Fraser First Round Draw Produces Top Pairing

Although forced into yet another delay due to Scottish Government restrictions there is no disputing the quality of some First-Round pairings in the Fraser Trophy. The tournament comes within the remit of the Strathclyde Evangelical Churches Amateur League, which comprises a Premier Division and Division 1 totalling no fewer than 28 clubs.

Four First Round byes have already been forthcoming – Glasgow Free, Greenbank BB, Mearns Churches and South Glasgow – but there is no question that some Division 1 teams will be looking to record a stunning top-flight result.

Are Home Church Kirkintilloch capable of creating a shock against former Premier Division champions Motherwell Kings, who also know the way to negotiate testing cup opponents?

Avendale are former Cup holders and having emerged from the ballot with ground advantage perhaps Mount Kirk may find this hurdle too high to negotiate.

Similarly, ex-Premier Champions Machan United will be out to display top form at the expense of visitors Greenbank C of S.

Full Draw:

Anniesland v Auchen Foyle
Avendale v Mount Kirk
Craighalbert v Law
Croftfoot Parish v U.C.A.
Cumbernauld v King’s Park
Dennistoun v Re:Hope
Home Church v Motherwell Kings
Houston v West Hamilton
Machan United v Greenbank C of S
Tollcross v Coatdyke
Trinity AFC v Glasgow Elm
West Glasgow v Fullarton Irvine.

Byes- Glasgow Free, Greenbank BB, Mearns Churches and South Glasgow.

United Half-Marathon Raises Four -Figure Cash Sum

Kings Park United have raised £1966 from Saturday’s Half Marathon. Management, players and friends were 100% behind the plan to support the great work carried out by Time to Tackle, who will benefit from the club’s initiative in planning a route loop of the city taking in various points including Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium.

Congratulations everyone on a wonderful effort.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (24/11/2020)

Tom Scott is back with his second Round-Up of the week. With the new Aberdeenshire AFA season held up until at least 30th January 2021, Continental AFC have confirmed an updated friendlies list up to the week before Christmas.

Here goes:
November 28 – Grammar FP’s (Away)
December 5 – Nicolls Amateurs (Home)
December 12 – To Be Confirmed
December 19 – Aboyne (Home)

Campbeltown Pupils have said a big thanks to Phoenix Motors for their kind and generous donation presented at the weekend.

I understand the Renton family have been long standing supporters to the local football community on and off the park for many years.

Kings Park United are starting and finishing next month’s Half Marathon in Kings Park. I believe details of the route and times will feature soon on Social Media. Funds raised will be going to the good people at Time To Tackle.

Neilsons Solicitors and Estate Agents have made a generous donation to the Corstorphine Dynamo FC Christmas Food Bank Appeal.

This is what local businesses are all about – I never get tired of saying that and they are especially welcomed during the present financial climate.

Springburn Thistle are hosting a Call of Duty War Zone Fund Raiser on Friday, November 27.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (17/11/2020)

Next Third Lanark AFC “Gaffers Mental Health Challenge” is due to be displayed this week. I understand responses to those previously highlighted have been welcomed in huge numbers, and are proving a great source of help and inspiration to those experiencing Mental Health issues or Anxiety concerns. Please refer to the Third Lanark AFC Facebook page for more details.

Baillieston Thistle AFC are backing an excellent local Charity Initiative, and FC Baillieston have also intimated they will join them with added support as part of real community spirit! The Glasgow East End clubs have linked up with “Community of Helping Hands”. I hear individual collections and donations are being carried out during the remainder of this month, and throughout December.

Kings Park United are busy organising a Half Marathon next month. The route will take them through Glasgow’s Southside and the aim is to raise a considerable amount of cash for “Time To Tackle”.

Westerlands AFC are saddened to hear if the passing of Douglas Barrie. Mr Barrie was one of the founder members from 1967.

Glasgow Colleges FA are encouraging member clubs to complete a survey on the impact Covid-19 has had on sport in the community. There is a link to the survey – which takes less than 7 minutes to complete – on the College’s Twitter page. I hear the closing date for the survey is 7th December.

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Around The Amateur Football Scene (02/09/2020)

@AmmyFitbaNews Writer Tom Scott takes his midweek look at what has been happening around the club scene.

Moorpark Athletic are busy on the signing front and have already brought in Michael Smith, Anthony McLaughlin and Cammy Johnstone.

Rhu Amateurs are strictly following SFA guidelines in playing localised friendlies and I understand two have been organised against Dumbarton United Amateurs (September 12) and Lomond Thistle (September 17).

Gartcosh United have three attractive friendlies coming up against Doune on September 12, Syngenta a week later, and a September 26 meeting with Shortlees Amateurs.

Colville Park E AFC, whom we featured having signed five newcomers this week, have now recruited defenders David Quinn (ex- Duncanrig AFC) and Sean Tidser, who played at Forth, plus Duncanrig midfielder Jonny Aitken.

East Kilbride Harp have landed a double boost with E.K. Offices. Com ( Office and Storage to Let ) being paraded as their new Away Kit Sponsor and after a great deal of work carried out by their coaching staff, the Harp players will have all tracksuits sponsored by Standard Real Estate Ltd. Brilliant effort by all concerned.

Eaglesham AFC have managed to secure friendlies for their Caledonian League squad, but are seeking opponents for the team who play in the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL. You can choose from a mixture of home/ away games on September 12, 19 and 26.

Southside United AFC. have organised both Tuesday evening and Saturday friendlies this month. The list includes Kings Park United, Springburn Thistle and Glasgow East.

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