Glasgow Harp Boosted By New Goals Donation

Two anonymous sponsors have given Caledonian League Premier Division big-guns a boost by donating a brand-new set of goals writes Tom Scott.

Manager Michael Lee has thanked the generous individuals who made this possible, and he added: “They really do look the part.”

“Absolutely delighted with the purchase of our new goals.”

It is all happening at the trim Allan Glens Sports Club venue, Bishopbriggs.

Back in February, I announced Glasgow Harp had taken delivery of a VEO Camera – portable recording solution – which enables the Management to record and analyse matches and training sessions.

And in further news today Michael Lee added: “We made changing room Improvements during the first lockdown.”

“This shows we are improving facilities and equipment whilst off the park.”

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.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (28/02/2021)

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes an end-of-the-week look around some Amateur Football Clubs.

Glasgow Harp are introducing a new Club idea – VEO Camera – a portable recording solution which will enable them to record and analyse both games/ training sessions.

Without doubt, a super addition to the Caledonian League Premier Division team set-up.

Ayr Parkhouse AFC are hoping to build a good squad for Sunday football as they focus on the 2021-2022 season. Contact Officials #Parkies via their Twitter Page.

Third Lanark AFC are hoping to attract fresh talent who want a new challenge in the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL.

I hear Drumchapel United (Saturday Morning) have been making big changes behind the scenes.

Rhu Amateur Football Club are 125 years old.

Greenock HSFP AFC have confirmed their next Last Man Standing Competition will include a 25% Donation to Ardgowan Hospice.

Nock have previously had a couple of big LMS winners. To get involved contact anyone at the Club of through DM.

Scottish Amateur FA National Select (March 2020)

As part of their planning for the April international fixture against Leinster Senior League – ultimately cancelled due to the pandemic – the SAFA Select met Shotts Bon Accord the previous month at Dalziel Park, writes Tom Scott.

David McArthur (Glasgow Harp) and Chris Cairns (Tollcross Thistle) were added to the squad late on.

Michael Yuill scored for the SAFA near half-time (1-1 score line), and Shotts missed a 57th minute penalty kick.

They were made to pay when Ciaran McElroy netted what proved to be the winner eight minutes later.

Photograph kindly provided by Tollcross Thistle AFC Manager Alan McKay.

Harp Last Man Comp Helped By Old Trafford Stunner

Olly Burke’s 74th minute goal for bottom-markers Sheffield United at Manchester United produced a cash jackpot winner in the latest Glasgow Harp AFC Last Man Standing Competition, writes Tom Scott.

Mr John Graham will collect the tidy sun of £1070 from the 2-1 scoreline.

Harp Officials would like to thank everyone who participated in yet another valuable Competition,. which currently is their only source of Fund-Raising.

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.

Boss Blair Building New Finnart Amateurs Culture

Scottish Amateur Football News Exclusive

Brian Blair had a trophy-filled playing career with Finnart Star AFC over 22 years – now he is determined to replicate the success as Team Manager.

Despite Covid-19 lockdowns and Tier 3 restrictions, the five-times Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy winner – one of those came from playing at Rutherglen Vogue, could never have predicted an abrupt end to the 2019-2020 campaign (his second in charge), or currently one league played against Holytown back on October 3.

When the original March lockdown started the announcement put paid to Finnart and St Mungo’s contesting a Cup Final at Broadwood. Eight months on, there is no official word the game will ever take place.

Undaunted, Blair recruited one-time junior football player and Vale of Clyde Manager John Crooks, who also steered Glasgow Harp to a Caledonian League Premier Division title and Scottish Amateur Cup Semi-Finals, onto his backroom staff. Following a pre-season (training) like no other, Finnart went goal crazy with warm-up games, and carried the form onto defeating Holytown 11-0 in the Caledonian First Division. opener at Glasgow Green.

However, the opportunity to put more points on the board at hosts Kilsyth AFC a week later (October 10) was quickly removed by the Scottish Government, and most of the amateur game has been idle ever since.

Brian revealed: “This club has contested ten Scottish Cup finals (losing two) over a span of 40 years. Good times!”

Finnart AFC
Finnart AFC

“Phil Blair has been at the helm all that time, but no football just now is frustrating for all of us.”

“We have built a cracking young team. I personally am trying to get them back to where we should be with some trophies, but that will only come as soon as we can start back hopefully.”

“Some of our guys (players) have been out with West of Scotland League teams to get them games before we start back, which doesn’t look like any time soon!”

Harp Out To Boost Squad With Two Signings

Glasgow Harp may be currently side lined from training and competitive football due to Government restrictions, but that has not stopped them looking at potentially strengthening their squad.

I understand the club are working on a couple of areas where they would like to add some competition. Under the current circumstances at Amateur and West of Scotland League Conference levels, the Harp coaching staff feel there may be an opportunity to pick up a quality player or two due to the uncertainty that is flying around.

Anyone contemplating a change of club, and who would be keen on Glasgow Harp, can send them a DM via their Twitter Page or call 07879 410090.

Vale of Clyde Saturday Confirm 22-Player Squad

Vale of Clyde Saturday Morning Co-Manager David Andrews today revealed the names of the squad which will go into action later than usual due to new Scottish Government restrictions.

In another great exclusive David said “All players are new to the club. We thought it would take longer to gel together, but we as a team have hit the ground running and the start of the season can’t come quick enough.”

Here is the impressive list of signings:

Gk-Tommy Hunter- Eastend Colts
Gk-Stephen MacKay- FC Baillieston
Def-Jake Green- Eastend Colts
Def-Shane Bradley- AC Rovers
Def-Ross Girwood- Viewpark Utd
Def-Grant Flood- Bargeddie
Def- Steven Craven- Bargeddie
Def- Jacob Kennedy- Eastend Colts
Def- Cody Kerr- Scotland BC.
Mid- Anton Jack- Maryhill
Mid- Connor Shepherd- Eastend Colts
Mid- Thomas Burns- Eastend Colts
Mid- Aidan Smith- Eastend Colts
Mid- Raymond Bremner- Glasgow Harp
Mid- Martin Ryan- Eastend Colts
Mid- Marc Armstrong- Third Lanark
Fwd- Jack McCann- Eastend Colts
Fwd- Ryan Taylor- Eastend Colts
Fwd- Liam Mullen- Bullwood
Fwd- Jamie Fitzpatrick- Finnart
Fwd- Craig Hamilton- Army Battalion Select
Fwd- Dean McTaggart- Motherwell Villa

Looking ahead to new restrictions arriving at 6pm from October 9 to 25, David revealed: “With us being a new club we’ve still to iron out a few things behind the scenes such as new kits, new teamwear and finalising our sponsors, so this will still be a busy couple of weeks for the club. It’s not ideal as we were starting to put in some real performances in our friendlies and at training. Hopefully this break won’t be extended and we can all get back to it soon.”

“I’d like to give a special mention to our sponsors for this season, who have very kindly donated towards our match kits and teamwear.”

“The McCann Family Foundation, who do so much work for multiple charities and their local community.”

“The Kick Mental Health Charity, who hold various meetings and events to greatly promote talking openly about mental health as well as maintaining physical wellbeing.”

“We are proud to have these 2 worthy sponsors on our club merchandise for the foreseeable future.”

Cale Pair Go Head-To-Head For Second Fixture

Cambusbarron Rovers and Callander Thistle both scored four goals on the opening day of the new Caledonian League season last Saturday. Now the pair go head-to-head in Division One fixtures released for this weekend.

Hosts Callander will be boosted by an outstanding 4-0 win at Doune Castle where Man of the Match Andy Orr, who scored one of the goals, was superb.

Rovers opened up with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Dunblane Soccer Centre.

Holytown Colts, on the end of an 11-0 mauling against Finnart at Glasgow Green, will attempt to throw offf the hangover when they entertain a St Joseph’s squad fresh from their 4-3 win against Westerlands.

In the Premier Division, Glasgow Harp, Stenhousemuir Community, and Dumbarton Academy are just three of the club’s chasing two wins in a row.

Thorn Athletic and Eaglesham, who both won last Saturday, and St Mungos v Wiishaw Wymcombe Wanderers have great potential for 90 minutes of high standard football.

FIXTURES

Premier Division
Giffnock North AFC v East Kilbride YM AFC
Glasgow Harp AFC v Dalziel HSFP AFC
Glasgow University AFC v Dumbarton Academy FP AFC
Milngavie Wanderers AFC v Strathclyde University AFC
St Mungos AFC v Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers AFC
Stenhousemuir Community AFC v Cambria AFC
Thorn Athletic AFC v Eaglesham AFC

Division One
Callander Thistle AFC v Cambusbarron Rovers AFC
Doune Castle AFC v Milton AFC
Dunblane Soccer Club v Rhu AFC
Holytown Colts AFC v St Joseph’s AFC
Kilsyth AFC v Finnart AFC
Rothesay Brandane AFC v Westerlands AF