Last week, jordanburtfootball.com had a quick chat with Ross Drummond to look over his career to date and to find out, where he is now… Part One
Ross started his career off with Dunfermline Athletic.
“As a kid, I always wanted to play football professionally. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to fulfil that dream of mines – albeit only for a short period of time. I was in the Dunfermline Youth System since I was 10, having previously played with Kinghorn Boys Club and Burntisland Shipyard Boys Club. I captained the majority of the teams I played in as I progressed through the ranks. I feel this probably gave me the confidence I needed to help me progress and develop in to a player good enough to play for the first-team.”
Ross made his debut as a teenager at East End Park in season 2012/13, coming on as a substitute in a match at home to local rivals, Cowdenbeath.
“When I came on, I didn’t feel nervous at all. I don’t think it truly sunk in until after the match had finished that I had made my first-team debut and realised my dream of playing in senior football! We then played Morton later on that season and I came on as a substitute again, with around 10 or 15 minutes left to play. I was put on to try help us see out a 1-0 victory if my memory serves me correctly; it was a close game and a massive victory. As a defender, no matter your age, these are nerve-wracking matches so it was a big experience for myself to gain so early in my career. There was another big match later on that season against Partick Thistle at Firhill; I was an unused substitute in that game but for some reason, the media reported I had came on with 5 minutes to go when in fact it was another one of the young guys we had at the Pars that season!!”
The following season, Drummond didn’t appear in the first-team until the 2nd of January, meaning he hadn’t played competitively for more than 6 months.
“Not being able to play first-team football for a few months, especially after getting a wee taster for it, was obviously frustrating for myself personally. I was still young enough to be eligible to play for the Under-20’s so I played with that squad most weeks and it was good as it kept me ticking over- at least I wasn’t sitting in the stand doing nothing for months! Then, Jim Jefferies came to me and proposed I moved to Berwick on loan and I was never going to turn down the move considering I was going to be getting first-team football every single week.”
Drummond made 11 appearances for the Wee Gers between February and May that campaign.
“I greatly enjoyed my spell with Berwick on loan, first time around. During the eleven games I was involved in, we played a lot of good football and got a lot of great results. In the end, we narrowly missed out on the promotion play-off’s which would have ended a great period for myself in style if I could have got them up to League One. Having gained that experience at Shielfield Park, I felt I was ready to contribute with the first-team at Dunfermline on a more regular and consistent basis, Luckily for myself, Jim Jefferies gifted me the opportunity to play first-team football for Dunfermline the following season and I played in almost every game at the beginning of the following season – my only regret is i knocked the mighty Rovers out of the Challenge Cup when we beat them 1-0!!!,” jokes the left-back. “However, I then got injured and that set me back quite a bit, to be honest. I had been playing well, enjoying my football and playing every week. When I spoke to Jim Jefferies once I had recovered from the injury I had, he told me the best way to continue my development was to go on loan again and he recommended I re-joined Berwick Rangers, which I duly did.”
After re-gaining his fitness and sharpness, Ross scored his only senior goal to date while on loan to the Borderers.
“I definitely remember the goal as it is the only one I have scored in the senior ranks – it was also a fluke as it was with my right foot!! I remember my team-mate Andy Russell had the ball in the box and he cut it back to the edge of the box and I, somehow, managed to send the ball into the top corner! My second loan spell at Berwick was great, we had a terrific run in the Scottish Cup that season: we reached the Quarter-Finals and we played against Hibs at Easter Road. I have to admit, that is probably the highlight of my career so far, what an experience that was!”
Why did Drummond decide to depart Dunfermline for pastures new?
“It got to the January and Jim Jefferies had left the Pars. John Potter had taken over and I had spoken with him about my future at the club. He informed me my playing time would be limited so I decided to mutually terminate my contract and leave full-time football. It was a no-brainer to stay with Berwick, where I had been enjoying my football and playing regularly. When I look back now, it was definitely the right decision to move away from full-time football and enter the part-time ranks on a permanent basis.”
Read Part Two of Ross’ interview tomorrow here on jordanburtfootball.com