A Story Of Hope

Let me tell you a story of hope.

At this time hope is a thing that is massively limited in the world. For most people it is seemingly being taken at every available opportunity Now most of us are simply unable to go to the thing we all love. We are being stopped from seeing family and friends and nearly everyone is being directly affected by this action negatively.

Whilst it is impossible to go into grounds to watch teams play football, there is hope. Amateurs teams up and down the land is giving us this small hope that we all hope will grow.

The power of hope is without doubt the most powerful thing in the world. Ask anyone who has tried to commit suicide. The thing that puts most onto that point isn’t, heartbreak or joblosses or even trouble with the law. It is the hope! It’s the thought of being completely hopeless and at a loss with the world that is the final straw.

I’ve learnt many things in life and from my own experience I know just how important two things are in life. Hope and People.
The power of one person who can change so much simply with the power of hope.

If you want to succeed in life and football be willing to give everything you have for the cause because the only people who succeed are the ones giving it there all. The ones who feel pain in their legs and use it to drive them forward.

Mohammad Ali was once asked in an interview how many sit ups, he did in a day? His answer was simply he didn’t know, because he wouldn’t start counting until it started to hurt.

When people go to sea onboard a submarine, they know that they may never return to the surface without everyone onboard doing their individual jobs to achieve the basic goal of returning. They look into each other’s eyes and know that each of their life’s rests with their shipmates. One person doesn’t to the job and everyone onboard dive to a cold grave less death in the deep.

When you are playing football in driving icy rain on a Saturday morning in January and you are down by 3 what kind of person are you? Are you the sort of person who will come out and stand tall wipe your brow and get straight into it? Or are you the sort of person who holds on to the cuff of the top and prays the ref speeds the game up?

The most powerful thing anyone can do is give hope to others. The best leaders in the world are the ones who stand tall and face down the bullies, help to downtrodden, near judge, accept failure, understand life is often unfair, but they never stop and never give up.

Never judge a man by his natural talent or skill but judge a man by the size of his heart. See how they deal with being beaten down, if they rise again, they will succeed.

Amateur football is different to professional football. Its pure, raw and often misunderstood.

It takes a love of the game to play for nothing. It takes drive and desire to take knock back after knock back to play a game for no celebrity or glamour. However, the wins matter the same and the dedication is more.
When you guys pull on the kits of a Saturday and Sunday morning, you are closer to the pioneers of the game than any professional footballer in the land. When they talk about history of the game it is the amateur players throughout the land that should stand tallest.

Football these days in the professional game is now merely a middle-class sport of people whose parents could afford the fees to get their child into the best academies.

We believe that the days of a boy making it still by just having a ball is over. For the most part that is true. However, you guys are the people that give the young lads hope. The hope that if they work hard, they can achieve a goal.

Remember that when a battle comes people don’t fight for a flag, country or king. They fight for the men stood beside them. That’s the truth. Amateur footballers are the people that stand on that front line more than anyone.

In a world where hope, friendship and general togetherness is sadly lacking, amateur football in Scotland is our beckon of hope. A group of friends who gather every weekend for football to play wholeheartedly and full of determination and desire. These are the people who give me and so many others hope.

With a season like no other, we all look on in admiration at people still turning out to play a game that for centuries has belonged to Scotland.
So, from the bottom of my heart and many others.

Thank You for giving people the hope to help them through.

The Story Continues For GSC Jordanhill AFC

The lockdown has allowed people to do so many things, take up a hobby they’ve always wanted, reflect on their lives and career, lose weight or simply watch those films they’ve always wanted to watch.

For some though, it has been the prime time to take a stock of just what they have achieved and how far they have come without the constant grind of playing football on a Saturday and trying to organise a team to take to the pitch.

GSC Jordanhill AFC are a team who have come a very long and this lockdown has allowed them to review everything they’ve achieved none less so than even during a pandemic managing to raise £22,000 for Beatson’s cancer charity.

This is an amazing achievement for a club that as the 2015-16 season drew to a close the team could barely put a full 11 players on the pitch and seemed destined to fold. Fast forward four years and the club are looking forward to fighting on the park as much as it did off it.

The 2015-16 was a mixed season for a club that for years had a proud record of never being relegated. The entire season was spent in a relegation mire and with the lack of players even being able to put a side out was getting difficult and it seems the club would soon become one of those that would just be remembered in passing conversation and a name of the past.

However, when the club looked to be on its knees, the club went on a run in the Scottish Cup that club stalwart Iain Brown, pinpoints as the watershed moment in the club’s history. When all confidence seemed to have drained out of the side. The club went on a Scottish Cup run that seen this crisis ridden club make it through to the last 32 of the cup before being finally put out by Linlithgow Thistle.

As Iain said it was this cup run, the smiles on the players and the confidence they had gained, that made them believe that they would stay up. Even when they had to play games with just 9 players at the end of that season the club and team spirit kept them in the league.

The club that started the summer of 2016 would change for the good and would never look back again.

Prior to the summer of 2016 the club was known as BSC Jordanhill. However, when the club was facing the abyss it turned to the community for help and it formed a partnership with Giffnock Soccer Centre from the southside of Glasgow.

This partnership lead to the club’s name changing to Giffnock Soccer Centre Jordanhill AFC or simply GSC Jordanhill AFC. With the forming of the partnership the club gave itself stability off the pitch. Whilst on it setting up a clear route for some of the most promising youngsters out there to gain valued first team chances and getting a taste of real first team football.

Since 2016 the club has gone from strength to strength off the pitch to becoming one of the most active in the community and raising over £30,000 for numerous charities, including Back on Side, Chest, Heart and Stroke and most recently Beatson’s Cancer charity.

Whilst the club has been making massive strides off the pitch. On the pitch the club has stuck to its strict policy of playing football that is attractive to watch even if this sometimes means results don’t always go their way and ending the last 4 seasons in midtable.

Since the scare of relegation in 2016 the club has made itself a firm midtable side. However, just because it’s been there for the last few season doesn’t mean it intends to stay there. After the absolute success outside the squad, the club hopes that within the next few seasons to gain success on the park to match its success off it.

With the lockdown making season planning nearly impossible and with teams unable to plan friendlies. The coming season looks to be a more level playing field than past seasons and with the lads coming back and seeming more than ever to have the desire to kick a ball in angry, the hopes to make a stamp on this season seem cautiously high as they take the bold step into the unknown.

GSC Jordanhill have come a long way in four years. From the brink of folding to a bright, if not slightly unknown future. The club has built its off-field standing in the community hugely whilst sticking to its core values at the same time.

So as the build-up continues to one of the strangest seasons known to football at all levels, this is a club that even during a lockdown managed to raise over £22,000 for charity and showed that sometimes somethings are more important that football.

GSC Jordanhill are absolutely one of the most ambitious clubs in the amateur ranks. The club also remains inherently humble and is determined to give back to the community that helped them when they were down.

We wish GSC Jordanhill all the luck in the world with the coming seasons and will be checking in later on in the season to see how their season is going. Finally, my thanks go to everyone at the club and Iain Brown for the help he provided with this article.