Amateurs Start Friendlies Action

With contact training now allowed for over-18s, many amateur clubs have started arranging friendlies, writes Tom Scott.

The Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday League were represented as Lochgreen defeated Mill United 3-0.

YOUR CLUB can be featured in the daily round-up at Scottish Amateur Football News.

I will not only run the final score line, but if any Club Official would like to submit a short but detailed match report with goal scorers directly to myself via email, I will add the information to the Scottish Amateur Football News coverage.

Former Three-Time Scottish Cup Winners Set For Amateur Return

The name of Douglas Amateurs Football Club is only a few months away from returning – this time in the Airdrie and Coatbridge League, writes Tom Scott.

Between the late 1960s until they disbanded – after 12 years – in 1977, Douglas were ranked among the top three Amateur Football Clubs in Scotland – winning just about every available trophy (Championships- Cups).

Much of their success – winning three National Trophy Finals at Hampden Park in 1969-1970, 1971-1972, and 1973-1974 – resulted from being members of the Lanarkshire League, but. having introduced a second team in 1970-1971, Douglas immediately took a grip of the Scottish Amateur League.

Starting in Division 6 through to Division 1, six Championships were secured, plus the 1st Division Cup.

I understand the 2021 Douglas AFC version have had their new kits sponsored by a local company – A&A CAR SPA (Car Wash).

Haghill Sunday Football Four-Trophy Haul

The achievement may be 7 years old, but former Haghill AFC Manager Paul Hughes and his backroom staff won’t forget their Sunday League silverware haul in season 2014-2015, writes Tom Scott.

Brilliant Haghill lifted no fewer than four trophies in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League.

The amazing collection consisted of a Premier Division Championship title, League Cup, Knock-Out Cup and the Billy Harkness Memorial Trophy.

Paul is currently involved with the new A and B team set-up at Haghill- St Roch, whose domestic fixtures within the SSMAFL were scrapped for this season, but if restrictions are eased sufficiently, a Cup Competition may yet be introduced.

The SAFN photograph, kindly provided by Paul Hughes, shows the four-trophy haul.

Has YOUR CLUB experienced a season which went “through the roof” in terms of winning silverware?

Why not make contact today?


United Eagerly Await Displaying New Sponsors’ Kit

SALSBURGH UNITED AFC have had to wait on actively wearing new strips and training kit which have been sponsored by generous backers for games/ training within the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League set-up.

The sponsors quartet have remained loyal to United throughout Covid-19, and naturally their club officials and playing squad are delighted with the backing received from MC Solutions Ltd Airdrie (Home Strips), Hatties Autobody Repairs Coatbridge (Away Strips), Cakes By Rachel in Blantyre (Cup Strips), and last but not least Salsburgh- based Emres Security And Care Solutions, who have agreed to sponsor all Training Kit.

Due to SFA and Scottish Government restrictions, Salsburgh have been limited with work designed to focus on formations and test out players’ overall fitness.

Two games were arranged some time ago against Caldercruix (7-0) and Inter Airdrie (1-1).

Now like every Amateur Football club they await better news emerging on exactly when they can be competitive again and proudly display all of their sponsors’ strips and kit!

Bullwood AFC…..The Birth and Success in Amateur Football

Back in March, Covid-19 put the brakes on football at every level, but the Amateur enthusiasts have been badly hit – and without doubt subsequently poorly treated by those in Scottish Government circles.

Many League and Cup competitions have since been declared Null and Void. Some Associations are trying to complete enough games to determine promotion and relegation issues still outstanding from season 2019-2020 – and reviewing what can be salvaged for a reduced 2020-2021 campaign.

BULLWOOD AFC were rightly awarded a League Championship, but have still to play in the latter stages of the Scottish Sunday Trophy and West of Scotland Cup.

Today, I have gone behind the scenes to find out how they were created, and hear about the success that has since followed from Assistant Manager Allan McSorley.

Said Allan: “I started Alpha FC about 8 years ago and had David Lafferty as my Assistant and we did well for about 5years before folding. Both of us took separate development teams. I took Motherwell Villa B and he took Lanarkshire Forrest B with Rab McMahon (our keeper from Alpha). Bullwood Joinery, and East to West Roofing wanted to start up a new team, so we took our name from 1 sponsor and had the other on our shirts.

“David and Rab were both asked to take the new team and they asked me to join the Management. This time around I am David’s Assistant.”

“The team consisted of players brought in from Alpha, and from friends of Bullwood Joinery, that could potentially play higher but are together as they all want to play as a big group of mates.”

“The team has been name checked in national papers as we have Professional MMA fighter Chris Bungard playing for us. Part of our training has been doing circuits at MTK Global Gym. It is a boxing gym but has been keeping our strength and fitness up.”

“In the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur League we were the only team in any of the divisions awarded the league when Covid struck because it was impossible for us to be caught. The league was small but very competitive with very good teams like Bullfrog, Bellshill and Lesmahagow featuring. However, too many teams were folding or leaving the league, so we decided to enter the Glasgow Central League.”

“In addition to winning the Championship, we also defeated Viewpark United on penalties (after a 2-2 draw) in the Charity Cup Final at Airdrie Stadium.”

Sponsorship plays a huge part in the successful Bullwood AFC profile, and Allan was only too willing to highlight the following names.

Shirts – KHL Home Improvements.

Polos – Spices Tandoori.

Hats – Trademark Property Care.

And Paul Mockus kindly bought the match balls (photographed) for us without any sponsorship needs.”

Bullwood Reveal Winner Of Scratch Card Sponsorship

Well, the wait is over and Bullwood AFC have confirmed the logo of KHL Home Improvements will be on their strips when the new season finally goes ahead.

Assistant Manager Allan McSorley made the draw – captured on Social Media and revealed “West Ham” (picked by KHL Home Improvements) was the hidden team name.

Said Allan “We had a great response. On behalf of the club, can I thank everyone who agreed to participate I have listed them for you – hope you can include in the Article!”

Here goes: Connor Caldwell AB Painting, PP Builders, I.Mac Body Repair, C.Hattan Joinery, Cairney Auto Solutions, Brady Joiners, Faller Flooring, Plastering Perfect, Future Fitness, Paul Todd & Sons, Delaney’s Bar, MBS Drywall, PFMS, KHL Home Improvements (Winner), Natural Solutions, Advanced Plastering, Monumental Ltd, Ignite Heating & Plumbing, Touch of Elegance, Image Bathrooms, Paul Mockus, Blue Sky Trade Waste, AM Plumbing, Jigsaw Blinds, Russell & Young, Jamie Foy Plastering and AXIS Electrical Group.

Meanwhile, Bullwood, who were still involved in cup competitions when football was halted in March, have switched to another organisation after winning the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday AFL Premier Division Championship 2019-2020.

Their new port of call is the Football Central Sundays AFL South East Section. Unless there are changes when restrictions are eased and we can have clubs kicking a football again. Bullwood will play against the likes of EK Athletic, Holytown Colts, Newton Farm, Calderglen and Cambuslang Colts.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (19/10/2020)

Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott takes his first look of the week at what has been happening around some clubs. YOUR CLUB could feature in future “Scene Round-Ups. All you have to do is send him a DM with your contact Name/ Number, and the Club represented.

Burnside Town AFC have confirmed they will be playing football in the Central Sunday League – Forth Valley Section.

Bearsden AFC, still looking for a win under new manager Kevin McGroarty are in for a busy week if Government restrictions are lifted from midnight (Sunday, October 25). The squad have Division 1 A games on October 31, November 5, and November 7.

Bayview Thistle, a Sunday Amateur team, are looking for players. All positions.

Greater Glasgow Premier AFL Match secretary Paul Gunn has issued a new list of provisional fixtures for Saturday, October 31. I will be reviewing the content this week.

East Kilbride Thistle Colts have swooped for another good capture, former EK Thistle Juniors signing and Scottish Amateur Internationalist Dougie Ryan.

No fewer than 31 clubs will compete in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday AFL. Fifteen make up the First Division and the remainder form Division 2.

Stirling and District AFA aim to re-start on October 31 with five Premier games, the pick of them being. Condorrat Amateurs, Dunipace v Falkirk Athletic and Westfield Colts v Boness United Amateurs.