A Sponsor In Your League – Who Are They? (SSMAFL)

How well do you know the Competition backers in your League set-up, writes Tom Scott.

I have been reporting on numerous throughout Scottish Amateur Football. They are the lifeblood of the game – not only through a global pandemic.

Recently one top Manager told me: “Something highlighting Sponsors is a worthwhile idea. Let’s be honest, that side of the game is going to be decimated.”

With the help of Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League President/ Treasurer Mr Andy Bryant, I am delighted my Wednesday feature is:

SAMMY’S ITALIAN KITCHEN. Owner MR JOSEPH GORDON.

Andy Bryant exclusively revealed : “Sammy’s Italian Kitchen sponsor the Premier Division.”

“Owner Joseph Gordon, originally started sponsoring the Division as Gordon’s Bar, but changed to the food side of the business.”

“Sammy’s do great deals for eat-in, collection and delivery, with a varied range of others.”

“Joseph committed very early to continue with his sponsorship right at the start of the pandemic, and the League will be delighted if that continues in the future.”

“The League’s Social Media features adverts from them, and we try to promote Sammy’s Italian Kitchen at every opportunity.”

Andy Bryant, President / Treasurer, Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL
Email: chairssmafl@outlook.com
Contact Number: 07403019219

Strathclyde Saturday League Accept Drumchapel Membership

Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL President/ Treasurer Andy Bryant has revealed Drumchapel United have officially been accepted into their set-up, writes Tom Scott.

Said Andy “The League are delighted to advise that Drumchapel United will be joining the League for the 2021-2022 season. The whole League welcomes them to the fold.”

“I have other news for you. The League has run two Last Man Standing Competitions. All Clubs were given free entry to both comps, as a thank you for their continued support during these harsh times. Others were then invited to pay to enter.”

“Referees must know something. Both Competitions were won by Referees of the League……lol”

Saturday Morning League Preparing For Next Season

With Amateur Football Leagues officially allowed to plan beyond this summer and into the 2021-2022 campaign, the Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL have launched their recruitment drive for new clubs, writes Tom Scott.

President/ Treasurer Andy Bryant said: “SSMAFL invite applications from new and established clubs across the West Central Belt area, and all areas are urged to apply.”

“Established clubs coming from another affiliated league must make application no later than 28th February. Any established affiliated SAFA club wishing to join after this date cannot transfer under the SAFA Constitution.”

All interested parties should contact League Secretary Mr Paul King for further details.

Saturday Morning Cup Finals Still On League Agenda

Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League domestic fixtures may have been put into cold storage this season, but top-table Officials are still optimistic three Cup Finals will remain on their agenda – even if they take place seven months behind schedule, writes Tom Scott.

Grounds at Cambuslang Rangers and Vale of Clyde FC had been earmarked to host the Chairmen’s Cup and President’s Cup showdowns on October 10th last year, but were abruptly scuppered by new Scottish Government restrictions.

The remaining Strathclyde Cup tourney has Glasgow South waiting on the winner of a delayed Semi-Final between East Dunbartonshire and Nicos.

Premier Division Shawbridge rattled eight goals past Stanley Athletic to secure their Chairmen’s Cup Final appearance – helped considerably by a Stephen Dallas hat-trick.

Next up on the horizon are Port Glasgow United – set for their first-ever Final – after Striker Ross Kearns netted twice in a 3-1 win over St Peters.

Meanwhile, Port Glasgow Athletic, who were already in the President’s Cup Final, will have noted opponents Semsa AFC carry a potent goal threat in Daniel Chalmers, who netted FIVE times in a cracking 7-2 victory against Real McCoy last October.

As the entire Amateur Football “family” has been denied training and playing opportunities through no fault of their own, we can only hope common sense returns, and the clubs highlighted are allowed to express themselves properly again on a football park.

Graphics kindly provided by SSMAFL President/ Treasurer Mr Andy Bryant.

Saturday Morning League Prepares For Next Season

With Amateur Football Leagues now allowed to start looking beyond this summer and into the 2021-2022 campaign, the Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL are launching their recruitment drive for new clubs, said: writes Tom Scott.

President/ Treasurer Andy Bryant said: “One which there are great hopes that normal service can be resumed.”

“On that note, SSMAFL invite applications from new and established clubs across the West Central Belt area, and all areas are urged to apply.”

“Established clubs coming from another affiliated league must make application no later than 28th February. Any established affiliated SAFA club wishing to join after this date cannot transfer under the SAFA Constitution.”

All interested parties should contact League Secretary Mr Paul King for further details.

Saturday Morning Manager Reflects On Season Call-Off

Paul Hughes has revealed the decision to call-off the entire Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League season was not reached easily, writes Tom Scott.

The former Haghill AFC Manager, who was previously highly successful in Sunday League football, admits while the bombshell was “probably not the most popular decision” the Executive Committee thought long and hard about their course of action.

Paul, currently with Haghill-St Roch, revealed “In the end, there wasn’t much objection.”

“The league have basically assured that everything fees etc, (not insurances though) will be carried forward to next season, which I think was their main objective when coming to the decision.”

“They always said that when the game got the go-ahead, they would still have to give teams maybe 4 weeks’ training before the competitive matches started. I think with that in mind, it looked like it would be too difficult to complete any sort of season. For me, hearing Andy (Bryant), it wasn’t what he wanted, but he felt it was the best thing to do for the League.”

“Andy has opened the door for Mini Tournaments within the League, and this is something myself and Joseph Gordon, who sponsors the Sammy’s Italian Kitchen Premier Division, have already discussed, and will look into over the next few months.”

“We will keep you informed, moving forward. I think it will be much of the same until the lockdown is lifted and maybe the football is opened up again. Until then, it’s a case of what if instead let’s do this, but again I will let you know the outcome of any decisions.”

Andy Bryant: “I Support Decision Not To Start Season”

For as long as he sits at the top-table in any football organisation, Andy Bryant will not want a repeat of Tuesday’s Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur League zoom call, when Member Clubs voted to bin the 2020-2021 season, writes Tom Scott.

While there are slight hopes that finals of Cup competitions unfinished from 2019-2020 may still be completed, Andy, who doubles up as League President / Treasurer exclusively revealed “I sadly, fully support the decision.”

“This was discussed at length by our Executive before we went to the clubs, and the clubs were told exactly the thoughts of the Exec, and why we had come to that.”

“Some of our Executive guys actually run clubs, and they were already resigned that we would not get competitive football played.”

“I and we, also took into account the many NHS personnel we have in our ranks, and in the game in general, who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe, and to try and play football at any competitive level IMO would be disrespectful to their efforts until we know for sure it would be safe to do so.”

“Given that dressing rooms are very unlikely to open for months, and that some venues, especially in Glasgow, will remain closed for the foreseeable future, also led us to the decision.”

“Yes, our Executive, along with myself, are beyond being gutted at this, BUT the priority has to be human welfare, and not our game at this time. We will get back to normal, but let’s do it safely, however much it is a massive blow to the league, players, clubs, officials and sponsors.”

Shock As Saturday Morning Clubs Vote To Fold Season

Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League clubs have voted to bin any attempts to start the 2020-2021 season, writes Tom Scott. There had been rumblings of frustration over continued Scottish Government restrictions preventing Amateur Football being played since last October, and the country being in lockdown until the middle of February (at least) has most certainly, prompted the latest bombshell.

SSMAFL President Andy Bryant said “After a meeting of our member clubs last night it was agreed that we would not continue with attempts to play any competitions this season.”

“The league are massively disappointed that these circumstances have prevailed, but given the state of the pandemic, it was agreed to focus on clubs being ready for the 2021-2022 season”

“When the situation arrives that matches can be played, the league encourages clubs to organise mini tournaments themselves or friendlies, in the hope that players are fully prepared, and fit when competition starts.”

“The league will also try to complete the outstanding Cups from 2019-2020 as was always hoped.”

“Thanks to all our members and our sponsors and fans – and we will be back.”

A Sponsor In Your League – Who Are They? (Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL – Sammy’s Italian Kitchen)

Chief Writer Tom Scott has had an amazing response to his brand, new Series featuring the people we can’t do without at the best of times – never mind the worse during a pandemic – League Sponsors.

How well do you know your Competition backers? I was given exclusive access to every sponsor in the Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL by President & Treasurer Mr Andy Bryant, writes Tom Scott.

If your Sponsors – League or Cup – could do with publicity, why not contact me with full details. And if enough interest is shown, what about Club Sponsors?

As one top Manager recently told me “Something highlighting sponsors would be a worthwhile idea. Let’s be honest that side of the game is going to be decimated.”

TODAY WE FEATURE: SAMMY’S ITALIAN KITCHEN. Owner MR JOSEPH GORDON.

Andy Bryant exclusively revealed: “Sammy’s Italian Kitchen sponsor the Premier Division.

“Owner Joseph Gordon, originally started sponsoring the Division as Gordon’s Bar, but changed to the food side of the business.”

“Sammy’s do great deals for eat-in, collection and delivery, with a varied range of others.”

“Joseph committed very early to continue with his sponsorship right at the start of the pandemic, and the League will be delighted if that continues in the future.”

“The League’s Social Media features adverts from them, and we try to promote Sammy’s Italian Kitchen at every opportunity.”

Andy Bryant, President & Treasurer, Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL

chairssmafl@outlook.com
Contact: 07403019219.

A Sponsor In Your League – Who Are They?

Sponsors are the lifeblood of any grade of football – and my goodness we need them more than ever during Covid-19, writes Tom Scott.

For our great new Series, Tom has been given exclusive access to all Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL sponsors by President & Treasurer Mr Andy Bryant.

TODAY WE FEATURE: CUTTING EDGE ENGRAVERS (RUTHERGLEN)

Andy revealed “Cutting Edge Engravers, of Rutherglen, sponsor the Championship Divisions, as well as two cups.”

“They are also the supplier of all medals and trophies to the League.”

“Owner Ian Wells, is an active supporter of Amateur Football, as well as being involved with his own club.”

“Like all sponsors, Cutting Edge are long-term supporters of the League, and we hope that will continue going forward.”

“Cutting Edge have a great range of stock suitable for all sports, not just football.”

Andy Bryant, President & Treasurer, Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL.

chairssmafl@outlook.com
Contact: 07403019219