WHAT GOES ON TOUR…
URS WAS a classic love-hate relationship, writes former Scotland wingKennyLogan ofhisnationalteamcoachJim Telfer in his autobiography.
I really didn’t like him back then, and I don’t suppose he liked me, but I was always desperate to impress him, and not just because he was the Scotland coach. By the end of my international career I was very fond of him and our relationship was excellent.
I did all right on the (1996 Scotland) tour and if you went to New Zealand and played well, Jim would have respect for you. Mind you, I could have done with showing him a bit more respect in Hamilton.
We were staying in some condos. One time I noticed Jim watching TV as I walked past his window. So I went along to my room to get the remote control, went back and started changing the channels on his set through the window.
He just couldn’t work it out. He was up and down. He didn’t realise there was a remote.
Then I put it on standby, turned up the volume, turned down the volume. He was going mad. He even phoned reception to complain – it was priceless.
Scott Hastings then walked past and I showed him what
I was doing. He wanted to have a go, so I gave him the remote, knocked on Jim’s window, then legged it round the corner.
Scott was caught red-handed. “No, Jim, it wasn’t me, I swear!” was all I could hear as I left him to face the music.
From Kenny Logan: Just for Kicks, pub.byHeadline(2009).