Cup Finalists Recruiting Additional Coaches

Semsa FC Head Coach Andrew Shaw is aiming to recruit additional coaches to join him as they look forward to a potential Cup Final in the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League, writes Tom Scott.

Although their domestic campaign had already been declared Null and Void due to the pandemic, League officials are still optimistic of rearranging three Finals – including the Only Sport Ltd sponsored Presidents Cup, where Semsa will go head-to-head with Port Glasgow Athletic.

Andrew revealed: “We have a variety of opportunities available.”

“I am looking to fill the coaching team. We’ve got the potential Cup Final once football restarts, and a very strong squad going into the season.”

“I just need to compliment that with good coaches.”

“I am on the UEFA B Licence, so it’s a chance to work with me.”

Semsa are aiming to run a practical session tonight (Wednesday, and have also been setting up Zoom Calls with the focus on player work-outs.

Port Celts Complete March Fund-Raiser For Hospice

Port Glasgow Celtic FC completed their Marathon March Challenge in aid of Ardgowan Hospice yesterday afternoon (Saturday), writes Tom Scott.

The SSMAFL Club set themselves a target of running 1000km – an incredible effort achieved by everyone who participated.

Port will keep their JustGiving Page open until the end of March. Any further donations would be greatly appreciated.

A Sponsor In Your League – Who Are They? (SSMAFL)

How well do you know the Competition backers in your League set-up, writes Tom Scott.

I have been reporting on numerous throughout Scottish Amateur Football. They are the lifeblood of the game – not only through a global pandemic.

Recently one top Manager told me: “Something highlighting Sponsors is a worthwhile idea. Let’s be honest, that side of the game is going to be decimated.”

With the help of Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League President/ Treasurer Mr Andy Bryant, I am delighted my Wednesday feature is:

SAMMY’S ITALIAN KITCHEN. Owner MR JOSEPH GORDON.

Andy Bryant exclusively revealed : “Sammy’s Italian Kitchen sponsor the Premier Division.”

“Owner Joseph Gordon, originally started sponsoring the Division as Gordon’s Bar, but changed to the food side of the business.”

“Sammy’s do great deals for eat-in, collection and delivery, with a varied range of others.”

“Joseph committed very early to continue with his sponsorship right at the start of the pandemic, and the League will be delighted if that continues in the future.”

“The League’s Social Media features adverts from them, and we try to promote Sammy’s Italian Kitchen at every opportunity.”

Andy Bryant, President / Treasurer, Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL
Email: chairssmafl@outlook.com
Contact Number: 07403019219

Strathclyde Saturday League Accept Drumchapel Membership

Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL President/ Treasurer Andy Bryant has revealed Drumchapel United have officially been accepted into their set-up, writes Tom Scott.

Said Andy “The League are delighted to advise that Drumchapel United will be joining the League for the 2021-2022 season. The whole League welcomes them to the fold.”

“I have other news for you. The League has run two Last Man Standing Competitions. All Clubs were given free entry to both comps, as a thank you for their continued support during these harsh times. Others were then invited to pay to enter.”

“Referees must know something. Both Competitions were won by Referees of the League……lol”

South Hit Their Peek Through Challenge Cash Donation

Glasgow South AFC have raised a substantial cash sum for the Peek Charity, writes Tom Scott.

The Organisation, which carries out tremendous work with children and families all over the City, will benefit through £505 being put together from a four-week, 5k Challenge involving 22 players.

I understand each player at the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League Club donated a sum of money equal to their fastest time during the Challenge.

Great work everyone!

United Help Brothers Raising Dementia Cash

Tannochside United are supporting two local brothers in their fund-raising effort for Dementia UK, writes Tom Scott.

Jordan and Nathan O’ Neil, along with some friends, will undertake a Marathon on 11th April.

Tannochside, who play in the SSMAFL Championship, will set the ball rolling by launching a Football Scratch Card, with three cash prizes for an outlay of £10 per team.

First Prize: £350
Second Prize: £150
Third Prize: £50

Contact Tannochside United via their Twitter Page.

UB United AFC: From Charity Games To Saturday Morning League Football

Founder Shaun Milne has revealed the remarkable background behind Glasgow East End based UB -United AFC, and their six- year rise through the ranks, writes Tom Scott.

“We started as a Works team out of Tollcross (Glasgow) McVities Biscuit Factory raising money for various Charities – playing several games and raising substantial amounts to be given towards the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and many others,” said Shaun, who is also Club Manager.

“We played several friendlies against various teams to warm-up for a game against McVities Carlisle. In doing so, we competed very well, which led us to apply to join the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League, which we have competed in since winning Division 1C in 2017, and the Premier two years later, plus reaching the West of Scotland Amateur Cup Final in 2018.”

“We have continued to do Charity work and give donations to other Organisations.”

“Since lockdown, we have donated a Van full of biscuits to Barnardo’s Community Support Team. We also asked all the Players, Management/ Coaching Staff to donate money to help with buying Kids-In-Need toys.”

“Just under £600 was raised which was topped up by our Sponsors, Evolution Industrial Doors Ltd, and McVities, Tollcross (pladis) to give us nearly £1000.”

“Around £700 of that went towards buying new toys and donating them to the Stepford Toy Appeal, and the remainder making up Christmas Bags – contents included sleeping bags, biscuits, thermal tops and Greggs vouchers.”

“Members of the team went and handed these out to the homeless in Glasgow”

Shaun Milne has shared some of his Club photographic memories with Scottish Amateur Football News – including the 2018 West of Scotland Cup Final against Colville Park E AFC.

Keiran Christie (UB- United AFC) was voted Man of the Match in their 1-0.

The United Backroom Staff consisted of Shaun, Kevin Wylie, Brian Watt, and Robert Spence.