Doune Castle Official Ian Somerville has been in contact with me to give details of the Club’s new Manager and his Coaching team, writes Tom Scott.
He said: “George Ward has now confirmed his coaching team of Kenny Ferguson, Sam McCue and Bob Angus, all of whom have worked with him in the past.”
“The New Management Team has overseen our return to training as we prepare for the Stirling Invitational Summer League being organised by our fellow Caledonian side and near neighbours, Cambusbarron Rovers.”
“After such a long lay-off, and with the club badly affected by the Government travel restrictions, the Club opted to use this tournament as our main preparation for the new season in August.”
Prior to the resumption of training at the end of the 2021 Covid Lockdown Period, Craig Tully stood down as the Doune Castle Manager, along with his assistant, Crawford Bell. Everyone associated with The Castle thank Craig and Crawford for their outstanding contribution to the Club during their two-year stint leading the side.
The Castle has been delighted to secure the services of George Ward to succeed Craig. Well-known to everyone inside the Club, George has extensive experience of the Amateur game, having previously been in charge of Callander Thistle and, most recently, Steins Thistle.
Joining George at the Castle helm in 2021-2022 will be his tried and tested coaching team: Kenny Ferguson, Sam McCue and Bob Angus. All 4 have already impressed as they have overseen the resumption of training since early May.
George commented: ‘Living locally, I’m well aware of the tradition and success this great club has enjoyed over so many years. All of the coaching team are equally excited to be part of this club and look forward to doing everything we can to bring further success to Moray Park.
The welcome we have received has been wonderful. The attitude of all of the players has been exceptional. We look forward to what lies ahead, fired by a determination to add to Doune’s illustrious history.’
Many thanks to Mr Sommerville for all the information plus the photographs which he kindly sent to myself.