Headline Makers Revisited – Broomhouse AFC (May 2013)

Writer Tom Scott takes his Series onto a new level by looking at the impact BROOMHOUSE FC had on their first-season debut in the Greater Glasgow Premier Amateur League after previously bowing out of Under-21 football with a First Division title.

House, fresh from lifting the LSK Supplies sponsored championship, embarked on an amazing GGPL Division 4 campaign with an impressive 18-game run (17 wins) and clinched another success story in style against Harmony Row at Greenfield Football Centre.

Gary Bett gave the visitors a fifth minute lead, but an own goal levelled up the contest before the break. Broomhouse really cut loose on the resumption, with five goals in 15 breath- taking minutes from Sean Cairney, David Quinn, Darren Hoggan, Mark McFarlane and Mark McGeough.

Quinn completed the rout with his own second of the game six minutes from time. The league programme produced 132 goals (12 conceded), no home points dropped, and opponents only managed to score twice at Greenfield.

Broomhouse also won the Bobby Thomson Challenge Cup coming from 2-0 and 3-2 down before beating Kelvin AFC on penalties.

The domestic treble was denied by Third Lanark, who scored a 27th minute goal to win the President’s Cup. House won back-to-back East Kilbride YM AFC  Annual Invitation Tournaments, and having secured the Greater Glasgow Division 4 Championship as I have outlined in my intro, the players and coaches continued their incredible silverware incentive  by lifting the Division 3 title  a year later. That prompted a change of direction for the Glasgow East End club, and they joined the Caledonian League in time for season  2014-2015.

Having rebranded their name (from Broomhouse Boys’ Club) to prepare for the new Amateur Footballl challenge,. a 20th Anniversary celebration took place back in 2015.

Over the years. I can reveal a number of dedicated coaches were successful at different age levels within  the Broomhouse set-up not just in Scotland and took in visits to England, Belgium and Holland.

Many of the players stayed on after also winning a championship in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League, gaining promotion through the divisions , and an equally impressive West of Scotland Under-21 Cup final victory against hot -favourites Harmony Row in 2011.

Like everything else, all good things come to an end and the famous Broomhouse FC name has now sadly disappeared from the amateur football ranks.

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