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.
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.
The Alona Hotel West of Scotland Amateur Cup.
PHOTOGRAPHS: KINDLY PROVIDED BY BANNOCKBURN SECRETARY MR JAMES TODD.
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.