Dumbarton Academy Exclusive: Back To Non-Contact Training

Dumbarton Academy FP AFC Official Robert Porter has revealed their players had a safe return to Non-Contact training last Saturday, writes Tom Scott.

Accies followed the latest Government guidelines, and Robert kindly provided Scottish Amateur Football News with Exclusive photographs taken during the session.

Robert also had Information from the Caledonian League. He said: “Following the Government announcement that competitive football can resume from Monday 17th May, the Caledonian League have announced the 2020-2021 season William Turner Challenge Cup will run from Saturday, 22nd May until mid-June.”

“All at Accies are delighted at the prospect of participating in the Tournament. We await further guidance regarding accessing our gymnasium. Assuming the current pathway regarding Covid-19 remains in place, the 2021-2022 season is planned to commence as normal during August.”

Thanks again to Mr Robert Porter for giving up his time, and supplying the photographs.

Dumbarton Academy FP AFC: League Cup Final Photo Gallery

On Saturday I featured Dumbarton Academy FP AFC coming from a goal down to defeat Larkhall 2-1 in the 2016 Douglas Smith League Cup Final at Broadwood, Cumbernauld, writes Tom Scott.

Unfortunately, at the time of submitting the SAFN Article, no photographs were available from any source.

However, our good friend and follower of Scottish Amateur Football News, Mr Robert Porter, has been in contact with a lovely message.

He said: “Tom, One of my ex- Accies colleagues saw your Tweet regarding the final and sent some pics to me. Unsure if you can add retrospectively.”

“These reports to down well within my club. Regards, Robert.”

Well, Robert, I am using them, and with a brief re-cap on what happened.

Accies trailed to a 5th minute goal on the big Friday evening (February) clash.

Central midfielder Alan Filshie equalised following a corner kick.

Extra-Time was looming until hero Andrew McDonald struck with 13 minutes remaining.

Manager Jim George guided his team to wins against Milngavie Wanderers, Rannoch, Doune Castle, Glasgow Harp, and Semi-Finalists Gartcosh United (6-5 on penalties) to leave them 90 minutes away from glory.

CUP FINAL PHOTO GALLERY: Thanks again Mr Robert Porter.

Dumbarton Academy FP AFC win against Larkhall from 2016 League Cup Final win at Broadwood, Cumbernauld.

Dumbarton Academy FP AFC- League Cup Final Comeback

Andrew McDonald bagged a 77th minute winner as Dumbarton Academy FP AFC recorded their 2016 Douglas Smith League Cup success against Larkhall, writes Tom Scott.

Accies trailed to a 5th minute goal on the big Friday evening (February) clash at Broadwood, Cumbernauld.

Central midfielder Alan Filshie equalised following a corner kick.

Extra-Time was looming until hero McDonald struck with 13 minutes remaining.

Manager Jim George guided the team to wins against Milngavie Wanderers, Rannoch, Doune Castle, Glasgow Harp, and Semi-Finalists Gartcosh United (6-5 on penalties) to leave them 90 minutes away from glory.

SEASON SPONSORS: Taj Tandoori (Dumbarton), and The Bay Inn (Bowling).

We Were The Champions – Goldenhill AFC (2017-2018)

Goldenhill AFC won a Scottish Amateur Football League title and the Centenary Cup in 2017-2018, writes Tom Scott.

Gowdie secured the Premier Division Championship with 16 straight wins and finished nine points ahead of St Joseph’s FP.

Goldenhill won both head-to-head clashes. A 2-1 away victory on November 17, 2017, and 1-0 the following May.

The pair also met in the Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals, when Goldenhill secured a 5-2 victory en route to lifting silverware (4-2) against Alba.

St Joseph’s gained some revenge by defeating the Champions in the Jimmy Marshall Cup Final.

Gowdie went out in the 6th Round of the West of Scotland Amateur Cup against Dumbarton Academy FP AFC, and perhaps the biggest disappointment of all – a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Shortlees in the Scottish Amateur Cup Final on 20th May, 2018.

Accies Reveal Refurbishment Full Programme

Official Robert Porter has revealed the full extent of the Dumbarton Academy FP AFC gym changing room and showers programme currently delayed due to the Government lockdown, writes Tom Scott.

Said Robert “I can provide an overview of the Refurbishment Work currently being carried out within the Accies Gym Changing Room and Showers areas.”

“When the last lockdown eased, a team of Accies volunteers starting refurbishing the Changing Room and Shower areas in preparation for the footballing season restarting at some point in the future. In order to observe social distancing measures and protect the health of everyone, the work was being done by one volunteer individual at a time.”

“Unfortunately, this refurbishment work is now on hold due to the current lockdown. As soon as the Government deem it permissible to restart such works is a safe manner, we will perform a further risk assessment before any decision to recommence the programme is made.”

“I have submitted some pictures for you.”

Academy Swap Dressing Rooms Upgrade For New Tracksuits

Dumbarton Academy FP AFC Official Robert Porter has revealed continued Government restrictions have forced them to alter their off-the-pitch planning, writes Tom Scott.

“Whilst the cessation of all Amateur football continues, all at Accies are continuing to do their best to utilise the downtime through planning for the club’s future,” said Robert.

“Given the Government and Football Governing bodies desire to avoid unnecessary travel, the upgrading of our club changing rooms and gymnasium is paused for the time being.”

“We have instead redirected our off-field efforts by focussing on improving our Match-Day equipment, to ensure we are in a good place when footballing activities return.”

“This week, saw new Match-D ay tracksuits delivered, which are currently being distributed to the players and coaches, whilst observing social distancing measures.”

“All at the club would like to extend our thanks to our club Kitman Phillip McBride for coordinating the purchase and distribution of the tracksuits and to Kevin Jackson of Pitch Teamwear for supplying them.”

“I have attached two Pictures: Accies defender Kenny Wilson and his son Roman Wilson. Roman regularly comes along to support Accies forward Scott Cowan.”

Many thanks again to Mr Robert Porter for providing the Photographs and Club information.

Headline Makers Revisited – Famous Grouse Cup Scottish Amateur Cup 2001-2002

Most Amateur Footballl Clubs can only dream of reaching a Scottish Cup final and, no matter the result, enjoying their day out, writes Tom Scott.

When Harestanes AFC and Dumbarton Academy FP AFC contested the 2002 Hampden Park showdown, the pair had emerged from an initial entry of 539 clubs the previous October.

Without question playing at the National Stadium added prestige to the blue riband of Amateur Football.

Dumbarton, previous winners in 1971, were representing the Caledonian AFL, while Harestanes had emerged from the Central Scottish League.

Both Semi-Finals were tense affairs. Extra-time and penalties allowed the FP’s to edge past Balmore AFC, while their Kirkintilloch opponents came through 1-0 against Eastvale (Fife).

What I remember from the competition that season was the amount of games played by both clubs – not including the Semi- Finals and goals scored.

The Academy, despite receiving a first round bye, faced 10 (three replays) teams, and netted 30 times.

Harestanes had to negotiate a route past 9 teams, were involved in a Round 8 penalty shoot-out against Dalziel HSFP, and bagged 26 goals.

The Record Books show Harestanes would achieve their first- ever national trophy success in a six-goal encounter and they held onto the silverware at Hampden Park the following year.

A third Cup Final victory – placed alongside the Premier championship – in 2015 earned Harestanes AFC their place in history, when they entered the senior Scottish Cup and landed a home draw against Preliminary Round opponents Girvan FC.

With Merkland deemed unsuitable to use as a home venue, the eagerly awaited clash was switched to Kilsyth Rangers’ Duncansfield Park.

The BBC and national press were out in force looking for an upset, but Girvan had other ideas and won 3-0.

YOUR CLUB could feature in the Series put together by Tom Scott. Make contact with him through our usual channels of communication. Don’t forget to include your name and Club, a Contact Number or even better an email address.

Accies Forward Hands Club Festive Sock Boost

Dumbarton Academy FPs have been given a sponsor boost from within by forward Shane Jackson. Shane recently donated to Accies a set of new socks for their new home strip.

Club Official Robert Jackson kindly contacted me with all the details and said: “I would be obliged if you would record or thanks.to Shane. and his business Wired Inn”

“Whilst we are unable to play at the moment, we continue to train each week, Including a wintry one from last Thursday.”

On behalf of the club. Coach Mark Docherty presented Shane with a pennant as a token of their appreciation.

Headline Makers Revisited (Harestanes Scottish Amateur Cup 2001-2002)

Most Amateur Football Clubs can only dream of reaching a Scottish Cup final and, no matter the result, enjoying their day out. When Harestanes AFC and Dumbarton Academy FP AFC contested the 2002 Hampden Park showdown, the pair had emerged from an initial entry of 539 clubs the previous October.

Without question playing at the National Stadium added prestige to the blue riband of Amateur Football. Dumbarton, previous winners in 1971, were representing the Caledonian AFL, while Harestanes had emerged from the Central Scottish League.

Both Semi-Finals were tense affairs. Extra-time and penalties allowed the FP’s to edge past Balmore AFC, while their Kirkintilloch opponents came through 1-0 against Eastvale (Fife).

What I remember from the competition that season was the amount of games played by both clubs, not including the Semi-Finals and goals scored.

The Academy, despite receiving a first round bye, faced 10 teams (three replays), and netted 30 times.

Harestanes had to negotiate a route past 9 teams, were involved in a Round 8 penalty shoot-out against Dalziel HSFP, and bagged 26 goals.

The Record Books show Harestanes would achieve their first – ever national trophy success in a six-goal encounter, and they held onto the silverware against Newmilns at Hampden Park the following year.

A third Cup Final victory – placed alongside the Premier championship – in 2015 earned Harestanes AFC their place in history, when they entered the senior Scottish Cup and landed a home draw against Preliminary Round opponents Girvan FC.

With Merkland deemed unsuitable to use as a home venue, the eagerly awaited clash was switched to Kilsyth Rangers’ Duncansfield Park.

The BBC and national press were out in force looking for an upset, but Girvan had other ideas and won 3-0.

YOUR CLUB could feature in the Series put together by Tom Scott. Make contact with him through our usual channels of communication. Don’t forget to include your name and Club, a Contact Number or even better an email address.