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David Barrie is a well-known face at St Johnstone football club.

But although he can be found pitchside or around the locker rooms, he’s not a player or a coach.

He’s the club chaplain.

Rev Barrie is one of a growing number of sports chaplains delivering pastoral support to players and officials.

“My role is very much in the background, behind-the-scenes, whether it be with players, family members or staff members,” he said.

“I will be there and I will be a listening ear.”

Rev Barrie is the pastor of Pitlochry Baptist church but on Fridays he spends time around McDiarmid Park speaking and listening to anyone connected to the club.

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