Headline Makers Revisited: Argyll and Bute Cup (August 2019)

The one-day Argyll and Bute Cup produced plenty of excitement as Milngavie Wanderers emerged winners by one goal! writes Tom Scott.

Oban Saints (Greater Glasgow) hosted the tournament, which featured Milngavie, Lochgilphead Red Star, and New Farm Loch AFC.

Wanderers, Oban and New Farm all won two out of three games, but Milngavie had plus 4 Goals, compared to Oban’s plus 3, and New Farm plus 2.

Results: Milngavie 2, Oban 0; New Farm 4, Red Star 2; Oban 2, Red Star 0; New Farm 3, Milngavie 0; Oban 3, New Farm 0; Milngavie 6, Red Star 0.

Tournament Organiser Donald Black and Councillor Jim Lynch performed the presentation ceremony.

We Were The Champions – Lochgilphead Red Star AFC (Season 2017-2018)

Lochgilphead Red Star AFC clinched the Scottish Amateur Football League Premier 2 title with a whopping 14-point lead over runners-up Castlemilk, writes Tom Scott.

Star sponsored by RJD BRICKWORK, produced a remarkable campaign of 24 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat, which came via a 3-1 reversal against Paisley on March 17th, 2018.

Lochgilphead, who scored a total of 142 goals and only conceded 23 over those 26 games, never looked back after defeating hosts Tarbert 5-0 in their opening August fixture.

Packed into the “Goals For” column were victories against Busby (10-0), East End United (9-0), Cardross (9-1), FC Argyle (8-1) and Duntocher (6-1).

Around The Amateur Football Scene (13/12/2020)

Chief Writer Tom Scott has a weekend look at news from around Scottish Amateur clubs.

Rossvale Kelvinbridge AFC have thanked one of the local businesses who still find time to offer support during these tough times – Andrew Smith’s DRAIN FIX SOLUTIONS.

Former Hillington AFC striker Scott Gold scored twice for his new team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, In a 4-2 win against Bonnyton Thistle.

West Hamilton AFC will have sponsors Lochlie Construction on the front of their kit, which was supplied by Appin Sports.

Mr David Ireland has won the Wallyford Bluebell FC Last Man Standing 5. 0. Competition. The LEAFL Sunday Afternoon League club wish to express their thanks to all who contributed.

Lochgilphead Red Star AFC are set to receive a new strip from sponsors RJD BRICKWORK.

Kilbride Thistle AFC will draw their Christmas Bonus Ball on Saturday, December 19. The lucky winner will collect a considerable three-figure cash sum. I understand six other numbers drawn will be suitably rewarded, too.

Mauchline United AFC have a batch of Bobble Hats for sale in time for Christmas Morning.

Maryhill Milan, who play in the GDSFC Only Sport Ltd Premiership. are seeking the support of their friends in and out of Amateur Football to help them raise money for the Radio Clyde’s Cash For Kids Appeal. Management and players are running a 10k on Sunday, December 20.

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Red Star Triple Blast Too Hot For Saints

Lochgilphead Red Star AFC produced a fine display to defeat Oban Saints 3-0 on Saturday. Clubs within the Argyll and Bute Health Board area allowed to organise friendlies. Star have been able to keep their players ticking over, and they responded with goals from Andy Weir, Ciaran McPhie and Stuart McKenzie.

Next up for Lochgilphead Red Star is a home friendly against Campbeltown Pupils next Saturday.

Meanwhile, I hear the SAFL Premier 2 winners (2017-2018) will be receiving a new strip in a few weeks from their sponsor RJD BRICKWORK.

We look forward to seeing the result of another much-appreciated sponsorship tieup via a photograph at AmmyFitbaNews.

Photos kindly from Derek Black (Oban Saints AFC)

Around The Amateur Football Scene (15/11/2020)

Writer Tom Scott takes a weekend look at some news from around Amateur Football. Great to hear of another good young talent being given the opportunity to test himself against experienced opponents. E.K. Thistle Colts centre-back Anthony Kerr played 90 minutes for the Show Park Jags against Ashfield. He kept his place in the starting line-up for East Kilbride’s opening West of Scotland League clash under the lights against Yoker Athletic at Holm Park.

Terrific boost for Anthony and the Colts Management FC Dynamo Glasgow, who are sponsored by Clydebank Estate and Letting Agents again this season, are participating in a Hike up Ben Lomond to raise money for the Make A Child Smile Happy Campaign. They have also set-up a Just Giving Link Page. Dynamo players have agreed to participate on 28th November.

Peek-A-Boo Baby Boutique organised a Thunderball Bonus Ball for Steins Thistle Amateurs yesterday.  I understand Peek-A-Boo are a local business and conduct the idea every week. Peek-A-Boo kindly sponsored Stein’s 50th anniversary shirt and in return Thistle officials try to promote their offers etc. Great partnership going on between them!

Colony Park Amateurs put on an excellent team display against Premier Division hosts Tarves,. who won 4-2 in Saturday’s friendly. Kemnay Amateurs beat Rattray’s 2-1  in their friendly. 

Oban Saints AFC have been able to organise friendlies due to less restrictions in their Health Board area. 

On Saturday afternoon, Kyle Cooper hit the only goal of the game at Dunoon Amateurs.

Meanwhile, Gavin Forgrieve and Craig McEwan netted in a 2-0 victory against hosts Lochgilphead Red Star.

Lanarkshire United have confirmed  a  home kit shirt sponsorship with S & H Transport Ltd.

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Around The Amateur Football Scene (12/11/2020)

SAFN Writer Tom Scott has a look at what is happening around some clubs after Scottish Government restrictions were extended until Tuesday, November 17.

Caledonian League are holding their General Meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6.15pm via Zoom. All clubs are requested to be represented. An Executive Committee Meeting will follow the General Meeting.

With Derek Johnston having already confirmed he will be standing down from his role as FC Southside United manager this summer,the Leadership Committee are keen to speak with potential candidates, who can initially register interest via United’s Social Media platforms or through an email at fcsouthsideutd@gmail.com.

DJ,like everyone else involved with football, wants to return to working with players and his coaching staff, and maintaining the excellent progress at the Sunday set-up.

Lochgilphead Red Star AFC beat Dunoon Amateurs 1-0 in a friendly at the Dunoon Stadium last weekend. Coll McCallum netted what proved to be the first half winner.

Corstorphine Dynamo have launched a Xmas Food Appeal on behalf of Edinburgh Food Project.

Port Glasgow AFC have taken delivery of a new kit thanks to sponsorship from GBSS Civils and Plant Hire Ltd.

Clubs in. membership of the Aberdeenshire AFA will still be able to organise and play local friendlies aside from the start of the new season being delayed

Tannochside United, who recently held the first collection from their Food Bank Donations 2020 Project, will split monies raised between food and supplies for future collections,. plus a Christmas Toy and Gift Projects

Support A Local Food Bank is the idea being promoted by Newmains Hammers and they have set a date of 4th December for the final collection.

The donation will then be made on 7th December. Note, donations can be Via the Newmains Hammers Twitter Page, or any player.

Vale of Atholl would greatly appreciate offers from potential Match Sponsors.

The Old Mill Inn, who recently sponsored a new strip at the amateur club, were sponsors for the home game against Wolfhill on 7th November. Wolfhill won 4-2.

Barrhead ‘Lie Handed Two Centenary Derbies

Newcomers Arthurlie Amateurs could debut in the SAFL Centenary Cup next month with local derbies if current Scottish Government restrictions are not increased.

Top-table chiefs have wisely opted to cut down on excessive match travel for clubs in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football League and a look at the opening two weeks’ fixture list shows great potential.

November 7th

Arthurlie v Carlton YMCA
Baljaffray v Easthall Star
Busby v Motherwell Thistle
Campbeltown Pupils v Lochgilphead Red Star
Cardross v Dunoon
Duncanrig v Strathaven
Glyhill Moorcroft v St Convals
Inverclyde v Parkhall
Kings Park Rangers v Hillington
Neilston v Glenburn
Port Glasgow v Port Glasgow OBU
Rutherglen v Claremont

November 17th

Arthurlie v St Convals
Baljaffray v Kings Park Rangers
Busby v Rutherglen
Duncanrig v Claremont
Glenburn v Carlton YMCA
Glyhill Moorcroft v Neilston
Goldenhill v Easthall Star
Hillingdon v Castlemilk
Inverclyde v Port Glasgow
Lochgilphead Red Star v Campbeltown Pupils
Motherwell Thistle v Strathaven
Parkhall v Cardross
Port Glasgow OBU v Dunoon

Saints Hit Five In Red Star Friendly

Oban Saints defeated Lochgilphead Red Star 5-0 from their Closed-Doors friendly, and within an area which is not under current Scottish Government restrictions.

Saints, who can look forward to a step-up into the Spark of Genius sponsored Central Scottish AFL Premier top-flight following promotion, were much too strong for their Scottish AFL opponents.

Four-goal Lewis Cameron was outstanding and David Beaton also found the Red Star net.

SAFL Chiefs Will Operate New Travel Measures For Centenary Cup

Scottish Amateur Football League chiefs are helping member clubs cut down on unwanted travel problems when the Centenary Cup kicks-off their new season on October 10.

Hopefully current Scottish Government restrictions will not have changed again and allow Team Managers to prepare their squads in five areas instead of clubs travelling all over Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

I understand the plan involves teams playing each other home and away in the opening round and, even allowing for bad weather, the fixture list would run into December.

Looking ahead into January and depending on the updated Covid-19 situation the three-divisional domestic structure would commence, and hopefully the hugely popular Jimmy Marshall Trophy can also take place. Arthurlie and Baljaffray Amateurs  are newcomers to the SAFL, and as luck would have it, the pair have home games in the First Round fixture list on October 10.

The Barrhead club host Carlton YMCA, while Baljaffray, also from Premier Division Two, welcome high-flying and hugely experienced visitors Easthall Star.

In the Argyle area, two local derbies catch the eye. Campbeltown Pupils v Lochgilphead Red Star and Cardross v Dunoon.

Port Glasgow Amateurs and Port Glasgow OBU will be eager to claim Inverclyde bragging rights for at least 24 hours. while closer to Glasgow I reckon there will be a few goals when Kings Park Rangers entertain Hillington in a top-flight Premier clash.