Evening Express

Banks o’ Dee’s White flown in for Auchinleck Talbot Scottish Cup meeting

Alan White Picture by Chris Sumner

Banks o’ Dee co-manager Tommy Forbes has hailed the club and Alan White for making sure the defender is available for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup tie.

The North Superleague champions face Scottish Junior Cup holders Auchinleck Talbot in the first preliminary round of the Scottish Cup.

Dee are missing a number of players for the trip to Beechwood Park, including new signing Dean Lawrie, who has gone offshore.

As a result Irish left-back White is cutting short his summer break and has returned from Dublin to play in the cup tie.

He is studying physiotherapy at Aberdeen University and normally doesn’t return to the Granite City until late August or early September

But with players missing for the clash with Talbot, Dee have flown him over to play in the game.

Forbes, who is joint-boss alongside Jamie Watt, praised White and club chairman Brian Winton for making it possible.

He said: “He’s doing physiotherapy at Aberdeen University but he was at home in Dublin but we’ve managed to get him to come back.

“He played on Wednesday against Stoneywood Parkvale in the 6-1 Grill League Cup win.

“He was our best player so it’s a bonus to get him back.

“The chairman organised flights for him to come over from Dublin.

“He’ll fly back to Dublin after the game.

“Fair play to Alan for being willing to come over.

“He had a placement for five weeks at Hibs and he really only got a break last week.

“He’s had a week’s break because he’s not back at uni until September.

“We don’t normally see him until the last week in August, but for such a big game the chairman said we would get him over.

“The good thing is that he has been keeping himself fit with his work at Hibs so that was a bonus.”

Dee enjoyed a great run to the third round of the Scottish Cup last year, beating Linlithgow in the preliminary stage before getting past Huntly and Selkirk to set up a date with Ayr United.

The Honest men won 6-2, though Forbes would love another cup run, but knows it won’t be easy.

He added: “The four games last year against Linlithgow, Huntly, Selkirk and Ayr were great.

“Hopefully this week we can do ourselves proud, produce a performance and get the result to get into the next round.

“We know it will be very difficult because they are a top junior sidebut we’ll give it our best shot because sometimes at the start of the season teams are not up to speed and it’s the same for both teams. It’s the sort of game you want to be involved in.”