Polish Striker Makes Instant Amateur Impact

The name of the game is Scottish Amateur Football, but given Brexit I wondered just now many overseas players’ have pulled on a Club jersey anywhere in the country, writes Tom Scott.

I came across one at Postal United, members of the Scottish Amateur Football League Premier Division, back in March 2008.

The Glasgow East End Club had embarked on a month-long search to strengthen their squad, and Manager Stevie Evans had a list of 12 players to run the rule over.

Following a fortnight of training sessions and three friendlies, five players were asked to stay on for the remaining part of the season.

I can reveal two players made an instant impact on the team. David Quinn (aged 17) from Baillieston, started two games up front, while 22-year-old striker Zbigniew Grzegorczyk really caught the eye.

Nicknamed “Gregor”, he arrived in Glasgow from Poland two years earlier and worked in Dalmarnock.

United Player – Coach John Hughes said “He trained with us, scored four goals in a friendly and impressed the Management with his finishing and genuine pace.”

“Gregor then bagged a double and set-up two in the next friendly before making his competitive debut against Knockentiber in the West of Scotland Amateur Cup.”

“The guy is quick, and showed that in a Jimmy Marshall Cup victory against Cambria.”

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Headline Makers Revisited – Season 2007-2008

Postal United AFC announced Paul Freeman as their Player of the Year, and Gary Hughes was voted Players’ Player of the Year, writes Tom Scott.

United finished 7th in the Scottish Amateur League Premier Division after winning Division One promotion during the 2006-2007 campaign.

Meanwhile, Templeton Albert striker Craig Heggie dominated the club’s Player of the Year awards night.

The function, held at the St Rollox Bowling Club, saw Heggie share Albert’s Player of the Year vote with Alastair Rushford.

However, Templeton’s front man was named Top Goalscorer, Player’s Player of the Year, and Supporters Player of the Year.

Templeton Albert won the League Cup and a second consecutive Greater Glasgow Premier AFL Championship before leaving for the Scottish Amateur League in 2008-2009.

Headline Makers Revisited: Central Scottish AFL Select

Scottish Amateur Football News is delighted to announce we are looking back over the years and will highlight “Headline Makers” who were featured in the national press or weekly newspapers. We hope our ever-growing band of Readers/ Visitors enjoy the experience!

Writer Tom Scott was at the forefront covering many of the Articles, which we are pleased to announce will be coming your way on a regular basis during Covid-19. Scottish Amateur Football News is convinced the Super Series will stimulate memories among Committee Members, Official, Managers, Coaches and Players throughout the country.

If YOUR CLUB would like to recapture a significant achievement, please contact TOM through the usual channels of communication. He would also warmly welcome the use of photographs. Now sit back and read how the CENTRAL SCOTTISH AFL SELECT team evolved in Season 2015-2016 through the eyes of Manager JOHN HUGHES, who also supplied the selection of photographs which Tom has retained.

Central Scottish AFL Select Team v Bellshill Athletic JFC – Report

A high quality game, played in a great spirit by both teams at Glasgow Green. The Select team used all 20 squad players from 11 different Member Clubs in preparation for the Inter-League Competition Quarter-Final tie with SSMAFL, due on Sunday 22nd November, at Dalziel Park.

Bellshill took the lead right at the beginning of the match through an own goal and this was to be the only counter in a first half , which was pretty evenly contested. The second 45 minutes saw a large number of personnel changes from both sides , and the Select team took the upper hand – scoring four goals through doubles from Allan MacPherson and Lee Dickson, both of Haldane United AFC. Man of the Match – Liam Cusack.

Official Teamwear Suppliers

The Central Scottish AFL announced PSL Teamsports as their Official Teamwear supplier to the Select Team. The sponsorship deal included supplying the Management team with a full set of Adidas Management Jackets, tracksuits, polos etc. A new bespoke playing kit would also be supplied early in 2016.

The League Executive and the Member Clubs took the opportunity to thank Mr Frank Brannigan and the staff at PSL Teamsports for their sponsorship ,and looked forward to a long and healthy partnership. The Central Scottish AFL also thanked Natalie at VIP Salon, Glasgow for the generous sponsorship of warm up t-shirts for the Select Team.

A bounce game was arranged on Sunday 18th October at Colville Park with 26 players involved, The game ended in 3-2 win for the red select team, it was 2 x 35 minute half’s. The players played the game at a high tempo considering most played the day before for their clubs. It proved a good exercise as it allowed players recommended to be seen first hand.

Irvine Meadow and Cumbernauld Juniors pulled out of a friendly match arranged for Tuesday 20th October, at Glasgow Green, and it proved difficult to get junior opposition John called up 40 players to participate in a bounce game ahead of Ayrshire Select clash on Sunday , 25th October at Clark Drive. This was to prove a great all-round exercisei, with 37 of the 40 players attending. The Blue Select team on this occasion came out on top 2-1 in a very entertaining game given the poor overhead conditions.

Following those 2 bounce games, John quickly picked a squad of 20 with 6 on standby for the Ayrshire Select game. Out of the 20 called up, only 3 pulled out due to injury, He called up 1 player and 18 travelled to Ayrshire. The players appeared to be buying into the spirit they were trying to build in the group, and that was shown by how they collectively celebrated the winning goal!

John Smiths Trophy 2015-2016

Sunday, October 25, 2015.

AYRSHIRE AFA 0 CENTRAL SCOTTISH AFL 1

Central Scottish Team: Hollis (Postal United), Peebles (Colville Park), Gallacher (Pollok), Dickson (Haldane United), McGown (Bannockburn) Capt, Matthews (Drumchapel Amateurs), McLean (East Kilbride), Currie (St Patricks FP), Preston (Stedfast), MacPherson (Haldane United), McAulay (Colville Park)

Subs: Shaw (Eastfield), Mullaney (Ashvale Victoria), Hadden (East Kilbride), McIntosh (East Kilbride), Craig (Mill United), McFadyen (Pollok) and Webb (Stedfast)

A very competitive game was played in windy conditions on an excellent playing surface at Irvine Sports ground, the home of Clark Drive AFC. Colin Preston went close with two headers and Currie was denied by the Ayrshire keeper, who was in tremendous form throughout.

A no-scoring first half, and it took a Robbie Peebles goal to put Central Scottish AFL in front. Paul McAulay went close to adding a second right at the end of the match. Central Scottish AFL took the slender advantage ahead of the second leg in February / March 2016.