The old senior football name of Third Lanark may have died back in 1967, but those diehard followers will be delighted to hear another group of Hi-Hi players will proudly pull on the team colours in the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL this Saturday.
A 4-0 win against John Street AFC at Toryglen could not have come at a better time for Manager David Ampleford and his backroom staff, who will need to make some difficult team selection choices as they journey out to play Waterside AFC.
Goalkeeper David Scott played a defining part in Saturday’s success, with great saves when needed, and a fully deserved shut-out. David Ampleford told me “We played some cracking football and are starting to see signs of a really good squad emerging here. “
“Our goals came from Daniel O’Brien, Jordan Smith, Neil White, and Jordan Foote. There were good performances right round the park.”
David’s route into the Hi-Hi hot seat is a story within itself! He exclusively revealed “I am really proud to be the Third Lanark manager. I played (and scored) against them in the game before moving across. I agreed to take over as manager after I broke both my heels. It was meant to be for a month or so. I am now into my 9th season!”
“My backroom staff comprises of Assistant Willie Milligan, Goalkeeper Coach Neil Gillon, Coaches Grant Spy and David Anderson and First Aider Sarah Ampleford.”
“We had a really tough year last term after a lot of players left. and we were turning up to games with 11/12 players. We spent a season in survival mode and struggled to recruit. However, decent recruitment this summer has the squad looking really healthy.”