SAFL Writer Tom Scott caught up with one devoted former Amateur Football player – later turned manager – who was involved within the game for 27 years.
Bernie Vallely promoted a winning mentality at Tynecastle AFC, and left on a high in 2016. Success in the Strathclyde Cup at New Tinto Park – they had three of them over a 10-year period plus other honours under his stewardship – have rekindled great memories about the Glasgow East End club.
Now devoting all his free free time to support sons James and Daniel, he was only too willing to reveal what went on behind the scenes.
He told me “I had great times there. We had some brilliant players over the years.”
“The old memories idea (HEADLINE MAKERS REVISITED) you are running is a great idea. The Whitefield Rovers one on winning the title you posted @AmmyFitbaNews was one of my favourites.”
“As you know the background to our preparation for the Harley’s Sky Bar Strathclyde Cup Final through your personal involvement, the night itself at New Tinto Park was my swan song after 27 years.”
“I have never seen Andy McLaren so focused as he was that week. I miss the involvement and how we ran things, but my time had come to spend more time with the family.”
“Tynecastle were always in the SSMAFL set-up, Tom, apart from one season around 1992-93 or 1993-94, when Billy McQueer took us into the GDSFC for one campaign. I was still playing then and took over as manager in July, 2005. By then we were back in the SSMAFL for a number of seasons.”
“I personally put together a detailed history of Tynecastle AFC and their origins from the summer of 1979. We spoke to a lot of guys and had a big history section on the club website.”
“Up until I left we kept weekly details of everything at the club. Keep up the GREAT work @Scottish Amateur Football News..”
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Andy McLaren – Former Tynecastle AFC manager Bernie Vallely reckons he had never seen the ex-senior player so focused as he was in the week leading up to the Harley’s Sky Bar Strathclyde Cup final against Shawbridge AFC.
Tynecastle came from a goal down to win 2-1 at New Tinto Park, Govan.
Picture taken and kindly supplied by Kelly Neilson.