Keys Unlocks Greenbank Resistence

Paul Keys scored twice as Glasgow Elm Football Club put six past Greenbank C of S in an entertaining friendly, writes Tom Scott.

Coach/ Manager Stuart Syme was delighted to get the squad back into action after a recent break, and said “We changed our shape for the last 20 minutes, which invited pressure, but we saw the game out, and more importantly managed a clean sheet.”

In bright sunshine, Calum Burnet opened the scoring with a cross that landed in the net.

Great build-up play led to Graeme Davidson finishing off No 2, and before the half-time whistle sounded, Paul Keys scored a great individual goal.

Craig McConnel found the net with a 35-yard lob ( 4-0), and Paul Keys bagged his second of the game as Elm went nap.

Shaun McNamee kept a cool head to convert their sixth goal from the penalty spot.

Ironically, Greenbank were awarded a spot-kick – given away by the Glasgow Elm goalkeeper, who then proceeded to save the 12-yard effort!

Five-Star Elm Exact Goal Revenge on Albert

Coach-Manager Stuart Syme was thrilled to see the reaction from the Glasgow Elm Football Club as they crushed Craig Albert 4-0, writes Tom Scott.

Said Stuart “We had a rematch against them after they beat us 5-0 to a few weeks ago.”

“If you remember it was the game was had a striker in goals, and our CMs playing at CB.”

“Thankfully, for the rematch I had nearly a full squad to pick from.”

“First half started with a great tempo, both teams getting on and using the ball well.

“We had a few chances, but didn’t take them.”

“Craig Albert were unlucky to lose a couple of players to injury early on, but we had our own injury issue with a striker having to come off at about 25/30 mins, and his replacement Craig McConnel scored with near enough his first touch after Graeme Davidson hit the bar.”

“The play was firmly in our favour, we wasted a few chances, but Graeme Davidson scored just before the break, so we went into half- time two goals to the good.”

“A few changes at half- time saw us re-jig the midfield and keep pressing on.”

“Paul Keys scored our 3rd goal, topping an outstanding performance. He gave their defenders a torrid time all game.”

“The 3rd striker we put on had a handful of chances, but was caught offside. Thankfully, a few minutes later Shaun McNamee got his goal, which was deserved with the work he was putting in off the ball.”

“At 4-0 up, we had an injury and I had to come on. I contributed little apart from a tame how’d volley that the keeper collected comfortably. Ever player, to a man, was outstanding, but a special mention to Ross Cameron, who played at CB instead of CM and strolled the game.”

Goal scorers: Craig McConnel, Graeme Davidson, Paul Keys, Shaun McNamee.

Find An Away Kit Sponsor: Wear Their Colours (Glasgow Elim AFC)

Glasgow Elim Football Club Manager/ Coach Stuart Syme has admitted in their attempt to find an Away Kit sponsor, they would seriously consider playing in the colours of the company should they so desire, writes Tom Scott.

A recent five-week old baby to his lovely family is, not surprisingly, taking up plenty of his daily routine.

He said: “Finding a sponsor for our Away Kit would be brilliant.

“We would even consider a request to play in their colours if that would get them on board.

You Have A Home Strip Sponsor: Who Are They? (Glasgow Elim AFC)

Glasgow Elim Football Club Manager / Coach (sometimes player) Stuart Syme has admitted having obtained a Home Kit sponsor, the Club can now be successful in finding a company or individual to back and promote their AWAY KIT, writes Tom Scott.

A recent addition to his lovely family is, not surprisingly, taking up plenty of his daily routine.

He said “Finding a sponsor for our Away Kit would be brilliant.”

“We have a wee break from games now, and I would love to hear from any interested parties.”

Stuart has revealed exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News their new HOME kit.

He said “Here is a picture, Tom.”

“These are sponsored by Ailsa Project Management

“We are a Church team, and one of the sponsors’ Directors attends the Church.”

“Apart from this we are completely self-funded.”

Can anyone help the Club?

I understand the Churches League have held their Annual General Meeting, and a new divisional structure is planned for their official commencement in August.

Does YOUR CLUB or LEAGUE have a Sponsor we can highlight? Why not email Tom Scott directly with all the information, Photographs or Graphics.

Former Champs Held In Friendly Draw

What a difference having your goalkeeper and regular defenders back in the team can make, writes Tom Scott.

Glasgow Elim Football Club Manager/ Coach (sometimes player) Stuart Syme admitted as much after their super 2-2 draw against former Church League champions Motherwell Kings.

He said: “We were 2-1 up at half-time with goals from Paul Keys and Danny Vernal.”

“Four changes were made at half-time saw us lose rhythm and concede! It was a high-tempo game, good quality – if I am honest.”

“A draw was fair.”

“We could have been ahead in the first 45 minutes, but hung on in the second.!!”

Stuart also revealed exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News their new kits.

“Here is a picture, Tom.”


“These are sponsored by Ailsa Project Management

“We are a Church team, and one of the sponsors Directors attends the Church. “

You Have A Club Sponsor: Who Are They? (Glasgow Elim AFC)

Stuart Syme was delighted to take up my offer and publicise his Sponsor at Glasgow Elim Football Club, writes Tom Scott.

The East Renfrewshire team were established in 1992. Stuart, who is Manager, Coach and sometimes player, revealed exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News: “Here is a picture of our new kits.”

“These are sponsored by Ailsa Project Management

“We are a Church team, and one of the sponsors’ Directors attends the Church.”

“Apart from this we are completely self-funded.”


The Big Interview: Stuart Syme (Glasgow Elim AFC)

The start of another weekend – and a new name on board for my Big Interview Series, writes Tom Scott.

It is STUART SYME at Glasgow Elim Football Club. The Manager, Coach and Player Interviews have featured just about every week since March, 2020. Two of the regular ideas I brought into Scottish Amateur Football News – no cut and paste from Twitter.

And now that some Leagues have started Cup games and many other clubs around the country are playing Friendlies, we have been able to feature Pre-Match Articles.


“My name is Stuart Syme, I am the Manager/Coach and sometimes Player at the club. I am helped by Stephen Frew who, for want of a better description, is the “Director of Football” – a wee tongue in cheek way we describe the thankless tasks he does and I’m very grateful for.”


“We are Glasgow Elim Football Club. We are currently in the SECL Div 2, however there may be a restructure.”


“We’ve been lucky to keep the same core of players, and we have had 2 or 3 new faces along since training has resumed, but we usually recruit by word of mouth, so not been too bad for us.”


“We played at Crookfur Pavilion in Newton Mearns, however this is up in the air at the moment, so we have applied for Cowan Park in Barrhead. We train on a Tuesday night in Muirend.”


“We are lucky to have kit sponsors for our home kit, which is Ailsa, who are a Project Management Company.”

“We are currently looking for an away kit sponsor.”


“Finish higher than the previous season is always our aim, with the potential restructuring will determine our overall goals.”

“Like anyone, we’d love a Cup run!”

Fraser First Round Draw Produces Top Pairing

Although forced into yet another delay due to Scottish Government restrictions there is no disputing the quality of some First-Round pairings in the Fraser Trophy. The tournament comes within the remit of the Strathclyde Evangelical Churches Amateur League, which comprises a Premier Division and Division 1 totalling no fewer than 28 clubs.

Four First Round byes have already been forthcoming – Glasgow Free, Greenbank BB, Mearns Churches and South Glasgow – but there is no question that some Division 1 teams will be looking to record a stunning top-flight result.

Are Home Church Kirkintilloch capable of creating a shock against former Premier Division champions Motherwell Kings, who also know the way to negotiate testing cup opponents?

Avendale are former Cup holders and having emerged from the ballot with ground advantage perhaps Mount Kirk may find this hurdle too high to negotiate.

Similarly, ex-Premier Champions Machan United will be out to display top form at the expense of visitors Greenbank C of S.

Full Draw:

Anniesland v Auchen Foyle
Avendale v Mount Kirk
Craighalbert v Law
Croftfoot Parish v U.C.A.
Cumbernauld v King’s Park
Dennistoun v Re:Hope
Home Church v Motherwell Kings
Houston v West Hamilton
Machan United v Greenbank C of S
Tollcross v Coatdyke
Trinity AFC v Glasgow Elm
West Glasgow v Fullarton Irvine.

Byes- Glasgow Free, Greenbank BB, Mearns Churches and South Glasgow.

Around The Amateur Footballl Scene (05/10/2020)

Around The Amateur Football Scene Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott takes a Monday look at players and clubs who made the Weekend Headlines.

Samir Khan-Young scored twice and was deservedly named Man of the Match for St David’s in their 2-1 win over Hampden. Martin Duffy was voted Man of the Match in a 3-3 draw between Southside United and Southpark.

Star Man Scott Anderson bagged a hat-trick as Greenock Mount defeated Glasgow Elim 5-0. Chris Storey and Craig McWhinnie also netted.

Clinical finishing by Jaxon Wishart and Shaun Dunn (both doubles), helped Edinburgh Star topple Barca Milton 67 in a smashing six goal clash.

Oban Saints are promoted to the Spark of Genius Central Scottish Premier for season 2020-2021. MB United have joined the GDSFC set-up in Division 1 for the new season, which commences on Sunday, October 18.

Bannockburn defeated Harestanes 4-2 in their action-packed Saturday Afternoon League meeting. Scorers Ogilvie (2), Weir and McLellan.