What a remarkable change in fortunes for Bellshill United AFC from the early days of finding their feet in the now-defunct Carluke and District League to Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy Semi-Finalists.
In keeping with everyone who eagerly seeks the return of Amateur Football, Bellshill officials and players still retain hope their long-awaited National Trophy Semi-Final against Donner Inn (Falkirk) can still go ahead after being put on the back burner due to Covid-19.
Founded in 2015, the club have worked their way up the ranks of the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday AFL from Second Division to Premier Division status. Bellshill, who were also involved in the latter stages of A&C domestic Cups when football was halted back in March, have received great support from the Carousel Bar and Stark Construction.
Although nothing has been confirmed by any official, I hear every effort will be made to bring the Sunday team back into the local Bellshill community once the current pandemic has eased considerably. I welcome any developments on this matter and other breaking news from Bellshill in the New Year.
Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott turns his Series spotlight on the brilliant Haghill AFC squad who won no fewer than four trophies within the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League six years ago.
The amazing haul consisted of a Premier Division Championship title, League Cup,. Knock-Out Cup and the Billy Harkness Memorial Trophy.
Tom Scott was kindly given exclusive access to use the photograph of the delighted Management Team by Mr Paul Hughes.
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HAGHILL AFC Management, Stephen McArthur, Paul Hughes and Jokey Dodsworth, proudly display trophies won by the team during the 2014-2015 Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League season.
Salsburgh United AFC have revealed four top-class strip and training kit provided by generous company sponsors, and which will be worn by the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League club.
The quartet have remained loyal to United throughout Covid-19. Naturally, club officials and their playing squad are delighted with the tremendous backing received from MC Solutions Ltd Airdrie (Red and White Home Strips), Hatties Autobody Repairs Coatbridge (White Roma Away Strips), Cakes By Rachel in Blantyre (Black and Gold Cup Strips), and last but not least Salsburgh- based Emres Security and Care Solutions, who have agreed to sponsor the White and Red Training Kits.
Club Representative Paul Alexander,. who kindly supplied information and attachments for AmmyFitbaNews told me: “Tom, we can’t thank them enough for their continued support through these hugely difficult times, and also you guys for the terrific coverage of Scottish Amateur Football.
“The last article about our team was brilliant. All we need now is to get back into training and playing again, and get the kits and strips dirty!”
Due to SFA and Scottish Government restrictions, Salsburgh United have been limited in working on team formations and testing out pre-season squad fitness.
Two games were arranged against Caldercruix ( 7-0 ) and Inter Airdrie ( 1-1 ). Now like every other Amateur Football Club in five high risk local Health Board areas they face an anxious wait to see if they can start playing competitive games. Again, the situation should become clearer via the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.