Thistle Establish Charity Department

Kilbride Thistle AFC Manager Sean Kenney has revealed a Charity Department has been created and designed to further boost the local community, reports Chief Writer Tom Scott.

Two as yet unnamed ladies have been identified to head-up the fantastic initiative which was an integral part of the Ayrshire club’s 7-point Volunteers Project I exclusively revealed last month.

Kilbride have been hugely active in various charity work over many years.

Said Sean: “Now this will allow us to identify charities and raise money for defined local charities each season.”

“We want to do well – one or two each year – and try and make a decent impact. The Charity Department will identify them for us.”

Meanwhile, the Kilbride gaffer has revealed this week’s signing, 29 year-old experienced centre-back Michael Howie (photograph) provided “one of the best feelings I have ever experienced in the Amateur game.”

Back in 2012-2013, Kilbride clinched an Ayrshire Amateur League success when Howie bagged a late winner – virtually the last kick of the ball – in a 1-0 victory over Auchinleck Boswell.

Sean admitted: “From my memory Michael was played as a left-sided winger – further up the park than a back four defender – and his goal sparked great celebrations. Made me feel ten-feet tall.”

“After wearing our colours, he won trophies at Clark Drive and Hurlford Thistle, in addition to playing for Muirkirk Juniors and New Farm Loch.”

“The fact he has committed very early with us (signing) in whatever league we are in is a huge bonus.”

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