Paul Gordon insists when St Peters AFC revealed their plans to move into the pyramid system – applying for membership of the West of Scotland League Conference – “they ticked every box” which he could not ignore, writes Tom Scott.
Having played for such famous ex-junior clubs as Maryhill and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, Paul also enjoyed success in Saturday morning and afternoon amateur football.
His Management stint at now-defunct Bridgewater brought trophies, and a superb run in the Scottish Amateur Cup until he experienced politics can and will over-ride all your hard work. Not the nicest feeling in the world!
However, players will always appreciate, relish and remember how you worked with and treated them….
I learned from my research into an article on Paul last year at the height of Covid-19 how he has always had ambitions to Coach or Manage at the highest possible level.
St Peters’ vision fits the profile, and the Paisley-based club have advanced in spectacular fashion from grassroots football (all ages), developing the on-going potential of current 16–17-year-olds, who will form the basis of their Under-20 Development Squad, and now a successful West of Scotland League application.
Said Paul: “The plans have been set in stone from as far back as last February when I was initially approached. We have been allocated training lets at Renfrew FC and they have been great – made a huge difference.”
“Long-term, St Peters have an Asset Transfer to develop Moredun Playing Fields, Glenburn, and the Committee, who are much more experienced with these matters than I am Tom, have good plans in place.”
Paul revealed the West League “new boys”
started pre-season on 26th April, and played their first-ever friendly against Amateur opposition (winning 1-0) last weekend. The recruitment process is still on-going.
At least 9 games are planned and opponents
I hear will include Ashfield, Clydebank, Kilbirnie, Port Glasgow and West Park United – Amateurs.
The squad is being built around amateurs – including regulars Paul had at Bridgewater – some with junior football experience, and moving forward good emerging Under-20s talent.
From my inside experience of football, potential signing targets might prefer to stay with the “tried and tested” clubs who are firmly established in the game, but you can’t fault St Peters adopting an impressive professional approach.
How about a pre-match continental breakfast at Paisley’s Gleniffer Hotel, the best of training kit – something Paul Gordon was adamant had to be in place at Bridgewater – sports science and detailed coaching nights covering just about every position.
The St Peters backroom team is being headed up by Manager Paul McTaggart.