  on the 13th August 2012 I was able to broadcst over the air waves again, I had breached my contract, my other two mates were still tied in theirs and are unable to join until late October.

By then we hope to have a massive coverage over the North East and beyond.

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