Spring Cup Crackers On The Way

The Greater Glasgow Premier AFL will swing back into action this month with the FN Teamwear Spring Cup, writes Tom Scott.

There are eight section. Pick of the early action will be:

Helensburgh v Vale of Leven
Rannoch v Colquhoun United
Belleaire v Houston United
Langcraigs v Glenvale
Cambria v Weir AFC
John Street v Eaglesham
Kirkfield v Carluke Thistle

SAFN hopes to be in a position to cover all games and results moving forward.

Clubs are also being encouraged to contact Tom Scott with News, Signings and Reports.

The Big Interviews – End Of Year Review (John Kelly – Glenvale AFC)

Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott had never been able to track down a Manager and Club from the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL long enough to conduct a Big Interview for his highly-popular feature, but he managed that during mid-November.

Into the Spotlight stepped JOHN KELLY, of Glenvale Amateurs. His feature topped Readers’ Figures again for the week of publication!

You were previously at St Anthony FC as Manager.

Yeah I spent 2 seasons with The Ants. It is a terrific club with terrific people involved.

Felix and Robert & Ants and the rest of Committee were excellent with me.

“Martin and Gerry, the Media Guys, were the best I have ever seen and a lot of Semi Pro and now Pro clubs are trying to catch them up in their work.”

” I felt it was the right time for me to leave as the new West of Scotland Football League set – up was very frustrating for me personally, and with the restrictions on training and playing with the pandemic it wasn’t ideal. But it is a great club – I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

Who else is involved within the team set-up?

“My 2 assistants, Steven Colton and Mic ‘Neil. And my 2 coaches, Chris Wheatley and David Mason.”

Has the team always played in the Greater Glasgow?

“No. The team moved to The Greater Glasgow set-up when I left in my 1st stint as Glenvale manager. The club hasn’t really kicked on and when I agreed to come back the team was a bit of a shambles to be honest, and that is why I agreed to come back.”

“I was planning on taking a bit of time away from football, but when Danny McKim, the Club Chairman, approached me I felt I owed it to him and the club to come back and get us back on a strong footing within the Amateur game.”

You appear very focused on sponsors and keeping them happy via publicity. Can you outline who is involved , and some of the projects?

“Any Amateur team will tell you how vital sponsors are. We have been very lucky with bringing sponsors into the club since we came back.”

“Our two main sponsors are Gleddoch Family Butchers, who will sponsor our new home and away kits for next two season and JW Grant who will supply our training gear for next two seasons. Big Mic was instrumental on getting Gleddoch Butchers involved.”

“JW Grant are a long supporter of Glenvale and their help is always very much appreciated.”

“We have a social media initiative running called The Glenvale 100 Club. We live in uncertain times at the moment and we don’t feel comfortable asking companies for large amounts of sponsorship, so we are asking companies to donate £100 to the club, and in return we promote their business through our social media outlets each week. So far we are amazed at the response we have had, and we are very grateful of that.”

“We will also be running a player sponsorship when we eventually get underway, and if we get a good response from that we will be in a very healthy position.”

How has the player recruitment process been during the Pandemic?

“It has been hard. I am not going to lie. I have been fortunate enough to build up a pool of players who have came to a few clubs with me and that has helped. There’s a sense of loyalty between us which is always a positive.”

“We have added a few of ex- junior players, and brought back a lot of my old team from my first stint as manager. There was a few boys already at the club, and I can’t wait to see them in action as they will all have a point to prove, but so far they have been brilliant.”

What are your aims and hopes moving forward into the New Year

“To get a game haha.”

“The restrictions placed on the Amateurs from the Scottish Government have been frustrating as there is protocols in place which should allow us to play, but for some reason that has not been the case. You can see the response that the amateurs have been brilliant with contacting MSPs etc, but I think it’s the lack of communication from the Government which is the most frustrating part of it.”

“Hopefully, soon we can get going, I think it is vital we do as there are thousands of men and woman all wanting to get back playing for their Physical and Mental Health.”

Glenvale Social Media Initiative Attracts Sponsors

A Glenvale Amateurs initiative aimed at boosting publicity for their sponsors on Social Media platforms has been a huge success. The Greater Glasgow Premier AFL club, based in Paisley, were quick to recognise there is added pressure on finding cash to cover monthly bills during Covid-19, and that a new approach would have to be implemented.

Manager John Kelly said “We live in very uncertain times at the moment and we know how vital it is for amateur teams to rely on sponsors, but we didn’t feel comfortable asking companies for huge amounts of money to help us.

“We came up with the idea of The Glenvale 100 Club Wall where we will post and publish companies who donate £100 to the club. In return, we will invite all our sponsors to the end of season Player of the Year awards and provide them with some hospitality.”

“The response has been great and we are very much grateful for the companies who have donated to us.”

Paisley Club Support Gleddoch Appeal

Glenvale Amateurs have been showing their support for the Gleddoch Butchers Renfrewshire Food Bank Appeal.Paisley-based but playing in the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL, Vale dropped off bags of food at Gleddoch Butchers, Glasgow Road (Paisley).

Meanwhile, Glenvale have introduced a #Super 6 Predictor Game. People can win prizes and support the club by visiting club supporter. app and registering the code GLENVALE.

The Club Supporters App is a great idea.

Club Interview- John Kelly (Glenvale AFC)

Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott has never been able to track down a Manager or Club from the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL long enough to conduct an Interview for his highly-popular feature, but he had managed that today!

Into the Spotlight steps JOHN KELLY,  of Glenvale Amateurs. Tom posed a number of questions and John dealt with them brilliantly in the same way as he attempts to turn-around the Paisley-based club during a second stint in their hot- seat!

You were previously at St Anthony as manager?

“Yeah I spent 2 seasons with The Ants. It is a terrific club with terrific people involved. Felix and Robert & Ants and the rest of Committee were excellent with me.”

“Martin and Gerry, the Media Guys, were the best I have ever seen and a lot of Semi-Pro and now Pro clubs are trying to catch them up in their work.”

“I felt it was the right time for me to leave as the new West of Scotland Football League set – up was very frustrating for me personally, and with the restrictions on training and playing with the pandemic it wasn’t ideal.  But it is a great club – I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

Who else is involved within the Glenvale Amateurs team set-up?

“My 2 assistants, Steven Colton and Mic ‘Neil and my 2 coaches, Chris Wheatley and David Mason.”

Has the team always played in the Greater Glasgow?

“No. The team moved to The Greater Glasgow set-up when I left from my 1st stint as Glenvale manager. The club hasn’t really kicked on, and when I agreed to come back the team was a bit of a shambles to be honest, and that is why I agreed to come back.”

“I was planning on taking a bit of time away from football , but when Danny McKim, the Club Chairman, approached me I felt I owed it to him and the club to come back and get us back on a strong footing within the amateur game”

You appear very focused on sponsors and keeping them happy via publicity. Can you outline who are involved, and some of the Projects?

“Any Amateur team will tell you how vital sponsors are. We have been very lucky with bringing sponsors into the club since we came back in.”

“Our two main sponsors are Gleddoch Family Butchers, who will sponsor our new home and away kits for next two season and JW Grant, who will supply our training gear for the next two seasons. Big Mic was instrumental in getting Gleddoch Family Butchers involved.”

“JW Grant are a long supporter of Glenvale and their help is always appreciated.”

“We have a social media initiative running called The Glenvale 100 Club. We live in uncertain times at the moment, and we don’t feel comfortable asking companies for large amounts of sponsorship, so we are asking companies to donate £100 to the club. In return, we promote their business through our social media outlets each week. So far we are amazed at the response we have had,  and we are very grateful for that.”

“We will also be running a Player Sponsorship when we eventually get underway, and if we get a good response from that , we will be in a very healthy position.”

How has the Glenvale Player Recruitment process been during the Pandemic?

“It has been hard. I am not going to lie. I have been fortunate enough to build up a pool of players who came to a few clubs with me, and that has helped. There’s a sense of loyalty between us , which is always a positive.”

“We have added a few of ex- junior players, and brought back a lot of my old team from my first stint as Manager. There was a few boys already at the club, and I can’t wait to see them in action as they will all have a point to prove, but so far they have been brilliant.”

What are your aims and hopes moving forward into the 2021?

“To get a game hahaha.”

“The restrictions placed on the Amateurs from the Scottish Government have been frustrating as there are protocols in place which should allow us to play, but for some reason that has not been the case. You can see it from the responses that the amateurs have been brilliant with contacting MSPs etc, but I think it is the lack of communication from the Scottish Government which is the most frustrating part of it. Hopefully, soon we can get going. I think it is  vital we do as there are thousands of men and woman all wanting to get back playing for their Physical and Mental Health.”

Kelly Has His Eyes On Glenvale Improving Playing Standards

When you already know the inner workings of a Paisley-based club, leave to sample junior football management and make the return journey after having second thoughts about spending time away from the game, John Kelly may well deliver his first Glenvale Amateurs team-talk once the current pandemic restrictions are eased and filed under the heading of:

“Keep Improving.”

That may appear somewhat late since the Amateurs’ reputation goes back to 1967, but while success earned them plaudits locally in Paisley Amateur football, Glenvale have struggled to emulate the foundations of a clear Youth Pathway, and be a challenging force within the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL set-up.

They may just be about to change. Try building anything without proper foundations – no such fears at Glenvale – where John can point to over 10 different age-groups, a 2002 side that won back-to-back SYFA National Finals , and gave them one of the biggest clubs in Scotland in terms of players and teams.

Promising Amateur potential of two P&D League Cup wins, success in the McLean and Lothian Cup ranks alongside a good run in the 2017-2018 West of Scotland Amateur Cup, where the defeat of big guns Hurlford AFC attracted attention from the junior ranks, and subsequently his next management gig in Govan with St Anthony. FC.

Confusion and disappointment over whether the new West of Scotland Conference League would provide a fair crack of the whip for clubs outside the game’s top-flight , and ever-changing Government rules over training sessions clearly dampened John’s passion for the beautiful game. Little wonder he was poised to take time out until Glenvale Chairman Danny McKim lit the ambition fuse which he and his backroom staff will attempt to ignite!

Said John “For the past two seasons Glenvale have competed in the Greater Glasgow but not tasted any success.”

“I have come back in this season and built them back up, and we have a very good squad with a lot of experience from the Juniors and Amateurs. My backroom team consists of Steven Colton, Mic O’Neill, Chris Wheatley and David Mason.”

“We have secured a lot of backing through very good sponsors. For example, JW GRANT Building, Timber and Landscaping Supplies are our training kit sponsors for the next two years, and the same period of time will see GLEDDOCH Family Butchers sponsor the Home and Away Kits.”

“I was also delighted you ran Saturday’s later Article which highlighted the Glenvale 100 Club. Things like that help raise the profile of this club.”

“I must add Chairman Danny McKim has been brilliant for the team since we came back in.”

Glenvale Launch Social Media Initiative To Boost Sponsors

Glenvale Amateurs Manager John Kelly has revealed a new initiative aimed at boosting publicity for their sponsors on Social Media platforms is paying off in great numbers.

The Greater Glasgow Premier AFL club were quick to recognise there is added pressure on finding cash to cover monthly bills during Covid-19, and that a new approach would have to be implemented.

John revealed “We live in very uncertain times at the moment and we know how vital it is for amateur teams to rely on sponsors, but we didn’t feel comfortable asking companies for huge amounts of money to help us.”

“We came up with the idea of The Glenvale 100 Club Wall where we will post and publish companies who donate £100 to the club. In return, we will invite all our sponsors to the end of season Player of the Year awards and provide them with some hospitality.”

“So far the response has been great and we are very much grateful for the companies who have donated to us.”

Glenvale Secure Two-Year Training Kit and Strips Sponsors

Glenvale Amateurs Manager John Kelly has expressed his delight at the Paisley-based club securing two lucrative sponsorship deals. A two-year Training Kit agreement has been struck with JW GRANT Building, Timber and Landscaping Supplies.

Thanks to John Kelly for supplying the sponsors graphics.

Another two-year deal which guarantees Home and Away Kits is in the bag thanks to GLEDDOCH FAMILY BUTCHERS.

John told me: “They are two massive companies based in Paisley, and it absolutely amazing to have them on board each with two-year deals.”

The Glenvale name has been around since 1967, and enjoyed great success when they operated within the Paisley and District Amateur scene – especially during recent times with the Paisley District Fleming League Cup winners (2016-2017 and 2017-2018), plus the McLean and Lothian Cup Final success again from the outstanding 2017-2018 campaign.

John Kelly has made an emotional return to Glenvale Amateurs with his backroom team following two years in the junior football ranks at St Anthony, and their priority looking beyond the pandemic is bringing back the glory days, and that means silverware with the current squad in membership of the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL. Division 3B.

Greater Glasgow Release Provisional Fixtures

Match Secretary Paul Gunn has released provisional fixtures for the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL at the end of the month. The start of the four-tier set-up has been delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions, and the hope is additional measures won’t be introduced early next month.

Here is how the list looks: for October 31. No spectators allowed.

Division 1
Calderglen v Erskine
Eaglesham B v Westerlands A
EKYM AFC v Eastwood Parkmount A
Glasgow University A v Cambria
St Patrick’s v South Lochaber

Division 2
Eastwood Parkmount B v Strathclyde University
EKRR AFC v GSC Amateurs
GSC Jordanhill v Newshot
John Street v Belleaire
Langcraigs v Dynamo EK

Division 3A
Colquhoun v Carluke Thistle
Duncanrig v Kilbarchan
GSC Amateurs Red v Mosspark Albion
Houston v Westcliff
Oban Saints v Park Sports Project

Division 3B
Boswell v Glenvale
Craigneuk v Kirkfield
Rannoch v BSC Glasgow
Vale of Leven v Ferguslie Star
Weir AFC v Pollok AFC
Westerlands GGAFC v The Lovat Arms AFC.