LEAFA: Edinburgh Double-Header Interviews

Not one, but two Interviews from the Capital City today, writes Tom Scott.

Thanks to Alex and Steven, together with Tollcross Thistle AFC Manager Alan McKay for his help.

Name: “Alex Stewart
Position at Edinburgh Caledonia: “Assistant Manager/Player.”

What was the attraction in joining club?

“At the time a top Manager, Andy Moffat, was running the Club, he wanted to win things and so did I. He has been the root of the success and looking back it was a no brainier to join. The team wasn’t great at that time there were some great players, but no strength and depth.”

“Caley would finish mid table and get the odd decent win but since we have added some incredible players and now have a new Manager Val in place , who is a top guy and Coach. We are now on X 4 League titles.”

What has the highlight been?

“Doesn’t matter what level anyone plays at winning the League x 4 years in a row is an incredible achievement.”

“We also haven’t lost a league game in that time.”

What is the best prank or wind- up you have seen at Football?

“Not football , but football player related. Parker our GK had been winding me up for days, so I made a Gumtree advert up that he was selling Ginger Kittens. His phone would not to stop! At the time I done it, he was trying to put his son down to bed, so he took a massive huff and left every Group Chat that we were in and never spoke to me for a while!”

Teams and Players to watch out for when the LEAFA starts back?

“Will be interesting to see who comes out on top of the Saturday Premier Division, Sandys and Tollcross are two cracking sides. Would be good to see the likes of Meadowbank pushing up and splitting them up. Will be close between East and Westside again on Sunday Afternoons. Two really good sides and I can’t call who will win that battle!”

“Also a few cracking sides now in the Mornings, so it’s going to be hard for us , but we are confident we can make it happen.”

Do you want the LEAFA back in some capacity when the green light is given?

“The minute the green light is up we want to be playing. We will make it safe and follow process to make sure, that we avoid the spread of the infection. The boys are desperate to be back playing, as is everyone.”

Name – Steven Parker
Position – Goalkeeper.
Current Club – Edinburgh Caley.

What was the attraction about joining the team?

“Good social group, aiming to win trophies , and great facilities.”

What are the team objectives short and long-term?

“Enjoy our football. Short term goal to win League and domestic Trophies.”

“Long term to win a National/Regional Trophy.”

Best player you have played with and against?

“With – Paul Coutts or Stevie McGinn.”

“Against – Cillian Sheridan.”

What is the best prank or wind-up you have seen at football?

“Being given the Sub Goalie top in Scottish Cup Semi-Final v Rangers at Under 12s. Made out I was being dropped, but it was really due to a strip clash with the Referee”

If you could sign a player from a fellow Amateur side to boost your Squad, who would he be?

“The No.8 from Bellshill United.”

Do you want LEAFA to return ASAP in some capacity to get Football back?

“100%. – Important for the Mental Health of players – regardless of age – to let them express themselves through the means of Amateur Football.”

Budhill AFC: Sunday Cup Double Delight

First Division Budhill AFC landed a Cup double in the 2008-2009 Glasgow Sunday Amateur Football League, writes Tom Scott.

Petershill Park, Springburn, hosted both success stories.

A fifth minute goal from Joe Reagan was enough to beat Rutherglen Vultures in the Consolation Scoreboard Sports Trophy Final.

Vultures were denied taking the game into Extra-Time when Goalkeeper Alan Smith produced a stunning 80th minute save.

Peter Gordon scored the all-important winner against Westhill in the Consolation Domino Cars League Cup Final.

Around the Amateur Football Scene (07/03/2021)

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes a weekend look at some of the Amateur Football Clubs.

Uddingston Anvil AFC are mourning the sad passing of ex-player and Club Captain Jim Hattie.

Tributes have poured in for Mr Hattie, who played in central defence and was a stalwart at the Club, who were established in 1979, and are members of the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL.

After a lengthy delay due to Covid-19 restrictions, Dumbarton AFC have finally been able to make a four-figure donation to their local Charity at Robin House.

The sum of £1060 was raised by the Glasgow District Saturday Morning League Club from climbing Ben Lomond.

St David’s Over-35s are running a distance of 647 km this month to raise money for Back Onside.

AS Airdrie have teamed up with Clubwin to give followers a chance to help raise funds.

Baillieston Thistle FC are looking to add Girl’s teams at Under-11 and Under-13 level into their set-up. Contact them via their Twitter Page.

Three-Club Floodlight Fund-Raiser Proving Popular

A Last Man Standing Competition organised to help raise money for the installation of floodlights and feature the local community, will pay-out a substantial four-figure cash jackpot, writes Tom Scott.

LEAFA Sunday Morning team Pentland Athletic FC, Penicuik Amateurs and Royal Penicuik are driving the project which would give Clubs and the Community a place to play and train.

Pentland Athletic Manager Gary Nicolson confirmed: “The jackpot stands at £3500.”

Kingdom of Fife AFA: Jon Harrison Memorial Competition

Kingdom of Fife AFA President Walter Clarke has confirmed domestic fixtures during this 2020-2021 season have been declared null and void following a recent Special Meeting – they will revert back to the placings at the start of 2021-2022 – and a Memorial Competition based on League Sections introduced to honour the memory of former Rosyth AFC Official Jon Harrison, writes Tom Scott.

Mr Harrison, who sadly died on 25th January,. was not only well-known for his dedicated work as Club Chairman, but also made a huge and significant commitment to the Rosyth Community and South West Fife.

Confirming the format, Mr Clarke told me: There are eight Sections in total, with the top two Clubs from each going through to the last 16, which will be drawn at at a later date.

“Depending on current pandemic restrictions being eased sufficiently to allow
M Amateur Football to resume safely, we hope to play the Competition May-June.”

Jon Harrison Memorial Competition:

Section A – Kettle United, Fife Athletic, Balgonia Scotia, Markinch.

Section B – Fife Star, Eastvale, Greig Park Rangers,. Cupar Hearts.

Section C – Burntisland, Glenrothes Strollers, Kirkcaldy Blues, Lochgelly United, Kelty AFC.

Section D -. Kennoway, Kennoway Star Hearts, Bridge of Earn, Methilhill & East Fife.

Section E – St Andrews Colts, Blairhall Villa, Leslie Hearts, Lumphinnans, Hearts of Beath.

Section F – Auchtermuchty Blues, Freuchie, Rosyth, Strathmiglo Newburgh.

Section G – Kirkcaldy YM, Glenrothes, Kinross Colts Amateurs A, Kirkcaldy Albion.

Section H – Kinross Colts Amateurs B, Rosebank Rangers, Leven United, Duloch, AFC Kincardine.

The Big Interview: Edinburgh University Head Coach Mike Sneddon

What was the attraction about becoming Edinburgh University Head Coach?

“Attraction of the University is first the pool of potential players available to a Coach and second the First-Class facilities. I not only get to Coach in Amateur Football, but also Scottish University Football.”

What has been the best highlight to date?

“Highlight for me was the Year we first got promotion to the Premier. Best squad of players I have coached.”

How does the Student Player Recruitment Work?

“Recruitment of players is through a series of trials run in September and January each year. We usually get around 200 players wanting to join the four teams in the Football Club each September.”

What are your Season ambitions?

“The Season’s ambition is Promotion. We are looking to have a team competing in the LEAFA Premier League, so need to be moving back towards the top League again.”

What is the best prank or wind up you have seen in Football?

“Try to avoid them as usually aimed at me.”

Teams and Players to watch for when the LEAFA start back?

“Team to watch is Tollcross. Very good squad who always play good football.”

United Help Brothers Raising Dementia Cash

Tannochside United are supporting two local brothers in their fund-raising effort for Dementia UK, writes Tom Scott.

Jordan and Nathan O’ Neil, along with some friends, will undertake a Marathon on 11th April.

Tannochside, who play in the SSMAFL Championship, will set the ball rolling by launching a Football Scratch Card, with three cash prizes for an outlay of £10 per team.

First Prize: £350
Second Prize: £150
Third Prize: £50

Contact Tannochside United via their Twitter Page.

Headline Makers Revisited : Kingdom of Fife AFA (February 2020)

Penalty-Kicks were required in the SAFA Inter-League Cup between the Midlands AFA and Kingdom of Fife AFA on the Craigie 3G, Dundee, writes Tom Scott.

The game finished 2-2 Lawson and Moffat scoring for Fife – before Midlands lost 3-1 on penalties.

A month earlier, Fife, sponsored by RJM Sports, knocked out the Caledonian AFL 4-3 on spot-kicks after the pair played out a cracking 1-1 draw.