Lanarkshire Rivals Out To Claim Cup Bragging Rights

Four well-known South Lanarkshire Clubs will start a hugely contested Spring Cup Section 8 bag of fixtures next Wednesday (May 19), writes Tom Scott.

The contest opens with Dynamo EK v Craigneuk and Kirkfield United v Carluke Thistle.

Saturday, May 22, will pitch Carluke against Dynamo, while Craigneuk host Kirkfield.

Another round of midweek games (May 26) will involve Craigneuk v Carluke and Kirkfield v Dynamo EK.

Eight Sections will form the Spring Cup.

Chief Writer Tom Scott will like to hear from all clubs directly. Give him details about your build-up to the competition, plus signing news/sponsors.

You Have Club Sponsors – Who Are They? (Carluke Thistle AFC)

GGPAFL newcomers Carluke Thistle (2011) have managed to retain their five sponsors amidst the pandemic, writes Tom Scott.

THE RAILWAY INN, ALAN FORSTER BARBER LANARK, DB REFRIGERATION & CATERING SERVICES LTD,. DAVID MURPHY ROOFING & ROUGHCASTERS, and OCO PLUMBING & HEATING have been superb at helping the Club going back to their time in Sunday Amateur Football.

Carluke Thistle have maintained an excellent Social Media presence, and involve all their sponsors at every opportunity.

As I have said many times, the help and support given right across the board by small and large businesses/ companies to Scottish Amateur Football Clubs has been amazing – given that many have been struggling themselves as a direct result of restrictions etc.

Many thanks to Carluke Thistle AFC and Mr Scott Parry for providing the excellent Sponsors’ Graphic.

Spring Cup Crackers On The Way

The Greater Glasgow Premier AFL will swing back into action this month with the FN Teamwear Spring Cup, writes Tom Scott.

There are eight section. Pick of the early action will be:

Helensburgh v Vale of Leven
Rannoch v Colquhoun United
Belleaire v Houston United
Langcraigs v Glenvale
Cambria v Weir AFC
John Street v Eaglesham
Kirkfield v Carluke Thistle

SAFN hopes to be in a position to cover all games and results moving forward.

Clubs are also being encouraged to contact Tom Scott with News, Signings and Reports.

Variation Key To Carluke Training Resumption

Carluke Thistle AFC President Scott Parry has revealed a variation in floodlight Non-Contact Training sessions has been essential in resuming after a lengthy spell, writes Tom Scott.

He said: “Tom, the sessions have been great.”

“Full attendances as expected, and just nice to see the lads back at it – all be it rather rusty!”

“We just need to keep doing the Non-Contact stuff to build up the fitness and get used to the ball again.”

Thistle, who have still to kick a competitive football in the GGPAFL, are poised for a change in training scenery.

Scott added: “We have a Socially Distance Circuit/ Fitness session arranged for this morning (Saturday) with Lanark Boxing Club Coach Darren Armstrong.”

“Hopefully a few of the boys will get out of their beds for that as well, and we will start seeing improvements in due course.”

Thistle Await Glasgow Saturday Debut

Carluke Thistle AFC President Scott Parry insists making a competitive debut in the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL will be worth the wait – even if it takes place ten months later than was originally planned, writes Tom Scott.

Thistle should have opened up against Colquhoun United on 10th October.

Switching from Sunday League football to Saturday Afternoon action had been built-up with twice-weekly training sessions and a six-game unbeaten friendlies programme – Including visits to Edinburgh and Newcastle before the Government’s Tier-4 shut-down.

Said Scott: “That was actually one of the best Pre-Seasons I have been involved in.”

“One of our weekly sessions was at the Lanark Boxing Club, which we brilliant.”

“We faced tough opposition against Clubs from other Leagues. Our bonding weekend trip to Newcastle and 1-0-win against Seaton Burn came when travelling was allowed.”

“Our first Friendly took place during a beautiful day of weather in Edinburgh, and the lads responded with a 4-0 victory over Newcraighall Leith Vics.”

Highly-rated Lesmahagow were held to a 1-1 draw – Ryan Murdoch brilliantly producing a trademark free-kick equaliser – while there were goals aplenty against Boswell (2-0), Division 3 A rivals Moorpark Albion (11-1) and Carluke Hotspur (4-0).

No fewer than 11 players featured on the Goals Chart (23 netted and only 2 conceded). The Clubs all-time record goal scorer Mark Telfer bagged 11 of them from three games.

The rest was made up as follows:. 2- Kyle Hill and Gary Smith: 1 – Mikey Bennie, Scott Blacklaw, Jamie Callan, Jamie Kerr, Jay McFarlane, Ryan Murdoch, Alan Richardson, and David Ross.

Carluke Thistle AFC have also been able to retain their five Club Sponsors, which I have listed:

THE RAILWAY INN, ALAN FORSTER BARBER LANARK, DB REFRIGERATION & CATERING SERVICES LTD, DAVID MURPHY ROOFING & ROUGHCASTERS, and OCO PLUMBING & HEATING.

Many thanks to President Mr Scott Parry for the Sponsor Graphic.

The Big Player Interview: Mark Telfer (Carluke Thistle AFC)

Prolific Goalscoring Centre-Forward Mark Telfer is in my Interview Spotlight today, writes Tom Scott.

When did you sign for Carluke Thistle and what is the attraction playing for them?

“Signed back in the 2015/16 season when we played Sundays. Main attraction for me is it is my local team and was full of my mates that I had played with for years throughout Boys Club etc”

“Class bunch of boys!”

What honours have you won? Please detail Competition and Years.

“A fair few, but off the top of my head and the one that sticks out would be the South of Scotland Cup with Carluke Hearts in 2018/19 season. We must have had the hardest run in the South a Carluke team has ever had. Great achievement winning it.”

“I have also won the Lanarkshire Cup in 2011, and the Miller Cup in 2018 – both with Carluke Hearts.”

“Was also part of the squad that won the Airdrie & Coatbridge Premier Challenge Cup in 2018 with the Thistle.”

What is your best memory at Carluke Thistle?

“Again, there’s been a lot over the years. Several personal achievements. My best goal scoring season was in 2016/17 when I managed 66 goals in 30 games when we played in the Sunday Central. Also in 2018 against Rutherglen Rovers, when I scored a hat-trick and hit 100 goals for the Thistle. Being the first and the only person so far to reach that milestone.”

“The one that sticks out however as a team would be a 3-3 draw with Sporting Pumas. A cracking side who were beating us 3-1 with 5 mins to go, and we were down to 9 men but somehow managed to pull it back, and at the time it kept us top of League. Crazy scenes when we got the equaliser.”

What is the best prank or wind up you have witnessed in your time playing football?

“I’d be here all night trying to think of the best one to be honest. Any prank that has wound up Scott Parry is good for me. Scott runs things and is always in a state on Match Days in case he has calls offs, boys no turning up etc. Gets himself right stressed out and it’s hilarious.”

What are your aims and ambitions moving forward?

“Well, since Amateur Football has been flung under the bus recently, it would be good to see everyone getting back to a bit of normality and playing football every Saturday.”

“Obviously winning some trophies with Carluke along the way would be a bonus.”

Many thanks to Mr Scott Parry for kindly providing the photograph.

The Big Player Interview: Lee Bannatyne (Carluke Thistle AFC).

Must admit I have not had an opportunity to Interview many goalkeepers during my stint with Scottish Amateur Football News, but today’s is a cracker, writes Tom Scott.

Not just any goalkeeper, but one who is a Club Captain, won honours at different Clubs, and was named in a League Team of the Year. Very impressive!

Full name and Position(s) Played at Carluke Thistle:

“Lee Bannatyne – Goalkeeper.”

When did you sign for Carluke Thistle, and what is the attraction playing for them?

“Signed in 2020. The attraction for playing with the Thistle was a lot of friends had signed up and I am also close with Scott Parry , who runs the Club. I also have a long affiliation with Manager Neil McLaughlan.”

What honours have you won? Please detail Competition and Years.

“Won all domestic honours that were going in the now defunct Carluke & District AFL over a 3-year period with Motherwell War Office.”

“Also won the Fosters Central Division 1 in 2016/17 with Cambusnethan Talbot.”

“Was also in the League Team of the Year ,and called up to the Saturday Morning League Select Team in 2017/18 whilst playing for Cambusnethan Talbot.”

What is your best memory at Carluke Thistle?

“Being made Club Captain was something that I am proud of. Don’t have too many playing memories as I have only managed a small Pre-Season before Covid put a halt to things, but the club arranged a trip to Newcastle and a friendly against a club called Seaton Burn. At 0-0, Gary Smith pole axed their player in the box, but i saved the resultant penalty and we went on to win 1-0.”

What is the best prank or wind up you have witnessed in your time playing football?

“Whilst at Cambusnethan Talbot, we arranged a day at the Golf Lounge in Glasgow City Centre. Told one of the boys ‘Ginger’ that you had to bring your own clubs. He turned up to Wishaw Train Station in a Taxi and bounced out the Taxi with a full set of Golf Clubs.”

What are your Aims and Ambitions moving forward?

“Simply to win as much as possible. The League, domestic Cups, South of Scotland, and compete in the Scottish.”

Many thanks to Mr Scott Parry for kindly providing the photograph.

You Have Club Sponsors – Who Are They? (Carluke Thistle AFC)

Carluke Thistle AFC President Scott Parry has revealed the GGPAFL Club have managed to retain their five Sponsors amidst the on-going pandemic, writes Tom Scott.

THE RAILWAY INN, ALAN FORSTER BARBER LANARK, DB REFRIGERATION & CATERING SERVICES LTD, DAVID MURPHY ROOFING & ROUGHCASTERS, and OCO PLUMBING & HEATING have been superb at helping the Club going back to their time in Sunday Amateur Football.

Thistle, founded in 2011, maintain great Social Media presence, and involve all their sponsors at every opportunity.

As I have said many times during Covid-19, the help and support given right across the board by small/large businesses to Scottish Amateur Football Clubs has been amazing given that many be struggling themselves as a direct result of Scottish Government restrictions.

Many thanks to Mr Scott Parry for providing the excellent Sponsors’ Graphic.

Fab Four Chase Carluke Last-Man Cash

Week 6 of the Carluke Thistle AFC Last Man Standing Competition, due to commence on Friday (8pm), will involve just four people, writes Tom Scott.

No fewer than 20 made their exit in Week 5 as they looked to clinch the prize pot of just over £987.

Commiserations to those who were eliminated.

Carluke Thistle AFC Officials would like to thank everyone for their continued support, and also Sponsors’ Last Man Standing Selections should be made no later than 5pm on Friday.

The very best of luck!

Headline Makers Revisited: Carluke Thistle AFC (May 2020)

Carluke Thistle AFC announced their Management and Coaching Structure for Season 2020-2021, writes Tom Scott.

Manager – Neil McLaughlan
Assistant – Scott Parry
Goalkeeping Coach – Alan McCartney
Coach – Steven O’Connor
Fund-Raiser – Mark Nelson

Scott Parry is also President of the Club, who were founded in 2011.

Greater Glasgow Premier AFL announced and welcomed new applicants Houston Amateurs, FC Argyle, Craigneuk and Carluke Thistle into their set-up (March) for the 2020-2021 campaign.

GGPAFL involvement marked Carluke moving from Sunday Football into Saturday Afternoon match action. However, in what should have been their debut against Colquhoun United FC on October 10, 2020,

Scottish Government restrictions were tightened and Thistle have still to kick a competitive ball in Division 3A.