An Interview With David Templeton

 

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Some Hamilton fans would regard David Templeton as the finest ever
player to have graced the Hamilton Accies hoops in the last decade, if
not longer.

During the winter break, I was delighted to sit down and chat to the
Burton Albion man, to look back on his spell at Hamilton as
well as finding out a bit more about the iconic goal he scored at Anfield
back in 2012.

Templeton started his career at Stenhousemuir, where he caught the
eye of Premiership side Hearts. After moving to the Tynecastle,
he was sent out on loan to Raith Rovers for the second half of the
2007/08 season. There after he was a regular starter for the Edinburgh side
and scored the equaliser at Anfield in Hearts Europa League tie
against Liverpool. Within 24 hours, he joined Rangers for
£800,000, where he spent four seasons and scored 27 goals in 88
appearances.

Following Rangers promotion to the top-flight, Templeton was released
by the Ibrox club along with a few others. The winger hadn’t started game since 2015 but Hamilton boss Martin Canning secured the services of the former Rangers man on a short-term deal in March 2017 saying that “one moment of magic from David Templeton could help Hamilton’s survival prospects”. Templeton then signed a one-year contract extension.

He scored 11 goals in 36 appearances for Accies and was quickly
snapped up by Nigel Clough, who was apparently an admirer of David’s
attacking talent. He signed on a two-year deal and still plays for the
League One side.

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Templeton spoke about his move to Hamilton: “I was training with
Dundee United trying to get fit and Ronnie MacDonald got in contact
with me to see if I wanted to come in. I went in and signed pretty
much right away,” Templeton said

“After being released by Rangers in May I was still injured at the
time and I was looking to try and get my knee sorted, but it didn’t
get it operated on until the August. It was 10 months after the operation
until I got back into football. It wasn’t ideal, but thankfully it
worked out alright.”

When I asked David about youngsters who impressed him during his time
at Hamilton. He revealed: “To be honest most of them were relatively
good and it didn’t surprise me. Sometimes when the young players come
up to train with the first team, they can tend to be nervous, but at
Hamilton it wasn’t like that. I always liked Ronan Hughes and Ross
Cunningham, who is doing well this season. The player who I thought
would make it though was Lewis Ferguson and he has obviously gone on
to Aberdeen now.”

When I posed the question about his best performance in an Accies
shirt, Templeton confirmed: “I thought my best performance came
towards the end of the season when we played Dundee. I wasn’t totally
fit at that point which made it even better. I also thought I played
well in the 2-2 draw against Aberdeen at home, but I missed a few
chances in that game which wasn’t ideal. We should have won that game
convincingly.”

Templeton played a vital part in Hamilton’s historic win at Ibrox, where they
won for the first time since 1926, talking about the historic day, He
said: “It was brilliant. Obviously you go there as massive underdogs
and people are not expecting you to get anything from the game, in
fact you are expected to get a bit of a hiding to be honest, but I
thought we played well that game and we rode our luck a little bit at
times.

I got lucky that young Ross McCrorie made a mistake with his back
pass, but I managed to read what he was going to do and thankfully I
didn’t miss as Lee Hodson was coming back. I tried not to celebrate
but I was buzzing inside.”

Templeton spoke about his thoughts on Hamilton compared to the other
clubs he has played for, He said: “My previous clubs before Hamilton
were much bigger clubs in terms of Hearts and Rangers, but they are
kind of the way Burton Albion are just now. A smaller club but really
family based and are full of passion. Obviously, there is less fans
but that doesn’t mean that they are not as passionate about their club
as other teams.”

Comparing football in England to Scotland: “I would say in League One
I have felt that since I’ve been there that I get given a lot more
time on the ball and I seem to get one-on-ones more often as well. In
England I think the amount of games is a lot tougher. By New Year this
year we had played 30 games already,” he explained

“From the start of the season it feels like you are playing every
Saturday and Tuesday up until Christmas. It took a bit of getting used
to last season and the other Scottish lads like Scott Fraser said that
it took them time to get used to how many games there was also. At
Burton we have a small squad so we can’t make massive changes every
game unlike Sunderland who can.”

Talking about the play-off final against Dundee United in the 2017, The 31-year old said: “It’s good. I think the main thing for me was for doing it for people behind the scenes and how much it means to them. I had only just come in and had only played a couple of
games, but its always nice to stay up. As I said before its for the
people that the fans don’t see. You never know what can happen if you
go down and it leads to people losing their jobs.”

Finally, I asked the question that everyone wanted to know, Would Templeton ever consider returning and playing for Hamilton, he said:
“Yeah, obviously if everything was right then I would be happy to come
back again but it is totally different now. It’s a different manager
and it looks as if they are playing a different type of football from
when I was there.

A few of the older lads are away now and it’s a younger team, so it
depends on how the manager wants to go about things and whether or not
he would be interested in having me back or not. League One is a good
league but I would be open to coming back up the road at the end of
the season, purely because that I’ve just had a baby three weeks
ago and it would be nice to get him back up here.”

Although this interview is about David’s time at Accies, I
couldn’t resit from asking about the feeling of scoring against Liverpool at Anfield.

He Said: “It was the best goal that I have scored in terms of feeling.
It is similar to when Hamilton won at Ibrox as we were expected to get
put out and the fact, we got to 85 minutes and scored it was not
expected in the slightest. I seen the fans celebrating and it was an
incredible feeling, but its just unfortunate that Luis Suarez managed
to score a few minutes later.

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Last of all I asked Templeton about what his plans are for after he
finishes his footballing career.

He said: “I think once I come back up the road, I am going to start
looking at doing my coaching badges as they are handy to have, but I
don’t know if I want to be a coach or not. I would prefer to do
scouting or TV work as I think they are more perfect for myself.”