Testimonial man Notman calls time on his career with Rangers

Berwick's Stevie Notman has announced his retirement from the club after 11 years.

Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 15:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 15:05 pm

The defensive midfielder, confirmed this week that he has decided to take a step back to create more time for his young family.

“I feel the time is right to call it a day,” he said. “I have had 11 fantastic years at Berwick, a club that means a great deal to me. Deciding to call it a day has been a very tough and emotional decision.

“But I feel like the time is right to step aside and give my family the care and attention they deserve.”

Notman, who comes from Innerleithen in the Borders, first joined Berwick from Hibernian, where he played as a schoolboy.

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He was a member of the squad which won the then Third Division championship in 2006-07, playing alongside current manager Robbie Horn.

“That will always be one of my abiding memories of playing with the club,” he said.

“Footballers play to win trophies and winning the title was a big achievement. They also look forward to the big games, which sometimes don’t come around very often. I have been lucky enough to play against the likes of Rangers, Celtic and Hibs all live on Sky Sports.

“They are unbelievable highs that not many players get the chance to do, especially playing in front of 50,000 people at Ibrox(my boyhood club) an unbelievable experience.

“On the other side of the coin, playing with Berwick has seen some tough times over the years, especially these past two seasons, when we have been at the wrong end of the table, trying to avoid the relegation play-offs, there has been a lot of pressure on everyone.

“I take the disappointing results home with me and because of this it became very mentally tiring as well.

“But Im always one to look at the positives and I will always look back and remember the good times.

“There have been a lot of good managers and players here in my time, and I would like to thank them all.

“Being my testimonial year, there is one man I can not thank enough in Brian Porteous. He took on the job of chairing my testimonial, and to say he did a great job is a huge understatement.

“From my golf day at Dunbar, to my game against Rangers and finally my dinner at Tyncastle, the amount of work he put in, he is not only a credit to himself but also to his family. A very special man and as I said at the awards night, I will forever be in his debt.

“He raised a fantastic amount of money for not only me but my young family. For that I will be forever grateful.

“A massive thanks must also go to Dennis McCleary, an absolute rarity in today’s game who has done so much for me and also to Callum Porteous who did a hell of a work being involved in my golf day and dinner. Thanks again for all your hard work.

“A huge thanks to the fans. They have given me and the team a lot of support over the years, home and away. They have been an inspiration to me at times - I just wish we had been able to give them more success than we have had. This will always be something I leave disappointed with.

“Naturally, I would like to wish Berwick all the best of luck for the future and I am confident that under a fantastic manager in Robbie Horn they have the ability to push the club back up the league again.

“Thanks once more for everything. Black and Gold Army!!!!”

Manager Horn said: “Notty has been an incredible servant to the club.He is a top player, captain, team mate and a great example to others.

“The word is used loosely, but over ten years and a league winners medal, he’s earned it - legend.

“Mind, I don’t think getting sent off in his final game was part of the plan!”

* Berwick Rangers would like to formally thank both Berwick supporters and the wider football community for the kindness and support that has been shown to Ousman See over the last few weeks.

The JustGiving page which was set up by the club to financially support See whilst he is unable to work has received over £2300 in donations.

See sustained a broken leg and dislocated ankle whilst playing for Rangers in a Scottish League 2 match at Montrose.

The striker said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to the Berwick Rangers family for the thoughtful gesture of starting a JustGiving page for me. It’s been a hard and emotional time for me and my family, going through such a horrible experience, but the support from everyone at the club has made it 100 times easier.”