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Former Argyll and Bute Council Football Development Officer Dylan Kerr returned to Oban last week for a three-day visit, ten years after leaving the town to take up a football coaching role in South Africa.
Dylan’s first thought when he arrived in Oban was to meet up with former Saints coaches for a couple of beers and organise a coaching sesssion for the club.
In horrendous weather conditions, 38 members of the club’s first, second and under-17 teams turned up for a two-hour session on the Oban Community 3G pitch at Oban High School.
Dylan was impressed with the attitude and quality of the football shown by the players on the night.
Dylan played for Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and a number of other English clubs. He moved to Scotland and won a Scottish Cup medal with Kilmarnock after they defeated Falkirk in the 1997 final at Hampden.
Saints club secretary David Buchanan said: ‘Oban Saints owe Dylan a lot. If it wasn’t for him we might not have joined the Scottish Football Association’s Quality Mark programme. This was a great move for Oban Saints with numerous coaches at the club gaining first class SFA coaching qualifications. This programme is still been carried on by present development officer Martin Rae. Everyone at Oban Saints wishes Dylan success in his next footballing venture – wherever that will be.’