The Big Interviews – End Of Year Review – Alan Lindsay (Baillieston Thistle AFC)

Chief Writer Tom Scott was quickly off the starting blocks in August after Alan Lindsay was appointed Baillieston Thistle Manager.

What was the background to you becoming the new boss of Baillieston Thistle?

“I know a lot of the guys involved and have been friends for years. There was talk of the amateur team starting back up and I was asked if I would be interested in coming in as Manager. I had spent the previous year at Nicos as Assistant Manager ,and had no Intention of leaving as I loved it there with a special group of guys but the opportunity to get involved with what’s happening at Baillieston Thistle was too good to turn down and when Liam Martin had explained it all to me it was a no brainer.”

Have you managed in Amateur football before taking the reins at Thistle?

“I took over as manager at F.C Baillieston in 2018 after breaking my leg playing the previous year. Managed there for a year before going to Nicos as Assistant Manager last year. Again, Nicos was with a lot of guys who I have been friends with for years and it’s a brilliant group of boys to work with. Can’t thank Adam and Craigy enough for getting the opportunity to do that.”

Can you tell us about your playing career in both Senior and Junior football?

“First signed for Petershill after a pretty unsuccessful year at Stenhousemuir. Played for Peasy for 3 years under Stevie Easton and Scott Mcharg, then the last year Willie Paterson. My Dad, Jimmy Lindsay, got appointed Rob Roy Manager the following year and he signed me. Stayed for 2 seasons. I then had 2 years at Pollok, but unfortunately spent pretty much the full 2 seasons injured after requiring surgery on my knee at the start of both seasons. The 2nd one being an ACL reconstruction, which pretty much put an end to my junior career”

Am I correct in saying you had a spell at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy? I know from experience there they had some great people on the Committee.

“I spent 2 years at Rob Roy as stated above when my dad Jimmy Lindsay took the job. Really enjoyed my time there and a lot of the boys that were at Rob Roy are now at Nicos. Was a great dressing room, and wish we could have kept that squad together longer , but it was not to be.”

Have you had time to access the Amateur structure at Baillieston Thistle, and if so, what are your short-term and long-term priorities?

“The priority first of all for the amateur team is to get a team back representing the area and something the community can be proud of. Although I’m not from the area, all my mates and my wife grew up in the area and obviously with me previously playing and managing in Baillieston I have strong ties to it. The amateur team is only a small part of what we have at Baillieston Thistle. Since 2016 guys have been working hard behind the scenes and have numerous youth teams.”

Is there a backroom staff to work with, or have you brought in your own coaches?

“Assistant Manager will be Lee Watson, who is one of my oldest mates and former team mate at FC Baillieston. We will hopefully have Kevin McBride helping out. He had a great career at both senior and junior level, and was also a former team mate of mine at both Petershill and Rob Roy. Kevin also helps out with one of the youth teams for Baillieston Thistle.”

Do Baillieston Thistle have a close link with the community, and if so could the relationship be improved?

“We have a close link to the community with us having numerous youth teams ranging from 2008s to 2014s, which hopefully in time will increase. As a club , we also work closely with the local food banks and youth clubs.”

Many thanks, Alan Lindsay.

Thistle Continue Support For Community Food

Baillieston Thistle will be gearing up for a busy spell leading up to Christmas by encouraging more in-coming donations as they pursue continued practical support within their local community.

The Saturday Morning team,. led by Manager Alan Lindsay are part of a great initiative led by. “Community of Helping Hands” in the East End of Glasgow.

Thistle are rightly proud to be associated with a community that clearly looks after each other.

Although it is clearly too early to give a ball-park figure on what they hope to finally achieve through their dedication. I would not be surprised if 100-200 bags full of donations are eventually counted in. Anything around that, for such a great cause, would be incredible.

As I previously reported, players formerly with FC Baillieston are also helping Thistle spread the word about COHH.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (27/11/2020)

Tom Scott has another look at news from around clubs and at league level.

Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL have not put a timespan on actively looking for new clubs in season 2021-2022.

Any interested parties should initially make contact with Secretary Mr George Dingwall.

Baillieston Thistle have been supporting the “Community of Helping Hands” in their area. In a short space of time, well over 100 bags full of items have been donated to the Community Food Store.

Springburn Thistle are holding a Call of Duty Tournament with cash prizes tonight (Friday). Hope to hear how the fund-raiser goes!

Bonnyrigg Rose Amateurs winger Chris Robertson has signed with Dunbar United for the rest of the season.

Ashfield FC have signed Craig Sideserf from Amateur Football after impressing during a trial spell.

Renfrew Rovers have released strikers Garry McMillan and Owen Porter, and thank them for their short stay at the club.

Bullwood AFC will have the KHL Home Improvements logo on their kit when the new season kicks-off. The club won the A&C AFL Premiership title for season 2019-2020, but have now switched to the Football Central Sundays AFL South East Section.

Craigneuk Amateurs still have spaces to fill in their Fund-Raising BONUS BALL project. Contact officials via their Twitter Page.

Newmains Hammers have set a deadline of December 4 for the final call on receiving donations in their attempt to support a local Food Bank.

Stewarton United have 31 people remaining in their “Last Man Standing” competition.

Netherton AFC have a LMS back this week! It is £10 a go – and half the prize goes to the winner.

A “Last Man Standing”, featuring English Premiership clubs is being launched by Cumnock Amateurs on December 12. Entry is £5. Jackpot is 50% of all entries.

Ellon Thistle, from the Aberdeenshire AFA, will play Middlefield Wasps in a Friendly on Saturday. (. 1.30pm).

Continental AFC have an away Friendly at Grammar FP’s on Sunday.

Tranent AFC will meet Walllyford Bluebell in a Sunday Friendly (2pm).

They also have a game arranged against Musselburgh. More details on that one nearer the time.

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Around The Amateur Football Scene (17/11/2020)

Next Third Lanark AFC “Gaffers Mental Health Challenge” is due to be displayed this week. I understand responses to those previously highlighted have been welcomed in huge numbers, and are proving a great source of help and inspiration to those experiencing Mental Health issues or Anxiety concerns. Please refer to the Third Lanark AFC Facebook page for more details.

Baillieston Thistle AFC are backing an excellent local Charity Initiative, and FC Baillieston have also intimated they will join them with added support as part of real community spirit! The Glasgow East End clubs have linked up with “Community of Helping Hands”. I hear individual collections and donations are being carried out during the remainder of this month, and throughout December.

Kings Park United are busy organising a Half Marathon next month. The route will take them through Glasgow’s Southside and the aim is to raise a considerable amount of cash for “Time To Tackle”.

Westerlands AFC are saddened to hear if the passing of Douglas Barrie. Mr Barrie was one of the founder members from 1967.

Glasgow Colleges FA are encouraging member clubs to complete a survey on the impact Covid-19 has had on sport in the community. There is a link to the survey – which takes less than 7 minutes to complete – on the College’s Twitter page. I hear the closing date for the survey is 7th December.

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Thistle Manager Issues Fears Over Amateur Game

Aldo Lindsay has been around football at different levels as a player displaying great ability. Now he has genuine fears about the future of Scottish Amateur Football.

The Baillieston Thistle AFC boss guided his team to a 4-1 win over Bellahouston in Division 1 of the Glasgow District Saturday Morning League way back on October 3 before Scottish Government restrictions pulled the plug on competitive football and club training sessions.

Let’s be honest here, last Thursday’s Holyrood announcement brought little in the way of a shining light coming down the end of the tunnel any time soon!

Aldo told me: “I think it is a really worrying time just now for amateur football. A lot of boys are becoming disillusioned with it all now as to why we are not being allowed to train and play. Of course, everyone’s safety comes first in times like this, but I don’t see any evidence to suggest that we shouldn’t be allowed to train and play.”

“I’m seeing the same things on twitter across the board from amateur clubs. A lot of boys rely on that couple of hours during the week and a Saturday Morning as their release from whatever worries or problems that they might have in their own lives. Not to mention the physical aspects of it as well.”

“The sooner we can get back out there the better for everyone.”

Thistle To The Four In Morning League Opener

Baillieston Thistle AFC have made the best possible start to their Division 1 campaign in the Glasgow and District Saturday Morning League. A double from player on the day Paul McBride alongside counters by Aiden McIlhenney and Richard Robertson secured Baillieston’s 4-1 victory against Bellahouston AFC.

Glebe Hibernian were top scorers with 13 against Hamilton Wanderers. League newcomers East Kilbride Harp won 3-0 against visitors Strathclyde University.

In the Premier Division, Kieran Richardson (2), Tom McEntee, Danny Carroll and Ross Connie secured an excellent 5-0 win for East Kilbride Colts against Accies.

Scott Cheyne scored a double for Red Star AFC, who gave hosts Drumchapel United four of a start within 30 minutes!

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McBride Bags Winner in Five Goal Baillieston Thriller

Paul McBride was the toast of his Baillieston Thistle team mates and Manager Alan Lindsay with the winning goal in a 3-2 friendly against Crosslands United.

Like every club throughout the country, Thistle have not kicked a competitive ball since March and afterwards boss Lindsay told me “Was a great game. I was delighted with the performance and getting the win thanks to goals from Richie Robertson, Aldo Cairns and Paul McBride’s winner.”

“The match was a good test for us against a team who play in the division above us. Overall, it was just great to get back.”

Around The Amateur Football Scene (11/09/2020)

Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott brings us his second Friday instalment of Articles from various teams. Your Club could be in the Football Scene. Send Tom a DM with your information.

Westerlands AFC have been conducting interviews in their search for a new Coach. I ran the story on the search to fill the coaching vacancy early last month. Now I understand an appointment will be announced very soon.

Meanwhile, Westerlands AFC are looking for a goalkeeper and experienced outfield players. Send them a DM or make contact through their Twitter page.

Atlantic Quay AFC, members of the GDSFC are looking for a goalkeeper and some outfield players.

Baillieston Thistle AFC Manager Alan Lindsay is looking forward to a return to action after what seems a lifetime against Crosslands AFC at the Firhill Complex. Kick off 12 noon.

More good news for the East End club is their 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 youth teams part of a dedicated and talented structure will be active next Sunday.

Drumchapel United Saturday Morning have arranged games against Baillieston Thistle AFC (September 19) and Royal Union AFC a week later at the Donald Dewar Centre. Kick offs 11am.

Due to the recent change in rules for friendlies, Finnart AFC can take a game at Glasgow Green (2pm) on September 19.

Beechwood Albion AFC from the Stirling and District League. have an Astroturf pitch booked for new opposition on September 19. Kick off would be 3pm.

New Boss Praises Baillieston Thistle Youth Structure

Baillieston Thistle AFC Manager Alan Lindsay has barely settled into the hot seat, but is acutely aware of the work that has taken place over the past four years putting a youth structure in place. Dedicated coaches, led by Liam Martin, have put in a power of work and Alan revealed: “I do not want it to look like I am taking the credit for the work that has been done on the youth set up side of things.”

“There’s an awful lot of hard work and effort gone on behind the scenes for the last four years to get the set up to where it is. I have not had anything to do with that. I am just in the door to look after the amateur team, however I am very keen to help out with anything that they might need in terms of the youth set up.”

“I was lucky to be involved in the Celtic and Ross County youth set ups, and it is something I feel passionate about.”

Liam Martin kindly took time to tell me “Baillieston Thistle started in 2016 with 16 boys from the 2009 age group. Fast forward four years we now have teams at 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014 and seniors. All kids teams are playing in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League from fun 5s, 7s,9s and 11s. We have had over 8 boys picked up by pro clubs like Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell and Hamilton. The vision is to build a community football club with teams at all age groups with a pathway to senior football.”

“We believe in giving back to the area , and work very closely with the local food banks and youth clubs. In terms of sponsorship we have been relying on the generosity of local businesses. We have applied for a national lottery grant to help with equipment for the kids and to try and help grow the club even more. In turn, hopefully this will help increase sponsorship and again give the local community something that we can all be proud of. Hopefully, this will see us grow for many years to come. “

Club Interview: Baillieston Thistle AFC

News Writer Tom Scott continues his highly popular Club Interview feature with the spotlight falling on recently appointed Baillieston Thistle AFC Manager Alan Lindsay.

What was the background to you becoming the new boss of Baillieston Thistle?

I know a lot of the guys involved and have been friends for years. There was talk of the amateur team starting back up and I was asked if I would be interested in coming in as manager. I had spent the previous year at Nicos as assistant manager and had no Intention of leaving as I loved it there with a special group of guys but the opportunity to get involved with what’s happening at Baillieston Thistle was too good to turn down and when Liam Martin had explained it all to me it was a no brainer.

Have you managed in Amateur football before taking the reins at Thistle?

I took over as manager at F.C Baillieston in 2018 after breaking my leg playing the previous year. Managed there for a year before going to Nicos as assistant manager last year. Again Nicos was with a lot of guys who I have been friends with for years and it’s a brilliant group of boys to work with. Cant thank Adam and Craigy enough for getting the opportunity to do that.

Can you tell us about your playing career in both Senior and Junior football?

First signed for Petershill after a pretty unsuccessful year at Stenhousemuir. Played for Peasy for 3 years under Stevie Easton and Scott Mcharg, then the last year Willie Paterson. My Dad, Jimmy Lindsay, got appointed Rob Roy manager the following year and he signed me. Stayed for 2 seasons. I then had 2 years at Pollok, but unfortunately spent pretty much the full 2 seasons injured after requiring surgery on my knee at the start of both seasons. The 2nd one being an ACL reconstruction, which pretty much put an end to my junior career

Am I correct in saying you had a spell at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy?

I know the set-up well from taking goalkeeping sessions at their former Adamslie Park home, and Merkland. I spent 2 years at Rob Roy as stated above when my dad Jimmy Lindsay took the job. Really enjoyed my time there and a lot of the boys that were at Rob Roy are now at Nicos. Was a great dressing room, and wish we could have kept that squad together longer but it was not to be.

Have you had time to access the Amateur structure at Baillieston Thistle, and if so, what are your short-term and long-term priorities?

The priority first of all for the amateur team is to get a team back representing the area and something the community can be proud of. Although I’m not from the area all my mates and my wife grew up in the area and obviously with me previously playing and managing in Baillieston I have strong ties to it. The amateur team is only a small part of what we have at Baillieston Thistle. Since 2016 guys have been working hard behind the scenes and have numerous youth teams.

Is there a backroom staff to work with, or have you brought in your own coaches?

Assistant manager will be Lee Watson who is one of my oldest mates and former team mate at FC Baillieston. We will hopefully have Kevin McBride helping out. He had a great career at both senior and junior level, and was also a former team mate of mine at both Petershill and Rob Roy. Kevin also helps out with one of the youth teams for Baillieston Thistle.

Do Baillieston Thistle have a close link with the community, and if so could the relationship be improved?

We have a close link to the community with us having numerous youth teams ranging from 2008s to 2014s, which hopefully in time will increase. As a club we also work closely with the local food banks and youth clubs.

Many thanks, Alan Lindsay.