Busy Times At Haghill St Roch

After many months of inactivity, Haghill St Roch’s have revealed there has been plenty going on within their North Glasgow set-up writes Tom Scott.

Paul Hughes said “For the new season, Haghill St Roch’s will only have one team participating in the SSMAFL Premier Division.”

“We didn’t have the demands for two, and decided early on to scrap the idea of a B Team within the Development Section of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League.”

“Myself and Joseph Gordon will be in charge of the Premier team going into the season.”

Over the course of the year, we have been working closely with the Bluevale Community Club and through the Club have secured the use of the Whitehill 4G Park (Dennistoun) for Thursday training.”

“Part of our focus in helping the Club was to provide training and support for their youth team (Denniston Villa). It means that Gary at the Villa can bring in players for training, and the kids and their parents don’t need to worry about the cost, as we have covered that for the foreseeable future.”

“Whilst in discussions with Kenny at Bluevale about other team involvement, it was decided that a new Over 35s team would be formed.”

“Most of the old Haghill boys had discussed this previously so we thought no time like the present and as we had the tie in, we decided the team would be called Bluevale Community Club Over 35s, and duly entered the Football Central Over 35s League, where we have taken a place in Division 2B.”

“Our aim for the team is 1: to compete well within the League and 2: to make football available to older guys that maybe still have the hunger for football, but can’t compete at the Amateur level anymore.”

“The League started with a 4- 1 win versus Clyde Thistle goals from Steven Moore, Shug Mills, Kevin McManus and Nicky Feeney.”

“Games are played fortnightly.”

This month the set-up secured Monday night training within the Bluevale State of the Art Gym, which will see the players have a fitness class provided all for what they can afford through the Club’s Honesty Box.

Paul Hughes was delighted to add: “We think this will provide better fitness and well-being for the players over the months of the season, and also let us promote the Club through word of mouth, and Social Media Platforms.”

“All in all, it’s been a busy few months trying to get things in place.”

“We keep moving forward and hope with the help of the boys in the two teams, we can build into the season.”

“There is talk of other tie in possibilities through the Bluevale Club for more teams.”

Haghill St Roch: Busy Off The Park

Paul Hughes has revealed there has been plenty going on over the past few months, writes Tom Scott.

He said “For the new season, Haghill St Roch’s will only have 1 team participating in the SSMAFL Premier Division.”

“We didn’t have the demands for 2, and decided early on to scrap the idea of a B Team within the Development Section of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League.”

“Myself and Joseph Gordon will be in charge of the Premier team going into the season.”

“Now for some good news. Over the course of the year, we have been working closely with the Bluevale Community Club and through the Club have secured the use of the Whitehill 4g Park (Dennistoun) for Thursday training.”

“Part of our focus in helping the Club was to provide training and support for their youth team (Denniston Villa). It means that Gary at the Villa can bring in players for training, and the kids and their parents don’t need to worry about the cost, as we have covered that for the foreseeable future.”

“Whilst in discussions with Kenny at Bluevale about other team involvement, it was decided that a new Over 35s team would be formed.”

“Most of the old Haghill boys had discussed this previously so we thought no time like the present and as we had the tie in we decided the team would be called Bluevale Community Club over 35s and duely entered the Football Central Over 35s League, where we have taken a place in Division 2B.”

“Our aim for the team is 1: to compete well within the League and 2: to make football available to older guys that maybe still have the hunger for football, but can’t compete at the Amateur level anymore.”

“The League started with a 4- 1 win versus Clyde Thistle goals from Steven Moore, Shug Mills, Kevin McManus and Nicky Feeney.”

“Games are played fortnightly and the recent fixture listed was v Strathclyde at Glasgow Green.”

“Last week saw us secure Monday night training within the Bluevale State of the Art Gym, which will see the players have a fitness class provided all for what they can afford through the Club’s Honesty Box.”

“We think this will provide better fitness and well-being for the players over the months of the season, and also let us promote the Club through word of mouth, and Social Media Platforms.”

“All in all, it’s been a busy few months trying to get things in place.”

“We keep moving forward and hope with the help of the boys in the 2 teams, we can build into the season.”

“There is talk of other tie in possibilities through the Bluevale Club for more teams, and I will keep you informed if anything more happens.”

Haghill Sunday Football Four-Trophy Haul

The achievement may be 7 years old, but former Haghill AFC Manager Paul Hughes and his backroom staff won’t forget their Sunday League silverware haul in season 2014-2015, writes Tom Scott.

Brilliant Haghill lifted no fewer than four trophies in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League.

The amazing collection consisted of a Premier Division Championship title, League Cup, Knock-Out Cup and the Billy Harkness Memorial Trophy.

Paul is currently involved with the new A and B team set-up at Haghill- St Roch, whose domestic fixtures within the SSMAFL were scrapped for this season, but if restrictions are eased sufficiently, a Cup Competition may yet be introduced.

The SAFN photograph, kindly provided by Paul Hughes, shows the four-trophy haul.

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Saturday Morning Manager Reflects On Season Call-Off

Paul Hughes has revealed the decision to call-off the entire Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League season was not reached easily, writes Tom Scott.

The former Haghill AFC Manager, who was previously highly successful in Sunday League football, admits while the bombshell was “probably not the most popular decision” the Executive Committee thought long and hard about their course of action.

Paul, currently with Haghill-St Roch, revealed “In the end, there wasn’t much objection.”

“The league have basically assured that everything fees etc, (not insurances though) will be carried forward to next season, which I think was their main objective when coming to the decision.”

“They always said that when the game got the go-ahead, they would still have to give teams maybe 4 weeks’ training before the competitive matches started. I think with that in mind, it looked like it would be too difficult to complete any sort of season. For me, hearing Andy (Bryant), it wasn’t what he wanted, but he felt it was the best thing to do for the League.”

“Andy has opened the door for Mini Tournaments within the League, and this is something myself and Joseph Gordon, who sponsors the Sammy’s Italian Kitchen Premier Division, have already discussed, and will look into over the next few months.”

“We will keep you informed, moving forward. I think it will be much of the same until the lockdown is lifted and maybe the football is opened up again. Until then, it’s a case of what if instead let’s do this, but again I will let you know the outcome of any decisions.”

Trophy-Winning Glory Days At Haghill AFC

Paul Hughes loved the cut-and-thrust of Sunday League football – especially when Haghill AFC were the team you had to beat (few managed) in season 2014-2015, writes Tom Scott.

Brilliant Haghill lifted no fewer than four trophies in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League.

The amazing haul consisted of a Premier Division Championship title, League Cup, Knock-Out Cup and the Billy Harkness Memorial Trophy.

I was kindly given exclusive access to use the photograph of the delighted Management Team by Mr Paul Hughes.

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New Haghill – St. Roch Set-Up Still Remains Positive

Paul Hughes has admitted one man deserves full credit for keeping the amalgamation of Haghill- St Roch firmly on track despite the pandemic – namely Joseph Gordon, writes Tom Scott.

The partnership plan was secured by the A team having membership of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL, Premier, while their B squad would scrap for Development Section silverware alongside a host of well-known amateur clubs.

Paul, who was himself hugely successful in management at Haghiil AFC over several seasons, told me “Joseph and I are still actively engaging every other day – trying to keep the boys going. it is very difficult to be honest.”

“I have to say Joseph (Candy Manager) has a passion for the game unlike most even during the pandemic. He is driven to make the two teams work, and has been a great help in taking some of the burden of running a team off me.”

“Joseph has an incredible appetite for Amateur Football. He still plays as well as running the teams alongside me, and is also one of the main sponsors with his own business in the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League, which shows his undoubted commitment to the amateur game.”

“It has been stop-start, but mostly stop for everyone. We had a few friendlies when we could play – Bengal Lancers (Premier Division) 5-2, St Roch Under-20 Development 4-5, and John Street (mixture of both) 4-2.”

“We managed some training sessions at Crownpoint, Royston and Springburn, and the guys have played 5s and 7s when that was allowed.”

“Now it is all about keeping in touch with the boys, and having them in place for the season going ahead.”

Headline Makers Revisited – Haghill AFC Player Awards (Season 2014-2015)

Scottish Amateur Footballl News Chief Writer Tom Scott takes a look back at the 2O14-2015 season, when HAGHILL A.F.C. celebrated an excellent Player of the Year Dance and Presentation at the Milnbank Community Hall.

The Glasgow East End club had completed a clean sweep of honours in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Amateur Football League – winning four cups against top Sunday opposition.

Manager Paul Hughes revealed “We had a great night at Milnbank.”

“I want to thank our sponsors for all their support once again this year, and their commitment to backing us during 2015-2016 – Alan Benson at Milnbank Housing Association, and Mags Collins and her staff at the Lea Rig Bar. We are very fortunate to have some great people helping us, and it is greatly appreciated.”

David Graham was named Player of the Year. Robert Davis took the Players’ Player of the Year vote. Richard Perriss finished the season as Top Goalscorer.

Headline Makers Revisited Haghill AFC Player Awards (Season 2014-2015)

Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott takes a look back at the 2014-2015  season, when Haghill AFC celebrated an excellent Player of the Year Dance and Presentation at the Milnbank Community Hall.

The Glasgow East End club had completed a clean sweep of honours in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Amateur Football League – winning four cups against top Sunday opposition.

Manager Paul Hughes revealed “We had a great night at Milnbank. I want to thank our sponsors for all their support once again this year, and their commitment to backing us during 2015-2016 – Alan Benson at Milnbank Housing Association, and Mags Collins and her staff at the Lea Rig Bar.  We are very fortunate to have some great people helping us, and it is greatly appreciated.”

David Graham was named Player of the Year.

Robert Davis took the Players’ Player of the Year vote.

Richard Perriss finished the season as Top  Goalscorer.

Headline Makers Revisited: Haghill AFC 2014-2015

Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott turns his Series spotlight on the brilliant Haghill AFC squad who won no fewer than four trophies within the Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League six years ago.

The amazing haul consisted of a Premier Division Championship title, League Cup,. Knock-Out Cup and the Billy Harkness Memorial Trophy.

Tom Scott was kindly given exclusive access to use the photograph of the delighted Management Team by Mr Paul Hughes.

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DELIGHTED PRIZE GUYS! HAGHILL A.F.C. Management,  Stephen McArthur, Paul Hughes and Jokey Dodsworth

HAGHILL AFC Management,  Stephen McArthur, Paul Hughes and Jokey Dodsworth,  proudly display trophies won by the team during the 2014-2015 Airdrie and Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League season.

DEREK CAIRNS ( HAGHILL AFC) HOLDS ALOFT THE AIRDRIE AND COATBRIDGE SUNDAY AMATEUR FOOTBALLL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY FROM THE 2014-2015 SEASON. PHOTOGRAPH USED WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF MR PAUL HUGHES.

Two Big-Name Clubs Get Together And Boost Player Numbers

Scottish Amateur Football News Exclusive

Once upon a time they may have been looked upon as rivals in Sunday Amateur football  – St Roch (formerly known as Glenmill) and Haghill AFC are now forging a new dynamic path towards more success.

I understand the Glenmill name change also resulted in a switch to Saturday football, while Haghill remained in their favourite Sunday slot. However, since many of the players turned out for both teams, the next logical step was for Haghill to try the Saturday Morning grade of football, merge the teams , and have one club to keep everyone playing.

The Haghill- St Roch AFC brand will be taking to the field in the official Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League, which @AmmyFItbaNews is covering.

Although the format placings have not yet been confirmed, I was told it is still a work in progress, and we should look at them as A and B squads.

Earlier in midweek,  a good performance despite some niggling injuries helped their tired but happy team beat John Street AFC 5-2.  With daylight hours now fading fast beyond 7pm, that success away from morning football may be the last for the time being unless a floodlight venue can be found.

For the record, coaches involved at Haghill- St Roch AFC are Joseph Gordon and Paul Hughes, assisted by John and Thomas Jarvis and Steven Quinn.