Headline Makers Revisited: AlonA Hotel West of Scotland Amateur Cup Final (May 2018)

Colville Park E AFC 1 UB-United AFC 0

A Kevin Fotheringham second half strike proved decisive during the May Final at Hamilton, writes Tom Scott.

Keiran Christie, UB- United AFC, was named Man of the Match following the Friday evening action.

Thank-you to United Founder and Club Manager Shaun Milne for providing a selection of the Cup Final photographs.

Colville Park E AFC are wearing the all- blue kit.

Zoom Meeting Boosts Colville Boss

Colville Park E AFC Manager Kenny Henderson has revealed he was given a huge boost by a Friday night Zoom Call with his squad, writes Tom Scott.

No fewer than 19 out of 21 players made themselves available to run through a number of key points – including when they can safely meet up again!

Travel restrictions are still in place despite Clubs being allowed to organise non-contact training, but Kenny explained: “Only two of our players stay locally in Motherwell, while 95% of the rest – including Management – are based in Paisley, Renfrewshire and Glasgow, so that means we can’t train.”

“With the Zoom response – the two lads who couldn’t participate put in apologies – that tells me everything I need to know regarding commitment.”

“Keeping the squad together was the priority, and I have no fears on that.”

Taking over the Colville Park hot seat after the former Scottish Cup holders and Premier Division champions took a year out of football due to a shortage of players was always going to be a tough task – but Kenny Henderson does not shy away from hard work.

He said “Rebuilding the Club from scratch in normal circumstances was not going to happen overnight, but during a global pandemic has been a nightmare.”

“The earliest I can see us starting back – if restrictions allow – is May. The Central Scottish League may introduce a Cup competition to get teams back on the park again, but in terms of the division we will be in that’s the Championship because the Club were absent for a season.”

“The bigger picture for me is pre-season. We might need to hold off until the first week in July.”

Meanwhile, Kenny Henderson is looking to add to his backroom staff with a second Coach. Interested parties should contact him on 07702314289.

New Coach Vacancy On Offer At Colville Park

Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL Championship outfit Colville Park E AFC have announced they are in the market to bring an outfield players’ Coach into their set-up, writes Tom Scott.

Without a competitive game since Garrowhill Thistle departed Dalziel Park with a 3-2 victory early last October, new Manager Kenny Henderson and his backroom were left frustrated over the lack of opportunities to get back onto the training ground and work with what amounted to a complete squad rebuild following his appointment.

Mistakes and Individual errors had been highlighted from Pre-Season outings and the Garrowhill reversal, which Kenny and his staff desperately wanted to eradicate under the Dalziel floodlights until Scottish Government restrictions binned games and contact training sessions completely five months ago.

While Boss Hendo has managed to keep everyone on board and safe, he now feels the timing is right to augment his backroom “team”.

Non-Contact sessions for over-17s with limited numbers could return early next month, and Kenny said: “Nobody has left, but these things can change.”

“The plan was always on bringing in a 2nd Coach, so I need to get things moving now.”

The former Premier Division champions plus Scottish Amateur Cup and West of Scotland Cup holders compete in one of football’s best known and competitive organisations.

Potential and interested Coaches can register interest with a DM through the Club’s Twitter Page, or to Kenny Henderson on 07702314289.

Headline Makers Revisited (May, June, July 2015)

Harestanes won the Fosters Premier Division title ahead of Colville Park and Drumchapel, writes Tom Scott.

Aitkenhhead Thistle were crowned Division 1A Champions in the Foster’s Central Scottish AFL.

Steins Thistle AFC topped Division B.

In the Scottish Amateur Football League Thorn Athletic held off the challenge of St Joseph’s to clinch the Premier Division Championship.

South Camlachie defeated Ferguslie Star 4-3 in the Coronation Cup Final at Cambuslang Rangers’ ground.

Blochairn Star B duo Chris Barr and Scott McEwan agreed to join Petershill Juniors and Queen’s Park respectively.

Whitefield Rovers won the Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL championship. Tynecastle AFC lifted the Tommy Marshall Cup.

Firhill United won the President’s Cup.

Broomhouse goalkeeper Don Scott was named their Player of the Year. Ryan McMillan took the Player’s Player of the Year vote and David Quinn finished Top Goalscorer.

Colville Focus On Continued New Year Transition

Long-Serving Colville Park E AFC stalwart Andy Williamson has admitted Covid-19 will not change the huge challenge which he knew was already waiting for them after taking a season out of Scottish Amateur football.

The glory days of winning Scottish and West of Scotland Cups Premier Division titles, plus domestic competitions in the shape of the League Cup and M and M Trophy were brought to a shuddering halt in September 2019, when the Motherwell club announced they were quitting due to a shortage of players – just four months after beating Eastfield 2-0 in an all- Central Scottish AFL National Final at Hampden Park.

Prior to their demise, at least three managers had tried to steer the rudderless ship back of course following the hugely successful reign of Michael Kennedy (now at Darvel FC).

No doubt Colville folding was welcomed by quite a few managers and coaches of other clubs – after all football is a results-driven business – even in Amateur Football.

Kenny Henderson is now attempting to put the building blocks in place – albeit interrupted by Government restrictions and Tier-4 / 3 rules – in his first job at this level, and with a squad that had still to register a league victory prior to the October 10 shut-down.

Mr Andy Williamson has been a player, manager and currently serves on the Club Committee with another amazing man, Mr Joe Walker. The pair have spent an incredible amount of their lives with Colville, and the one thing that comes across when I mention both gentlemen by name to various people within the game is nobody has a bad word to say about them!

That alone speaks volumes for both their character and integrity. Andy said “Kenny Henderson is an enthusiast, and we are looking forward to getting back into competitive action when the current restrictions are finally lifted. It has been a most frustrating season so far – made much worse of course by the fact that we had to sit out last season as well when things didn’t work out for us.”

“This greatly fore-shortened season will be a rebuilding one for us of course, and we are realistic enough to know that it will take time for us to get back to the level we had a couple of years ago, but that is our target, and we are looking forward to that challenge.”

Colville Transition Set To Continue In The New Year

Long-Serving Colville Park E AFC stalwart Andy Williamson today admitted Covid-19 has not changed the challenge which he knew was already waiting for them after taking a season out of Amateur football The glory days of winning Scottish and West of Scotland Cups Premier Division titles, plus domestic competitions in the shape of the League Cup and M and M Trophy were brought to a shuddering halt in September 2019, when the Motherwell club announced they were quitting due to a shortage of players. – just four months after beating Eastfield 2-0 in an all- Central Scottish AFL National Final at Hampden Park.

Prior to their demise at least three managers had tried to steer the rudderless ship back of course following the hugely successful reign of Michael Kennedy, who gave Colville ample notice he was about to undertake a brand-new challenge at Darvel FC.

No doubt Colville folding was welcomed by quite a few managers and coaches of other clubs after all football is a results-driven business even in amateur football!

Now Kenny Henderson is attempting to put the building blocks in place – albeit interrupted by Government restrictions and Tier-4 rules – in his first job at this level and with a squad that had still to register a league victory by October 10.

Andy Williamson has been a player, manager and currently serves on the Club Committee with another amazing man, Joe Walker. The pair have spent an incredible amount of their lives with Colville, and the one thing that comes across when I mention both gentlemen by name to various people within the game is nobody has a bad word to say about them!

That speaks volumes for their character and integrity. Andy told me “Kenny Henderson is an enthusiast, and we are looking forward to getting back into competitive action when the current restrictions are finally lifted. It has been a most frustrating season so far – made much worse of course by the fact that we had to sit out last season as well when things didn’t work out for us.”

“This greatly fore-shortened season will be a rebuilding one for us of course and we are realistic enough to know that it will take time for us to get back to the level we had a couple of years ago, but that is our target, and we are looking forward to that challenge.”

Colville Confirm Saturday Evening Players’ Zoom Call

Scottish Amateur Footballl News Exclusive….

Colville Park E AFC are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to maintain player-interest or pinpoint anyone struggling with Mental Health issues – and a 5.30pm Zoom Call meeting has been arranged for this evening!

Manager Kenny Henderson and Assistant Bobby Patterson have remained in contact with all their players through phone calls or group chat since the Scottish Government announced no competitive would be played after October 3.

Said Kenny: “We have arranged the call for 17:. 30 hours to keep the guy’s spirits up.”

“With setting up a brand new team and having a squad of 22 players who were strange with each other I honestly felt we were getting there in terms of turning a corner, and turning those narrow defeats into wins. Not being able to use a dressing room was frustrating, not only for the boys and the banter that goes with it , but also for me and Bobby trying to carry out thorough team talks. Unable to put our game plan together and get that message into the boys is so much harder doing that at the side of a park in terrible conditions.”

“To try and rebuild Colville was always a massive task in itself. Trying to rebuild any football club during a global pandemic made the job so much harder, and I can only thank all the boys who have stayed with me despite several attempts by WOS teams to give them game time, I also feel amateur football has been harshly dealt with by the Government. I really don’t understand how West of Scotland teams who don’t get tested can still play, yet we can’t.”

“Every team out there at our level are all feeling the same frustration and for the sake of the boy’s Mental Health I hope we can get back playing sooner rather than later.”

“I have been very fortunate not to have lost anyone during this unique time and once we are back I am hoping I will have a few new faces coming into our squad to give us that little bit extra we needed.”

“The boys are all doing their own fitness programmes (hopefully), but they are all struggling without the game we love being able to play and train!”

“We don’t know anything with regards to a league restart date, but we just need to stick together during this global pandemic, and hopefully every club will survive, and next year will see us return to the game we love.”

“It is a hard time for everyone out there and it’s great to see the football community doing their bit to keep everyone’s Mental Health up. We are also very lucky to have the NHS who have done a great job during hard circumstances , and above everything else at the moment it’s just making sure everyone stays in contact,. stays safe and hopefully can return to football as we knew it sooner rather than later.”

ANDREW SKINNER…..Scored three goals in two games after joining Colville Park E AFC.

Kenny also revealed Goalkeeper Darren Linton, formerly of Wishaw HSFP, was his final signing before the last game early October, and that former junior football winger Andrew Skinner, who made a stunning start at Colville with three goals in two games, is still part of their squad.

Colville Manager Shares Frustration Over Latest Season Set-Back

Another three-weeks of restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government has hit 11 Councils and left Amateur League clubs kicking their heels once more – including first-season Colville Park E AFC Manager Kenny Henderson.

Their stop-start-stop spell of pre-season training ran alongside being unable to work with a squad put together for the club’s re-entry into the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL. Early defeats – highlighted by individual errors – could not be addressed during Monday and Wednesday evening training sessions at Dalziel Park.

Said Kenny “I am really missing being out on the training pitch working with the lads. We covered a lot of work and I just hope it doesn’t go to waste when we get the final all-clear.

Goalkeeper Chris Wright…. in his second spell with Colville Park E AFC

“So far we have managed to keep all the players on board.” Colville Park were still recruiting new signings when the Government call was made to stop competitive fixtures after 3rd October.

As of 6pm tonight ( Friday) Tier-4 restrictions commence and will remain in place until Friday, 11th December.

Headline Makers Revisited: Central Scottish AFL Select

Scottish Amateur Football News is delighted to announce we are looking back over the years and will highlight “Headline Makers” who were featured in the national press or weekly newspapers. We hope our ever-growing band of Readers/ Visitors enjoy the experience!

Writer Tom Scott was at the forefront covering many of the Articles, which we are pleased to announce will be coming your way on a regular basis during Covid-19. Scottish Amateur Football News is convinced the Super Series will stimulate memories among Committee Members, Official, Managers, Coaches and Players throughout the country.

If YOUR CLUB would like to recapture a significant achievement, please contact TOM through the usual channels of communication. He would also warmly welcome the use of photographs. Now sit back and read how the CENTRAL SCOTTISH AFL SELECT team evolved in Season 2015-2016 through the eyes of Manager JOHN HUGHES, who also supplied the selection of photographs which Tom has retained.

Central Scottish AFL Select Team v Bellshill Athletic JFC – Report

A high quality game, played in a great spirit by both teams at Glasgow Green. The Select team used all 20 squad players from 11 different Member Clubs in preparation for the Inter-League Competition Quarter-Final tie with SSMAFL, due on Sunday 22nd November, at Dalziel Park.

Bellshill took the lead right at the beginning of the match through an own goal and this was to be the only counter in a first half , which was pretty evenly contested. The second 45 minutes saw a large number of personnel changes from both sides , and the Select team took the upper hand – scoring four goals through doubles from Allan MacPherson and Lee Dickson, both of Haldane United AFC. Man of the Match – Liam Cusack.

Official Teamwear Suppliers

The Central Scottish AFL announced PSL Teamsports as their Official Teamwear supplier to the Select Team. The sponsorship deal included supplying the Management team with a full set of Adidas Management Jackets, tracksuits, polos etc. A new bespoke playing kit would also be supplied early in 2016.

The League Executive and the Member Clubs took the opportunity to thank Mr Frank Brannigan and the staff at PSL Teamsports for their sponsorship ,and looked forward to a long and healthy partnership. The Central Scottish AFL also thanked Natalie at VIP Salon, Glasgow for the generous sponsorship of warm up t-shirts for the Select Team.

A bounce game was arranged on Sunday 18th October at Colville Park with 26 players involved, The game ended in 3-2 win for the red select team, it was 2 x 35 minute half’s. The players played the game at a high tempo considering most played the day before for their clubs. It proved a good exercise as it allowed players recommended to be seen first hand.

Irvine Meadow and Cumbernauld Juniors pulled out of a friendly match arranged for Tuesday 20th October, at Glasgow Green, and it proved difficult to get junior opposition John called up 40 players to participate in a bounce game ahead of Ayrshire Select clash on Sunday , 25th October at Clark Drive. This was to prove a great all-round exercisei, with 37 of the 40 players attending. The Blue Select team on this occasion came out on top 2-1 in a very entertaining game given the poor overhead conditions.

Following those 2 bounce games, John quickly picked a squad of 20 with 6 on standby for the Ayrshire Select game. Out of the 20 called up, only 3 pulled out due to injury, He called up 1 player and 18 travelled to Ayrshire. The players appeared to be buying into the spirit they were trying to build in the group, and that was shown by how they collectively celebrated the winning goal!

John Smiths Trophy 2015-2016

Sunday, October 25, 2015.

AYRSHIRE AFA 0 CENTRAL SCOTTISH AFL 1

Central Scottish Team: Hollis (Postal United), Peebles (Colville Park), Gallacher (Pollok), Dickson (Haldane United), McGown (Bannockburn) Capt, Matthews (Drumchapel Amateurs), McLean (East Kilbride), Currie (St Patricks FP), Preston (Stedfast), MacPherson (Haldane United), McAulay (Colville Park)

Subs: Shaw (Eastfield), Mullaney (Ashvale Victoria), Hadden (East Kilbride), McIntosh (East Kilbride), Craig (Mill United), McFadyen (Pollok) and Webb (Stedfast)

A very competitive game was played in windy conditions on an excellent playing surface at Irvine Sports ground, the home of Clark Drive AFC. Colin Preston went close with two headers and Currie was denied by the Ayrshire keeper, who was in tremendous form throughout.

A no-scoring first half, and it took a Robbie Peebles goal to put Central Scottish AFL in front. Paul McAulay went close to adding a second right at the end of the match. Central Scottish AFL took the slender advantage ahead of the second leg in February / March 2016.

Former Minerva Manager Returns For Second Stint

Grant McKie admits his return to being manager at Campsie Minerva has arrived a lot earlier than he ever expected! Having taken two years out of football due to family reasons, Grant revealed his initial return to the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL club was aimed at helping out boss Graeme Dempsey.

However, circumstances changed in August when Dempsey stood down, and McKie was asked to take over again.

He told me “I was previously manager of Minerva for four years. We had a very strong team at that time winning the Cinema Cup and losing the League Cup final the following year to Colville Park E AFC.”

“It is great to be back but due to Covid-19 very difficult to try and put my own stamp on things with everything that is going on.”

“We can’t train, can’t play, so it is impossible to try and get players when you can’t tell them where or if they can play or train.”

“It is the same for all clubs, but due to me just being back it’s hard. Still, it is good to be back involved A LOT earlier than I ever expected.”