Around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene (09/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes another look around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene.

Coatbridge Rovers FC are seeking additional players for their new Over-35s team. Contact Martin O’Neill on 07305 000727

St Mungo AFC are planning a Tournament at Loretto as part of their 90th Anniversary Plans.

Glasgow Irish (2016) have created quite a bit of interest after displaying training kit and matchday kit to such an extent they will set-up replica sales.

Rhu Amateur FC, who won the Scottish Cup in 1967, are organising a 125th Anniversary kit.

EK Harp are looking for a Goalie Coach.

South Gyle Rovers FC are aiming to sign a goalkeeper for the season ahead.

Around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes another look around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene.

Coatbridge Rovers FC are seeking additional players for their new Over-35s team. Contact Martin O’Neill on 07305000727.

St Mungo AFC are planning a Tournament at Loretto as part of their 90th Anniversary Plans.

Glasgow Irish (2016) have created quite a bit of interest after displaying training kit and matchday kit to such an extent they will set-up replica sales.

Rhu Amateur FC, who won the Scottish Cup in 1967, are organising a 125th Anniversary kit.

EK Harp are looking for a Goalie Coach. The team trains on a Wednesday Evening. Games are Saturday Morning.

South Gyle Rovers FC are aiming to sign a Goalkeeper for the season ahead.

Famous City-Based Pub Welcomes Sunday League Club

Depending on which Tier-restricted area you reside in the sight of a drinking establishment being open to serve customers over a lengthy period of time looks a long way off – and that is why Glasgow Irish FC Manager Paul Mulgrew has strongly praised MALONES GLASGOW for supporting them with sponsorship in a season when a competitive football has yet to be kicked.

The famous city-based pub came on board with new home and away kits for the 2020-2021 campaign, but don’t get the idea that Malones’ involvement stops there.

Paul told me “We have been welcomed there after each home and away fixture, where they put food on for us, and offer a great place for the squad to bond.”

“The players use the venue socially as do the families of our team, so it is relationship that serves both parties very well.”

“Our Annual Trophy in Pre-Season versus Edinburgh Harps sees us travel to the Capital, where we are also welcomed back to Malones (Edinburgh) for hospitality after the fixture. It’s a sponsor we are very grateful of, and one we hope to have a lasting relationship with.”

“On both our home and away kits for the past few years we have proudly displayed our HELP THE HOMELESS GLASGOW Logo, which is unique to our strips. Each year, we donate £5 from each replica strip sale, and the club enhances the end figure with a further donation from our own funds. We also try and promote this hard- working and extremely worthwhile Charitable cause.”

“The aim every season is to further our efforts in this respect as we do consider ourselves very fortunate to have such a big support, and look to tap into this in order to help anyone in a vulnerable social situation.”

“Again, we hope to have a long-lasting connection with HTHG.”

Thank-you to Paul Mulgrew for allowing us to display the logos of MALONES GLASGOW and HELP THE HOMELESS GLASGOW.

Sunday League Clubs Register Record-Breaking Appeal

Scottish Amateur Football can be proud of another tremendous achievement in a year dominated by Covid-19 and it comes in the shape of great involvement with the GDSFC.

Today League Secretary Nim Roy revealed “Just to let you know we have our final gifts all bagged up and on their way to Glasgow Spirit of Christmas, and to forever homes with the children – we have managed to make up an amazing 100 GIFT BAGS!!!”

“We are absolutely delighted with collections again this year, with us surpassing last years total (50), but what makes it more phenomenal is we totally understand how much of a challenging year it has been for everyone, and certainly at this time of year also, but for the GDSFC Community to come together and donate so much.”

“It really is phenomenal and this Charity in particular as it’s all about the children and giving them that magical Christmas. It makes me so proud to be a part of this League, GDSFC is the place where kindness matters and well and truly have Charity at heart of everything we do.”

“I would like to say a massive thank- you to the following teams for their support with Glasgow Spirit of Christmas collections – Atlantic Quay, Glasgow Irish, Kelvindale AFC, Pollokshields United, Strathclyde United and Woodlands FC, without them this would not have been possible.”

“We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and hope everyone stays safe and well. Hopefully, see you all soon at a GDSFC match in 2021.”

Glasgow Irish Join Spirit Of Christmas Appeal 2020

Glasgow Irish FC Manager Paul Mulgrew has revealed the Only Sport Ltd Premiership set-up were delighted to be involved with the GDSFC Spirit of Christmas Appeal this year. In another great exclusive for Scottish Amateur Football News, Paul admitted “2020 has been the most challenging year so far in many of our lives for obvious reasons in having to deal with a global pandemic and a massive change to virtually everything we were used to doing.”

“It’s extremely easy to be selfish and only think of things that we have missed out on individually or indeed collectively as a team, and ourselves at Glasgow Irish FC were keen to emphasise that now, more than ever, the vulnerable in society must be protected and cherished in these trying times.”

“It was with great pride that we were able to participate in the Spirit of Christmas Appeal for a second year running with our players and members of the Board and Coaching Team able to donate gifts for boys and girls from infant age upwards to at the very least offer some happiness during this festive season.”

“While we should be ashamed as a society that this is a necessary, we should also be proud of the efforts that go into doing something so worthwhile.”

“Throughout our existence as a club we have endeavoured to help charitable causes and will continue to contribute more and more as we go forward.”

“Can I also give a special mention to Secretary Nim Roy, of the GDSFC, and all the other member clubs who have helped make this appeal such a success.”

Club Interview: Pollokshields United AFC

Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott continues his excellent Club Interview project by featuring a well-known and respected manager in Nim Roy at Pollokshields United.

What is your full name and position at the club?

Nim Roy. I am the Manager (can also add in chairman, team secretary, kit man, water boy lol of Pollokshields United.

What year was the club founded?

Club originally founded in 2002 I believe, we started off in the Unity league as a team all from Pollokshields, in which I played for the team also then. As time moved on it looked like team was possibly going to fold and as no one would take it on I decided to run team as well as play. Have been running them ever since (12/13 years!!) We moved to GDSFC 6/7 years ago

Best moment?

Both for a team and personal point had to be 2018/19 season winning the division 2(Now championship) title.

Apart from yourself, who else is involved at the club?

As above I do everything for the team, but do have some of the lads willing to help out if needed James Robinson (Jamsey), Graeme Tod (Does Facebook page), Lewis Elliot (GK always happy to help if I need it)

How long have you been at the club?

Overall been at club 17 years – of those 17 played for 14, manager for 11/12

How has planning been during the pandemic?

Been bit difficult just due to uncertainty around when return date, so not wanted to organise training etc too early as players can start to lose interest and also start focusing on friendlies etc, main thing over lockdown period has been keeping the lads going, checking in on them, keeping conversation in the WhatsApp going. We have just in last week or two started to do small group Social distanced training.

What was the basis of the player recruitment plan given Covid-19?

Got a good squad and have managed to retain pretty much every player (well so far they tell me lol) and added back in our POY and top Goalscorer from title winning season Connor McCambridge, who will make a big difference for us this season coming.

Also have few boys we brought in tail end of last season Steven, Declan, Gibby who were good additions, but will have now for full season. I’m also still looking to bring in to add to squad and have spoken to a couple of boys looking to come along and will only add quality to our team. This also brings a bit more youth and legs to the side, which will be big help in this season’s Premiership as it looks like going to be a good competitive division.

Any warm-up games organised? Will they help you plan for the new season – whenever we get the go ahead?

All going to plan we have games lined up against Clydebank SFC 13th September (a) Maryhill Black Star – 20th September (h).TBC – possibly Glasgow Irish – 27th September. This will be based on Scottish Amateur FA guidelines and Covid guidelines if safe to return to play

Finally, what are your club ambitions for the campaign ahead?

For me, I don’t want to sound negative at the start but first goal will be staying in the Premiership, a lot of good teams in there, I know on our day we can compete with and beat these teams but will be down to keeping that consistency within the squad and performance. Out with that if cups go ahead, reach a cup final to give us a chance of silverware.

Many thanks, Nim Roy.