Don’t forget the Scottish Comedy FC Podcast. Subscribe/download/listen HEREThou shall not kill. Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not move to Dundee United. God has given many commandments but career advice direct from above is not one of His top 10, not unless your name is Marvin Andrews.
Marvin is a Trinidadian footballer who has spent most of his career playing in Scotland. In 2004, while playing for Livingston he was approached by Dundee United. Most players would have jumped at the chance to move to a bigger club, particularly when Livingston were experiencing financial problems, but not Marvin. Marvin informed the Dundee United chairman, Stephen Thomson, that “Sorry, but God doesn’t want me at Dundee United.” God was right. Just a few weeks after he turned down the move to Dundee United, Marvin reached the final of the Scottish League Cup with Livingston, and, despite facing a much stronger Hibernian side, Livingston won the match 2–0.
Proving that God was looking out for Marvin, he subsequently moved to Rangers where he added the SPL title and another Scottish League Cup final medal. And, to add to his mystique, despite suffering a cruciate ligament injury early in his Rangers career and being told he would miss months of action, he missed just one game and carried on playing as he believed God would look out for him. He did, Marvin also won Rangers Player of The Year. No wonder when Marvin scored for Rangers, or won the Man of the Match at Ibrox, the announcer would play The Monkees song ‘I’m A Believer’.
For Livingston, the 2004 Scottish Cup remains their highpoint. Financial problems over the last 10 years have seen them fall from a pinnacle in 2001 of finishing third in the SPL and qualifying for Europe to playing in the third division by 2009. Subsequent promotions have seen the club climb back to the First Division and finish the 2012/2013 fourth in the league, their highest position since they were relegated from the SPL in 2006.
Their official anthem is ‘Come On Livingston’, a high energy dance anthem specially written for the club. It has not aged well and, when you hear it, you don’t need to be Marvin Andrews to exclaim “Dear God”.
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After too many years as season ticket holder at Parkhead, Andy Todd renounced the SPL three years ago to support Queens Park. One team is a rank bunch of amateurs who play in a state of the art stadium and the other is…(I think we can all see where this is going).
Andy has been performing comedy for 18 months but is currently ‘between gigs’ while he writes a book on Scottish property law to be published in Summer 2012. Its potential audience will be less than 300 but his mum will be very proud.
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