Promoted Dynamo Head For Title

Castlemilk Dynamo wont only settle for promotion in the Central Scottish League Division 1A – the next target is a championship title, writes Tom Scott.

Saturday’s 5-1 win over Third Lanark prompted Gaffer Gary Hamilton to tell me “Great performance from us, Tom.”

“Goals from Smith, McLeod, Dawson, Semple and Hughes. With a great free kick from the Hi-Hi at the start of the second half.”

Castlemilk Dynamo move onto tonight (Wednesday) when they tackle Bearsden AFC at Milton, and then their final game against Steins Thistle on Saturday at Toryglen.

Gary added “We are promoted alongside Gartcosh. If we win the two remaining games, we win the League.”

New Steins Boss Out To Maintain Trophy History

Gary Cardle has vowed to give everyone a fresh start at Steins Thistle AFC in the pursuit of trophies, writes Tom Scott.

Cardle replaces former Manager George Ward and he said: “Steins have a history of winning things. The bar is always raised and that’s where we need to be”

“I have been around the game long enough to know sometimes players want to play alongside their mates or move onto a new challenge.”

“For us, it’s a fresh start. A clean slate. That is our aim.”

“When I look at Steins Thistle AFC it’s an exciting project.”

The new Boss has recently been Scouting for a couple of Clubs in the Lowland League, and built a strong Squad at Kincardine Amateurs.

He will be assisted Martin King, who has extensive playing and coaching experience in the game.

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

Out-Going Steins Manager Reveals Decision-Making Process

SCOTTISH AMATEUR FOOTBALL NEWS EXCLUSIVE

Steins Thistle AFC are set to launch a search for their new Manager and Coaching Staff, writes Tom Scott.

Today, former boss George Ward reveals exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News the background behind this shock decision emerging from the Spark of Genius Central Scottish AFL Club.

Said George “The last game we played before Covid-19 was a promotion decider against Gartcosh and although we lost it, that was the night we felt we had a team ready for success for the following season – and then Covid hit.”

“Myself George Ward (Manager), Kenny Ferguson and Sam McCue (Assistants) had been approached by David George as the new Management team back at the tail end of 2018. The Club were going through a transition period and a lot of players moved on. However, there were players whom we owe a great gratitude to as they didn’t give up on us.”

“There came a very low point against Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup. After the game I reached out to the McRoberts twins, and David Weir, all legends at the Club, to come in and play as they had watched that day.”

“There was no hesitation and they re-joined the Club. Adding those three to that core of experienced players started to show on the pitch, and some of the football was superb to watch. The guy’s experience and encouragement started to bring on the younger guys. The game at Gartcosh that night was a big moment for us as we felt good going into the following season. Football then got suspended for a lengthy time.”

“We did start to wonder how many would actually return and how many players’ mind sets this would affect right across the Amateur game. Some of our senior guys retired, they had been loyal and outstanding for us. Other players had work or other commitments that would also prevent them from returning.”

“When we started adding the numbers up, we felt it was another rebuilding job. We explained to our Committee we felt it was in the best interest of the Club if we stepped aside and allowed someone else to come in who could bring new players. It wasn’t that we didn’t want to be at the Club – it was purely a football decision.”

“There are guys like Chipper, Wull, Sharpy and Beastie who have given their all to Steins for years, and yes we could have kept going, but these guys deserved more than us just getting by with thirteen bodies. Steins are a top Amateur Club who need someone to come in with a fresh intake of players to get them back to where they belong.”

“We look back at this disappointed as it was a tough start, but we had turned that corner.”

“We would have liked to have gave the Committee and the players that bit of success, but it just didn’t happen, and with Covid hitting when it did, it ended up bad timing. However, it was certainly not all doom and gloom.”

“The ups certainly out-weighed any downs. Our Captain Steven Desmond and Vice- Captain Ross Fox are two class acts, and supported us right through our time. The other experienced guys, like David Fowler, Grant Scobbie, Alan Pacitti, Darren Hughes and Ryan Scobbie, again class acts and backed us all the way. The guys certainly gave it their all and we cannot question any of their commitment or work rate. Other guys that we brought in again fitted in with the current squad and added quality.”

“We all feel privileged for the opportunity given to us at Steins, and the next Management team will gain a fantastic Club with fantastic facilities. Note of interests have started to come in, and that can be done via the Twitter or Facebook accounts. At this time though, I personally would like to thank all the players who have played under us. The Committee for backing us and having everything set- up. To everyone who sponsored us, it’s not easy or cheap running a team, so again thank you.”

“Good luck to the next Management team and all the success to Steins in the future, it genuinely has been a pleasure.”

2015 East Of Scotland Cup: Steins Thistle AFC – Road To The Final With David George

David George was a former member of the Steins Thistle AFC backroom when they won back-to-back East of Scotland Cup Finals, writes Tom Scott.

Today, David reveals the detailed Club Information which had to be presented to the Cup Committee prior to the 2015 Final against Dunblane Thistle.

It was another great celebration for Steins. who went on to win the match 4-2.

Back row left to right – Robert Henderson (Chairman) Tam McGrellis (coach) Jim shedden (Physio) Andrew Mcroberts, Michael Kane, Gordon Herd, David Kane, Steven Desmond, Gordon Mcroberts (Captain) Marc McCafferty, Gordon Passmore, Wullie Dunsmore (secretary) Tam Young (Manager), Davie George (assistant manager) Front Row left to right  – Jason Weir (Kit man) David Weir, Andrew Mochan, Chris Campbell, Ross Fox, Ryan Scobbie, Cammy Mcvicar, Danny Brown, Lawrence Brown. Missing from photo – Andrew Sharp (Committee member and life member of the club) Barry Allan, David Fowler, Paddy Kelly, Jamie Baxter, Steven Donachy

Steins Thistle Amateurs were formed in January 1970 as the works team of G.R Stein brick works in Allandale near Bonnybridge. The brick works provided a pitch for the team and when the company folded ownership of the park was transferred to the football club, which they still retain to this day. In recent years the club has built a new pavilion and spent a lot of money on the park and also introduced a new 3g training area giving Steins Thistle one of the best set ups in Amateur football also providing for the hole club from fun 7s up to the under 21s.

Steins Thistle Amateurs play in the Fosters Central League. Managed by Tam Young, coaches are Davie George and Tam McGrellis, secretary is Wullie Dunsmore, physio Jim Shedden, committee members Andrew Sharp and Chairman Robert Henderson. They are currently top of the league and looking to gain promotion back to the premier league.

Steins Thistle Amateurs have reached the final of the East of Scotland 4 times in the past 6 years.

• 2009 Steins Thistle lost 4-3 to the Bluebell
• 2010 Steins Thistle lost 3-0 to Falkirk Amateurs
• 2014 Steins Thistle beat Braehead to lift the East of Scotland for the first time in the clubs history.
• 2015 Steins Thistle again have reached the final were they will face Dunblane Thistle.

Steins road to the final started on Saturday 20th of September were the faced much fancied and favourites for the cup Doune Castle were they triumphed 1-0 thanks to an Andrew Mochan goal.

2nd round Steins Travelled to Civil Service Strollers were they won comfortably 9-0 with a hat-trick from Cammy Mcvicar and goals from Andrew and Gordon Mcroberts, David Fowler, Chris Campbell, Michael Kane and Steven Desmond.

3rd round Steins Travelled to Beechwood from Stirling were again they won comfortably 4-1 with 2 goals from Andrew Mcroberts and goals from Marc McCafferty and Ryan Scobbie so Steins come out worthy winners.

4th round Steins again went on there travels at the start of the year in January this time the short distance to ochilview were they faced Stenhousemuir Community in front of a large crowd with Andrew Mcroberts scoring the only goal to send Steins through.

Quarter final so Steins again with another away tie against local rivals Bonnybridge AFC that attracted over a crowd of 200 people. This was great to see for 2 local amateur teams. The only goal of the game was scored by Steven Desmond to send Steins into the semi-finals.

Semi-final was a natural venue were it was an exact copy of last seasons semi-final were Steins faced Edinburgh side Tollcross Thistle. Goals either side of half time from Michael Kane and Ryan Scobbie so Steins run out winners 2-1 on the night and reach the final for the 4th time in 6 years.

Tam Young (Manager) – Tam started his Steins career at 16 years old when he played for the Amateurs for the first time. Tam was a commanding centre half that never shirked a tackle or header and always gave 100%. He played his entire career at Steins with a brief spell at junior side Steelend. Tam and side kick Tam McGrellis had a spell as manager and assistant at Cambusbarron Rovers from the Caledonian league and also took youth teams at Steins Thistle Club. Tam has a very commanding and is very instrumental manner that all the players respect and Tam is very well thought of in the game.

David George (Assistant Manager) – Davie centre midfield maestro played for a very successful Grahamston team at youth level winning a lot of honours. He then went on to play for Bonnybridge Juniors, Dunipace Juniors before joining Steins Thistle were he played for several seasons before taking up a coaching roll in 2008 were in his first season won the Fosters central league division 1 and got to the East of Scotland final. Davie had a break from football but has come back with the hunger and desire that all clubs throughout would love to have.

Tam McGrellis (Assistant coach) – Tam tricky midfielder/striker was part of a very successful Grahamston team winning a lot of honours. He had a brief spell at Stenhousemuir before trying his luck in the junior game with Bonnybridge Juniors were he played for a few seasons and was part of a successful team gaining promotion to the top league. Tam then moved on to Steins and again spent the rest of his career. Tam had a coaching spell at Cambusbarron Rovers as Tams assistant before taking the youth teams at Steins. Tam got the call straight away from his right hand man and works as a great buffer between players and coaches. Tam is great to have around the club and has been instrumental in the clubs success story so far.

Amateur Football Club Spotlight – Steins Thistle AFC

Scottish Amateur Football News Chief Writer Tom Scott has been looking at the background of some well-known Clubs within the game. Today, Tom examines the History and Projects that have been part of Steins Thistle Amateur Football Club, who were founded in 1970 and currently play in the Spark of Genius Central Scottish Amateur Football League.

Many thanks to former Steins Thistle Coach, Mr David George, for the following information which the club put together moving through a period of just over 30 years.

History

“In January 1970, the G.R Stein Brickwork in Allandale started a works football team in order to improve staff morale and promote the business within the local community. In August of that year the team, named Steins Thistle AFC, became members of the Stirling and District Amateur Football Association, and have been represented continuously therein. The pitch and facilities were provided by G.R Stein.

“When G.R Stein closed, the pitch and surrounding area were sold to its former works football team. By August 1986, Steins Thistle AFC became the rightful owners and inherited full responsibility for the land, including upkeep, provision of water, electricity and heat to the changing rooms. This has been achieved with the help of volunteers organised into a structured committee system.”

“In an effort to improve the changing facilities, Steins Thistle purchased a second hand Port-a-cabin from a BP Grangemouth shutdown to replace the ageing pavilion which had been in place since the 1950’s. The new facility was in place from 1989, where fund-raising, sponsorship and volunteer work kept the Port-a-cabin to a reasonable standard.”

“Steins Thistle owns the only grass football pitch in the community. In 2001, Steins Thistle committee decided that it was time to offer the facility to a wider cross-section of the community. As local people, the committee members witnessed the misguided drink, and increasingly drugs, culture of our young teenagers. The reason for which is obvious for all to see. There is a complete absence of alternatives in the local area out-with school.”

Their aim was simple “To provide an alternative, an outlet or focus, at as early an age as possible, for free.”

“The numerous benefits of this alternative include improving self-discipline, widening of social circles and providing direction. Promotion of health and fitness, teamwork and the bridging of social issues – primarily race and religion, can be gained from involvement in projects like our own.”

“Any adult who has had experience of a local sports club, or society, during their upbringing will appreciate how important and influential clubs and coaches can be on their future. The advantages of involvement in a local club through new friendships and the experiences gained remain with you for many years.”

“We are aware that we will not eradicate all the social problems created by deprivation, but we are not prepared to sit back and do nothing. Being directly involved within the local community can only help direct the youth of tomorrow away from today’s problems.”

“Our primary aim was to provide facilities and coaching for 8- to 10-year-old children with the secondary goal of entering a team in the Stirling and District Juvenile League, and a tertiary aim to expand the age groups represented in subsequent years.”

Moving Through The Seasons

“In 1999, we decided to use our considerable experience gained in football club management, built up over 27 years, to provide recreation and sport for a wider cross section of our community. That summer we undertook a new venture, which was to provide local school children with coaching in the basic skills of football and provide them with a focus and an outlet within a community where few alternatives exist. We enlisted ten volunteers who had gained their Scottish Football Association Coaching Certificates, and two Certificated First-Aiders. Course payment was assisted by the Scottish Sports Council.”

“On advertising our coaching classes within the local community, we received an overwhelming response. This highlighted the interest and need for this form of recreation within the community. Over ninety children, 80 boys and 11 girls, between the ages of 5 and 13 registered with us, and attended these classes regularly.”

This has emphasized the requirement for suitable changing facilities on the site which at that time consisted of the second hand Port-a-cabin previously mentioned. This Port-a-cabin contained two changing areas, the larger of which measured 8ft x 12ft. The increasing repair costs of the changing facility, due to wear and tear and dampness, had already stirred the committee into seeking alternatives. The success of the children’s project had accelerated the need for improvement. The present facility could not cope with the sheer scale of the children’s project and no provision for mixed gender groups.”

“Due to the popularity of the 1999 project, it was decided to enter two teams from the local community into the Stirling and District Juvenile Football Leagues, at under 10, (seven-a-side), and under 11 levels, (nine-a-side), one year earlier than planned. Both teams represented the community under the name of Steins Thistle.”

“The summer of 2000, saw the return of 60 local children in the first week of classes. As expected, this number increased as the summer progressed. Our intention was to start another boys’ team that year at a new age level. The numbers attending the classes would allow this to happen. Our club would then consist of three youth teams and one amateur team using the same facility.”

Project Work

“Work started in 1999 to provide a larger, more appropriate, training and playing area and this is a continuing development. It involved major landscaping of a previous landfill site, which was by now available for use, and the widening of the football pitch, which was ready in 2001. This work was partly funded by grant assistance from BP Grangemouth. Practical assistance from residents of the local RSNH hospital rehabilitation project has played a major role in making our projects a success.”

“Due to our sites close proximity to the Forth and Clyde Canal, the Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line and the A80, safety and security have played a lead role in our early projects. Safety was improved at the site over the winter and spring months with three of the four perimeter boundaries now enclosed by walls, hedges and fences.The remaining boundary, which was subject to landscaping work, is currently in the upgrading process. Erection of new fencing, hedge repair and plantation of over 100 trees, by the RSNH residents, was undertaken.”

“These projects were relatively low cost in comparison to the construction work involved in building appropriate amenities on the site. For this reason, we require increased support from community minded companies and individuals to enhance our chances of success with this project.”

Pavilion Project

“The brickwork pavilion was completed by late 2001. Falkirk Council Strategic Services were commissioned to produce outline drawings of the proposed building, ensuring that the building met with the regulatory requirements, and gained outline planning permission. The business plan for this project committed Steins Thistle to ensure each existing team, and any future team , have independent management. All teams administer their own general funds, with regular contributions being made to a Central Fund. The Central Fund will have the responsibility for the overall budget and cost controls relative to all facilities management.”

Photographs, supplied by David George are:

Steins Thistle AFC celebrate winning the East of Scotland Cup.

The Management Team at that time: David George, Tam McGrellis and Tom Young.

Headline Makers Revisited – Steins Thistle and The East of Scotland Amateur Cup

Following my Monday Exclusive on Aberforth Rangers winning back-to-back East of Scotland Cups, former Steins Thistle AFC. Coach David George contacted myself with a brilliant account of his time at the club in the same competition, writes Tom Scott.

David kindly gave me his time in revealing changes within Thistle, and an excellent array of photographs from one of the East of Scotland Finals.

I draw your attention to one of thos celebration photos we all love to cherish and retain from being involved in football.

3 Trophy Parade: Left to Right – David George, Tam McGrellis and Tom Young.

David was also able to provide a copy of the Back Page Headline showing central midfielder and captain, Gordon McRoberts, holding aloft the East of Scotland Cup from the Falkirk Herald newspaper.

Here he exclusively reveals the Steins Thistle AFC inside story:

” The 2014- 2015 campaign was the most successful year in Steins Thistle 50 years club history.”

” In the season 2013- 2014, Steins won the East of Scotland Cup for the first time in the club’ s history – a historic moment for the club after missing out on two finals before that.”

The club changed Management in 2014-2015 due to Greg Mitchell and Steph Martin moving on due to work commitments. Ex-player Tom Young took the job on, and brought loyal friend and ex-player Tam McGrellis, followed by ex- player and Coach Davie George.

“Most of the squad stayed and Tam introduced a few experienced players, along with a good few players from our Under- 21 set-up. That season they went down in history by retaining the East of Scotland Cup for the first time since Aberforth Rangers achieved this. I believe that has only been done three times in the East of Scotland Cup history.”

” The club went on to win the Central Scottish AFL First Division that year along with Robert Whyte Trophy completing the treble.”

David proudly admitted “The team, Committee and Management had a really close bond on and off the pitch – one of the best we have ever experienced.”

* Many thanks to David George for supplying all photographs and Falkirk Herald newspaper

Headline Makers Revisited (May, June, July 2015)

Harestanes won the Fosters Premier Division title ahead of Colville Park and Drumchapel, writes Tom Scott.

Aitkenhhead Thistle were crowned Division 1A Champions in the Foster’s Central Scottish AFL.

Steins Thistle AFC topped Division B.

In the Scottish Amateur Football League Thorn Athletic held off the challenge of St Joseph’s to clinch the Premier Division Championship.

South Camlachie defeated Ferguslie Star 4-3 in the Coronation Cup Final at Cambuslang Rangers’ ground.

Blochairn Star B duo Chris Barr and Scott McEwan agreed to join Petershill Juniors and Queen’s Park respectively.

Whitefield Rovers won the Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL championship. Tynecastle AFC lifted the Tommy Marshall Cup.

Firhill United won the President’s Cup.

Broomhouse goalkeeper Don Scott was named their Player of the Year. Ryan McMillan took the Player’s Player of the Year vote and David Quinn finished Top Goalscorer.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (15/11/2020)

Writer Tom Scott takes a weekend look at some news from around Amateur Football. Great to hear of another good young talent being given the opportunity to test himself against experienced opponents. E.K. Thistle Colts centre-back Anthony Kerr played 90 minutes for the Show Park Jags against Ashfield. He kept his place in the starting line-up for East Kilbride’s opening West of Scotland League clash under the lights against Yoker Athletic at Holm Park.

Terrific boost for Anthony and the Colts Management FC Dynamo Glasgow, who are sponsored by Clydebank Estate and Letting Agents again this season, are participating in a Hike up Ben Lomond to raise money for the Make A Child Smile Happy Campaign. They have also set-up a Just Giving Link Page. Dynamo players have agreed to participate on 28th November.

Peek-A-Boo Baby Boutique organised a Thunderball Bonus Ball for Steins Thistle Amateurs yesterday.  I understand Peek-A-Boo are a local business and conduct the idea every week. Peek-A-Boo kindly sponsored Stein’s 50th anniversary shirt and in return Thistle officials try to promote their offers etc. Great partnership going on between them!

Colony Park Amateurs put on an excellent team display against Premier Division hosts Tarves,. who won 4-2 in Saturday’s friendly. Kemnay Amateurs beat Rattray’s 2-1  in their friendly. 

Oban Saints AFC have been able to organise friendlies due to less restrictions in their Health Board area. 

On Saturday afternoon, Kyle Cooper hit the only goal of the game at Dunoon Amateurs.

Meanwhile, Gavin Forgrieve and Craig McEwan netted in a 2-0 victory against hosts Lochgilphead Red Star.

Lanarkshire United have confirmed  a  home kit shirt sponsorship with S & H Transport Ltd.

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