Headline Makers Revisited: FC Argyle (Season 2015- 2016)

FC Argyle won the Hall Cup Final in convincing fashion against SAFL Division 1 rivals Carlton YMCA AFC at New McKenna Park on April 29, 2016, writes Tom Scott.

Argyle, who finished the season in fourth-top place (Port Glasgow AFC were crowned Champions), defeated Carlton 3-0.

In the Semi-Finals, Carlton beat Paisley AFC 2-0 at Lochinch, while Scotstoun 3G hosted FC Argyle edging out East Kilbride YMCA AFC 3-2.

East Kilbride Secure Centenary Memorial Sponsorship

The Angus McConnell Memorial Summer League – organised by East Kilbride YMFC – has been given an additional boost with trophy and winners’ medals’ sponsorship, writes Tom Scott.

Secretary Graeme Robertson was delighted to reveal CIRCULAIR HVAC are backing the event, which runs from 12th June until 31st July.

Kirktonholme Pitches will host 10 East Kilbride teams and 45 games.

Graeme also kindly revealed Mr Martin Cluney, who responded to the call for sponsorship, is married to the niece of the late Mr Angus McConnell.

“Nice story.”

East Kilbride YMFC are the oldest Club locally (1921), and currently boast six teams – Including the top-flight Caledonian League, plus Greater Glasgow Premier AFL.

CLARION CALL: To the Amateur Football Clubs participating in the Angus McConnell Centenary Memorial Summer League, contact the SAFN Sports Desk and tell us about your preparations.

Headline Makers Revisited: Caledonian AFL (Season 2006-2007)

Dalziel HSFP were crowned Caledonian League Premier Division champions in season 2006-2007, writes Tom Scott.

Bannockburn were runners-up.

Milton AFC were Division One winners, with East Kilbride YMCA in second place.

Newton Mearns Rovers took the Division Two Championship ahead of Bearsden.

Doune Castle won the Bedroom Planet East of Scotland Cup.

Glasgow Harp lifted the Douglas Smith League Cup, and Balmore AFC secured the Queen’s Park Challenge Cup.

Headline Makers Revisited (Season 2006-2007)

Three players from the Caledonian League were called by the Scottish Amateur Football Association in 2006-2007, writes Tom Scott.

The trio were Paul Crumley (Dalziel HSFP), Scott McDonald (Drumchapel Amateurs) and Martin Gaughan (Giffnock North).

Dalziel HSFP were Premier champions, and Bannockburn runners-up.

Milton Amateurs took Division One ahead of East Kilbride YMCA.

Newton Mearns Rovers won Division Two, with Bearsden Amateurs in second place.

Doune Castle won the East of Scotland Cup.

Glasgow Harp beat Strathclyde University in the Douglas Smith League Cup Final.

Balmore won the Queen’s Park Challenge Cup, with Doune Castle runners-up

Viewfield Rovers were victorious in the Renfrewshire Cup.

Headline Makers Revisited – Broomhouse AFC (May 2013)

Writer Tom Scott takes his Series onto a new level by looking at the impact BROOMHOUSE FC had on their first-season debut in the Greater Glasgow Premier Amateur League after previously bowing out of Under-21 football with a First Division title.

House, fresh from lifting the LSK Supplies sponsored championship, embarked on an amazing GGPL Division 4 campaign with an impressive 18-game run (17 wins) and clinched another success story in style against Harmony Row at Greenfield Football Centre.

Gary Bett gave the visitors a fifth minute lead, but an own goal levelled up the contest before the break. Broomhouse really cut loose on the resumption, with five goals in 15 breath- taking minutes from Sean Cairney, David Quinn, Darren Hoggan, Mark McFarlane and Mark McGeough.

Quinn completed the rout with his own second of the game six minutes from time. The league programme produced 132 goals (12 conceded), no home points dropped, and opponents only managed to score twice at Greenfield.

Broomhouse also won the Bobby Thomson Challenge Cup coming from 2-0 and 3-2 down before beating Kelvin AFC on penalties.

The domestic treble was denied by Third Lanark, who scored a 27th minute goal to win the President’s Cup. House won back-to-back East Kilbride YM AFC  Annual Invitation Tournaments, and having secured the Greater Glasgow Division 4 Championship as I have outlined in my intro, the players and coaches continued their incredible silverware incentive  by lifting the Division 3 title  a year later. That prompted a change of direction for the Glasgow East End club, and they joined the Caledonian League in time for season  2014-2015.

Having rebranded their name (from Broomhouse Boys’ Club) to prepare for the new Amateur Footballl challenge,. a 20th Anniversary celebration took place back in 2015.

Over the years. I can reveal a number of dedicated coaches were successful at different age levels within  the Broomhouse set-up not just in Scotland and took in visits to England, Belgium and Holland.

Many of the players stayed on after also winning a championship in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League, gaining promotion through the divisions , and an equally impressive West of Scotland Under-21 Cup final victory against hot -favourites Harmony Row in 2011.

Like everything else, all good things come to an end and the famous Broomhouse FC name has now sadly disappeared from the amateur football ranks.

Headline Makers Revisited – The Stepford Tournament (August 2015)

Writer Tom Scott has covered the four-team Stepford Tournament played between Glasgow East End based Amateur clubs, and organised by Easthall Star AFC over the years.

Pre-Season tournaments provided an excellent format for clubs to gain match fitness.

Four Saturdays at Stepford Road ( Easterhouse) were sponsored Ultimate Car Wash,. and provided plenty of goals from eventual winners Tynecastle AFC. runners-up Garrowhill Thistle,. Easthall Star Red Star.

RESULTS:

Week One: Garrowhill 3. Tynecastle 4;. Red Star 2, Easthall 1.

Week Two: Red Star 2, Tynecastle 2; Garrowhill 1,Easthall 1.

Week Three: Red Star 1, Garrowhill 6: Tynecastle 4, Easthall 0.

3rd/4th Place Play-Off: Red Star 0, Easthall Star 4.

Final: Tynecastle AFC 1, Garrowhill Thistle 0.

Meanwhile, FINNART failed in their attempt to win the East Kilbride YM FC Annual Invitation Tournament.

The Bridgeton club, who had won Group 3, lost 2-1 against Shawlands FP in the Sunday final Finnart trailed 2-0 and pulled one back through a Steven Wilson penalty kick, but they couldn’t find another goal.

TYNECASTLE AFC (pictured) after beating Garrowhill Thistle 1-0 in the Final of the Stepford Tournament, which was organised by Easthall Star. Chris Hughes netted the only goal of a hard-fought encounter from the penalty spot. Jamie Cochrane (Tynecastle AFC) was voted Player of the Tournament.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (02/11/2020)

Writer Tom Scott takes an early daily look at some important News emerging from clubs during Government restrictions. The Scottish Amateur FA Executive and Finance Committee have thanked all member clubs and leagues who took time to contact their MSP’s and MP’s in support of the current “can’t play” situation.

It is their clear intention to continue to seek the assistance of the Scottish F.A. and to lobby the Scottish Government. Great to see the rapidly growing Youth Section at Callander Thistle AFC is making tremendous progress. Only a year old, and now catering for no fewer than SIX age groups from 2009 to 2014.

Organiser Mr DAVID McLEAN has been in contact and I will be featuring an exclusive report on the club’s commitment to providing the best footballing education for everyone in the area. As they are quick to tell us from their base “Mon the Jags!”

Tollcross AFC carried out fantastic work recently handing over more than 30 bags full of food and toiletries to the Glasgow N.E. Foodbank. The response to their appeal from people inside and outside of the club was incredible.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed. Oban Times stalwart Mr David Buchanan has retired following 55 years of dedicated and loyal service. However, amid some heart warming and sincere messages of support to the gentleman on Social Media, the good news is Davie will continue in his role as the devoted Club Secretary of Oban Saints AFC.

East Kilbride YM FC have completed more Project Work at their Kirktonholme venue. Aided by loyal volunteers, the ground has been transformed with new fencing, and new goals are in place for competitive football.

YOUR CLUB could feature in Tom’s Around The Scene Round-Up. Why not get in touch through the usual channels of communication? Please supply your name and club being represented. Don’t forget to include a contact number or better still an email address.

Gary Hamilton: Club Interview (Castlemilk Dynamo AFC)

Scottish Amateur Footballl News Writer Tom Scott today continues his excellent series of CLUB INTERVIEWS, and he has caught up with a new managerial appointment which came during Covid-19 at Castlemilk Dynamo AFC…GARY HAMILTON.

How Long Have You Been Associated With The Club?

Joined the club in July, 2020.

Where Were You Previously?

EK Thistle, Stewarton United, Ferguslie Star, EKYM.

Who Is Involved In The Backroom Staff With You?

Davy Bolland, Davy Murray, and Graeme Dempsey.

What League Do You Play In?

Central Scottish Amateur Football League.

Where Do You Normally Train?

At Barlia, Castlemilk.

And Home Games?

Again, at Barlia.

How Has The Recruitment Process Been During COVID-19?

We’ve recruited 5 players and lost two from last season.

What Are Your Aims And Ambitions Moving Forward?

First of all, we need to secure promotion from last season, and we also have to play Drumchapel Amateurs in a Cup Semi- Final. If we secure promotion, then it’s maintaining our position in the Premier League.

Greater Glasgow Release Provisional Fixtures

Match Secretary Paul Gunn has released provisional fixtures for the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL at the end of the month. The start of the four-tier set-up has been delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions, and the hope is additional measures won’t be introduced early next month.

Here is how the list looks: for October 31. No spectators allowed.

Division 1
Calderglen v Erskine
Eaglesham B v Westerlands A
EKYM AFC v Eastwood Parkmount A
Glasgow University A v Cambria
St Patrick’s v South Lochaber

Division 2
Eastwood Parkmount B v Strathclyde University
EKRR AFC v GSC Amateurs
GSC Jordanhill v Newshot
John Street v Belleaire
Langcraigs v Dynamo EK

Division 3A
Colquhoun v Carluke Thistle
Duncanrig v Kilbarchan
GSC Amateurs Red v Mosspark Albion
Houston v Westcliff
Oban Saints v Park Sports Project

Division 3B
Boswell v Glenvale
Craigneuk v Kirkfield
Rannoch v BSC Glasgow
Vale of Leven v Ferguslie Star
Weir AFC v Pollok AFC
Westerlands GGAFC v The Lovat Arms AFC.