Amateur Player – Sponsor: Steven Lyon (Pollokshields United AFC)

Versatile front man Steven Lyon features in my latest in the new Series on the Amateur Player/ Sponsor, writes Tom Scott.

My thanks goes again to Pollokshields Manager Mr Nim Roy for his help with the Information, Photograph and Graphic.

Full Name of Player: Steven Lyon.

Position played: Forward.

How long at the club: 1 and half seasons.

Previous Clubs: Royal Union FC, Third Lanark AFC

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League Winner – Sponsor: Derek Lang (Pollokshields United AFC)

Long-Serving Derek Lang – another Pollokshields United Championship winner – takes pride of place in my Series today, writes Tom Scott.

Photographs and great Graphics kindly provided by Pollokshields Manager Mr Nim Roy.

Full Name of Player: Derek Lang.

Position played: Midfielder (L/R). Forward.

How long at the club: 5 seasons.

Club Honours: GDSFC Division 2 Winners 2018/19.

Previous Clubs: Croftfoot Westiea AFC, Croftfoot Parish AFC, Kings Park Rangers AFC.

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MTK Holytown Player Provides Club Background And Mental Health Challenge

Centre Midfielder Liam Fagan has outlined the GDSML Club background plus participation in last week’s amazing 24 hour Challenge to raise Suicide Awareness, writes Tom Scott

“We started this football team in 2020 as we have been successfully running a Holytown Suicide Awareness Day since 2017, which is a 12 team 7 a side Tournament competing for the Paul Fagan Memorial Cup (my dad), who unfortunately we lost to Suicide 13 years ago.”

“Over the years , we have been growing as a strong Fund-Raising Community for Chris’s House- a Charity close to our hearts, which is situated in Wishaw, and helps the local Community, and further afield with Mental Health and Suicide Awareness.”

“We decided to start the Amateur Football team to run alongside this as there is a decent core of players involved in organising the day. We have gathered sponsorship from MTK Global Scotland, who are situated in Holytown Main Street, where a lot of the Community go to train and benefit from putting the work in there. Other sponsors include local Holytown Man Chris Bungard MMA Fighter, local Shop Omar Premier, Chris Muldoon Local Barber, and General Motors Social Club.”

“We also have on board Martin Daly Builders, and Aidan McCulloch Plumbing Services. All of these local business and people are the main reason we do what we can do , and are a great help.”

“We were taking part in the Holytown Suicide Awareness 0-100k Walking/ Running Challenge, which is being ran by local Fundraising team Holytown Suicide Awareness. We decided as a team to create the 24- hour Running Challenge as part of this Challenge for Chris’s House.”

“We gathered 48 runners and gave out Half-Hour time slots from Midnight to Midnight – Saturday, 20th February. Some boys ran for an hour, other boys ran for 2 hours. It was a really successful Challenge, and we covered a total of 292.6k (181 miles).”

“We weren’t trying to actively raise money for this Challenge as Holytown do a big Fundraising Day in June, and we don’t want to be asking for money every time we do something.”

“This Challenge was just purely for raising awareness on our behalf , and to get people out there to push on, and hopefully help them get out a rut that most us have been in through Lockdown.”

League Winner – Sponsor: Jett Docherty (Pollokshields United AFC)

A League winner and former Player of the Year recipient is highlighted today, writes Tom Scott.

Huge thanks to United Manager Mr Nim Roy for the photograph and graphics.

Full Name of Player: Jett Docherty.

Position played: Midfielder.

How long at the club: 4 seasons.

Club Honours: GDSFC Division 2 Winners 2018/19. Pollokshields Player of Year 2017/18

Previous Clubs: Shettleston FC, Shettleston Juniors FC U21s, and East Kilbride AFC.

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League Winner – Sponsor: Mark Cunningham (Pollokshields United AFC)

Here is another Championship Medal Winner from the Sunday League Club writes Tom Scott.

Photograph and Graphics kindly provided by Manager Mr Nim Roy.

Full Name of Player: Mark Cunningham.

Position played: Defender.

How long at the club: 4 seasons.

Club Honours: GDSFC Division 2 Winner 2018/19.

Previous Club: Orchard Park Mount FC.

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Sunday League Set To Launch Mental Health Check

Secretary Nim Roy has revealed a new GDSFC Initiative will help and support anyone suffering Mental Health issues, writes Tom Scott.

Nim, a big follower and supporter of Scottish Amateur Football News, said: “Tom, just wanted to share something, we are doing at GDSFC”

“Although we’re hopeful better news is on the horizon for football returning, we want to ensure all our Managers, our Players, our Team Mates and Friends always know they have the support they need.”

“GDSFC is launching our #MentalHealthVAR check – a simple online form, completely anonymous, that lets anyone update on what’s been happening, and how the lack of football is affecting them. It’s entirely anonymous (unless someone reaches out for help), takes a minute to submit, only two members of the League Committee can access responses to ensure as a League, the right support is available to help everyone.”

“We have sent out to all our Managers to share with their team and encourage them, Coaches and Players to complete if they want.”

“All about an anonymous, no pressure support mechanism – we just want to make sure everyone knows support can be found and is there.”

“Thank-you to Willy Stewart (GDSFC Committee) & David Hamilton (Kelvindale FC) for making the Survey.”

#MentalHealthVAR.

Many thanks to Mr Nim Roy for the Photograph and Graphic on the brilliant Project.

Amateur Player – Sponsor: David Gibb (Pollokshields United AFC)

Versatile defender David Gibb is in the limelight today, writes Tom Scott.

Photograph and Graphics kindly provided by Manager Mr Nim Roy.

Full Name of Player: David Gibb (Gibby)

Position played: Defender

How long at the club: 2 seasons

Previous Clubs: Dalmarnock AFC,and Larkhall Thistle FC.

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League Winner – Sponsor: Paul Kilday (Pollokshields United AFC)

A Championship and Manager Player of the Year winner is featured in my Series today, writes Tom Scott.

Many thanks to United Manager Mr Nim Roy for the Photograph and Graphic.

Full Name of Player: Paul Kilday.

Position played: Defender (L/R).

How long at the club: 2 seasons.

Previous Clubs: Ferguslie Star Sunday, Phoenix Athletic AFC, and Paisley Caledonia AFC.

Honours Won: GDSFC Division 2 Winner 2018/19. Pollokshields Manager POY 2019/20.

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Amateur Player – Sponsor: Declan McCafferty (Pollokshields United AFC)

Here is one Pollokshields United who is hoping to follow the club ethos – and win silverware, writes Tom Scott.

Many thanks to United Manager Mr Nim Roy for the Graphic, Link and Photograph.

Full Name of Player: Declan McCafferty.

Position played: Midfielder (R/L/C).

How long at the club: 1 and half seasons.

Previous Clubs: Dalmarnock AFC.

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League Winner – Sponsor: Richie Brown (Pollokshields United AFC)

United marksman Richie Brown knows a thing or two when it comes to hitting the opposition net after finishing Top Scorer in the 2019-2020 – his second such award at Pollokshields United, writes Tom Scott.

Many thanks to United Manager Mr Nim Roy for the Photograph and Graphic.

Full Name of Player: Richie Brown.

Position played: Striker.

How long at the club: 3 seasons.

Previous Clubs: Barshaw AFC, Rossvale, Kelvinbridge AFC, Clydebank Amateurs.

Honours Won: GDSFC Division 2 Winner 2018/19. Pollokshields Top Goalscorer 2019/20. Pollokshields Top Goalscorer 2017/18.

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