FOOTBALL MAD: Brian Niven, President of CQ Mariners FC, is on the ball for Gladstone.
FOOTBALL MAD: Brian Niven, President of CQ Mariners FC, is on the ball for Gladstone. Jake Jones

Passion for game driving Mariners president to put call out

BRIAN Niven is a character, outspoken and fidgety, talkative and a larrikin by nature. The latest topic on the 74-year-old's agenda is the CQ Mariners FC.

If given the time to sit around and talk about his beloved new club, Niven will, while dropping in a few anecdotes of his own career to illustrate his point, or just for a laugh.

Spanning 45 years, from the age of 10 through to the age of 55, Niven has a lot of memories to relay on to any person willing to listen to him.

And the active old bloke says he would still be playing and creating more stories if he could.

"The only thing that is stopping me now is emphysema from other people's smoking over the years," Niven said.

Niven might end up being needed though, for his Mariners this season.

Initially not looking to put in a senior squad, the club has been asked by players to nominate a side, which has sparked Niven as president to push for two teams, one in Division 1 and one in Division 2.

"We just had people come to ask us. We had eight people and we still might not have a team," Niven said.

"We are hoping to get a few more locked in and even have two teams if possible."

As president, Niven sees the change of heart to enter sides in the local league for the Mariners as a benefit for all football in Gladstone, as well as the pathway to the National Premier League for the club and region.

"One hundred per cent, as far as I am concerned we are allocated an NPL side in 2015," he said.

"We want to get them not to start moulding a team together, that will come later. Of course other people can come later when we are more ready."

Niven and the Mariners are hopeful of building an immediate pathway to the NPL.



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