Love Your Club: Michael McGovern – Hamilton Academical

Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern has featured for Celtic, Stranraer, St Johnstone, Dundee United, Ross County and Falkirk but, without wishing to offend anyone, claims the New Douglas Park vibe is the best he’s ever known.

The 31-year-old stopper signed for the Accies last year and is enjoying life in South Lanarkshire.

Here he tells us why he loves Hamilton Academical…

Why do you love Hamilton Academical?

I love my club because I enjoy going into to work every day and the people I work with and I love the way I’m treated here. Everyone’s been great to me since I arrived and it’s a fantastic place to be.

Describe the fans and what they mean to the club

The fans have been brilliant with me. The games against Motherwell stand out. There’s a hardcore of fans at away games and while they are a small number they make a lot of noise and they give great backing to the team.

What’s the vibe like in the dressing room?

The vibe in the squad day to day is really good. It’s probably the best dressing room I’ve experienced as everyone gets on.

As the week goes on and you get closer to a game it all builds up on a Friday and it can be rather intense on a Saturday.

Can you name a Hamilton Academical Backroom Hero?

There’s a few people at the club but three that spring to mind in particular. There’s the kitman Danny Collins who works hard to have everything ready for the boys.

There’s also Scott Struthers who does loads of work behind the scenes and is Mr Hamilton and all the boys love him.

And finally George Cairns who does a lot with the youths. Hamilton have a great record of bringing people through and he plays a huge part in that.

What do you love most about being a Hamilton Academical footballer?

I just love being paid to go out and keep fit, train every day and play every week in front of thousands of people. It’s just the best job in the world.

There are obvious downsides that people don’t realise in terms of family life and sacrifice but anyone would do it and I’m so fortunate and would never take it for granted.


James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.