Busy Times At Haghill St Roch

After many months of inactivity, Haghill St Roch’s have revealed there has been plenty going on within their North Glasgow set-up writes Tom Scott.

Paul Hughes said “For the new season, Haghill St Roch’s will only have one team participating in the SSMAFL Premier Division.”

“We didn’t have the demands for two, and decided early on to scrap the idea of a B Team within the Development Section of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League.”

“Myself and Joseph Gordon will be in charge of the Premier team going into the season.”

Over the course of the year, we have been working closely with the Bluevale Community Club and through the Club have secured the use of the Whitehill 4G Park (Dennistoun) for Thursday training.”

“Part of our focus in helping the Club was to provide training and support for their youth team (Denniston Villa). It means that Gary at the Villa can bring in players for training, and the kids and their parents don’t need to worry about the cost, as we have covered that for the foreseeable future.”

“Whilst in discussions with Kenny at Bluevale about other team involvement, it was decided that a new Over 35s team would be formed.”

“Most of the old Haghill boys had discussed this previously so we thought no time like the present and as we had the tie in, we decided the team would be called Bluevale Community Club Over 35s, and duly entered the Football Central Over 35s League, where we have taken a place in Division 2B.”

“Our aim for the team is 1: to compete well within the League and 2: to make football available to older guys that maybe still have the hunger for football, but can’t compete at the Amateur level anymore.”

“The League started with a 4- 1 win versus Clyde Thistle goals from Steven Moore, Shug Mills, Kevin McManus and Nicky Feeney.”

“Games are played fortnightly.”

This month the set-up secured Monday night training within the Bluevale State of the Art Gym, which will see the players have a fitness class provided all for what they can afford through the Club’s Honesty Box.

Paul Hughes was delighted to add: “We think this will provide better fitness and well-being for the players over the months of the season, and also let us promote the Club through word of mouth, and Social Media Platforms.”

“All in all, it’s been a busy few months trying to get things in place.”

“We keep moving forward and hope with the help of the boys in the two teams, we can build into the season.”

“There is talk of other tie in possibilities through the Bluevale Club for more teams.”

Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur League: In the News

Busy times at the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League, writes Tom Scott.

I am delighted President/ Secretary Treasurer Mr Andy Bryant has contacted myself with three items of News! Here we go:

He said; “Tom, the league have announced that the 2019-20 Strathclyde Cup Final will be played on Saturday 28th August at New Tinto Park – home of Benburb FC with a 6pm Kick-Off.”

“Two leading lights, East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow South, will battle to put their name on the industrious winners list.”

“The league are proud to announce that PH DECOR are the new sponsors of the Presidents Cup for 2021-22.”

“It’s great to get new sponsors on board and we thank them hugely for their support.”

“The league are proud to announce that HAIR OF THE DOG, dog groomers, are the new sponsors of the Chairman’s Cup for 2021-22.”

“Again, great news for the league securing these deals.”

McGeachy Inspires Semsa Final Success

Semsa (pictured) won the Presidents Cup with a 4-2 victory against Port Glasgow Athletic on Friday evening at New Tinto Park, writes Tom Scott.

SSMAFL President Mr Andy Bryant revealed to Scottish Amateur Football News how the game panned out, and also supplied the photograph.

“In glorious conditions, a good crowd turned out to support the teams.”

“Liam McGeachy put Semsa ahead in the 15th minute with a smart finish from a good cross, and that’s all that split the teams at half time.”

“Patrick Tinney doubled the lead after just 3 minutes of the 2nd period, and McGeachy secured his second on the hour mark.”

“Port then came back into it. Lee Finlay pulled one back just 3 minutes later. Port piled on the pressure, but could not grab a second, with the Semsa keeper pulling off a great save to deny them.”

“Against the run of play, Daniel Queen scored a 4th for Semsa on 84 minutes to clinch it.”

“Stuart Emerson grabbed a consolation second for Athletic in time added on.”

“Liam McGeachy was voted Man of the Match by the Match Officials.”

Huge thanks again to Mr Andy Bryant.

SSMAFL Reschedule Cup Final Date

Andy Bryant has revealed a new date for the SSMAFL Chairman’s Cup Final, writes Tom Scott.

The League Chairman/ Secretary told me: “This Final will now be on Friday, 13th August.”

“An 8pm kick-off at New Tinto Park, Govan. Home of Benburb F.C.”

“Competing clubs: Port Glasgow United v Shawbridge.”

Admission Entrance fee is £5 – of which £1 goes to Charity.

Bargeddie In New Manager Search

Well established SSMAFL Club Bargeddie AFC are searching for a new ambitious Manager, writes Tom Scott.

SSMAFL President/ Secretary Andy Bryant said:

“Bargeddie have a really good support committee and a reliable and talented squad, who need guidance to reach the levels they are undoubtedly capable of.”

“Any interested party can make contact with the Club by email to: bargeddieamateurs@aol.com

Many thanks to Mr Bryant for supplying the Bargeddie AFC badge.

Presidents Cup Final Latest (SSMAFL)

Strathclyde Saturday Morning League President/ Secretary Andy Bryant has confirmed details of the long-awaited Presidents Cup Final, writes Tom Scott.

Andy revealed: “Friday 23rd July at New Tinto Park, home to Benburb FC. with an 8pm kick off.”

“Port Glasgow Athletic v Semsa.”

“Referees have also had a training session in the use of our new Match Day App, which will be rolled out soon.”

Bargeddie In New Manager Search

Well established SSMAFL Club Bargeddie AFC are searching for a new ambitious Manager, writes Tom Scott.

Top-table SSMAFL Official Mr Andy Bryant contacted myself directly with the information, and added “They have a really good support committee and a reliable and talented squad, who need guidance to reach the levels they are undoubtedly capable of.”

“Any interested party can make contact with the Club by email to: bargeddieamateurs@aol.com”

Many thanks to Mr Bryant for supplying the Bargeddie AFC badge.

Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football: Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of SSMAFL was recently held, and a few highlights from the evening were as follows, writes Tom Scott.

I am obliged to President/ Secretary/ Treasurer Mr Andy Bryant for the details. With some changes of roles, the existing 8-man Executive Committee were elected unopposed.

The Clubs also approved one change to the League Constitution, which will now be sent to the SAFA for approval Reports from all the Office Bearers were presented, and questions asked by a Club Representative.

The main consideration was to the League Structure, given that 2020-2021 was a wipe out. It was unanimously approved the Premier Division and Development Section stay unchanged.

The Executive proposed the Championship remain in 3 Divisions, on a Regional basis, to keep any future Covid effects to a minimum. Promotion and relegation was declared, and unanimously approved by the Management Committee, and the Clubs themselves.

It was also agreed that despite the delays due to Covid, the League would return to a 3-tier system, along with a Development section for the 2022-2023 season.

Speakers Night.

The League have announced a Speakers Night, with a two- course dinner, will be held on 17th July at Legends Bar Diner in Cambuslang. As numbers are limited, each Club will take two tickets to attend the event.

Has YOUR LEAGUE had their Annual General Meeting? Contact me directly with the outcome of any general business which I can publish.