Bearsden Weigh Up New Captain Options

Joint Team Manager David Sutherland has revealed Bearsden AFC will take time in appointing their captain ahead of the new season on August 14th, writes Tom Scott.

The Central Scottish League club had 20 players available for this week’s friendly against Saturday Morning opponents DTI at Milton.

The game finished in a 1-1 draw and 24-year-old David – surely one of the youngest to grace touchline duties (has anyone told him you can age quicker there?) – told me: “Everyone got 45 minutes’ playing time.”

“Striker Gary Graham has returned to the set-up and put us ahead.”

“We made 9 changes at half-time to give players game-time. The exchanges were probably more even in the second half, and they equalised on 85 minutes.”

David and the more experienced (on team matters) Graeme Dragsmes were looking for positives, and the former said:

“We got hundreds of them.”

“The result didn’t matter. Me and Dragy just wanted to see how the boys played.”

“We’ve had at least six training sessions with the players since taking over, and they have really responded.”

“Great tempo, good turn-outs, and we have another one at Thorn Park this Saturday.”

“The aim is to build this great Club back up again.”

“Ideally, we want a big pool of players to pick from.”

New ‘Den Managers Pleased With Team Progress

David Sutherland and Graeme Dragsmes have a positive feeling about Bearsden AFC, writes Tom Scott.

Installed as Joint Managers this month, the pair watched “their work in progress” on Tuesday evening.

A 1-1 friendly draw followed a number of training sessions, and player recruitment, which was a major priority upon their appointment.

David admitted “The result didn’t matter.”

“Me and Dragy just wanted to see how the boys played.”

“Really happy and feeling positive with the performance.”

I hope to have more information from David Sutherland before Bearsden AFC play another friendly under their Joint Managers.

Players Respond To New ‘Den Management

David Sutherland insists the Bearsden AFC squad are warming 100% with positivity to the new Management structure at Bearsden AFC, writes Tom Scott.

Last week, I exclusively revealed David and co-gaffer Graeme “Dragy” Dragsmes had been installed at the Central Scottish League club.

Apparently, the article went down well!

David said: “Tom, it looked great mate.”

“Thanks again for the coverage.”

“Training has gone really well (following the article) and the boys are responding well to me and Dragy.”

“Another two weeks of training then we will try and get a friendly or two.”

“We are still on the look-out to sign players – especially experienced ones in areas of the park where we think we could improve on.”

“Also looking to bring in a Coach onto the backroom staff.

“I will let you know who comes on board, and when we get the friendlies confirmed.”

New Bearsden Management Confirmed

David Sutherland and Graeme Dragsmes have been installed as the new Management team at Bearsden AFC, writes Tom Scott.

Both have played for the Central Scottish League club – Graeme (Dragy) will continue I understand – and the pair are intent on producing a hard-to-beat squad.

At 24 years of age, David Sutherland openly admits he is “very young to be a Manager in Amateur Football.”

However, it was refreshing to hear his honesty at the challenge awaiting the recently installed pair.

Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News he told me: “We are trying to build this great club up again.”

“I made my debut aged 16 in Junior Football with Glasgow Perthshire, and also played under a really good guy Billy McKie at Newmains.”

“I am upfront and honest with players. We’ve lacked experience and together with Dragy (Graeme), the first priority has been player recruitment.

“This has already started.”

Currently using Thorn Park for training, the new Management took their first training session on Tuesday, and will have another one today (Saturday).

Said David: “Tuesday evenings was well structured, great tempo, and the feedback from players afterwards was positive. They really enjoyed what we put across.”

Good luck to David and Graeme, and rest assured we will be following their progress at Scottish Amateur Football News.

BEARSDEN PLAYER RECRUITMENT: 07766818720.

Bearsden Management Stand Down

Bearsden AFC are looking for a new Management team after Gaffer Kevin McGroarty and Assistant James Whyte decided to quit, writes Tom Scott.

Kevin said: “I have decided to stand down as Bearsden Manager. with my assistant.”

“If and when I return to the game I will keep you posted.”

The exact reasons for the Management announcement have not been revealed, and it has not become clear if the Committee will advertise the post, or have any candidates in mind to take over.

Kevin added “I have a few options to get back into it already, but just taking my time.”

“Time for a change but wish them all the best of course.”

Promoted Dynamo Head For Title

Castlemilk Dynamo wont only settle for promotion in the Central Scottish League Division 1A – the next target is a championship title, writes Tom Scott.

Saturday’s 5-1 win over Third Lanark prompted Gaffer Gary Hamilton to tell me “Great performance from us, Tom.”

“Goals from Smith, McLeod, Dawson, Semple and Hughes. With a great free kick from the Hi-Hi at the start of the second half.”

Castlemilk Dynamo move onto tonight (Wednesday) when they tackle Bearsden AFC at Milton, and then their final game against Steins Thistle on Saturday at Toryglen.

Gary added “We are promoted alongside Gartcosh. If we win the two remaining games, we win the League.”

Bearsden Boss Hails Squad Progress

Kevin McGroarty insists the Central Scottish League Club are progressing well – given that when he took over there was no squad, writes Tom Scott.

He said “A 3-1 defeat against Gartcosh United gives us confidence that we are going in the right direction.”

“Paul Proud is on board as an advisory role to myself, and on the look-out for players etc, so not so much involved with training / games.”

“Bearsden were involved in a friendly at K Park, East Kilbride, last night, and have some more lined-up when more restrictions are eased.”

Around The Amateur Football Scene (28/05/2021)

Two finals-dates have been confirmed by the Caledonian League, writes Tom Scott.

The 2019-2020 Douglas Smith League Cup Final, between Finnart and St Mungo’s, will take place on Friday, 25th June Kick-off 7pm.

A week earlier, the 2020-2021 William Turner Challenge Cup Final has been scheduled. I have been told that one will go ahead on Saturday, 19th June. Kick-off 2pm. A prominent ground venue will be revealed shortly.

I hear Stewarton United are planning four groups of 4 clubs for their summer tournament.

Irvine AFC have been looking for a Coach.

Dennistoun Thistle are also seeking an experienced Coach to join their backroom staff for Saturday Morning football.

E.K. Thistle Colts have announced they are seeking a new manager.

Kilbride Thistle have organised a home game against AS Airdrie on June 5th.

Tass Thistle AFC are playing Kilbirnie United away this Saturday.

Bearsden AFC and East Dunbartonshire AFC have been advertising for friendlies.

Saughton Sounders (Edinburgh) are looking to make new signings for their Saturday Afternoon team.

YOUR CLUB could feature in the Around The Amateur Football Scene. Establish contact with Tom Scott via email.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (27/05/2021)

Semsa F.C. are still intent on bring another two coaches on board, writes Tom Scott.

Head Coach Andrew Shaw tells me he is looking to appoint a First Team Coach, and a specialist Goalkeeping Coach.

The Southside Club, members of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League, await meeting Port Glasgow Athletic in the President’s Cup Final.

Due to Covid-19, the final – plus two others due – have been pushed back to August.

E.K. Thistle Colts have a Managerial Vacancy. I have been unable to find out why this has occured, but if anyone at East Kilbride would care to personally send me an Email message, I will highlight the Vacancy again.

I hear Stewarton United are planning four groups of 4 clubs for their summer tournament.

Irvine AFC have been looking for a Coach.

Dennistoun Thistle are also seeking an experienced Coach to join their backroom staff for Saturday Morning football.

Kilbride Thistle have organised a home game against AS Airdrie on June 5th.

Bearsden AFC and East Dunbartonshire AFC have been advertising for friendlies.

Saughton Sounders (Edinburgh) are looking to make new signings for their Saturday Afternoon team.

YOUR CLUB could feature in the Around The Amateur Football Scene. Establish contact with Tom Scott via email.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (20/05/2021)

Two finals have been confirmed by the Caledonian League, writes Tom Scott.

The 2019-2020 Douglas Smith League Cup Final, between Finnart and St Mungo’s, will take place on 26th June.

A week earlier, the 2020-2021 William Turner Challenge Cup Final has been scheduled. Venues and kick-off times to be confirmed.

I hear Stewarton United are planning four groups of 4 clubs for their summer tournament.

Irvine AFC have been looking for a Coach.

Dennistoun Thistle are also seeking an experienced Coach to join their backroom staff for Saturday Morning football.

Kilbride Thistle have friendlies against Tollcross (Glasgow-based club) on 29th May, and AS Airdrie a week later. Both at home.

Bearsden AFC and East Dunbartonshire AFC have been advertising for friendlies.

Saughton Sounders (Edinburgh) are looking to make new signings for their Saturday Afternoon team.

YOUR CLUB could feature in the Around The Amateur Football Scene.

Establish contact with Tom Scott via email.