Zoom Meeting Boosts Colville Boss

Colville Park E AFC Manager Kenny Henderson has revealed he was given a huge boost by a Friday night Zoom Call with his squad, writes Tom Scott.

No fewer than 19 out of 21 players made themselves available to run through a number of key points – including when they can safely meet up again!

Travel restrictions are still in place despite Clubs being allowed to organise non-contact training, but Kenny explained: “Only two of our players stay locally in Motherwell, while 95% of the rest – including Management – are based in Paisley, Renfrewshire and Glasgow, so that means we can’t train.”

“With the Zoom response – the two lads who couldn’t participate put in apologies – that tells me everything I need to know regarding commitment.”

“Keeping the squad together was the priority, and I have no fears on that.”

Taking over the Colville Park hot seat after the former Scottish Cup holders and Premier Division champions took a year out of football due to a shortage of players was always going to be a tough task – but Kenny Henderson does not shy away from hard work.

He said “Rebuilding the Club from scratch in normal circumstances was not going to happen overnight, but during a global pandemic has been a nightmare.”

“The earliest I can see us starting back – if restrictions allow – is May. The Central Scottish League may introduce a Cup competition to get teams back on the park again, but in terms of the division we will be in that’s the Championship because the Club were absent for a season.”

“The bigger picture for me is pre-season. We might need to hold off until the first week in July.”

Meanwhile, Kenny Henderson is looking to add to his backroom staff with a second Coach. Interested parties should contact him on 07702314289.

Colville Focus On Continued New Year Transition

Long-Serving Colville Park E AFC stalwart Andy Williamson has admitted Covid-19 will not change the huge challenge which he knew was already waiting for them after taking a season out of Scottish Amateur football.

The glory days of winning Scottish and West of Scotland Cups Premier Division titles, plus domestic competitions in the shape of the League Cup and M and M Trophy were brought to a shuddering halt in September 2019, when the Motherwell club announced they were quitting due to a shortage of players – just four months after beating Eastfield 2-0 in an all- Central Scottish AFL National Final at Hampden Park.

Prior to their demise, at least three managers had tried to steer the rudderless ship back of course following the hugely successful reign of Michael Kennedy (now at Darvel FC).

No doubt Colville folding was welcomed by quite a few managers and coaches of other clubs – after all football is a results-driven business – even in Amateur Football.

Kenny Henderson is now attempting to put the building blocks in place – albeit interrupted by Government restrictions and Tier-4 / 3 rules – in his first job at this level, and with a squad that had still to register a league victory prior to the October 10 shut-down.

Mr Andy Williamson has been a player, manager and currently serves on the Club Committee with another amazing man, Mr Joe Walker. The pair have spent an incredible amount of their lives with Colville, and the one thing that comes across when I mention both gentlemen by name to various people within the game is nobody has a bad word to say about them!

That alone speaks volumes for both their character and integrity. Andy said “Kenny Henderson is an enthusiast, and we are looking forward to getting back into competitive action when the current restrictions are finally lifted. It has been a most frustrating season so far – made much worse of course by the fact that we had to sit out last season as well when things didn’t work out for us.”

“This greatly fore-shortened season will be a rebuilding one for us of course, and we are realistic enough to know that it will take time for us to get back to the level we had a couple of years ago, but that is our target, and we are looking forward to that challenge.”

Colville Transition Set To Continue In The New Year

Long-Serving Colville Park E AFC stalwart Andy Williamson today admitted Covid-19 has not changed the challenge which he knew was already waiting for them after taking a season out of Amateur football The glory days of winning Scottish and West of Scotland Cups Premier Division titles, plus domestic competitions in the shape of the League Cup and M and M Trophy were brought to a shuddering halt in September 2019, when the Motherwell club announced they were quitting due to a shortage of players. – just four months after beating Eastfield 2-0 in an all- Central Scottish AFL National Final at Hampden Park.

Prior to their demise at least three managers had tried to steer the rudderless ship back of course following the hugely successful reign of Michael Kennedy, who gave Colville ample notice he was about to undertake a brand-new challenge at Darvel FC.

No doubt Colville folding was welcomed by quite a few managers and coaches of other clubs after all football is a results-driven business even in amateur football!

Now Kenny Henderson is attempting to put the building blocks in place – albeit interrupted by Government restrictions and Tier-4 rules – in his first job at this level and with a squad that had still to register a league victory by October 10.

Andy Williamson has been a player, manager and currently serves on the Club Committee with another amazing man, Joe Walker. The pair have spent an incredible amount of their lives with Colville, and the one thing that comes across when I mention both gentlemen by name to various people within the game is nobody has a bad word to say about them!

That speaks volumes for their character and integrity. Andy told me “Kenny Henderson is an enthusiast, and we are looking forward to getting back into competitive action when the current restrictions are finally lifted. It has been a most frustrating season so far – made much worse of course by the fact that we had to sit out last season as well when things didn’t work out for us.”

“This greatly fore-shortened season will be a rebuilding one for us of course and we are realistic enough to know that it will take time for us to get back to the level we had a couple of years ago, but that is our target, and we are looking forward to that challenge.”

Colville Confirm Saturday Evening Players’ Zoom Call

Scottish Amateur Footballl News Exclusive….

Colville Park E AFC are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to maintain player-interest or pinpoint anyone struggling with Mental Health issues – and a 5.30pm Zoom Call meeting has been arranged for this evening!

Manager Kenny Henderson and Assistant Bobby Patterson have remained in contact with all their players through phone calls or group chat since the Scottish Government announced no competitive would be played after October 3.

Said Kenny: “We have arranged the call for 17:. 30 hours to keep the guy’s spirits up.”

“With setting up a brand new team and having a squad of 22 players who were strange with each other I honestly felt we were getting there in terms of turning a corner, and turning those narrow defeats into wins. Not being able to use a dressing room was frustrating, not only for the boys and the banter that goes with it , but also for me and Bobby trying to carry out thorough team talks. Unable to put our game plan together and get that message into the boys is so much harder doing that at the side of a park in terrible conditions.”

“To try and rebuild Colville was always a massive task in itself. Trying to rebuild any football club during a global pandemic made the job so much harder, and I can only thank all the boys who have stayed with me despite several attempts by WOS teams to give them game time, I also feel amateur football has been harshly dealt with by the Government. I really don’t understand how West of Scotland teams who don’t get tested can still play, yet we can’t.”

“Every team out there at our level are all feeling the same frustration and for the sake of the boy’s Mental Health I hope we can get back playing sooner rather than later.”

“I have been very fortunate not to have lost anyone during this unique time and once we are back I am hoping I will have a few new faces coming into our squad to give us that little bit extra we needed.”

“The boys are all doing their own fitness programmes (hopefully), but they are all struggling without the game we love being able to play and train!”

“We don’t know anything with regards to a league restart date, but we just need to stick together during this global pandemic, and hopefully every club will survive, and next year will see us return to the game we love.”

“It is a hard time for everyone out there and it’s great to see the football community doing their bit to keep everyone’s Mental Health up. We are also very lucky to have the NHS who have done a great job during hard circumstances , and above everything else at the moment it’s just making sure everyone stays in contact,. stays safe and hopefully can return to football as we knew it sooner rather than later.”

ANDREW SKINNER…..Scored three goals in two games after joining Colville Park E AFC.

Kenny also revealed Goalkeeper Darren Linton, formerly of Wishaw HSFP, was his final signing before the last game early October, and that former junior football winger Andrew Skinner, who made a stunning start at Colville with three goals in two games, is still part of their squad.

Colville Manager Shares Frustration Over Latest Season Set-Back

Another three-weeks of restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government has hit 11 Councils and left Amateur League clubs kicking their heels once more – including first-season Colville Park E AFC Manager Kenny Henderson.

Their stop-start-stop spell of pre-season training ran alongside being unable to work with a squad put together for the club’s re-entry into the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL. Early defeats – highlighted by individual errors – could not be addressed during Monday and Wednesday evening training sessions at Dalziel Park.

Said Kenny “I am really missing being out on the training pitch working with the lads. We covered a lot of work and I just hope it doesn’t go to waste when we get the final all-clear.

Goalkeeper Chris Wright…. in his second spell with Colville Park E AFC

“So far we have managed to keep all the players on board.” Colville Park were still recruiting new signings when the Government call was made to stop competitive fixtures after 3rd October.

As of 6pm tonight ( Friday) Tier-4 restrictions commence and will remain in place until Friday, 11th December.

Dynamo Boss Salutes Players After Gartcosh Victory

New Castlemilk Dynamo Manager Gary Hamilton praised his players over their 1-0 victory at Gartcosh United and immediately turned his attentions to Thursday’s floodlight clash against Bearsden AFC at Dalziel.

Central Scottish League chiefs are pushing through domestic fixtures left unfinished from the 2019-2020 campaign due to Covid-19, but Hamilton swept that into the background on competitive debut and admitted:

“You can put that down to a battling away win, and three well earned points.”

“Gartcosh were by far the better team in the first half. However, the game management shown by our players kept us in the game. Second half, I thought the tide turned and we were by far the better team.”

“Gartcosh should have taken the lead early doors when they missed an open goal. A tactical change on the hour mark allowed us to see more of the ball and penetrate their defence.”

Dynamo’s winner came six minutes from time.  A Dean McGinty cross was met by Joseph Lang, and his bullet header flew past Scottish Amateur international goalie Stuart Wilson.

Gary Hamilton added “I have to say Martin Glen was colossal for us in centre midfield.”

Switching from Division 1A to the Premiership, a brilliant first half goal from Kenny Munro gave visitors Greenock HSFP their 1-0 win against hosts Wishaw HSFP in their 1pm start at Dalziel.

He fastened into a superb Robbie McAlpine pass and lobbed the goalkeeper.

Remaining at Dalziel for the 3pm kick-off in this season’s Championship, and sloppy Colville Park E AFC gave  away two penalties – one of which goalkeeper Chris Wright saved –  as visitors Garrowhill Thistle won 3-2.

Manager Kenny Henderson said: “We conceded two goals in four mad minutes – one a free header at the back post and a second penalty.

“I simply can’t keep defending these players. Individual mistakes and errors are killing us.’

Guthrie, with a great free kick, and McNaught scored for Colville.

Boss Henderson Singles Out Colville Long-Serving Stalwarts

Colville Park E AFC Manager Kenny Henderson reckons Joe Walker and Andy Williamson. are ideal role models in terms of decision-making, integrity and loyalty, following a combined spell at Dalziel Park spanning almost 90 years!

Some years ago I wrote a newspaper article in which a hugely successful manager told me you should never stay at a club any longer than 8 years. Beyond that, expect to be either sacked or asked to resign.

Obviously, Joe and Andy were not privy to reading that script. Far from it. In fact, they have filled every role at the club including pulling on the boots and were as stunned as the rest of Amateur football when Colville folded four months after another Scottish 

Cup final success defeating Eastfield 2-0 under Manager Michael Kennedy, who had earlier intimated he was leaving to take charge of Darvel FC in the junior ranks.

Under new management, not for the first time and suffering.a 4-0 defeat against Whitehill Welfare in the  Preliminary Round of the Senior Scottish Cup the visitors won despite having both of their goalkeepers missing due to injury – was another body blow. Worse was to come.

Colville folded in August, 2019, but retained membership for their eventual comeback once lockdown restrictions were eased and protocol measures approved by the SFA

Kenny Henderson is a newcomer to the Amateur Scene, but from day one he has greatly appreciated the committee backing, including that of Joe and Andy.

He said, Everyone knows what the plan is not just for this coming season, but in 3-5 years time. They have been very supportive and couldn’t be any more grateful in us getting a team together, and giving them their club back. We face a rebuild. One thing I will be able to do regardless if I am successful or not is knowing I have rebuilt the club, regained their reputation, and got us playing competitive football.

“More importantly, the committee have a football club that they are proud of and a good honest bunch of players respecting them when they are around.”

“Joe and Andy have been involved as players, coaches and even in management. For me, they are stalwarts! The pair are at ever game. Andy shows amazing loyalty. He is in his 70s, still going strong and does all the Secretarial stuff. He is a lifetime Committee member, being involved constantly for nearly 50 years.”

“Joe Walker, former player and manager, is now Chairman, and his involvement goes back almost 40 years. He has already contacted you in person to compliment the coverage the club and the game in general has received @AmmyFitbaNews.”

“It is the committee’s club. They do not get involved in anything relating to the football, and only if I need anything. They will get it sorted for me and realise it is a harder fix than ever before.”

Colville Concentrate On Final Friendly Ahead Of League Games

Some Amateur Football League fixtures may be resuming in the West of Scotland this Saturday,  but the Colville Park squad of players will be asked to focus on a final warm-up game before stepping into the lion’s den on October 10.

Over the weekend Manager Kenny Henderson and his coaching staff will have taken a long hard look at their pre-season record to date -. one win and three odd-goal defeats littered with glaring individual errors.

Two new signings were confirmed minutes before their 4-3 reversal against Uddingston Anvil and one of them, ex-Kilsyth Rangers and Forth Wanderers striker Martin Janick, is likely to feature more prominently after a second half appearance on Saturday.

Martin Janick

Said Kenny:  “We face a tough competitive start away against Garrowhill Thistle a week this Saturday, followed by the visit of BSC to Dalziel on October 17.”

Individual Mistakes Cost Goals As Colville Suffer Third Defeat

Colville Park E AFC Manager Kenny Henderson is quickly learning that a return to the days of silverware at Dalziel Park won’t return any time soon unless individual player mistakes are completely eradicated.

Three successive defeats have followed a 1-0 win against East Kilbride which launched their pre -season programme. Ten goals have been conceded along the way, including two 4-3 defeats against Dalziel (midweek) and Uddingston Anvil on Saturday.

Said Kenny “Individual mistakes killed us against Uddingston. We’ve also conceded a last-minute penalty kick. Basic mistakes like being caught ion the ball.”

“If we cut out the individual errors then we are very much on track for the season. We’ve lost eight goals in the last two games and haven’t made the opposition work hard for any of them, but we have competed in both those games against established Premiership clubs considering we’ve only played four games as a team.”

“We will get there, but honestly they need to cut out the mistakes”

The big plus for boss Henderson was the tremendous display from new signing Andrew Skinner. The former Greenock and Maryhill FC front man scored in midweek against Dalziel, and bagged two more on Saturday at the Matt Busby Centre.

Andrew Skinner

Uddingston Anvil pressed Colville into making a mistake for the opening goal. Skinner carved out the first of his double when he cut in from the left and found the top riight-hand corner of the net from just outside the area.

Uddingston’s second goal followed an error which left their scorer through on a 1 v 1 with keeper Chris Wright. Back came Colville through Skinner, who pounced on a passback and rounded the goalie before netting.

Colville went behind again when they failed to clear a corner-kick and although John McNaught brought them level (3-3)., the former Scottish Cup holders pressed the self-destruct button three minutes over full time.

Uddingston Anvil were correctly awarded a penalty kick when their attack found Colville lacking cover at the back and keeper Wright was subsequently beaten from 12 yards.

Breaking News. Colville Park have also signed former Kilsyth Rangers and Forth striker Martin Janick,. who made a second half debut against Uddingston Anvil.

Colville Move To Fill Vacant Coaching Position At Dalziel Park

Colville Park E AFC have announced they are promoting from within to fill their vacant coaching position,  and Andy Cockrell is moving over from the playing side at Dalziel Park.

In an exclusive for @AmmyFitbaNews. Manager Kenny Henderson told me:. “Andy has decided to step away from playing this season to become part of my management team.” 

Andy Cockrell

“We have been looking for a reliable person to join us working (coaching) with the players. Andy has experience playing with Forth Wanderers and Cambria AFC and I am delighted to have him on board in the backroom staff.  We can also have Andy cover and play if we run into any injuries and player suspensions moving forward.”

“There should be some news for you shortly on changes within the playing staff. This is something we have been looking at over the three pre-season games so far.”

Henderson, in his first in charge at Colville, has always maintained he wants competition for places if the club hope to recapture the glory days of winning championships and cup finals. One key feature is the goalkeeping slot,  where Chris Wright is currently playing without a serious back-up rival for the gloves.

Kenny added “Chris has actually asked when we are signing another goalkeeper. He wants to be put under pressure to play,. and the competition that brings with recruiting someone who has experience of playing at a good level. I also favour having two goalkeepers in order we can organise specialist sessions for them on a training night once the new season commences.”

Any available goalkeepers should contact Kenny Henderson on 07702 314289.

The former Scottish Amateur Cup holders,. whose main sponsor is The Electric Bar and Grill, would also like to attract a backer to sponsor the players’ holdalls. Call Kenny Henderson at the same number.