Dynamo Boss Praises Player Training Response

Castlemilk Dynamo Manager Gary Hamilton has heaped praise on their players as they gear up for a return to action on May 22nd, writes Tom Scott.

He told me: “The Training has been excellent, Tom. Been in since we were allowed back – Wednesdays and Saturdays.”

“Going to step it up next week as we get ready for the first game (May 22).”

“There has been no player activity since we announced Greg Twaddle coming back.”

“Just one more signing to add and we will be in a very healthy position.”

Dynamo Signings Join Start-Back Team-Mates

Castlemilk Dynamo boss Gary Hamilton welcomed two new signings for the start of Non-Contact Training, writes Tom Scott.

Former Dynamo favourite Greg Mitchell has re-joined from Whitehill Welfare, while ex-St Anthony and East Kilbride Thistle player Tony Quinn also joined in an excellent stint.

Said Gary: “The players looked really sharp and have been looking after themselves.”

Another session will take place tonight (Wednesday) as Dynamo continue preparations for their first game in May.

We Were Champions – Newmilns Vesuvius AFC (2005-2006)

NEWMILNS VESUVIUS AFC left it late – in fact very late – when they were crowned Ayrshire AFA Premier Champions in season 2005-2006, writes Chief Writer Tom Scott.

Midfielder Graeme Neil…Second left Front Row. Goalkeeper GARY HAMILTON…Middle in Back Row.

He caught up with two key players from the team that stunned hosts Clark Drive AFC with a real-life smash-and-grab act.

Goalkeeper Gary Hamilton saved a penalty kick with 7 minutes remaining to keep the score line at 1-1 – bearing in mind Newmilns needed a victory which would secure the championship on goal difference – and left-sided midfielder Graeme Neil duly obliged three minutes later with a real howitzer of a finish befitting any level of the beautiful game!

Gary, currently Manager of Castlemilk Dynamo in the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL, revealed: “What a season that was!”

“We also reached the Semi-Final of the Scottish Amateur Cup (losing out to Falkirk AFC), but the Clark Drive match was very special.”

“Graeme (Neil) is a gem of a guy. He was my buddy in the dressing room. A real football guy.”

Modestly, Graeme, who is into his third season with Craigmark Burntonians, but their first crack at the new West of Scotland League Conference A, played down his late glory goal.

He said “Thanks to Gary saving the spot kick we were still in the match. I was actually struggling with a persistent injury at that time of the season.”

“The pitches were solid with the good weather and I thought I might have to go off before the end. I remember their Central Defender cleared a ball out the penalty area.”

“I knew time was running out and I just hit the ball. To be honest, 99 times out of 100 it would never have went in. Fortunately, for us it shot into the corner of the net past the goalkeeper, and right in front of a big crowd of their followers!”

“We had a smashing team at that time. Great memories playing for Newmilns, and the competition around that time from other clubs was brilliant – not just Clark Drive (sadly they folded a couple of years ago), but the likes of Knockentiber, Galston, and Hurlford – no easy games believe me.”

They certainly knew how to celebrate success at Newmilns Vesuvius!

Graeme added: “We booked into Blackpool on the Friday. It was around the time of the World Cup. England were involved. You could say that we really enjoyed being champions!”

Dynamo Aiming To Parade Cruden Homes West Sponsorship

Castlemilk Dynamo will release photographic coverage of their lucrative sponsorship deal with Cruden Homes West – once they are safely allowed onto a football pitch again. Back in October, I revealed Dynamo had secured new home and away strips in addition to run-out tops.

Restrictions, Lockdowns and Tier 4 have all combined to halt Amateur Football – including the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL club, who have not ruled out gaining promotion from the as-yet unfinished campaign halted last March.

I understand Club Officials are excited about wearing their sponsors’ apparel, and also thank them in person for coming forward with a greatly-appreciated sponsorship tie-up.

Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Footballl News when I broke the story Manager Gary Hamilton said: “We would like to thank them with their support for the local Community.”

“Bit of a coup for the Club. Cruden Homes have 3 Developments in Castlemilk, and for us to get them on board is massive.”

The Big Interviews – End Of Year Review – Gary Hamilton (Castlemilk Dynamo AFC)

Gary Hamilton has been a Manager at both Amateur and Junior Football level. Who better to link-up with for the Interview Series alongside Tom Scott. Gary gave his answers as the Castlemilk Dynamo Manager back in October during stringent restrictions, and his Article was well received.


“Joined the club in July, 2020.”


“EK Thistle, Stewarton United, Ferguslie Star, East Kilbride YM.”


“Davy Bolland, Davy Murray, and Graeme Dempsey.”


“CSAFL – Central Scottish Amateur Football League.”


“Barlia, Castlemilk.”




Answer: As at October, when Tom conducted the Interview:

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


“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.”

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.

Castlemilk Swoop For Ex-East Kilbride Thistle Captain

Gary Hamilton won’t require time to access the capabilities of the latest Castlemilk Dynamo signing who has sampled junior football at East Kilbride Thistle and St Anthony.

Tony Quinn was captain at the EK Jags under Hamilton’s management last season, and is the second experienced player in as many weeks putting pen to paper for the Central Scottish League club.

Releasing details of the capture @AmmyFitbaNews Gary said “We have managed to secure Tony who last played at St Anthony FC. He was my captain at the Show Park last season and I am delighted to get him on board as he can play in a number of positions and gives us another option.”

Having also recruited 23-year-old former Pollok FC defender Dom Larkin this month, and also finalised a major sponsorship deal with Cruden Homes West on Friday – which we exclusively revealed – it has certainly a busy time for the first-season Dynamo boss.

He added “Dom and Tony are two terrific signings. The sponsorship deal is a bit of a major coup for the club. We will receive new home and away strips as well as run-out tops.”

“Cruden have 3 Developments in Castlemilk and for us to get them on board is massive. We would like to thank them with their support for the local community.”

Castlemilk Dynamo Secure Cruden Homes Deal

Scottish Amateur Footballl News Exclusive

Manager Gary Hamilton has revealed the Central Scottish Amateur League club have clinched a lucrative sponsorship deal with Cruden Homes West. Dynamo have secured new home and away strips in addition to run-out tops.

Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Footballl News Gary said “We would like to thank them with their support for the local Community.”

“Bit of a coup for the Club. Cruden Homes have 3 Developments in Castlemilk, and for us to get them on board is massive.”

Bearsden Boss Bemoans Current Football Breaker

Kevin McGroarty admits the current 16-day Circuit Breaker imposed by the Scottish Government could not have come at a worse time for his Bearsden team or Amateur Footballl in general.

Back into football management for the first time in two years and building an entire playing squad from the ground upwards, Kevin took time out today to say “This has came at the wrong time for the lads as we were beginning to start playing the way we wanted to be, and match sharpness was beginning to come back.”

“The lads know exactly what they need to be doing over the break as it is with any break, maintaining their fitness and making sure they are ready to go when we are back.”

“We are looking forward to getting back into it , but again we will have to wait until we start the 2020- 2021 season as we host Gartcosh United next from last year’s (2019-2020) fixtures.”

Bearsden went into the latest shutdown off the back of a 4-1 Thursday evening defeat against Castlemilk Dynamo, whose Manager Gary Hamilton was quick to praise their opponent’s commitment over 90 minutes.

Kevin responded “That was a really good performance from the lads against Castlemilk. We didn’t back down from them and I was really happy with the fight the boys showed!”

“Yeah, Gary (Hamilton) is a really nice guy, so that was nice of him to say that about us”

Dynamo Manager Praises Defeated Thursday Opponents

Castlemilk Dynamo Manager Gary Hamilton had nothing but praise for Bearsden AFC following a 4-1 at Dalziel Park on Thursday evening.

Goals from Dean McGinnity (2), Joseph Lang and Chris Hughes maintained an excellent start for Dynamo, who also saw Alan Semple miss a penalty, but Gary was quick to praise a Bearsden squad who are also under a new management structure.

“I was impressed by Bearsden’s commitment throughout the 90 minutes. Dom Larkin, our new signing from Pollok FC, made his debut, and the only disappointment was losing a poor goal tonight.”

Meanwhile, Gartcosh United beat Steins Thistle 5-2.