Darren Kelly has revealed the lure of being a team manager for the first time helped build the foundation of Barrhead United AFC last February.
Now with assistant manager/ secretary Chris Bonner as a “coaching team”, United will look to make a first-season impression in the Only Sport Ltd- sponsored Championship organised by the GDSFC.
Next month, they hope for plenty of positives in a variety of friendlies. The list includes Ferguslie Star Sunday, Arthurlie Amateurs, and Maryhill Black Star.
In another exclusive for @AmmyFitbaNews, Darren Kelly told me:. “I previously worked with a Sunday team for two seasons, but as assistant manager., and wanted to take a step further with my own team, and get some achievements for the local boys.”
“We train on Thursday nights once we are back and our local ( home) ground is Cowan Park, Astro.”
“Our home kit will be sponsored by the Wee Snack Shack, which is a local Barrhead (Takeaway Roll Shop ) business.”
Writer Tom Scott takes another look around at what is happening with snippets of news from some clubs.
Tantallon Victoria AFC are planning a return to training on Monday, August 24. Three friendlies have been announced by the club – Bargeddie AFC (September 12), Rosehill Thorns AFC(September 19) and Renfrew Rovers AFC a week later.
Clubs in membership of the Central Scottish AFL set-up have been catching up with a host of topics via a new League website.
Bearsden AFC now have their own exclusive Club Shop.
Netherton AFC have added to their impressive list of signings by bringing in Scott Crowe from F.C Dal Riata AFC. Scott is comfortable operating in both positions on the right-hand side of the park.
Red Star AFC are looking forward to several friendlies before a possible start to their domestic season in October. Among the club’s lined-up during September are Baillieston Thistle AFC, Maryhill Black Star AFC and Syngenta AFC. Star are one of four clubs set to participate at a yearly tournament in the East End of Glasgow. Dates (no venues as yet) are October 3rd, 6th and 10th. Others involved are Easthall Star AFC, Garrowhill Thistle AFC and Tynecastle AFC.
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Maryhill Black Star AFC have been busy putting together a squad which features re signings from a curtailed 2019-2020 season and new additions.
Latest capture is Declan Walker, and he joins vice captain Sean Magee, Michael Nugent, John McBride, Iain Gilchrist, Scott McEwan and long serving Scott Gibson, who is set to remain at the West End club.
Southside Spartans AFC are rated among the favourites for another title success in the GDSFC campaign.
Spartans already head an impressive list of clubs in the Only Sport Ltd sponsored Premiership set-up.
The quality and variety of 36 clubs in league membership will undoubtedly increase competition at all levels.
There appears to be a good mixture of established amateur clubs alongside newcomers.
Dumbarton United AFC have a proud history dating back to 1958, Maryhill Black Star AFC can be relied to continue their ethos of possession-based quality football out from the back, and first season Renfrew Rovers AFC aim to give local talent a platform to showcase individual ability from their base at New Western Park.