Tayport boss departs a club ‘close to his heart’

Dave Baikie
Dave Baikie

Certain football managers, at whatever level, simply become synonymous with one club; an iconic figure forever associated with good times.

Their connection is built on success and, although they may leave for pastures new, their reputation, standing and influence at that club remains.

At Tayport Football Club, Dave Baikie is that man.

Announcing his retirement on Saturday, after Tayport’s Scottish Cup tie with Parkvale was called off, Baikie brought to and end an association with a club which witnessed unheralded success.

His decision to bow out brings to an end his third spell in charge of Tayport, with the first beginning just over quarter of a century ago, in the summer of 1990, when ’Port first embarked on their junior odyssey.

His level of success with Tayport has been remarkable, with his trophy haul while in charge close to 30 cups and titles in a total of 13 seasons.

The Holy Grail of the Scottish Junior Cup was won in each of his first two stints at the club, 1996 and 2003, with the latter triumph complemented by securing the inaugural East Super League crown.

“I’ve had a great time in football,” said Baikie,

“But I’ve actually been looking to retire for some time now.

“It’s time to take a back seat and spend more time with my family.”

On the timing of the announcement, Baikie said: “There has actually been a bit of speculation recently and I wanted to tell the players my decision after the Parkvale game but, when it was postponed, I decided to meet with the players and let them know what was happening.

“It’s not about Dave Baikie, it’s about what is best for Tayport Football Club, as the club is close to my heart.”

Baikie is hoping that the appointment of John Ovenstone will turn out to be just what is needed as ’Port fight for top flight survival.

“I think it will be a smooth transition, as John certainly has the respect of the players and he’ll bring a fresh impetus and new ideas,” he said.

“I’m confident this will be a good move all round.”