Headline Makers Revisited – Douglas AFC (Saturday, May 25, 1974)

Douglas Amateurs notched up their third Scottish Amateur Cup Final victory in five seasons at Hampden Park, writes Tom Scott.

Bannockburn took a first half lead, but before the interval whistle sounded Tommy McCormick and Ally Littlejohn turned around the scoreline.

The next goal was always going to be crucial, and Alan Duff was on target to ensure Douglas captain Jim Connelly would lead his Team-Mates forward and collect the silverware.

Around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene (09/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes another look around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene.

Coatbridge Rovers FC are seeking additional players for their new Over-35s team. Contact Martin O’Neill on 07305 000727

St Mungo AFC are planning a Tournament at Loretto as part of their 90th Anniversary Plans.

Glasgow Irish (2016) have created quite a bit of interest after displaying training kit and matchday kit to such an extent they will set-up replica sales.

Rhu Amateur FC, who won the Scottish Cup in 1967, are organising a 125th Anniversary kit.

EK Harp are looking for a Goalie Coach.

South Gyle Rovers FC are aiming to sign a goalkeeper for the season ahead.

Dickinson Looks To Add Quality To Kilsyth

With the return of Ammies football on the horizon, new Kilsyth Rovers Boss Olly Dickinson has set out his stall for the upcoming season, writes Tom Scott.

The Club are on the lookout for new players to add to an already talented squad – with a focus on quality not quantity being the way forward.

Said Olly “We’ve had some fantastic responses to our recruitment drive so far – I’m really happy with the lads we brought in last time around – but we are also losing some very talented lads to the American University system this year – so we need to add in even more.”

“I said last year about creating a Club that gives lads opportunities and that is exactly what I plan to do this year. We’ll have a top-class set up – from fitness coaches and physios, to filmed matches and GPS data to help you understand your game better.”

“Our Coaching will all be to a professional standard – advised by some of the biggest clubs out there – whilst off the pitch we will continue to keep costs as low as possible to ensure that the game is accessible to all”

“I have no doubt we will be a pleasant surprise for anyone who joins us – in terms of the way we approach training and our attitude to player development. I want to see boys come to us, progress and then move on – nothing makes me more proud than seeing on of our players go to Juniors or get a scholarship abroad”

Anyone interested should contact the Kilsyth Rovers Facebook page.

Thistle Delighted With Response To Off-The-Field Expansion

Manager Sean Kenney has revealed seven excellent projects Kilbride Thistle AFC are keen to promote has drawn an amazing response, writes Tom Scott.

There are seven different categories which would require volunteers, and I outlined them all in my Feature on 30th March.

The list reads as follows:

1. Social Media / YouTube Team.

2. A Charity Team.

3. Coaches.

4. Scouts.

5. Expansion of Sports Science.

6. Physiotherapy Department.

7. General Committee Members.

He said: “The response has been amazing.”

“We want the best teams on the park, and the best people involved off the park.”

“Garry Oakley has been appointed Assistant Manager of the new team coming on board. I know Garry from playing alongside and against. He will be terrific for the Club, and is big on developing player potential.”

“I have spoken to people about our Social Media platforms, and also two Scouts.”

“We could do with a couple of more scouts as we want to build a Player Data base where potential signings for any part of the Club can be identified.”

“Another idea is a Scout will go and watch opponents the week before we play them.”

“If we draw Glasgow-based team, I will have people who can run the rule over them and give us a full rundown.”

Kilbride will also increase Community Support.

Sean added: “You could call this part a Charity Department”

“We have been involved in Charity work in the past. Now we will identify partner, and try to help local Charities.”

“Give something back to those needing help.”

“A great many have been hit financially as a result of the pandemic.”

The Big Interview: John Frew (Kilbride Thistle AFC)

A return to West Kilbride today and a full-length Big Interview with plenty of positives, writes Tom Scott.

What was your Playing Experience in Football before Kilbride Thistle AFC?

My playing Career started off at Hawkhill Rovers Boys Club under 10’s, I then moved to Tass Thistle Boys Club at Under 12’s, at the age of 16 I moved to Saltcoats Vics Amateurs for a season, I made the move into Junior Football playing with Saltcoats Victoria for a season, I had a setback as I took epileptic seizures, so I gave football up for a bit.”

“John Mclaughlin and John Byrne approached me about getting back into the game. I signed for West Kilbride Amateurs at 19 years old, where I played for about 5 years- playing in the last- ever Scottish Cup Final at the old Hampden Park before it was upgraded – winning the West of Scotland Cup, Ayrshire Cup, and James Scott Cups. Unfortunately, I never won a League title, but I did finish 2nd three times.”

“I had a serious knee injury, so I gave football up at the age of 22, but not to be beaten I returned to West Kilbride at the age of 29 playing for Alex Adams’ side winning promotion back to the Premier League.”

“I retired again and this was to take me into Coaching with Tass Thistle Rovers 1997’s , which was a very successful time for the team, getting to the Semi Final of the Scottish Cup – winning 21 trophies in 5 years some of these trophies included The Scottish International Land of Burns, Rosellle Tournament, League titles, CYP Cups, and many numerous other Cups.”

“Finally, my playing career was to finish at Over 35’s with Moorpark, where we were back-to-back Champions.”

When did you join Kilbride Thistle, and in what capacity?

“I joined Kilbride Thistle in 2020, initially coming in to help Alan Frew run the new Kilbride Thistle Sunday team, but I also began taking some training sessions, so I soon became involved with the Saturday team as well. Now I’m a First Team Coach.”

Please define your current role at the Club?

“First Team Coach, Probably the best Coach at the Club, I know Sean has learned a lot since I came into the Club.”

What has been your best memory at Kilbride Thistle AFC?

“I joined Kilbride Thistle not long before the lockdown kicked in, so I haven’t had a chance to make memories yet, but hopefully we can get back playing soon and start to make memories.”

“One thing I will mention is that I’m blown away by all the lads’ attitudes, desire and ambition to make Sean”s vision successful at the Club. It’s a privilege to work with the boys and makes what we do as Coaches enjoyable because the players have bought into what we are doing here at Kilbride Thistle.”

Can you give us an in-sight into the Management style of Sean Kenney?

“Sean plays a very attacking style of football, playing football the way, it should be played on the deck, playing out from the Back, into the Midfield, up to the Forward. All the players are well drilled on the style Sean wants to play at the Club.”

“At training sessions, Sean is continually working on this style so that when we do get back playing all the players are ready to go, and all know what their jobs and roles are on and off the pitch.”

“Sean is a very ambitious Manager. He never stops. He is always looking for ways to improve the Club ie Sports Science and Video Analysis are just a couple of changes to improve the Club.”

“His Tactics, Research and Coaching Knowledge is up there with the very best. His hard work, attitude, drive and ambition rubs off on all the Coaching Staff and Players.”

What are your ambitions moving forward for yourself and the Club?

“For myself, it’s just to continue assisting Sean, passing on all my knowledge and experience which I have gained over the years in Football onto the players so that they can achieve personal goals, and also to give them the opportunity to taste success like I have in the game.”

“In regard to the Club, I’m very excited for the future, the plans that are in place, the hard work and vision that goes on behind the scene is phenomenal, and I’m just honoured to be part of it.”

“The massive strides the Club has taken it the last year is nothing short of a miracle, I can’t wait to see Kilbride Thistle playing at Junior, Amateur, Youth levels – this is the pathway and vision Sean has had for years at the Club, and now everything is starting to take shape.”

Everyone is talking about us as a Club and watching everything that we are doing, players are going to want to come and join our journey through the ranks of Junior Football. Our ambition is Senior Football, people will laugh at our ambition, but we are determined to do the best for this Club, and we are aiming high because that’s where we want to be.”

Photograph kindly provided by Manager Mr Sean Kenney.

New Doune Manager Plans Ahead For Non-Contact Training

George Ward has admitted he was taken away by the speed of his appointment as the new Manager of Doune Castle – as his former club Steins Thistle bring in their new boss, writes Tom Scott.

He told me: “Firstly, happy to see that Steins have appointed a Manager who will be bringing fresh players in – hopefully this sees them knock on. It wasn’t a decision we expected to make eight weeks ago, but it was the correct one for the Club.”

“Once we advertised the vacancy for Steins, Doune had seen that I had stepped away , and made contact about my availability and plans for next season. My plans were to get out on my road bike and go to Ibrox as I have a season
M ticket. However, after speaking to Doune and William Docherty, I was keen to take up the role.”

“I am very familiar with the Club and its success over the years. I was made aware of what players were staying on, and who was coming in, so I felt they were in a strong position.”

“I am familiar with the Caledonian League and the beauty is that most of the games next season are Stirling based. Another factor was that I live five minutes away, so it will make a huge difference on my home life.”

“It has all came around very quickly but it is something I couldn’t say no to. We start Non-Contact Training on Monday, 26th April, which gives us 7 weeks to gradually get the guys up to speed before we play our first game in the Stirling Summer League.”

“This will allow us to prepare and plan for the 2021-2022 season.”

Have Boots Will Travel For Southside Stars

Southside Star AFC Manager Lee Smart has given his definitive insight into four of their furthest- travelled players as they continue preparations for an August start in the GDSFC , writes Tom Scott.

Said Lee “We came across this for our first season as a team.”

“Our first player, Kane Robertson, travelled from Edinburgh when he wasn’t in Student Accommodation.”

“Kane came to us after having played for Crammond Blues in the South East of Scotland League.”

In his own words “he was the best player there as he had played 11s before that team was formed.”

“Kane brings a presence in the middle of the park for the team, constantly running back to help out, and also forward to support the attackers as much as possible.”

“Second player, Jamie Smart, travels from Kirkintilloch every week.”

“Jamie followed me (his brother) from RoukenGlen Amateurs when they folded. The biggest attribute he brings is his work effort, doesn’t matter where you play him – you know he is going to give it 100%. He might not be able to score inside the box, but you bet he will score a few worldies in a season.”

“Third player is Ben Chilton travelling from Clydebank. Ben played for Drumbank Thistle, Loved this team and felt at home before joining up with his friends at Southside Star AFC.”

“Ben brings so much energy to the left side of the team, constantly bombing forward but you better believe the big man can get back in time to help the team out in defensive needs.”

“The fourth and final player is Peter Hughes , who travels from Clydebank or Torrance every week.”

“Peter played for Drumchapel United Saturday team before he stopped playing, joined Southside Star AFC with his friend, Ben.”

“Peter is a utility man for the team, so far playing in a lot of positions. He is a Managers’ dream as he never moans – just gets on with it and gives his all.”

All Change For Kilsyth Rovers

Kilsyth Rovers are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Manager following Kevin Furay’s decision to step back from the role for the upcoming season, writes Tom Scott.

Olly Dickinson will take up the role, with his Coaching team being confirmed over the next few weeks.

Kevin leaves the club in a significantly better state than when he took over. Under his leadership The Rovers’ enjoyed its best period of success and a long unbeaten run, whilst off the pitch the Club has developed a strong financial model that ensures it is in good hands for years to come.

“I want to thank Kevin for everything he has done for the Club and for me over the last couple of years. It takes a dedicated bloke to take over and run a Football Club at the best of times, but not many would have taken on The Rovers’ given our uncertain future. Kevin had no complaints, no issues, he just knuckled down and got on with turning us around.”

“It was a pleasure to work alongside a great friend and a great guy, and I look forward to continuing his good work.” Said Dickinson.

“He will always be welcomed back at The Rovers’ and will be sorely missed by everyone connected with the Club.”