Cambria AFC: Manager’s Update On Thistle Friendly

New Cambria AFC Manager Kevin McGroarty has revealed to Scottish Amateur Football News his thoughts on their friendly against Kirkintilloch Thistle, writes Tom Scott.

He said “Kirky Thistle was a different type of challenge for us, they were on top for relatively most of the game, maybe due to the more physicality of the team.”

“Once we settled down a bit and started playing football the way I know we are capable of, we started to slowly break them down and find a few gaps at the back in the 2nd half in particular.”

“We pretty much have a new squad, so they are all trying to get to know each other and the way that myself and James (Whyte) are wanting the team to play.”

“We are a team that can only get better and I believe that is coming as we edge closer to the beginning of the season.”

“We just need to keep up the development and putting the proper demands on the guys at training.”

“We still have a bit to go in terms of the squad but we are working behind the scenes, and we will continue to do so on the training pitch as well to make sure we are all ready, and at the standard we need to be going into the 1st game in our Cup in a couple of weeks’ time.”

“Thanks again, Kevin.”

Cambria AFC Appoint New Manager

Kevin McGroarty has opened up on being appointed the new Manager of Cambria AFC, writes Tom Scott.

In an exclusive for Scottish Amateur Football News he revealed:

“I had no intention of getting back into the game as quickly as I did, but when a club like Cambria AFC are looking for someone, you have to ask the question.”

“Myself and my Assistant James Whyte went and met members of the Committee for a chat about the club and objectives and what our role would be. After the initial 1st meeting, we were itching to get the job.”

Pictured:  James and Kevin.

“Being able to work with a Committee as forward thinking and well organised as the Cambria AFC one was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

“We officially joined on 14th of July after leaving Bearsden AFC and straight away could see the potential of the players who we have.”

“That being said, we are on the lookout for new players to bolster our squad as you know we have a team withing the Caley League and also in the GGPL so if any players are interested then please get in touch with the club through social media or message me on 07496454123.”

“Myself and James Whyte are looking forward to getting stuck in and starting the season which isn’t far away”


Kevin McGroarty
Cambria AFC

Bearsden Management Stand Down

Bearsden AFC are looking for a new Management team after Gaffer Kevin McGroarty and Assistant James Whyte decided to quit, writes Tom Scott.

Kevin said: “I have decided to stand down as Bearsden Manager. with my assistant.”

“If and when I return to the game I will keep you posted.”

The exact reasons for the Management announcement have not been revealed, and it has not become clear if the Committee will advertise the post, or have any candidates in mind to take over.

Kevin added “I have a few options to get back into it already, but just taking my time.”

“Time for a change but wish them all the best of course.”

Bearsden Boss Hails Squad Progress

Kevin McGroarty insists the Central Scottish League Club are progressing well – given that when he took over there was no squad, writes Tom Scott.

He said “A 3-1 defeat against Gartcosh United gives us confidence that we are going in the right direction.”

“Paul Proud is on board as an advisory role to myself, and on the look-out for players etc, so not so much involved with training / games.”

“Bearsden were involved in a friendly at K Park, East Kilbride, last night, and have some more lined-up when more restrictions are eased.”

Friendlies Wanted By Bearsden Boss

Manager Kevin McGroarty is seeking friendlies at Bearsden AFC, who play in the Central Scottish AFL, writes Tom Scott.

One game has already been arranged for Saturday, June 19.

Now Kevin would like to fill in other dates – June 26, plus various Saturday dates during July.

Meanwhile, Bearsden AFC will be involved in some Central Scottish Amateur Football League from the 2019-2020 season, which are due to commence this coming Saturday (May 22).

New Head of Football Appointed At Bearsden

Bearsden AFC have recently appointed Paul Proud as their Head of Football, writes Tom Scott.

Manager Kevin McGroarty said “We have a number of new players training with us with previous amateur and junior football experience.”

“We are looking to get another Coach on board going forward, as well as a Physio and Social Media Manager.”

“We also have a football card running to raise funds for the Club.”

Bearsden Appoint New Head of Football

Bearsden AFC have appointed Paul Proud as their Head of Football, writes Tom Scott.

Manager Kevin McGroarty confirmed the news for SAFN and also said:

“We have a number of new players training with us with previous amateur and junior football experience.”

“Looking to get another Coach on board going forward, as well as a Physio and Social Media Manager.

“We also have a football card running to raise funds for the Club.”

Major Developments Continue At Bearsden

Manager Kevin McGroarty has revealed major developments will continue at Bearsden AFC, writes Tom Scott.

He said “We are looking to recruit experienced players as we look to bolster out squad for the remaining fixtures we have for Season 2019-2020.”

“We will be running a pre season type training up until our first game due to the absence of football.”

“We have another coach being aded to the Management Team which could all be confirmed next week.”

“Potentially have a Head of Football position being filled at the club making us a lot more progressive and being able to branch out more.”

Bearsden Target Experience To Help Young Squad

First-season Bearsden AFC Manager Kevin McGroarty has already looked beyond another lockdown and identified areas of the Central Scottish AFL team where some experience could be introduced to blend in with players who are relatively new to the demands of Amateur Football.

He told me “Our backroom team are all good. In terms of working with players we haven’t been allowed to (physical sessions), but I have been contacting a few players throughout the festive period and before to bring in some experienced players to our ambitions young team.”

Clubs in the Central Belt have been missing from competitive match action since October, and Kevin summed up the general mood of everyone “Frustrated still as you can imagine as we are still not being able to do anything football wise, but I can understand the restrictions as health comes first, but frustrated that we are being overlooked.”

“As far as the club is concerned, we are in constant contact with each other about what’s best going forward, what else we can do for the club etc, so still chatting about what’s best.”

“In terms of the players, we still have the group chat open and all have a laugh and joke in that about football and stuff. Some players are finding it tough not being able to be at training, so it’s difficult for them.”

Bearsden Boss Questions Attitude Shown Towards Amateur Football

Kevin McGroarty has responded to Thursday’s latest Scottish Government restrictions and the implications they bring for his beloved Amateur Football. Having been appointed Bearsden AFC manager during Covid-19, he is well qualified to offer an opinion on a number of questions I put to him less than 24 hours after the Hollyrood briefing from Nicola Sturgeon.

“Its very frustrating that we are unable to train to be honest, Tom. As all the boys put in a good shift at training and you can see that the camaraderie is coming within the team. Unfortunately for us we are at the scale of football where it doesn’t seem to matter to people how we are getting on, how we are doing in terms of wellbeing etc, but we have to go by the laws of our land and safety is our number 1 objective”

“The lads are itching to get playing! They are probably sick fed up of my chat at training when we had it along with my assistant James Whyte and 1st Team Coach Thomas McCall if I’m honest haha!”

“The lads know what we have in place and what we want to achieve as a club and are really wanting to come together in games and show the management team and committee that they believe in what we are doing.”

“Impact on the players is massive, we have a few players who do suffer from mental wellbeing and stuff along those lines so its an extremely difficult time as you know Tom, the lads look forward to training and games as its a sense of stress relief or a distraction for a brief time for them being around their team mates”

“Coaching staff, we are just frustrated as we can see the boys coming along and starting to gel together in terms of teamwork and believing in each others ability. We have a great set of young players and some talented experienced players in the squad, and also coming in to bolster the depth of the squad, so frustrating for us as we can’t get them bedded in quicker.

“I firmly believe we have been mistreated, and let me say though 1st and foremost, safety and wellbeing of everyone is paramount, that goes without saying, but for other leagues and levels to be playing at the same age group when no evidence has been provided that our in game contact is causing spikes within the coronavirus cases is baffling to me.”

“All amateur clubs on the same boat of us have been in contact with their respective local MSPs, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Amy Callaghan MSP for helping us out even though she has been going through her own battle with her health. She is a credit to the residents of East Dunbartonshire.”

Kevin McGroarty, Manager Bearsden AFC