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.

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.

Hi-Hi Adopt A Positive Approach Ahead Of New Season

The old senior football name of Third Lanark may have died back in 1967, but those diehard followers will be delighted to hear another group of Hi-Hi players will proudly pull on the team colours in the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL this Saturday.

A 4-0 win against John Street AFC at Toryglen could not have come at a better time for Manager David Ampleford and his backroom staff, who will need to make some difficult team selection choices as they journey out to play Waterside AFC.

Goalkeeper David Scott played a defining part in Saturday’s success, with great saves when needed, and a fully deserved shut-out. David Ampleford told me “We played some cracking football and are starting to see signs of a really good squad emerging here. “

“Our goals came from Daniel O’Brien, Jordan Smith, Neil White, and Jordan Foote. There were good performances right round the park.”

David’s route into the Hi-Hi hot seat is a story within itself! He exclusively revealed “I am really proud to be the Third Lanark manager. I played (and scored) against them in the game before moving across. I agreed to take over as manager after I broke both my heels. It was meant to be for a month or so. I am now into my 9th season!”

“My backroom staff comprises of Assistant Willie Milligan, Goalkeeper Coach Neil Gillon, Coaches Grant Spy and David Anderson and First Aider Sarah Ampleford.”

“We had a really tough year last term after a lot of players left. and we were turning up to games with 11/12 players. We spent a season in survival mode and struggled to recruit. However, decent recruitment this summer has the squad looking really healthy.”

Two Big-Name Clubs Get Together And Boost Player Numbers

Scottish Amateur Football News Exclusive

Once upon a time they may have been looked upon as rivals in Sunday Amateur football  – St Roch (formerly known as Glenmill) and Haghill AFC are now forging a new dynamic path towards more success.

I understand the Glenmill name change also resulted in a switch to Saturday football, while Haghill remained in their favourite Sunday slot. However, since many of the players turned out for both teams, the next logical step was for Haghill to try the Saturday Morning grade of football, merge the teams , and have one club to keep everyone playing.

The Haghill- St Roch AFC brand will be taking to the field in the official Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League, which @AmmyFItbaNews is covering.

Although the format placings have not yet been confirmed, I was told it is still a work in progress, and we should look at them as A and B squads.

Earlier in midweek,  a good performance despite some niggling injuries helped their tired but happy team beat John Street AFC 5-2.  With daylight hours now fading fast beyond 7pm, that success away from morning football may be the last for the time being unless a floodlight venue can be found.

For the record, coaches involved at Haghill- St Roch AFC are Joseph Gordon and Paul Hughes, assisted by John and Thomas Jarvis and Steven Quinn.

Black Star Step-Up Training – And Appoint A Talent Scout

Scottish Amateur Football News Exclusive

Black Star Glasgow are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to promote a professional look by attracting sponsors,. stepping up training sessions and appointing a talent identification scout. Something of a first in Scottish Amateur football.

Player – Manager Andrew Collins told me “Since I last spoke with you for the interview story on Scottish Amateur Football News, we have been training at Greenfield Playing Fields, with 24 players in regular attendance. The sessions have been high quality ,and of a very intense and competitive nature.”

“We have also amassed a really impressive array of training equipment including all your usual training cones, agility ladder, hurdles and spiked poles. In addition, we have added a rebound net and a set of mini goals.”

“I have also taken on board a Scout, Mr Ally Morrison, which is highly unusual for a Sunday amateur team, but he is very keen to help out . His duties will include the usual watching opponents and finding new talent. He has a great track record from helping out managers at the likes of Maryhill Juniors F.C and Kilbirnie Ladeside Football Club.”

“He had already brought us a top striker in Kris Todd , who just signed for Newmains Juniors. As a result, Kris won’t be able to play for us now because of this, but we are happy for the lad and wish him all the best.”

“In terms of our current squad, anyone who follows Black Star on social media would have seen we have started announcing signings for the up and coming season. Three, including myself, have already appeared, and there will be another trio appearing Friday evening.”

Due to recent SFA directives over clubs arranging games as close to their home base as possible – to be honest that is easier said than done due to many Sports Centres still being. closed, and those that are open have no changing/ shower facilities. Black Star Glasgow have been forced to rearrange their provisional pre-season friendlies.”

Here is how the list is shaping up:
Sunday, September 20 — East End United.
Next midweek to be confirmed – Red Star Saturday Morning.
Sunday, September 27 – Clerwood.
The following midweek to be confirmed – Bargeddie AFC Saturday.
Saturday, October 3 – John Street AFC.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (08/09/2020)

Tom Scott continues his look around some of the Amateur Clubs. YOUR CLUB could feature in his daily round up. Contact him with a call or email your details. Provide a Name and Mobile Number

Eastfield AFC have been looking to bring in a Goalkeeper / Coach to work with their other goalkeeper, plus help with training.

AFC Chryston have been searching for a home friendly after previous opponents called off.

Drumchapel United PYM have kicked off a hectic spell of 5 training sessions before their first friendly on September 19. I understand they have brought in one goalkeeper, but are seeking another to ensure competition for the jersey!

Clerwood Thistle AFC have taken possession of their new strips. Massive thanks to Only Sport Ltd.

Blackhall AFC seek friendlies on September 13 and 20.

Royal Union AFC want a friendly on September 16.

Wishaw High FP AFC have a grass park booked locally and want a friendly (Kick off 1pm)

Netherton AFC have organised a friendly against Newmains Hammers AFC on October 3.

John Street AFC play Dennistoun Thistle AFC on Saturday at Whitehill Secondary. (Saturday kick off is 10am.)