Thorn Athletic v Dumbarton Academy FP AFC: All The Match Action

Once again, many thanks to Mr Robert Porter for his comprehensive coverage on behalf of Scottish Amateur Football News, writes Tom Scott.

Thorn started the match on the front foot and saw an exchange between Dean Scott and Cameron Armstrong leave Armstrong with the opportunity to shoot. The forward missed the target.

Accies responded and saw Sam Degg pass towards Andrew MacNally. MacNally beat Joseph Rae but saw his shot go straight at Ryan Ward.

On twenty minutes Accies keeper Andrew Campbell saved with a strong hand following a shot from Armstrong.

Again Accies responded and should have taken the lead on thirty five minutes. An Andrew MacDonald shot was slightly deflected and landed at the feet of David Allan 6 yards out with an open goal. The forward couldn’t shuffle his feet quickly enough and skewed the opportunity wide with the ball hitting his shin.

Shortly after, David Allan set up Callum Shipcott – who saw Thorn keeper Ryan Ward save well

Half time 0:0

Accies stepped a gear in the second half.

David Allan produced a tempting cross that saw Ian Weir Paterson do well to steer clear from a corner under pressure from Scott Cowan.

Just after the hour Jack Buchanan released Callum Shipcott down the right. The midfielder, who has been playing well recently, saw his cross scrambled clear.

Thorn substitute David Edwards tried his luck from distance but missed the target.

Cameron Armstrong then saw red from referee Tam Gilchrist following an inappropriate comment.

Thorns Martin McInnes thought he had opened the scoring when a “cross come shot” hit the inside of Accies post, however the ball bounced back into play.

With twelve minutes to go, Accies scored what proved to be the winning goal. Callum Shipcott beat his marker down the right, then sent a tempting cross into the Thorn box where Andrew MacDonald met the ball and crisply shot home.

Accies substitute Shane Jackson saw an opportunity spurned, before having to be substituted again due to injury.

Full time 0:1

Accies Manager, Michael Dickie, was delighted by the win which put Accies in a strong position to qualify from the group section stage to the Semi Final of the competition “I’m delighted with the teams performance. I felt we were worthy of securing all three points”.

Thorn Athletic
Ryan Ward, Ross Horne, Darren Wilson, Ian Weir Paterson, Martin McInnes, Joseph Rae, Mui McCluskey, Ryan Crawford, Dean Scott, Shaun Kelly, Cameron Armstrong
Subs: Dylan Blair, Connar McGregor, Macaulay Wilson, David Edwards, Jack McDougall

Dumbarton Academy FP AFC
Andrew Campbell, Sam Degg, Josh Degg, Jack MacCalman, David Goodwin, Jack Buchanan (capt), Callum Shipcott, Andrew MacNally, Scott Cowan, David Allan, Andrew MacDonald
Subs: Kenneth Wilson, Conor McGlinchey, Shand Jackson, Andrew Burton, David Brannagan

Match Official
Tam Gilchrist

William Turner Challenge Cup: All To Play For

St Joseph’s AFC Coach Stephen Docherty has praised the outstanding commitment of the club’s players in the midst of a shocking run of injuries – but they are still leading the way in the Caledonian League-organised William Turner Challenge Cup Group 2, writes Tom Scott.

Seven points out of a maximum of eight have put them ahead of Dumbarton Academy F.P. and Thorn Athletic, with all to play for in remaining fixtures.

Stephen very kindly gave me a run-down of their last two outings and full goal scorers as follows:

Goalscores v Rhu. Won 5-1.
David Seagrave.
Kieran O Brian.
Sean Smith hat-trick.

Goalscores v Thorn. Won 4-0.(3-0 at half-time)
Kieran Green (a header).
Euan Urquart (20-yard free kick).
An own goal after great work from Kieran O’Brian, and also Sean Smith.

Stephen Docherty added: “Only had 12 fit players, and lost Dooley early in the first half with a pulled hamstring, and had players playing out of position and with injuries.”

“Unbelievable commitment (players) from them.”

In Group 1, St Mungo’s are a point ahead of Glasgow Harp following their 1-1 draw. In Group, 3 Dunblane Soccer Academy have full points from two games. Giffnock North defeated hosts Dalziel 3- 2 in midweek and top Group 4 by one point.

We Were The Champions (Thorn Athletic)

Thorn Athletic were the last team to celebrate winning the Caledonian League Premier Division championship, writes Tom Scott.

The Johnstone-based club held off a determined challenge from Dumbarton Academy FP AFC by just three points over 22 games.

Milngavie Wanderers (32 points) and runners-up Eaglesham (30 points) served up a thrilling Division 1A campaign.

East Kilbride YM AFC cruised to the Division 1B title – scoring 101 goals for the loss of only seven (16 games) – as they finished 14 points ahead of runners-up St Mungo’s.

Has YOUR CLUB won a League Championship in any given season (s)? Share the memories with Chief Writer Tom Scott by contacting him directly through email.

Athletic Aiming A Thorn At St Joes Cup Bid

Something has to give in both amateur camps when when Thorn Athletic entertain St Joseph’s AFC tonight (Wednesday) in the William Turner Challenge Cup, writes Tom Scott.

Both have a goal difference of Plus 4, and it is worth bearing in mind the Thorn Athletic defence has still to concede anything over 180 minutes.

St Joes won 5-1 against Rhu Amateur last Saturday following a previous midweek 2-2 draw at Dumbarton Academy FP AFC.

On the same evening, Thorn put four goals past Rhu, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Section 2 against hosts Dumbarton at the weekend.

Fab Four Out To Contest Turner Challenge

Four of the best-known and longest-running clubs in Amateur Football are out to contest their Section in the William Turner Challenge Cup from midweek, writes Tom Scott.

Rhu Amateur AFC entertain Thorn Athletic, while St Joseph’s AFC welcome the visit of Dumbarton Academy FP AFC in the competition held over from season 2020-2021.

Now here is a great incentive for the Fab Four before they kick a football – the Final will be played on Saturday, June 26th.

Enjoy being back in business everyone.

Thorn Athletic: New Venture Launched During Lockdown

Thorn Athletic have been working on a new venture during lockdown which they hope will be a springboard to a successful future, writes Tom Scott.

The club, which has almost 400 members, opened the Thorn Athletic Sports Academy facility in Johnstone (Renfrewshire), which they will run as a Social Enterprise when the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Thorn’s aim will be to deliver a number of sporting and wellbeing activities – in addition to their Football Sessions – for the Community.

Today, Club Chairperson Mr Mark McGee revealed facilities include a Medium-Sized Sports Hall with Changing / Showers, Disabled Toilet, Storage Space, an Office, Outdoor Football Pitch, and Training Area, with Parking along with WIFI and CCTV.

In addition, The Academy will be home to other Community Organisations who can make best use of the space.

The Club will also be offering their own Children’s Party Packages, Silent Discos, Fitness Classes, Walking Football, and a variety of other services.

People will be able to book these online and pay either remotely, or by Card for the services.

The Thorn Athletic Community Trust Executive Committee, which has 11 members bringing their skills to a variety of areas, recently became a Registered Charity.

All income generated through the service provision and the newly-launched Club Lotto will be invested back into the meeting the Club’s aims of Football and Community Development.

The grass pitch at the Academy, formerly known as the McMaster Sports Centre, has been home to the Club’s Caledonian Premier League Amateur side for several years.

A spokesman for Thorn Athletic Community Trust said “The club is expanding what we deliver so we have something for all sections of the Community from very young right through to our older adult population.”

“We have basically been known only for our Football exploits in the past 20 years but that is all about to change dramatically.”

“We hope to make some more significant steps in the next 6-12 months. The Academy Facility will hopefully bring more regeneration to the area in years to come, and see the Development of our Club.”

Many thanks to Mr Mark McGee for the photographs.

Talk of the Toon Plan March Broadcast

The superb Thorn Athletic – Talk of the Toon team will be recording their March edition in the forthcoming days, writes Tom Scott.

Joining them will be the Management team of the Thorn Athletic new 35s Squad. Indications are you will be able to view their thoughts on the YouTube Channel next Wednesday (3rd March). Not to be missed!

Last Sunday, Thorn Athletic Club Chairperson Mark McGee revealed their new Over-35s team will see some familiar faces pull on the jersey once again.

The Johnstone side will have a team in the Central Region 35s League after members of an original Linwood Rangers team came across to join them.

Launching an over age team has been something ‘The Thorn’ had looked at in recent years with a high demand from former players, but the right opportunity hadn’t arisen – until now!

The team will be overseen by Garry Kerr, Iain McCallum, Brian Roberts and John McNab, and they already have an existing pool of players ready to go when football gets the green light.

It is hoped that a smooth transition will take place, and the team will continue to be sponsored by The Clippens Inn Pub in Linwood.

Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News Mark McGee said: “We’ve had a fantastic response since announcing the new team.”

“Former players have been getting in touch and hopefully they’ll be able to compliment the group of players already there.”

“The Over 35s scene was really on the up before the global pandemic struck and we are sure it’ll go from strength to strength when it returns.”

Although they have one existing sponsor, the team are keen to have new businesses involved and anyone interested should email sponsorship@thornathletic.com

Thorn Club Hit The Small Screen Amid Huge Viewing Figures

Johnstone Club Thorn Athletics Story has smashed 3k views on YouTube after featuring in a newly launched show Chit Chat with Jed & Co, writes Tom Scott.

Kindly provided by Mr Mark McGee.

Viewers hear about their modest beginnings and turbulent early years through a trophy-laden two decades, which has seen it grow rapidly to almost 400 members, and a successful Caledonian Premier League Amateur side.

The show, which is hosted by Jed McCabe and produced by Sean Gill of LabRat Productions, lasts for just short of 20 minutes and is a rollercoaster ride through the high and lows of grassroots football.

Feedback has come from across the globe and Club Chairperson Mark McGee admitted it has been great publicity for the Club.

He said “The response has been fantastic and although we are a fairly new Club in contrast to some of the more well-established trans, it was great to see that people were interested in where we originated from.”

“The show was very professionally done and credit to Jed and his team for what is a polished production.”

The show includes footage shot at the Club’s recently launched Thorn Athletic Sports Academy facility, which they hope will go from strength to strength.

Mark added “It was very enjoyable telling the story, and I think it’s a great insight into the Club’s journey.”

Thorn Gear Up For New Over-35s Team

Thorn Athletic Club Chairperson Mark McGee has revealed their new Over-35s team will see some familiar old faces pull on the jersey once again, writes Tom Scott.

The Johnstone side will have a team in the Central Region 35s League after members of an original Linwood Rangers team came across to join them.

Launching an over age team has been something ‘The Thorn’ had looked at in recent years with a high demand from former players, but the right opportunity hadn’t arisen – until now!

The team will be overseen by Garry Kerr, Iain McCallum, Brian Roberts and John McNab, and they already have an existing pool of players ready to go when football gets the green light.

It is hoped that a smooth transition will take place, and the team will continue to be sponsored by The Clippens Inn Pub in Linwood.

Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News Mark McGee said: “We’ve had a fantastic response since announcing the new team.”

“Former players have been getting in touch and hopefully they’ll be able to compliment the group of players already there.”

“The Over 35s scene was really on the up before the global pandemic struck and we are sure it’ll go from strength to strength when it returns.”

Although they have one existing sponsor, the team are keen to have new businesses involved ,and anyone interested should email sponsorship@thornathletic.com

Athletic Confirm Application To Over-35s League

Thorn Athletic FC have confirmed they will be running an Over-35s team in the Central Region set-up when football is back up- and-running, writes Tom Scott.

In news from the Thorn Athletic Football Academy, their Children’s Mental Health Week (1-7 February) was a tremendous success and created plenty of interest and support. Yet another example of what can achieved right across the board during current restrictions.

The idea was to raise awareness around how the Mental Health of young players is helped by participation in sport.

*Scottish Amateur Football News will be featuring more Articles from the Johnstone- based (Renfrewshire) Club, who were founded in 1998.