Headline Makers Revisited: FC Argyle (Season 2015- 2016)

FC Argyle won the Hall Cup Final in convincing fashion against SAFL Division 1 rivals Carlton YMCA AFC at New McKenna Park on April 29, 2016, writes Tom Scott.

Argyle, who finished the season in fourth-top place (Port Glasgow AFC were crowned Champions), defeated Carlton 3-0.

In the Semi-Finals, Carlton beat Paisley AFC 2-0 at Lochinch, while Scotstoun 3G hosted FC Argyle edging out East Kilbride YMCA AFC 3-2.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (31/03/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott has a midweek look around at what is happening in some districts of Scottish Amateur Football. YOUR CLUB could feature here. Contact @Scottish Amateur Football News today.

Port Glasgow AFC will start back with Non-Contact Training this week now that they have something positive to aim for with games allowed in May.

Renfrew Rovers – GDSFC – aim to bring at least two players on board. One of the priority areas is a Goalkeeper to offer up a decent challenge for the starting jersey.

Vale of Clyde Sunday AFC have been putting in some training sessions as the Tollcross Club focus on a new challenge coming up in the GDSFC set-up.

Kirky Thistle have been looking for friendlies on May 29 and June 5.

Monklands Thistle, founded 2020, are currently training within the Scottish Government safety framework, and want to add to their squad, plus bring one sponsor on board.

Monklands Thistle play in the Lanarkshire Central League.

Motherwell Villa AFC are aiming to start up a Football Academy – working initially with very young children, and finally moving up to adults.

Coatbridge Rovers FC plan to try and create an Over-35s Section.

Athletico FC – Fife Sunday Amateur Football League – are training every Wednesday and Sunday with locations and times varying. The sessions are open to old/ new players. I understand lockdown prevented the Club from moving forward in the pursuit of appointing a new Team Manager.

Hopefully, with restrictions easing more they will be able to kick-on and make an appointment.

Springburn Thistle are looking to appoint a new Manager and Coaching Staff.

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

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.