Headline Makers Revisited- (Red Star AFC under Mark Mackay)

SAFN Writer Tom Scott continues his look at Headline Makers Revisited this from July, 2016, and Red Star AFC Saturday Morning. They won a domestic treble under the guidance of Manager Mark Mackay, who is currently in charge of Vale of Clyde FC in the new West of Scotland Conference League.

STAR BOSS PRAISES SOCCERWORLD HELP

Red Star Manager Mark MacKay heaped praise on the help he had personally been given by Soccerworld Glasgow for his excellent Saturday  Morning team.

The East End of Glasgow-based club were able to access facilities at very short notice –  following any match-day postponements, for light training sessions, five-a-side football and a hugely successful end-of-season dance.

Mark, who enjoyed playing stints in junior football with the likes of Baillieston, Blantyre Vics, Cumbernauld United, Lesmahagow, and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, revealed “At the time , I wanted to give a huge thank-you to General Manager Audrey Murphy and Receptionist Caroline Hardie.”

“Audrey’s husband was involved with Pollok Amateurs, so she had an understanding of what we were trying to do with our club in terms of trying to be more professional in organising different things for the players.”

“Sometimes playing in the morning could  be hit with frost during the winter months ,and that is a real killer. With us still wanting to train or play 5’s, I had put in calls to Caroline very early on and they never let me down!”

“We used to train 7pm-9pm on a Tuesday until Soccerworld told us about their Metafit Classes. After that, we got involved and then trained from 8pm to 9pm. Once the dark nights came back again , we were able to resume our previous schedule.”

“When the West and Scottish Amateur Cup competitions come around (away games), we met at Soccerworld for a light bite to eat before travelling together. This arrangement happened once last season and it is something we will continue to organise this year.”

“Soccerworld  also helped us with our Xmas Day Out, whereby we started there about 12 noon and they treated us to a free buffet. Our end-of-season dance also took place at the venue. The ladies kindly laid on another buffet, and donated a raffle prize. As a thank-you for all they had done for us over the season, the club bought Audrey and Caroline flowers.”

“Not many clubs – whether it be amateur or at junior level – get the amount of help from one company that existed since I took over as Red Star  team manager, and we most certainly appreciated their kindness.”

Fullarton Park Hosts First-Ever Summer Cup Final

Fullarton Park, Tollcross will stage the first-ever Vale of Clyde Summer Cup Final on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off 2pm. Hoping to have their hands on silverware -. and enjoy bragging rights before the official football campaign kicks-off will be the Vale of Clyde West of Scotland Football League team and Vale of Clyde Sunday Central.

Despite the absence of supporters due to Covid-19 restrictions, all Club officials are hoping this month’s four-game format will be the first of many in  the East End of Glasgow.

The West League squad ran out comfortable winners against Cambuslang  Under-21s last Saturday afternoon and with a few players returning this week Manager Mark Mackay could send out a different starting lline-up, and team shape.

Vale of Clyde Sunday who held an early two-goal lead in their game will have to tighten things up at the back this time, but always pose a threat going forward. With a few boys returning for Gary Dunnery’s side, they will look to take the game to their more-fancied opponents.

With Dean Patterson at the back, Graeme Lees in the middle of the park and the returning Sam Donald up top, Vale Sunday will give this a right good go. Sam Donald ( ex- Vale of Clyde Juniors) is back at  Fullarton Park. Wearing the famous Tin Pail colours, he notched over 10 goals in his one season in Tollcross, and certainly knows the road to the opposition goalkeeper.

Youth Take Centre Stage In Tin Pail Play-Off Clash

Vale of Clyde Saturday Morning Amateurs and the Cambuslang Football Academy Under-21 squad will be aiming for more than just a 3rd or 4th place finish when they clash in the Summer Cup at Fullarton Park  this Saturday. Kick-off 10 am.

Both sides will be looking to bounce back after defeats last weekend. Despite their 5-4 defeat against the Vale Sunday squad last Saturday morning, the Vale youngsters displayed plenty of positives. Manager David Andrews has a team that is shaping up well.

Most of the boys are playing adult football for the first time. Jack McCann will be looking to add to his double goal blast against Vale Sunday.  Equally impressive on the opening morning and also grabbing a goal was centre back Jake Green, who produced a great display.

Vale’s West of Scotland League First Team Manager Mark Mackay revealed “The reason we started a Saturday Morning side was to get the chance to look at younger players and give them a pathway into this level of football. I have been very surprised with some of the boys and Jake Green looks like having a great future in the game.”

“Cambuslang on the other hand, ran out of steam against us last weekend. They trailed 1-0 at half time, did not panic and kept trying to play football. Stand out player for the Academy Under-21s was forward Andrew Lindsay.  He is another one the club will be keeping an eye on going forward.”

Tollcross Vale Fail To Attract Tournament Sponsor

The new annual Vale of Clyde F.C. tournament will go ahead this Saturday morning despite unsuccessful attempts by club officials to bring a sponsor on board for the event at Fullarton Park, Tollcross.

An attractive four team package awaited a potential backer either an individual person, large or small business with plenty of Social Media publicity guaranteed as part of the deal – but their collective attempts to find help has proved fruitless.

Four teams will feature – Vale of Clyde First Team (WOSFL), Vale of Clyde Saturday Morning Amateur, Vale of Clyde Sunday Amateur and the Cambuslang Football Academy Under-21.

Vale First Team Manager Mark Mackay said “We now have links to the Academy ( 12 teams overall) and this will be a great way for the boys to show off their skills.”

“Kicking off this Saturday is Vale Saturday v Vale Sunday 10am followed by Vale of Clyde First Team v Cambuslang Football Academy Under-21.”

“Once those opening fixtures are completed, we move onto the next stage as follows Saturday 26th September. The 3rd and 4th play offf game, which is loser of Game 1 against the losing team from Game 2, kick-‘offf 10am.”

“Our first-ever Final, that’s winner of Game 1 v Winner of Game 2, is scheduled for 2pm. We are hoping that when this tournament returns next season it will be more of a Community affair and will be the club’s new opening to every season thereafter.”

Tollcross Tin Pail Search For Tournament Backer

Scottish Amateur Football Exclusive

The new annual Vale of Clyde F.C. tournament will kick-off this Saturday morning under different circumstances to what they would have wanted -. but club officials are hoping to bring a sponsor on board for the event at Fullarton Park, Tollcross.

An attractive four team package awaits a potential backer; either an individual person, large or small business with plenty of Social Media publicity guaranteed as part of the deal in the shape of the Vale of Clyde First Team (WOSFL), Vale of Clyde Saturday Morning Amateur,

Vale of Clyde Sunday Amateur and the Cambuslang Football Academy Under-21.

Speaking exclusively to @AmmyFitbaNews today Vale First Team Manager Mark Mackay said “We now have links to the Academy (12 teams overall) and this is a great way for the boys to show off their skills.”

“Kicking off first – Saturday 19th September -. is Vale Saturday v Vale Sunday 10am followed by Vale of Clyde First Team v. Cambuslang Football Academy Under-21.”

“Once those opening fixtures are completed, we can move onto the next stage as follows: Saturday 26th September. The 3rd and 4th play off game, which is loser of Game 1 against the losing team from Game 2,. kick-‘off 10am.”

“The first-ever Final, that’s winner of Game 1 v Winner of Game 2, is scheduled for 2pm. The club are hoping that when this tournament returns next season it will be more of a Community affair and will be the club’s new opening to every season thereafter.”

TOURNAMENT SPONSOR – Why not come forward with an offer to promote the four-team event? Give Mark Mackay a call on 07468 455057.

TOURNAMENT SPONSOR – Why not come forward with an offer to promote the four-team event? Give Mark Mackay a call on 07468 455057.

Tollcross Vale Expanding Beyond First Team And Amateur Levels

SCOTTISH AMATEUR FOOTBALL NEWS EXCLUSIVE

With a squad ready to join the new West of Scotland Conference League ending a distinguished history in Junior Football plus Saturday Morning and Sunday Amateur teams coming under their banner few would disagree Vale of Clyde F.C. have plenty of options on the table.

However, the expansion project is set for another boost with the news that the Tollcross club have concluded an agreement with the Cambuslang Football Academy, who I understand will be bringing through another 12 age groups!

First Team Manager Mark Mackay exclusively revealed today what this latest move entails. He said, ” The club is very excited about the prospects of having the Academy as part of our continued ambition in moving to another level.”

“We are confident that this can only bring success to the club in the future, not only by bringing through some talented youth to the first team, but having a pool of experienced personnel working within the Academy and being involved with the Vale of Clyde.”

“There is also the matter of having the younger squads as part of our set up and bringing the community aspect of football to Fullarton Park. Vale of Clyde have always had a strong desire to achieve what Cambuslang Football Academy have offered, and are absolutely delighted that the hard work has already started to get things moving.”

“Our committee and management would like to welcome everybody and I am sure that there will be some exciting times ahead.”

Club Interview: Vale of Clyde (Sunday)

News Writer Tom Scott has been given great assistance by Vale Of Clyde F.C. First Team manager Mark Mackay, who helped set-up superb interviews with their new Saturday and Sunday squads. Here Tom catches up with Gary Dunnery from the Sunday team, who have joined the famous Tollcross structure.

Gary, you were very successful previously at The Rose AFC. Can you tell me who the coaches are now?

“While at the Rose, my right hand man was David Kidd and he has also joined me at Vale of Clyde. David is involved at Motherwell in the academy set up.”

“I played amateur football for East Kilbride YC, before moving to Claremont and then Monklands I have managed for 7 years now, with spells at Bellshill, Rossvale, The Rose AFC and now Vale of Clyde.”

“Player wise, most have returned with some new additions coming in from the Vale of Clyde set-up. We have not found a problem in recruiting players as we believe we have a fantastic set up for Sunday Amateur Football.”

What league will you be playing in when the new season starts?

“We will be playing in the Football Central Sunday AFL. Formerly known as Sunday Central AFL”

How have you handled joining such a famous name and club tradition called Vale of Clyde F.C.?

“The transition has been excellent in joining up. Mark (Mackay) has been superb in helping me with training sessions, and also off the park with strips, and training equipment”

“When we can play at Fullarton Park it will be fantastic for the boys especially those who do not get to or haven’t played at a good old junior ground in their amateur careers.”

“We look forward to what the season holds and building on the foundations we have all placed down in recent months.”

Thank you, Gary Dunnery

Club Interview: Vale of Clyde (Saturday)

Writer Tom Scott continues his excellent Club Interview series with the focus on David Andrew, who is co-manager at the new Saturday Morning team. Can we also thank Mr Mark Mackay – Manager at Vale of Clyde’s first team, who will embark on a new challenge themselves within the West of Scotland League set-up.

As this is a new team at Vale of Clyde Football Club, what was your previous background in football?

Manager/Coach at Eastend Colts youth team coach 2014-2019 winning 10 trophies – including a treble in 2018. Qualified to a C Licence level and about to take my B Licence.

What league will the team be playing in?

Strathclyde Saturday Morning Football League Championship ‘B’

How has the recruitment process been during Covid-19?

Glad to say that recruitment has went really well, the personnel we have acquired has been of a great standard as is the depth of our squad. Our only issue as I’m sure most teams have faced is the lack of training.

Do you have a team sponsor?

As of yet, no but we’re running a fantastic competition to sponsor both Saturday and Sunday teams for 2 seasons.

How have you found linking up with a famous name like Vale of Clyde?

Having the backing of such a big club has definitely helped but the biggest thing in attracting players has been the pathway that the club has introduced. This will only serve to help the club in the future and also gives a great opportunity to younger players to be part of something great.

What are your aims and ambitions for the season ahead, bearing in mind we have no start date, and there could be fewer games than normal?

A club of this size should be pushing to win trophies from the off, and we’ll be no different. We will also be looking to improve our younger players to try and get them to push towards the first team.