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

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.

Rovers Player- Manager Praises Squad Character And Commitment

Scott Perry today heaped on GDSFC newcomers Renfrew Rovers after they added start-back sessions alongside previously demanding challenges, writes Tom Scott.

He said: “The guys started back Non-Contact Training as of last weekend.”

“We also ran various Challenges to keep guys ticking over throughout the Lockdown – 20k ran in 4 weeks minimum. A wee test of Character and Commitment for them.”

“Numbers have been healthy for the first 2 weeks of training, with us at the 15 maximum. Really impressed with the application and the desire amongst the guys to give the sessions their all.”

“Still looking to add 1 or 2 players, and the emphasis on another goalkeeper to challenge for the Number 1 spot with Logan. “

“We cannot wait to get back to a more familiar set-up with less limitations on sessions and eventually getting back to games. Really looking forward to the new season – it’s been a long time coming.”

You Have A Club Sponsor: Who Are They? (Renfrew Rovers AFC)

Renfrew Rovers are relative newcomers to Scottish Amateur Football – they have yet to start a competitive game in the GDSFC – but Player-Manager Scott Perry knows the value of attracting locally-based Companies, and subsequently promoting them via publicity, writes Tom Scott.

Said Scott “A&S Mechanics came on board when we started up, and were good enough to agree Sponsorship and purchased all the Training Kit for the guys. Unfortunately, we have not been able to get much use out of it as yet!”

“Bringing A&S on board has been great for the Club as we are committed to keeping things local. It gives them a chance of Advertisement for a fraction of the cost they would normally pay out, if we can help local business with some advertising etc through our channels, we are happy to help.”

“We are currently on the look for extra Sponsorship for the coming season as we look to make an assault on the League.”

Around The Amateur Football Scene (31/12/2020)

SAFN Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his Pre- New Year look at what has been happening around the country.

Glasgow Wellington FC have re-opened their Club Shop and are taking Kit Pre-Orders which will be sent to their supplier in batches on the 1st of every month, and take approximately 30 days before The Dukes are in receipt of the goods.

Renfrew Rovers have completed a brilliant group collection and subsequently donated all contents to the Renfrewshire Food Bank.

The GDSFC team feel it is important to give something back to their local community.

Greenlaw FC, from the Border Amateur League, have taken delivery of a superbly designed New Kappa Shirt, which has their sponsor, Blackadder Mini Market & Deli, prominently displayed on the front.

Larbert AFC wish their ex-players, current players, all families and sponsors the very best for 2021.

A number of excellent companies have supported the club’s various Fund-Raising ideas – including Bonny Travel. Banknock Taxis, Buildvale Ltd and Happy Dayz Ltd.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (05/12/2020)

Scottish Amateurs Football News Writer Tom Scott has been casting the net to find information from clubs.

Renfrew Rovers have signed Central Midfielder Lewis Weir, who played with Erskine and Parkmoor and former Busby and St Cadoc’s pacey winger Nicholas Simpson.

Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas Campaign is set to receive a major boost from Kelvindale AFC. More to follow on this story!

Firwood United commence their Last Man Standing Competition on 11th December. To express interest, contact the lads on firwoodunited@gmail.com

Fife Thistle who play in the Kingdom of Fife AFL have received more support from Northwood Dundee.

Cumnock Amateurs Last Man Standing Competition starts 12th December. Entry is £5. Any Support would be greatly appreciated.

Lomond Thistle AFC have set a 10pm deadline on Sunday evening to receive donations, which will go to support Men’s Mental Health Projects. There is a Just Giving link on their Twitter Page.

Campsie Minerva AFC have taken delivery of Lapel Badges in time for Christmas. They are unique and a limited number can be our purchased for £4 each. Supplied by terrysbadges.co.uk

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Renfrew Complete Double Signing Swoop

Renfrew Rovers Player-Manager Scott Perry has confirmed two new additions at the first – season Sunday team and more could follow before Christmas.

Last weekend I reported the GDSFC Division 1 club were targeting another goalkeeper to challenge for a starting slot, midfielder and striker.

Renewed efforts behind the scenes have paid off with the captures of the highly-rated Lewis Weir, who played with Erskine and Parkmoor BC. Former Busby and St Cadoc’s speedy wide man Nicholas Simpson is another excellent capture.

I understand talks have also taken place with an experienced defender and striker.

Don’t rule out the possibility of an already strong Rovers squad being improved even further.

Renfrew Target New Year Signings

Renfrew Rovers Player- Manager Scott Perry is confident there will be new additions to the first season Sunday team after the festive break. Having joined the GDSFC Division 1. Rovers only managed to organise and win two pre-season friendlies before additional Government restrictions halted Amateur Football in early October.

Midfield and Striker are two of the positions Scott, who has been installed as first choice goalkeeper at West of Scotland League Conference C outfit St Anthony FC after a successful trial stint, aims to strengthen.

Players who don’t turn up for training sessions without a previous text message being sent giving a reason for absence will not be involved.

Scott told me “We are all together and work hard and no individual will be treated any different to the rest.”

“Hopefully, we can get a few bodies in. We have a few in the pipeline.”

Around The Amateur Football Scene (27/11/2020)

Tom Scott has another look at news from around clubs and at league level.

Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL have not put a timespan on actively looking for new clubs in season 2021-2022.

Any interested parties should initially make contact with Secretary Mr George Dingwall.

Baillieston Thistle have been supporting the “Community of Helping Hands” in their area. In a short space of time, well over 100 bags full of items have been donated to the Community Food Store.

Springburn Thistle are holding a Call of Duty Tournament with cash prizes tonight (Friday). Hope to hear how the fund-raiser goes!

Bonnyrigg Rose Amateurs winger Chris Robertson has signed with Dunbar United for the rest of the season.

Ashfield FC have signed Craig Sideserf from Amateur Football after impressing during a trial spell.

Renfrew Rovers have released strikers Garry McMillan and Owen Porter, and thank them for their short stay at the club.

Bullwood AFC will have the KHL Home Improvements logo on their kit when the new season kicks-off. The club won the A&C AFL Premiership title for season 2019-2020, but have now switched to the Football Central Sundays AFL South East Section.

Craigneuk Amateurs still have spaces to fill in their Fund-Raising BONUS BALL project. Contact officials via their Twitter Page.

Newmains Hammers have set a deadline of December 4 for the final call on receiving donations in their attempt to support a local Food Bank.

Stewarton United have 31 people remaining in their “Last Man Standing” competition.

Netherton AFC have a LMS back this week! It is £10 a go – and half the prize goes to the winner.

A “Last Man Standing”, featuring English Premiership clubs is being launched by Cumnock Amateurs on December 12. Entry is £5. Jackpot is 50% of all entries.

Ellon Thistle, from the Aberdeenshire AFA, will play Middlefield Wasps in a Friendly on Saturday. (. 1.30pm).

Continental AFC have an away Friendly at Grammar FP’s on Sunday.

Tranent AFC will meet Walllyford Bluebell in a Sunday Friendly (2pm).

They also have a game arranged against Musselburgh. More details on that one nearer the time.

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Rovers Player-Boss Signs For Govan Ants

Renfrew Rovers Player-Manager Scott Perry has signed for St Anthony in the new West of Scotland League Conference C following a successful trial period.

The Govan move allows the experienced goalkeeper to resume playing amidst a shutdown for Amateur football clubs, but he admitted “I just wish we could get our game back. I do feel for all the Amateurs, plus guys in my Sunday team who are frustrated with the whole thing.”

“I have been involved in three Ants games. That was a hard one there on Saturday against East Kilbride FC (Lowland League leaders), but we played well.”

“We have taken two or three of the St Anthony Under-20s Development into the squad and they have done really well.”

With a new management pairing in place, Scott reckons it is building job moving forward for the Govan lads wearing green and white.

He added “The East Kilbride performance was really solid. If we can continue like that we will be fine.”