Headline Makers Revisited: Scottish Amateur Cup Final (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.

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.

Headline Makers Revisited: Caledonian AFL (Season 2006-2007)

Dalziel HSFP were crowned Caledonian League Premier Division champions in season 2006-2007, writes Tom Scott.

Bannockburn were runners-up.

Milton AFC were Division One winners, with East Kilbride YMCA in second place.

Newton Mearns Rovers took the Division Two Championship ahead of Bearsden.

Doune Castle won the Bedroom Planet East of Scotland Cup.

Glasgow Harp lifted the Douglas Smith League Cup, and Balmore AFC secured the Queen’s Park Challenge Cup.

Tartan Arms – Long-Time Sponsors Of Bannockburn AFC

If Scottish Amateur Football Archives keep records on the duration businesses or companies spend supporting their local clubs via sponsorship, it is a safe bet Bannockburn AFC and Tartan Arms would feature prominently, Writes Tom Scott.

Based in the Main Street, the family-run establishment, well known for excellent food, drink and great banter, are right behind trophy- winning Bannockburn, who celebrated half a century of Amateur Football in 2019.

Club Secretary James Todd revealed: “Tartan Arms have sponsored us from day one!”

“I can tell you one of the club’s Founders, Mr John McQue, was a late owner of the establishment, and sadly passed away after we beat Oban Saints in the Alona Hotel West of Scotland Amateur Cup at Hamilton in May, 2019.”

The Alona Hotel West of Scotland Amateur Cup in 2019.

“One of the photographs I have given you shows our squad prior to the West Final wearing their new Club Ties outside the Tartan Arms.”

Bannockburn AFC outside the Tartan Arms en route to the final. Wearing their new Club Ties, and looking very professional!

Bannockburn won a rip-roaring cup-tie 6-3 after extra-time, and skipper Harry Bruce emulated his father, Harry Senior, by holding aloft the trophy as captain of the Central Scottish AFL Premier club.

Celebration time for Bannockburn AFC following their 6-3 win against Oban Saints at Hamilton.

Photographs, kindly provided by Mr James Todd

Bannockburn Silverware On 50th Anniversary

Nine Goals, Extra-Time and a Man of the Match Award for a hat-trick hero on the night – all part of Bannockburn AFC defeating Oban Saints 6-3 to lift the Alona Hotel West of Scotland Amateur Cup at Hamilton in 2019, writes Tom Scott.

Another excuse for breaking open the champagne was ‘Burn recording their fifth West Cup success in 50 years of playing Amateur Football!

Surprisingly, the half-time score line was 0-0, but within a minute of the re-start Man of the Match Steven Knox fired Bannockburn ahead. Saints’ reply was swift and telling with goals via Lewis Cameron and Cammy Hill.

Burn struck with counters from Knox (65 mins) and Ryan Weir two minutes later before a composed finish by young Oban sharp-shooter Hill forced the rip-roaring cup-tie into extra-time.

Bannockburn’s experience proved crucial, and Darren Walker, Knox (the hat-trick), and David Grant rounded off the evening. Steven Knox was named Morris Toner Trophy Man of the Match.

Trophy presentation.  Harry Bruce follows his father, Harry Senior,  in  lifting a National Cup as the Bannockburn captain.

Harry Bruce leads team out with one of the mascots for the evening, Kelvin Campbell.
Left to Right: Kenny ‘‘Kendo’ ‘ McLellan (missed pen in game), Captain Harry Bruce with the trophy and Man of the Match Steven Knox.
Long shot of Steven Knox and his hat -trick goal.
Steven Knox celebrates scoring in a 5-1 win over Semi-Final opponents St Patrick’s FP.

The Alona Hotel West of Scotland Amateur Cup.

Right back Robbie Todd gifting Winners’ medal to his little brother, Max.
Celebration time for Bannockburn AFC.
The Squad pre-match with new Club Ties   – outside main Club Sponsor, Tartan Arms.
The Bannockburn starting line-up with Club Mascots on the big night.

PHOTOGRAPHS: KINDLY PROVIDED BY BANNOCKBURN SECRETARY MR JAMES TODD.

Bannockburn SOS For Cup-Winning Video Footage

Secretary James Todd is hoping ex- Bannockburn Amateurs’ players, officials and followers can help them with a project to find old Video footage from any of their three National Cup Final wins, writes Tom Scott.

The Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL club, who have also won the West of Scotland Amateur Cup five times, sent out their SOS in order they can borrow the VHS tapes and turn them into a Digital format for use on their own Social Media platforms…

Said James “We do have some behind-the-scenes footage, but it’s about finding out who has more-game action, and can help us as the material will be transferred to DVD.

“We are looking to put a wee highlights reel together and be able to post some of these videos on Twitter and Facebook, which will help traffic (interest) coming through through the club.”

If anyone is in possession of old Video footage and can help Bannockburn AFC turn their idea into reality, please contact Secretary James Todd through the club’s Twitter Page. Or DM.

Meanwhile, James has kindly supplied photographs from Bannockburn’s 2019

Alona Hotel West of Scotland Amateur Cup Final victory 6-3 after Extra-Time against Oban Saints at Hamilton.

The West Cup success came in Bannockburn’s 50th season.

Headline Makers Revisited – Central Scottish AFL (2012-13 Season)

Bannockburn AFC star Kevin Fotheringham won the top-flight Central Scottish Amateur Football League Player of the Year award.

Thomas Sinclair (Wellhouse Amateurs) and Lee Drummond, of Garrowhill Thistle were joint runners-up in the Central Scottish Amateur Football League 1st Division Player of the Year awards.

A 3-2 Play-Off win against Pollok secured Wellhouse Amateurs’ top-division place in the Central Scottish League for season 2012-2013.

Headline Makers Revisited (June 2012)

Bannockburn AFC star Kevin Fotheringham won the top- flight Central Scottish Amateur Football League Player of the Year award.

Thomas Sinclair (Wellhouse Amateurs) and Lee Drummond of Garrowhill Thistle, were joint runners-up in the Central Scottish Amateur Football League 1st Division Player of the Year awards.

A 3-2 Play-Off win against Pollok secured Wellhouse Amateurs’ top-division place in the Central Scottish League for season 2012- 2013.