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.

Headline Makers Revisited: Goldenhill AFC (June 2019)

Striker Jamie Gallagher hit a second half penalty to ensure Goldenhill finished the season with silverware in the Scottish Amateur Football League – and defeat champions St Joseph’s AFC in the Jimmy Marshall Cup Final at New Tinto Park, Govan.

The clubs know each other well – playing locally in Clydebank – and by their own standards, Gowdie had experienced. a poor 2018-2019 campaign Gallagher gave them their 1-0 victory when he dispatched a penalty kick past Scottish Amateur international goalkeeper Scott Urquhart.

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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We Were The Champions – Goldenhill AFC (2017-2018)

Goldenhill AFC won a Scottish Amateur Football League title and the Centenary Cup in 2017-2018, writes Tom Scott.

Gowdie secured the Premier Division Championship with 16 straight wins and finished nine points ahead of St Joseph’s FP.

Goldenhill won both head-to-head clashes. A 2-1 away victory on November 17, 2017, and 1-0 the following May.

The pair also met in the Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals, when Goldenhill secured a 5-2 victory en route to lifting silverware (4-2) against Alba.

St Joseph’s gained some revenge by defeating the Champions in the Jimmy Marshall Cup Final.

Gowdie went out in the 6th Round of the West of Scotland Amateur Cup against Dumbarton Academy FP AFC, and perhaps the biggest disappointment of all – a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Shortlees in the Scottish Amateur Cup Final on 20th May, 2018.

We Were The Champions (Easthall Star AFC – Season 2012-2013)

The campaign opened with Goldenhill AFC, who would eventually finish Division 1 B runners-up, thumping Inverkip Thistle 10-1 on August 11th, 2012 writes Tom! Scott.

Just over 10 days later, Goldenhill defeated the visiting Easthall squad 4-1, but the Glasgow East End club quickly put that disappointment behind them and went on a winning run Including the return fixture on November 24th. Star registered a 9-2 score line!

There would be very few slip-ups in either camp as the season gathered pace – although the heart of Boss Danny Cameron probably skipped a few beats in their penultimate domestic fixture at 3rd -top Jamestown, who led 4-2 late on.

Said Danny “We struck twice – including a 35-yard tree kick for the equaliser (4-4). What a finish!”

“To be honest, that point virtually won us the league. We were confident of beating 6th- placed hosts Inverkip the following week. The lads responded winning 8-1 on May 25th, 2013.”

EASTHALL STAR FC….  Scottish Amateur Football League Division 1 B Champions – 2012-2013.

Photograph kindly provided by Mr Danny Cameron.

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Headline Makers Revisited – GDSFC (SAFA Inter League Trophy, 26th January 2020)

GDSFC Secretary Nim Roy admits his organisation would be delighted to enter the next SAFA Inter- League Trophy – after losing out on penalties to the Scottish Amateur Football League on their debut a year ago, writes Tom Scott.

Said Nim: “This is an annual optional invitational Tournament between the SAFA Leagues, which I think is a great idea. The occasion certainly left us feeling we wanted to take part again – unfortunately this year’s tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions – but we will certainly be looking to take part in the 2021-2022 Competition if/ once we get the go-ahead.”

“The Squad, along with our Co-Managers, Michael Leith (Anchor Sociedad) and Don ‘Mourinho’ McInnes (GSC United), did the league proud. Players were chosen from teams across all divisions to get every team (where possible) involved, but also to recognise players from different teams for performances at that stage of the season.”

“Lots to go through for Mick and Don as they tried to agree on their team, and then have the unenviable task of trimming down to 16 players – believe me that was entertaining lol”

“After getting a bye in First Round , we were drawn against the SAFL – Scottish Amateur Football League. A very good and experienced League set-up.”

GDSFC SELECT SQUAD: FINAL 16.

GK – Lewis Elliot – Pollokshields United.
DF – William McGowan – North Glasgow Colts.
DF – Chris McInnes – GSC United.
DF – Gregg Forrest – BSC Sunday.
DF – Jordan Simpson – GSC United.
DF – Jaime Robinson – Ferguslie Star.
DF – Mohamed Gabir – Anchor Sociedad.
MF – David Cooper (c) – North Glasgow Colts.
MF – Jett Docherty – Pollokshields United.
MF – Marc McDonnell – GSC United.
MF – Anthony Conroy – Barrhead United.
MF – Ali Herrington – Anchor Sociedad.
MF – Matthew Beckett – BSC Sunday.
FW – David Edwards – Ferguslie Star.
FW – Tony Sawyers – Barrhead United.
FW – Cha O’ Brien – Maryhill Milan.

The match was played at Scotstoun Stadium, and refereed by Mr Douglas Gunning.

Nim added “The game was a very entertaining match, and a great advert for SAFA Football, with chances a plenty for both teams, and a host of good players on show.”

“SAFL won it 4-3 on penalties following a 4-4 draw in regular time. I felt we were unlucky to lose out in the lottery of penalties.”

The GDSFC goal scorers were Tony Sawyers (Barrhead Utd) Willie McGowan (North Glasgow Colts), Cha O’Brien (Maryhill Milan) and Mo Gabir (Anchor Sociedad). Graphics and photograph kindly provided by GDSFC League Secretary Mr Nim Roy.

League Executive Announce Decision On League Fees

The Scottish Amateur Football League have announced there will be no fees from Clubs this season, writes Tom Scott.

The decision – reached within a campaign which has not kicked a football due to Covid-19 – also means any teams who have paid will be refunded.

Meanwhile, the SAFL will accept applications from existing and new teams ahead of Season 2021-2022.

Contact Raymond McMillan: secretary@safl.co.uk.