Around the Amateur Football Scene (29/03/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his first look of a new week around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene. YOUR CLUB could feature in this column. Contact AmmyFitbaNews today!

Coatbridge Rovers FC are looking at the possibility of starting an Over-35s Section.

South Gyle Rovers FC are looking to add to their backroom staff with Coaches, and the LEAFA Sunday Morning will be adding players to their squad for season 2021-2022.

Maybury Star AFC LEAFA Sunday Morning League will be playing in the Saughton Sounders FC Tournament.

Gregor Kerr has been appointed Assistant Manager at Fife Sunday League outfit Buckhaven United AFC.

Greenock HSFP AFC are returning to Non-Contact Training on April 13.

Arthurlie, new to the Scottish Amateur Football League, hope to be back by April 20.

The Aberdeenshire AFA 2021-2022 season is expected to start on August 5-6.

Around the Amateur Football Scene(28/03/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes a weekend look around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene.

South Gyle Rovers AFC are looking to add to their backroom staff with coaches.

The LEAFA Sunday Morning team will also be seeking to bring players into their squad for season 2021-2022.

I understand a training session will take place at Gyle Park today (Sunday) at noon.

Maybury Star AFC LEAFA Sunday Morning League are looking forward to playing in the Saughton Sounders FC Tournament, which they have entered.

Buckhaven United AFC – Fife Sunday League – have appointed Gregor Kerr as Assistant Manager.

Greenock HSFP AFC will resume training on April 13.

St Joseph’s AFC start their Non-Contact sessions next Saturday.

Dean Thistle (Kilmarnock) have helped their local community over the past year with several projects – including delivering in excess of 5000 food parcels, shopping for anyone isolating and helping people with doctor appointments. New friends and partnerships have been developed along the way. Great work!

M2C United, an Edinburgh- based Club, are hosting a 24 hour Live Stream Gaming Marathon on April 10. Scott Judge and Mark Phillips will be participating according to my Club Contact.

Troon Dundonald AFC have been running a fund raiser. Prizes are signed framed shirts from Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and striker Alfredo Morelos.

Aberdeenshire AFA 2021-2022 season is expected to start on August 5-6. Friendlies can commence May 17 provided Covid Protocols are observed. I hear the 2020-2021 campaign has apparently been scrapped.

Around the Amateur Football Scene (22/03/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his first look of a new week around the country.

Greenock HSFP AFC have handed over a cheque for £600 to the Ardgowan Hospice. The fantastic donation came as a result of money from their latest Last Man Standing Competition. Fantastic gesture by Club Officials. Team Manager Colin McEachnie performed the handover. The donation helps Ardgowan Hospice continue their outstanding work in the local community.

Former Thornton Hibs Coach Gregor Kerr has joined the Buckhaven United AFC backroom staff as Assistant Manager.

Springburn Thistle AFC are taking applications for a new Manager.

Viewfield Rovers FC have a new Profile Pic on their Social Media platform. 1921-2021 (100 years)

Kinross Colts Amateurs player Chris Beall will run the 2021 Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for the Scottish Association for Mental Health in May.

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Amateur Boss Reveals Feedback On Mini Tourney Idea

Buckhaven United AFC boss James Campbell has revealed there was an immediate response from interested parties concerning his idea of trying out a Pre-Season Summer Tournament – following my exclusive Article earlier this week, writes Tom Scott.

The target area was based around clubs who like his have not kicked a ball in the 2020-2021 campaign.

Fife-based United are hoping to attract interest from other areas- including Dundee, Edinburgh, and Stirling – once restrictions are eased, and the green light is switched on to have football restored.

James said “After speaking to a few new Amateur Clubs that have started season 2020-2021 or been limited to any football training or games due to the world’s pandemic, I formed the opinion this can’t have been easy for anyone to recruit players, attract sponsorship, and have a stable Pre-Season behind them with the stop -start.”

“I have looked in and you don’t find many Clubs running tournaments, Knock-Out Rounds – wee things like that. It’s all just 90-minute friendly games. When I was coaching with younger groups there were tournaments galore for Clubs to attend, and get game time etc.”

“I am reaching out to Clubs that have just started up in the 2020-2021 season, or this season approaching 2021- 2021 about getting together for a Summer League similar to the Scottish League Cup (League Stage).”

“This is providing that we can get back to football, and travel when current Covid restrictions are lifted. The plan would be not to travel too far, such as a few clubs from Fife, Edinburgh, Lothians, Stirling, Falkirk, and Dundee. I don’t want that to sound that I have missed out areas such as Glasgow and further afield. I am just trying to keep local Clubs close to their respected area.”

“The Plan I have been looking at is 16 teams involved. Two or possibly three Clubs from each of interest. Groups of 4 – Top Two teams advance.”

“Obviously, there would still need to be more details to be sorted such as pitch hire, referee costs, and when to get the games played. Plus, a venue for the Cup Final.”

“This hopefully eliminates when Pre-Season friendlies get set-up and Clubs pull out of the games leaving pitches to be paid for, referees booked and Clubs are left looking to re-arrange another team to play.”

“Of course, we would need the backing from both local football authorities and the Scottish Amateur Football Association.”

Today James said: “I have had a few teams ask about this. A lot are waiting to see what happens with the return of football being possibly April.”

You can make contact with Manager James Campbell via the Buckhaven United Social Media Page.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (11/02/2021)

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes a look around some of the Amateur Football Clubs.

Kilbride Thistle AFC would like to Seamill Ceramics for again sponsoring Manager Sean Kenney. Seamill Ceramics cover a wide-range of essential work Including bathrooms, kitchens, and natural stone tiles.

Dalziel Football HSFP have embarked on a month-long (February) 100 km Challenge in support of Mental Health. I understand 21 of the Dalziel Football squad, and Management will each attempt to complete 100 km on their own using such methods as running, cycling or walking.

Buckhaven United Manager James Campbell has received possible feedback and interest on my Article this week concerning the possibility of organising a Mini-Tournament this summer as a welcome alternative to Pre-Season Friendlies.

Giffnock Soccer Centre boss Kenny Wilson has issued notice that the Over-35s squad will start “Virtual” Training schedules for everyone to participate in week commencing 22nd February.

As part of their Charity work, FC Southside United had plans to raise funds for the Beatson Cancer Charity and Brothers in Arms through buckets being passed around both teams during a Match Day, but sadly the continued absence of Scottish Amateur Football looks certain to rule out the idea.

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Buckhaven Boss Opens Idea On Pre-Season Tourney

Buckhaven United AFC James Campbell is ready to explore the possibility of setting-up a Pre-Season Summer Tournament, especially for Amateur Clubs who like his have not kicked a ball in the 2020-2021 campaign, writes Tom Scott.

Fife-based United are hoping to attract interest from other areas- including Dundee, Edinburgh, and Stirling – once restrictions are eased, and the green light is switched on to have football restored.

Revealing his plan of action at Scottish Amateur Football News, James said “After speaking to a few new Amateur Clubs that have started season 2020-2021 and been limited to any football training or games due to the world’s pandemic, I formed the opinion this can’t have been easy for anyone to recruit players, attract sponsorship, and have a stable Pre-Season behind them with the stop -start.”

“I have looked in and you don’t find many Clubs running tournaments, Knock-Out Rounds – wee things like that. It’s all just 90-minute friendly games. When I was coaching with younger groups there were tournaments galore for Clubs to attend, and get game time etc.”

“I am reaching out to Clubs that have just started up in the 2020-2021 season, or this season approaching 2021- 2021 about getting together for a Summer League similar to the Scottish League Cup (League Stage).”

“This is providing that we can get back to football, and travel when current Covid restrictions are lifted. The plan would be not to travel too far, such as a few clubs from Fife, Edinburgh, Lothians, Stirling, Falkirk, and Dundee. I don’t want that to sound that I have missed out areas such as Glasgow and further afield. I am just trying to keep local Clubs close to their respected area.”

“The Plan I have been looking at is 16 teams involved. Two or possibly three Clubs from each of interest. Groups of 4 – Top Two teams advance.”

“Obviously, there would still need to be more details to be sorted such as pitch hire, referee costs, and when to get the games played. Plus, a venue for the Cup Final.”

“This hopefully eliminates when Pre-Season friendlies get set-up and Clubs pull out of the games leaving pitches to be paid for, referees booked and Clubs are left looking to re-arrange another team to play.”

“Of course, we would need the backing from both local football authorities and the Scottish Amateur Football Association, as well as any Clubs who would be interested.”

“I am open to suggestions and ideas.”

*You can make contact with Manager James Campbell through the Buckhaven United AFC Social Media Page.

Buckhaven Confirm Isle of Man Friendly

First-Season Buckhaven United FC have confirmed an attractive summer pre-season friendly on the Isle of Man – subject to current Government restrictions being lifted and football reinstated, writes Tom Scott.

I can reveal Castletown Metropolitan FC are rated the top club on the Island and play out of Malew Road. Founded in 1904, eight Championships and six Manx FA Cup wins are on their CV.

United Manager James Campbell said: “The Isle of Man opening came about from a crazy idea of doing a trip for a game of football, and bringing the lads together as a team-bonding exercise. After looking around and speaking to a few clubs far and wide, Castletown Metropolitan FC from the Isle of Man got back in touch and said it would be something they would be keen to happen. After several chats with them we agreed that after Covid we will go ahead with the game. This is something the lads are really looking forward to. We hope this can be a success and build up a footballing relationship with Castletown FC, and become a yearly thing.”

“They are an established club and it will be a tough game, but one the lads will be relishing and ready to step up to the test.”

Buckhaven United have been successful in attracting the following sponsors:

JW Electrical Services. And on the back of the Home Kit Spotlight Cheer & Dance.

Backing via Social Media announcements arrived through AM Handyman Services and Helen’s Gift Emporium, plus Match Day Banners from MJK Waste Removals, and Matt Laff Facebook Gaming.

Sponsors’ images kindly provided by Mr James Campbell.

The Story Behind The Birth Of Buckhaven United FC

Founded James Campbell has revealed the exclusive story behind new Fife Sunday Amateur League club Buckhaven United FC, writes Tom Scott.

United have still to play a competitive game compared to a quartet of early title pace-setters – FC Brig AFC, White Heather, Kingdom Rovers and Weavers AFC – who have managed to organise two or three fixtures prior to the recent lockdown.

James told me “Buckhaven United was formed by myself in the middle of October, 2020. This was down to myself coaching at another Football Club where things didn’t work out. This had me thinking about bringing a Football Club into the local community where I live. The Club Colours are Yellow, Blue and Black, and the badge came from the idea of the Primary School, the Old High School and the new Academy.”

James was keen to point out the “magnificent support” that has been forthcoming in terms of sponsorship – and his innovative ideas are impressive!

He admitted: “The club has really been backed by the local Community with our main Sponsor coming from JW Electrical Services. On the back of the Home Kit, we have Spotlight Cheer & Dance.”

“They have both been amazing to be involved with.”

“On top of that, the club have had interest of sponsorship from Social Media announcements in AM Handyman Services, and Helen’s Gift Emporium and Match Day Banners from MJK Waste Removals, and Matt Laff Facebook Gaming.”

Well done everyone in supporting Buckhaven United FC.

You Have Club Sponsors – Who Are They? (Buckhaven United AFC)

For the second in my brand,new Series I am delighted to feature a first-season Club from the Fife Sunday Amateur Football League – BUCKHAVEN UNITED FC, writes Tom Scott.

Here is yet another example of local businesses- groups pulling together and helping, in no small measure, their local club – to each and every one of them SAFN salutes you! Look out for more News emerging from Buckhaven United FC.

Now a run-down on those all-important sponsors.

The club have been strongly backed by the local community with their main sponsorship coming from JW Electrical Services. And on the back of the Home Kit are Spotlight Cheer & Dance.

It is fair to say both have been amazing and great to deal with.

On top of that, Buckhaven United FC have drawn tremendous interest of sponsorship from Social Media announcements – AM Handyman Services, and Helen’s Gift Emporium plus Match Day Banners from MJK Waste Removals , and Matt Laff Facebook Gaming.

A big thank-you to those organisations!

Many thanks to Buckhaven United FC for supplying all sponsors’ graphics.

United Have A Winner In Old Firm Special

Jason Wilson scooped the first and last cash prize by naming the time of the goal which secured victory for Rangers in the Old Firm derby against Celtic.

Fife club. Buckhaven United AFC ran the Competition whereby people were invited to guess the time of the first goal – worth £50 – plus the same cash prize for the game’ s last goal.

The 1-0 win ensured Jason won a total of £100 – what a start to the New Year!

Meanwhile, United who can now be followed on Facebook and Twitter, have had their excellent yellow and blue home kit sponsored by J.W. Electrical Services.