Beechwood Albion are stepping-up preparations to play in the Stirling Amateurs Summer League – organised by Cambusbarron Rovers – writes Tom Scott.
Apart from the hosts and Beechwood, sponsored by King Robert Hotel (Stirling) other entries to participate were received from Braehead FC, Dunipace AFC, Doune Castle, Dunblane Soccer Academy, Milton FC, and Riverside FC.
No fewer than 14 MATCH DAY fixture lists have been circulated. There are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday games in prospect. The action starts Saturday, 12th June, and nearer the time I will be focusing on all the games.
ATTENTION ALL COMPETING CLUBS: I would be willing to report on how preparations have been unfolding in the Squad ahead of the Stirling Amateurs Summer League.
Founded by Alan Roberts and Alex McPhail in 1968, Stenhousemuir- based Aberforth Rangers enjoyed many successful years in the Falkirk and District Sunday Amateurs before being granted membership of the Central Scottish AFL in 1999-2000, writes Tom Scott.
They also retained a team in the Falkirk set-up.
The McEwan’s Division One Championship was immediately secured followed by success in the following year’s League Cup and Cinema Cup Finals.
Maintaining the feel-good factor, Aberforth won back-to-back East of Scotland Amateur Cup Finals at Livingston FC in 2001-2002, and 2002-2003.
Stuart White, a two-footed midfielder possessing great skill, told me “Those East Cup Finals were brilliant, and together with our success in the Central Scottish Amateur Football League bring back great memories.”
Currently joint Manager with Barry Wardrop at Milton AFC he added: “For the East of Scotland Cup Finals we were suited and booted, out on the brilliant Livingston FC grass surface at that time, and our names announced over the tannoy pre-match – not to mention the celebrations afterwards – really made you feel special.”
“I played and was also appointed captain at Aberforth Rangers. Manager Brian Penman and Coach Edgar Jones demanded high standards during training sessions and on Match Days.”
“Football has always been my priority, and I want to Manage at the highest possible level. Together with Barry (Wardrop) we have a job to do at Milton, and at this moment it is extremely tough. We enjoyed success – winning the Cinema Cup again incidentally – in Joint Management with Stirling City, but this pandemic situation is really hard.”
“I always try to see the positive, and myself and Barry are in daily contact as to how we can help the players’ mentally, and what we can do as a Club when they eventually come back. We want them to understand how special they are to us, our Coaching Staff and everyone involved at Milton AFC.”
“I have said for a while now this is a really important period for the game I love, and have been involved in all my life.”
** Thanks to Stuart White for providing the photograph of both East of Scotland Amateur Cup Winners’ Medals.
High-flying Glasgow Harp will be aiming to secure another Caledonian League Premier Division victory on Saturday and that could spell trouble for Dalziel HSFP at Allan Glens.
While Harp were putting the first points of the season on the board via their 10-1 win over visitors Glasgow University. Dalziel hosted a 4-2 defeat against Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers.
Glasgow Harp never looked back after Alexander Amos scored seven minute double against the University lads.
Andrew McEwan bagged a hat-trick, Dean Wilson helped himself to a double, while Pat Walker, Ryan O’Donnell and Craig Scott weighed in with singles for the glorious ten!
Milngavie Wanderers scored three at Dumbarton Academy through Fraser Campbell, Campbell Fergus and Daniel Bihar, but that wasn’t enough for even a share of the points after they conceded a fourth goal. Now they have a chance to get back off the ropes when Strathclyde University, who went down 3-0 against Stenhousemuur Community, arrive for their 2pm kick-off.
In Division One, all eyes will be focused on the final score coming out from Kilsyth AFC v Finnart. The hosts kicked off their campaign with a 4-1 defeat against Milton, while their Bridgeton-based opponents put 11 goals past Holytown Colts.