Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time to Move on as New Manager Allison Turned to Youth; IN Part Two of Our Exclusive Interview with Jim Platt, the Former Northern Ireland International Goalkeeper Tells PHILIP TALLENTIRE about Life after He Finally Left Boro

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time to Move on as New Manager Allison Turned to Youth; IN Part Two of Our Exclusive Interview with Jim Platt, the Former Northern Ireland International Goalkeeper Tells PHILIP TALLENTIRE about Life after He Finally Left Boro

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Byline: PHILIP TALLENTIRE

Gazette: Why did you leave Boro in 1983? JP: "I was sorry to leave. Malcolm (Allison) was a very good coach by the way, a very good coach. But as a manager he liked young players because young players were probably more open to his ideas, shall we say.

"He got rid of all the older players, myself included, and I was still his best goalkeeper. He brought Kelham O'Hanlon in and I was a much better goalkeeper than Kelham but I never got in after that.

"That was sad because I was still our best goalkeeper. Then the opportunity to go to Ireland came along so I went back.

"I went to Ballymena, I was only 31 but I couldn't get another club in England.

"I still had a year on my contract with Middlesbrough and I wanted to stay in England."

Gazette: Your testimonial against Sunderland was a memorable game, what do you remember about it? JP: "George Best came. George was good as gold. He was based in Scotland then and until he came off the plane at Newcastle I wasn't sure he would come!

"He was a lovely bloke by the way. He was quiet, if we were in a hotel he would be sitting in the corner.

"I played the second half out of goal. I always wanted to play out at Ayresome Park. I had a couple of chances but didn't manage to score.

"It was nice to have a testimonial because I had 13 years at Middlesbrough."

Gazette: How did you get involved in the coaching side of football? JP: "I took my first badges at Middlesbrough and took my pro badges in Ireland.

"I played for Ballymena and then managed them and we won the Irish Cup. Then I went to Coleraine, we qualified for Europe for three years running. That was nice because I never got to play in Europe with Middlesbrough."

Gazette: You almost won promotion to the third tier with Darlington in 1996. It must have been a nice moment to lead your team out at Wembley in the play-off final? …

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