IMRAY: It’s a big obstacle, but there’s always a chance

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ALASTAIR Imray has experienced the unrivalled joy of cup final success at Murrayfield – and, literally, the agony of defeat.

‘Ice’ was part of the successful Hawick side that lifted the Cup in 1996 and 2002.

However, his visit to the national stadium with the Redskins in 2004 not only ended in defeat, but a broken arm saw him hospitalised until the following Tuesday.

He told the Hawick News: “That wasn’t a good experience. I broke my arm after about an hour and I spent the weekend in hospital so I couldn’t even go home and enjoy a drink with the boys. The whole thing was just a washout.” Following a successful spell at Mansfield Park, ‘Ice’ made the switch over the fence to his first club, where he was player/coach for the Bowl final against Perthshire seven years ago.

And although he’s now hung up his boots, he’s still coaching his beloved Redskins, and looking forward to a better day out tomorrow.

He added: “I don’t suppose I’ll get injured on the touchline! I think I get more excited than the players, but I’ll be trying to keep a lid on it for their sake.

“Obviously they’re a big obstacle to get over and they’ll be better than Linlithgow, but there’s always a chance.”