Around The Scottish Amateur Football Scene (07/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes a midweek look at what is happening in Scottish Amateur Football.

Additional players and coaches have been targeted by FC Dynamo Glasgow.

Lochend AFC are looking for players as they prepare for their first season in the LEAFA Sunday Mornings.

Glenafton Amateur FC want to arrange a Friendly week beginning May 17 down at New Cumnock.

Restalig AFC, who play in the LEAFA Saturday League, are encouraging everyone to support centre-back Matthew Smith, who will be participating in the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for Maggie’s Centres – a Charity close to home to many people and the LEAFA team.

Silverknowes FC – LEAFA Sunday Mornings – are looking for new players to join them in Non-Contact Training Sessions.

Royal Union FC seek some friendlies in advance of competitive games going ahead from May 17.

Tynecastle AFC have started looking for friendlies.

Leith Athletic FC, who have been busy recruiting signings, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. The Club was originally founded to allow children to enjoy and play football in a safe environment.

Talking of Club Celebrations, St Mungo are 90 years old, and St Joseph’s AFC have hit the big 50!

New Season Structure Confirmed By GCFA

The long-running Glasgow College F.A. will run with a Premier, Division One A and Division One B structure from October 31 – providing further Scottish Government restrictions are not implemented.

Having organised competitive football for over 60 years, the set-up is still thriving with a list of of well-known clubs including Cambuslang Football Academy, Locomotiiv Glasgow, Royal Union and Tantallon Victoria.

There are some excellent opening-day fixtures in prospect and I am highlighting a few to look-out for at the end of the month.

Premier Division: Hampden AFC v Locomotiv Glasgow, Rossvale Kelvinbridge v Erskine AFC and Royal Union v Clydeside.

Division One A: River Nevis v Kings Park, Burnhill v Southside Whitecart and Croftpark v Greater Glasgow.

Division One B: Glasgow Ansar v Glasgow East, Springburn Thistle v AFC Sporto and Tantallon Victoria v Rosehill Thorns.

Former Sunday Cup Kings Suffer Final Warm-Up Defeats

Castlemilk Dynamo and Finnart wrote themselves into the Scottish Sunday Trophy record books with some outstanding achievements before switching to Saturday afternoons, but they both endured defeats prior to completing pre-season games.

New Dynamo boss Gary Hamilton will turn his attentions onto an away game at Gartcosh United in a domestic fixture which is actually past of last season’s programme cut short by Covid-19.

He was upbeat despite a 4-2 defeat at the hands of East Kilbride Under 21s. Gary said: “It was a great game and some great football played. We scored through Semple and McGinty. Pre-season is over, and this was another chance for 18 players to get a run-out, which is the most important thing.”

Finnart have been in superb form recently. Including the 3-1 midweek scalp of Ashfield FC, but they came a cropper against fired-up Kings Park Rangers at Glasgow Green.

Within 35 minutes Kings Park had romped into a 3-0 lead. A change of team shape and work ethic saw Finnart  hit back through Liam Cusack, Brandon McCauley and Kieron  Malloy  A “goal” from Ben Mills was disallowed, but the fightback went for nothing when Rangers scored again for a deserved 4-3. win.

Elsewhere, Firwood would have been boosted by a 2-1 victory against Eaglesham (GGPAFL). Scorers Danny Moy and Stephen Wallace.

Condorrat Amateurs  defeated MLS Leeds United ( Stirling and District League) 3-0 and all the goals came from Gregor Baikie.

Weirs hammered eight goals past Eastwood Park Mount. Jordan Barrett (4), Christos Balas (3) and Jonny Greig inflicted the damage. Connor Dowell (2) and a screamer from Grant Summers gave Bengal Lancers their 3-0 victory against Semsa FC.

Daniel McGroarty fired home four goals in the 11-3  thumping of Blackhall. Daryl McMillan hit a double as Drumchapel United Saturday Morning) beat Royal Union 4-0. Arthurlie Amateurs lost 3-2 against St Cadocs Jnder-20s, whose goals came from Andrew Gallagher,. Adam Barrett and Fraser Cowan.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (11/09/2020)

Scottish Amateur Football News Writer Tom Scott brings us his second Friday instalment of Articles from various teams. Your Club could be in the Football Scene. Send Tom a DM with your information.

Westerlands AFC have been conducting interviews in their search for a new Coach. I ran the story on the search to fill the coaching vacancy early last month. Now I understand an appointment will be announced very soon.

Meanwhile, Westerlands AFC are looking for a goalkeeper and experienced outfield players. Send them a DM or make contact through their Twitter page.

Atlantic Quay AFC, members of the GDSFC are looking for a goalkeeper and some outfield players.

Baillieston Thistle AFC Manager Alan Lindsay is looking forward to a return to action after what seems a lifetime against Crosslands AFC at the Firhill Complex. Kick off 12 noon.

More good news for the East End club is their 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 youth teams part of a dedicated and talented structure will be active next Sunday.

Drumchapel United Saturday Morning have arranged games against Baillieston Thistle AFC (September 19) and Royal Union AFC a week later at the Donald Dewar Centre. Kick offs 11am.

Due to the recent change in rules for friendlies, Finnart AFC can take a game at Glasgow Green (2pm) on September 19.

Beechwood Albion AFC from the Stirling and District League. have an Astroturf pitch booked for new opposition on September 19. Kick off would be 3pm.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (08/09/2020)

Tom Scott continues his look around some of the Amateur Clubs. YOUR CLUB could feature in his daily round up. Contact him with a call or email your details. Provide a Name and Mobile Number

Eastfield AFC have been looking to bring in a Goalkeeper / Coach to work with their other goalkeeper, plus help with training.

AFC Chryston have been searching for a home friendly after previous opponents called off.

Drumchapel United PYM have kicked off a hectic spell of 5 training sessions before their first friendly on September 19. I understand they have brought in one goalkeeper, but are seeking another to ensure competition for the jersey!

Clerwood Thistle AFC have taken possession of their new strips. Massive thanks to Only Sport Ltd.

Blackhall AFC seek friendlies on September 13 and 20.

Royal Union AFC want a friendly on September 16.

Wishaw High FP AFC have a grass park booked locally and want a friendly (Kick off 1pm)

Netherton AFC have organised a friendly against Newmains Hammers AFC on October 3.

John Street AFC play Dennistoun Thistle AFC on Saturday at Whitehill Secondary. (Saturday kick off is 10am.)