Coach Docco Loves St Joes Involvement

Right now, you would be hard pushed to wipe a smile off the face of Coach Stephen Docherty who joined Caledonian League cracks St Joseph’s AFC (Clydebank) last month, writes Tom Scott.

The former senior footballer and Junior Football internationalist moved from Yoker Athletic Under-20 Development Squad (as a coach) to join the ambitious Clydebank club.

He has never previously had any involvement in Amateur football. Take it from me, Docco will make up for any lost time!

Stephen reckons the 50th Anniversary of the birth of St Joseph’s must be met head-on with ambition and a professional attitude that says:

“We should be aiming for promotion in the Caledonian League next season.”

Bringing him on board followed some astute thinking by St Joes Manager Adjie MacColl, and Stephen told me: “I am loving it at St Joseph’s. The guys have been great (and training been excellent) and we can’t wait for the games to start soon.”

Wednesday, 19th May, will light the touch paper for all concerned, when hosts Dumbarton Academy FP AFC go head-to-head in their William Turner Challenge Cup Section.

As I reported exclusively on Monday, St Joes, sponsored by Rainton Construction Scotland, have swooped to land central defender Jack Chambers (Goldenhill AFC) plus Strikers Sean Smith (Tower Hearts) and Sean Carrick (Dalmuir).

St Joes Boss Adjie MacColl told me: “The trio are big signings for us.”

Mr MacColl was also behind my exclusive spread last week, which saw their backroom “team” given sponsorship from Rainton Construction Scotland. Thanks again to Neil McCallum and Andrena Kirkwood at Rainton Construction Scotland.

Set-Pieces Help Talbot Tame Tass

Auchinleck Talbot were more clinical – particularly from corner kicks – as they defeated Tass Thistle Under-17s 4-1 on Sunday, writes Tom Scott.

Tass will be moving under the Kilbride Thistle AFC banner as their Under-20 Development Squad next season, and this friendly result was part of their learning process!

Talbot scored three times following corner kicks at Grange Academy.

Thistle, who were never able to deploy their usual passing game, replied through on-form Leo Stewart – his fourth goal in the last two outings.

Thistle Trio Chase Last Man Cash

Three people are still in with a shout of winning the Kilbride Thistle AFC Last Man Standing Competition, writes Tom Scott.

Manager Sean Kenney revealed today “It has been running for a wee while now due to reduced fixture lists in the English Premiership, and International fixtures.!”

“However,it will be worth the wait – the jackpot is £800!”

Kilbride Social Media Reaches New Level

Sean Kenney has revealed Kilbride Thistle AFC have gone to a completely new level in terms of promoting themselves through Social Media channels, writes Tom Scott.

Sean Henry and Calum Davidson responded to my March exclusive which detailed the extent of the club’s seven-point Volunteers Projects.

Today the Thistle boss revealed: “Sean and Calum messaged me after your coverage.”

“To be honest, I thought I had been doing well promoting the club previously, but they have blown everything out of the water in terms of the Social Media.”

“They have been excellent with stuff well over my head. Videos are up on our new signings, and they are working away on numerous ideas- including a new badge for our club anniversary.”

“They are great guys, and have been brilliant.”

“Sean and Calum know what I expect at Kilbride Thistle. We want the best teams on the park, and the best people off it!”

Lanarkshire Rivals Out To Claim Cup Bragging Rights

Four well-known South Lanarkshire Clubs will start a hugely contested Spring Cup Section 8 bag of fixtures next Wednesday (May 19), writes Tom Scott.

The contest opens with Dynamo EK v Craigneuk and Kirkfield United v Carluke Thistle.

Saturday, May 22, will pitch Carluke against Dynamo, while Craigneuk host Kirkfield.

Another round of midweek games (May 26) will involve Craigneuk v Carluke and Kirkfield v Dynamo EK.

Eight Sections will form the Spring Cup.

Chief Writer Tom Scott will like to hear from all clubs directly. Give him details about your build-up to the competition, plus signing news/sponsors.

The Big Player Interview: Josh Martin (Southside Star AFC)

Today my Big Player Big is with Josh Martin, who is re-signing for the season with the GDSFC Club, writes Tom Scott.

He kindly answered the following questions:

1. What made you re- join Southside Star AFC?

I re- joined Southside Star to undo the wrong that was last season. The injury that I got that season held me back,

and there was definitely some unfinished business here.

2. How do you think team will do once the season starts back up?

If the team sticks to its guns, keeps training hard, and working hard on and off the park to be the best we can be,

then there’s no doubt we can go far this season.

3. What are your goals for the season?

Goals for the season are to undo the wrong that was last season and play my best game to help the team get silverware.

Whether that’s the league or the cups that are coming up. The main thing is that we don’t get too ahead of ourselves, and

take each game as it comes, but the main goal is definitely to win the league or cup.

4. Who do you think is one to watch out for in Southside Star AFC?

I think the team itself is one to watch – many talented players here. It’s very hard to choose from, but I think if we all gel together, Southside Star will be one to watch.

Many thanks to Josh, and Manager Lee Smart for his help staging the Interview.

Southside Resign Former Captain

Southside Star AFC Manager Lee Smart has resigned former captain William Malone, writes Tom Scott.

This morning Star Gaffer Lee said: “William is a brilliant player to have in your team.”

“He brings leadership and a winning mentality with his amateur experience. Having him back in the team only strengthens the team as competition for places is high and of a good quality.”

He has come back to a warm welcome from all the boys and management, and in his words “he hasn’t felt this wanted in a long time.”

Many thanks to Lee Smart for providing the photograph of William Malone.

Central Scottish Members Meeting Call

Central Scottish Amateur Football Clubs will participate in a full Members Meeting this Thursday, writes Tom Scott.

It looks like being a busy agenda.

As I revealed last Saturday, there will be a major announcement which will continue the support and work gong on behind the scenes to benefit all members.

And the Over-35s Section will be delighted to hear a double-helping of good news.

I should be in a position to reveal what has been taking place on Friday morning.

Weir Pushing To Emerge Winners Of Cup Section

Weir AFC will attempt to see off opposition from three other clubs – and emerge Section Eight winners in the forthcoming Spring Cup, writes Tom Scott.

The Southside Club have been back training a few weeks now, and players have been working hard, and turning out in good numbers.

“Their opening in the Spring Cup Section 5 is against 1st Division side Cambria AFC (away). A be a big on Wednesday, May 19. They also play Pollok at home three days later (home) and Mosspark away on May 26.

In total, there are eight Sections of the Spring Cup in the FN Teamwear Greater Glasgow AFL.

Manager Martin Guthrie has revealed news of more match action. He said: “We will also be participating in a Summer League which was set up by Caledonian team Kilsyth AFC. There are 8 teams in it and we will have 14 games between June and end of July, so it’s something to look forward to after so long without any games.

“There’s some good teams in it. Should be a decent standard.”