Great disappointment experienced by Fallin and Clackmannan Community after they had their potential Cup Final clash – due to be played at the Falkirk Stadium last March – cancelled due to Covid-19, writes Tom Scott.
Clackmannan came through their Semi-Final with a 2-1 victory against Syngenta.
Three-time winners Fallin and four-time holders Cambusbarron Rovers served up a nail-biting evening of their own, which went down to penalty-kicks.
Rovers went ahead on the stroke of half-time.
Cambusbarron goalkeeper Greg McGuiness denied Ally Brown with a brilliant penalty-kick save on 55 minutes, but eight minutes later he was beaten, when Kyle Imrie timed his movement and header superbly to make it 1-1.
In dramatic fashion, Fallin went through to the Final 4-2 on penalties.
Founded by Alan Roberts and Alex McPhail in 1968, Stenhousemuir- based Aberforth Rangers enjoyed many successful years in the Falkirk and District Sunday Amateurs before being granted membership of the Central Scottish AFL in 1999-2000, writes Tom Scott.
They also retained a team in the Falkirk set-up.
The McEwan’s Division One Championship was immediately secured followed by success in the following year’s League Cup and Cinema Cup Finals.
Maintaining the feel-good factor, Aberforth won back-to-back East of Scotland Amateur Cup Finals at Livingston FC in 2001-2002, and 2002-2003.
Stuart White, a two-footed midfielder possessing great skill, told me “Those East Cup Finals were brilliant, and together with our success in the Central Scottish Amateur Football League bring back great memories.”
Currently joint Manager with Barry Wardrop at Milton AFC he added: “For the East of Scotland Cup Finals we were suited and booted, out on the brilliant Livingston FC grass surface at that time, and our names announced over the tannoy pre-match – not to mention the celebrations afterwards – really made you feel special.”
“I played and was also appointed captain at Aberforth Rangers. Manager Brian Penman and Coach Edgar Jones demanded high standards during training sessions and on Match Days.”
“Football has always been my priority, and I want to Manage at the highest possible level. Together with Barry (Wardrop) we have a job to do at Milton, and at this moment it is extremely tough. We enjoyed success – winning the Cinema Cup again incidentally – in Joint Management with Stirling City, but this pandemic situation is really hard.”
“I always try to see the positive, and myself and Barry are in daily contact as to how we can help the players’ mentally, and what we can do as a Club when they eventually come back. We want them to understand how special they are to us, our Coaching Staff and everyone involved at Milton AFC.”
“I have said for a while now this is a really important period for the game I love, and have been involved in all my life.”
** Thanks to Stuart White for providing the photograph of both East of Scotland Amateur Cup Winners’ Medals.
Goalkeeper Scott Walker has shunned the attention shown by East of Scotland clubs and is staying with back-to-back LEAFA Sunday Premier League champions Westside AFC.
Walker, who also plays for Fernieside AFC in the LEAFA Saturday set-up, has gained full International recognition, and won six trophies in four seasons at Westside. Two of those resulted from titles in 2019 and a year later, plus the 2018 East of Scotland Cup final success.
Westside also reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals in 2019.
Off the park, Westside will commence a new season with a new home shirt sponsor -. local company Shine Window Cleaning Edinburgh. The Sunday League champions are arranging at least four pre-season friendlies.