The lockdown has allowed people to do so many things, take up a hobby they’ve always wanted, reflect on their lives and career, lose weight or simply watch those films they’ve always wanted to watch.
For some though, it has been the prime time to take a stock of just what they have achieved and how far they have come without the constant grind of playing football on a Saturday and trying to organise a team to take to the pitch.
GSC Jordanhill AFC are a team who have come a very long and this lockdown has allowed them to review everything they’ve achieved none less so than even during a pandemic managing to raise £22,000 for Beatson’s cancer charity.
This is an amazing achievement for a club that as the 2015-16 season drew to a close the team could barely put a full 11 players on the pitch and seemed destined to fold. Fast forward four years and the club are looking forward to fighting on the park as much as it did off it.
The 2015-16 was a mixed season for a club that for years had a proud record of never being relegated. The entire season was spent in a relegation mire and with the lack of players even being able to put a side out was getting difficult and it seems the club would soon become one of those that would just be remembered in passing conversation and a name of the past.
However, when the club looked to be on its knees, the club went on a run in the Scottish Cup that club stalwart Iain Brown, pinpoints as the watershed moment in the club’s history. When all confidence seemed to have drained out of the side. The club went on a Scottish Cup run that seen this crisis ridden club make it through to the last 32 of the cup before being finally put out by Linlithgow Thistle.
As Iain said it was this cup run, the smiles on the players and the confidence they had gained, that made them believe that they would stay up. Even when they had to play games with just 9 players at the end of that season the club and team spirit kept them in the league.
The club that started the summer of 2016 would change for the good and would never look back again.
Prior to the summer of 2016 the club was known as BSC Jordanhill. However, when the club was facing the abyss it turned to the community for help and it formed a partnership with Giffnock Soccer Centre from the southside of Glasgow.
This partnership lead to the club’s name changing to Giffnock Soccer Centre Jordanhill AFC or simply GSC Jordanhill AFC. With the forming of the partnership the club gave itself stability off the pitch. Whilst on it setting up a clear route for some of the most promising youngsters out there to gain valued first team chances and getting a taste of real first team football.
Since 2016 the club has gone from strength to strength off the pitch to becoming one of the most active in the community and raising over £30,000 for numerous charities, including Back on Side, Chest, Heart and Stroke and most recently Beatson’s Cancer charity.
Whilst the club has been making massive strides off the pitch. On the pitch the club has stuck to its strict policy of playing football that is attractive to watch even if this sometimes means results don’t always go their way and ending the last 4 seasons in midtable.
Since the scare of relegation in 2016 the club has made itself a firm midtable side. However, just because it’s been there for the last few season doesn’t mean it intends to stay there. After the absolute success outside the squad, the club hopes that within the next few seasons to gain success on the park to match its success off it.
With the lockdown making season planning nearly impossible and with teams unable to plan friendlies. The coming season looks to be a more level playing field than past seasons and with the lads coming back and seeming more than ever to have the desire to kick a ball in angry, the hopes to make a stamp on this season seem cautiously high as they take the bold step into the unknown.
GSC Jordanhill have come a long way in four years. From the brink of folding to a bright, if not slightly unknown future. The club has built its off-field standing in the community hugely whilst sticking to its core values at the same time.
So as the build-up continues to one of the strangest seasons known to football at all levels, this is a club that even during a lockdown managed to raise over £22,000 for charity and showed that sometimes somethings are more important that football.
GSC Jordanhill are absolutely one of the most ambitious clubs in the amateur ranks. The club also remains inherently humble and is determined to give back to the community that helped them when they were down.
We wish GSC Jordanhill all the luck in the world with the coming seasons and will be checking in later on in the season to see how their season is going. Finally, my thanks go to everyone at the club and Iain Brown for the help he provided with this article.