Around The Amateur Football Scene (27/01/2021)

Writer Tom Scott takes a midweek look at what has been happening around some clubs.

GSC Jordanhill AFC have created an online game(s) amongst their squad of players. Should help to relieve the total boredom of no footie!

Clubs in the Border AFA had hoped to run a mini tournament at some stage this month, but the idea was postponed due to continued restrictions.

Tass Thistle AFC have a few ideas happening in the background by way of preparation for a return to football. Like all clubs they are “champing at the bit to get back into it.” according to a Club Insider.

Although the SSMAFL season won’t commence, officials remain optimistic they may still be able to complete three Cup Competitions halted by Covid-19 last October.

Shawbridge meet Port Glasgow United in the Chairman’s Cup Final, and Semsa AFC play Port Glasgow Athletic for the President’s Cup.

Glasgow South AFC are through to the Final of the Strathclyde Cup, and await the winners of a second semi-final between East Dunbartonshire and Nicos.

Skye and Lochalsh AFA have an AGM coming up on 1st February.

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Around The Amateur Football Scene (14/12/2020)

Chief Writer Tom Scott has his first look of the week around the Amateur Scene.

BE Teamwear and Workwear will again sponsor the Border Amateur Football Association when the new season commences.

Kincorth Athletic stretched their lead at the top of the Aberdeen Sunday League with a 13-0 win over Sheddocksley. Athletic are eight points ahead of second-placed Overhype, who have two games in hand.

Bucksburn Thistle beat Portland Milltimbers 5-3 and move into sixth place.

St Peters AFC founded in 1984, are proud to support Rainbow Laces and Show Racism The Red Card.

GSC Jordanhill staged a Visual Presentation to reveal their three Club Awards.

Craig Mulgrew was named Committee Player of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year give went to Calum James and Jamie Parker was Top Scorer.

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.

Parkmount Success Recruiting New Players And Keeping Sponsors

Two Eastwood Parkmount teams in the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL have enjoyed success bringing new talent on board and the backing of five sponsors off the park.

I understand at least two new names will go into the A squad who feature in Division 1 (11 teams) along with seasoned campaigners like Erskine AFC, Eaglesham and Westerlands.

The B team will run the rule over a host of potential signing talent for their Division 2 programme (9 clubs in total). East Kilbride RR AFC, GSC Jordanhill, Newshot AFC, Bellaire AFC and John Street AFC are likely to figure in the silverware chase.

Incidentally, GGPAFL chiefs have also put together Division 3A and Division 3B for competitive games.

Meanwhile, Eastwood, who have registered Bogton Playing Fields, Muirend as their home venue, would like thank sponsors Glasgow The Bank, Mini Grill Scottish Steakhouse, John Paterson & Sons Ltd Painters and Decoraters, Ferguson Osbourne Bathrooms and Mearns Castle Golf Academy.

The Story Continues For GSC Jordanhill AFC

The lockdown has allowed people to do so many things, take up a hobby they’ve always wanted, reflect on their lives and career, lose weight or simply watch those films they’ve always wanted to watch.

For some though, it has been the prime time to take a stock of just what they have achieved and how far they have come without the constant grind of playing football on a Saturday and trying to organise a team to take to the pitch.

GSC Jordanhill AFC are a team who have come a very long and this lockdown has allowed them to review everything they’ve achieved none less so than even during a pandemic managing to raise £22,000 for Beatson’s cancer charity.

This is an amazing achievement for a club that as the 2015-16 season drew to a close the team could barely put a full 11 players on the pitch and seemed destined to fold. Fast forward four years and the club are looking forward to fighting on the park as much as it did off it.

The 2015-16 was a mixed season for a club that for years had a proud record of never being relegated. The entire season was spent in a relegation mire and with the lack of players even being able to put a side out was getting difficult and it seems the club would soon become one of those that would just be remembered in passing conversation and a name of the past.

However, when the club looked to be on its knees, the club went on a run in the Scottish Cup that club stalwart Iain Brown, pinpoints as the watershed moment in the club’s history. When all confidence seemed to have drained out of the side. The club went on a Scottish Cup run that seen this crisis ridden club make it through to the last 32 of the cup before being finally put out by Linlithgow Thistle.

As Iain said it was this cup run, the smiles on the players and the confidence they had gained, that made them believe that they would stay up. Even when they had to play games with just 9 players at the end of that season the club and team spirit kept them in the league.

The club that started the summer of 2016 would change for the good and would never look back again.

Prior to the summer of 2016 the club was known as BSC Jordanhill. However, when the club was facing the abyss it turned to the community for help and it formed a partnership with Giffnock Soccer Centre from the southside of Glasgow.

This partnership lead to the club’s name changing to Giffnock Soccer Centre Jordanhill AFC or simply GSC Jordanhill AFC. With the forming of the partnership the club gave itself stability off the pitch. Whilst on it setting up a clear route for some of the most promising youngsters out there to gain valued first team chances and getting a taste of real first team football.

Since 2016 the club has gone from strength to strength off the pitch to becoming one of the most active in the community and raising over £30,000 for numerous charities, including Back on Side, Chest, Heart and Stroke and most recently Beatson’s Cancer charity.

Whilst the club has been making massive strides off the pitch. On the pitch the club has stuck to its strict policy of playing football that is attractive to watch even if this sometimes means results don’t always go their way and ending the last 4 seasons in midtable.

Since the scare of relegation in 2016 the club has made itself a firm midtable side. However, just because it’s been there for the last few season doesn’t mean it intends to stay there. After the absolute success outside the squad, the club hopes that within the next few seasons to gain success on the park to match its success off it.

With the lockdown making season planning nearly impossible and with teams unable to plan friendlies. The coming season looks to be a more level playing field than past seasons and with the lads coming back and seeming more than ever to have the desire to kick a ball in angry, the hopes to make a stamp on this season seem cautiously high as they take the bold step into the unknown.

GSC Jordanhill have come a long way in four years. From the brink of folding to a bright, if not slightly unknown future. The club has built its off-field standing in the community hugely whilst sticking to its core values at the same time.

So as the build-up continues to one of the strangest seasons known to football at all levels, this is a club that even during a lockdown managed to raise over £22,000 for charity and showed that sometimes somethings are more important that football.

GSC Jordanhill are absolutely one of the most ambitious clubs in the amateur ranks. The club also remains inherently humble and is determined to give back to the community that helped them when they were down.

We wish GSC Jordanhill all the luck in the world with the coming seasons and will be checking in later on in the season to see how their season is going. Finally, my thanks go to everyone at the club and Iain Brown for the help he provided with this article.