Around The Scottish Amateur Football Scene (03/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his latest look around at what is happening in some areas of Scottish Amateur Football. YOUR CLUB could feature here. Contact @Scottish Amateur Football News today.

Vale of Atholl from the Perthshire Amateur League start non-contact training this morning (Saturday) at the Rec. Start time 10am.

Dunoon Amateurs had to split their squad of players into two different nights as they adhered to strict guidelines. Delighted to be back all round!

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 excellent training sessions. The Tollcross Club are looking ahead to a new challenge in the GDSFC.

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

Monklands Thistle, founded 2020 are currently training and want to add to their squad, plus bringing one sponsor on board. Monklands Thistle play in the Lanarkshire Central League.

Port Glasgow OBU are looking to strength their squad.

Motherwell Villa AFC are aiming to launch a Football Academy – starting with young children , and eventually moving up to adults.

Coatbridge Rovers FC plan to create an Over-35s Section. Contact Club and Coach Development Officer Martin O’Neill on 07305000727.

Athletico FC – Fife Sunday Amateur Football League – are training every Wednesday and Sunday. They are seeking to appoint a new Team Manager.

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

Steins Thistle AFC are moving forward in appointing a new Manager and Coaching staff

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.