Removing the 2019-2020 season which was cut short by the pandemic, and you have to admire the impact Maryhill Milan have made on Amateur Football – plus they clearly love to celebrate success, writes Tom Scott.
Founded under difficult circumstances by Manager Jamie Butler in 2017 – a heart-warming story I covered here on Sunday – the team from North Glasgow have won successive promotions out from the bottom of Division 3 to sit proudly in the Only Sport- backed Championship.
The Glasgow Sunday League team captured silverware in their first season, when two goals from Paul Butler, son of the manager, plus a stunning John Matchet free kick helped defeat Rosehall 3-1in the Challenge Cup Final at Petershill Park, Springburn.
One of the celebration photographs show the emotions enjoyed by Jamie Butler and his loyal captain, Anton Dakhil.
Fast-forward 12 months – into a second season – and the squad won promotion again, plus the happy squad sweep aside BSC 3-0 in the GDSFC Vase Cup at New Tinto Park, Govan (home of Benburb FC).
Paul Butler sent Milan into a 2-0 lead,. and Gary Godfrey added their third goal.
Hardly surprisingly, with his goalscoring prowess, Paul has since signed for Glasgow Perthshire in the new West of Scotland League structure, but family football loyalty never leaves you!
Boss Jamie said: “He is still at my side for every game.”
Maryhill Milan, sponsored by RM Plumbing and Gas Services, are built on the defining motto of “More Than A Club.”
Jamie added “Captain Anton Dakhil has been with me from Day One.”
“He has helped with everything I have done to date. The team is very close and we have built up a good relationship with each other.”
“It is also a very family organised team.”
“I couldn’t ask for any more from them all. I owe them a lot for what they have given me over the years.”
* Photographs kindly supplied by Manager Jamie Butler.