Fraser First Round Draw Produces Top Pairing

Although forced into yet another delay due to Scottish Government restrictions there is no disputing the quality of some First-Round pairings in the Fraser Trophy. The tournament comes within the remit of the Strathclyde Evangelical Churches Amateur League, which comprises a Premier Division and Division 1 totalling no fewer than 28 clubs.

Four First Round byes have already been forthcoming – Glasgow Free, Greenbank BB, Mearns Churches and South Glasgow – but there is no question that some Division 1 teams will be looking to record a stunning top-flight result.

Are Home Church Kirkintilloch capable of creating a shock against former Premier Division champions Motherwell Kings, who also know the way to negotiate testing cup opponents?

Avendale are former Cup holders and having emerged from the ballot with ground advantage perhaps Mount Kirk may find this hurdle too high to negotiate.

Similarly, ex-Premier Champions Machan United will be out to display top form at the expense of visitors Greenbank C of S.

Full Draw:

Anniesland v Auchen Foyle
Avendale v Mount Kirk
Craighalbert v Law
Croftfoot Parish v U.C.A.
Cumbernauld v King’s Park
Dennistoun v Re:Hope
Home Church v Motherwell Kings
Houston v West Hamilton
Machan United v Greenbank C of S
Tollcross v Coatdyke
Trinity AFC v Glasgow Elm
West Glasgow v Fullarton Irvine.

Byes- Glasgow Free, Greenbank BB, Mearns Churches and South Glasgow.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (02/11/2020)

Writer Tom Scott takes an early daily look at some important News emerging from clubs during Government restrictions. The Scottish Amateur FA Executive and Finance Committee have thanked all member clubs and leagues who took time to contact their MSP’s and MP’s in support of the current “can’t play” situation.

It is their clear intention to continue to seek the assistance of the Scottish F.A. and to lobby the Scottish Government. Great to see the rapidly growing Youth Section at Callander Thistle AFC is making tremendous progress. Only a year old, and now catering for no fewer than SIX age groups from 2009 to 2014.

Organiser Mr DAVID McLEAN has been in contact and I will be featuring an exclusive report on the club’s commitment to providing the best footballing education for everyone in the area. As they are quick to tell us from their base “Mon the Jags!”

Tollcross AFC carried out fantastic work recently handing over more than 30 bags full of food and toiletries to the Glasgow N.E. Foodbank. The response to their appeal from people inside and outside of the club was incredible.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed. Oban Times stalwart Mr David Buchanan has retired following 55 years of dedicated and loyal service. However, amid some heart warming and sincere messages of support to the gentleman on Social Media, the good news is Davie will continue in his role as the devoted Club Secretary of Oban Saints AFC.

East Kilbride YM FC have completed more Project Work at their Kirktonholme venue. Aided by loyal volunteers, the ground has been transformed with new fencing, and new goals are in place for competitive football.

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Mark Is Taylor Made For Scoring Pre-Season Hat-Tricks

Finnart AFC striker Mark Taylor knows the road to goal and bagged a hat-trick for the second week running this time Tollcross AFC were on the receiving end of a thumping 6-0 defeat at Glasgow Green.

The Bridgeton team got off to the best possible start through Jamie Adam was outstanding all afternoon.

Enter hit man Taylor and he pounced on a defensive error for goal No 2. Tollcross faced an uphill task before the interval break when Dale Wallace carved out a super opening and Mark Taylor added his second and Finnart’s third goal.

Craig Johnstone ensured there would be no way back for their East End visitors with a double. The fifth goal created again by Jamie Adam and Johnstone turned provider to allow Mark Taylor in for his treble before the full-time whistle.

A great all-round display by Finnart.

Finnart AFC

Academy Foundation Key To Finnart Success Story

Finnart AFC Manager Brian Blair is convinced the club’s continued success will be helped by their thriving Academy structure. Bridgeton-based in Glasgow’s East End for the past 41 years, Finnart have racked up honours at domestic and national level spanning boys club, Under-21 and Amateur football.

More importantly, officials and coaches support the local community through countless charity initiatives, and encourage youngsters to participate in the beautiful game from a very early age via Mini Kickers and Fun Fours.

Brian Blair may be relatively new to the pressures of management, under three sessions. But he knows the club inside out through wearing the Finnart colours in a playing career spanning 22 years.

In another great @AmmyFitba News exclusive Brian revealed “Even when I was playing I was still making time to coach a lot of our young teams, so they knew what my ideas were and how I set-up sessions.”

“Through our Academy structure we have a clear pathway right through to the amateur team, which I have changed a bit in terms of going for a mixture of youth and experience. Covid-19 has changed everything. I have a young family, so tight away you have to approach things differently.”

“I miss the dressing room banter because it is part and parcel of football. We are unable to use facilities including showers and you have to bring in new ideas for training sessions. We have concentrated on game-related exercises.”

“Our Under-21 team train alongside us, which allows me to see potential talent coming through.”

The March lockdown came on a Friday evening when Finnart were due to play St Mungo in a Cup final at Broadwood, Cumbernauld, and Brian admitted “I don’t know if the League will be able to reschedule the match. I hope they can get it in.”

“We have only had one friendly due to SFA restrictions, but I think the squad will be better than last season. In addition to our retained players we have brought in some excellent signings.”

Meanwhile, Finnart’s 21-year-old internationalist striker Mark Taylor showed why he has attracted attention from clubs at the next level up with a hat-trick in Saturday’s 7-1 victory against Steadfast.

Coming up on the horizon if current rules remain in place are Tollcross AFC (September 19) and Kings Park Rangers the following Saturday. Glasgow Green will host both games.

Finnart Increase Social Media Awareness During Covid-19

Manager Brian Blair reckons if his club can take any positives from Covid-19 restrictions apart from remaining healthy increased Finnart Star awareness through Social Media ideas would win the contest by a street length.

Incredibly for a club started by his father in the East End of Glasgow (Bridgeton) 41 years ago, Finnart can boast hugely popular Facebook and Twitter accounts, regular Zoom Calls and Podcasts, which were introduced during the early stages of lockdown and have even attracted involvement from ex-players!

Brian can proudly boost of a Finnart playing career spanning 22 years and has been Manager for the past two years.

He told me “We also have a YouTube channel in place. John Toby Flannigan does a power of work with a lot of these ideas, while Brian Paton takes care of Facebook and Twitter. They deserve a great deal of praise fitting things around their work commitments.”

“Also, before our first pre-season friendly against Stedfast AFC at Scotstoun on Saturday, John conducted a 60-second questions format involving the squad, and when time permits you should see that on Facebook.”

Just for the record, Finnart defeated Steadfast 7-1. thanks to goals from Amateur Internationalist striker Mark Taylor (3), Jamie Taylor, Declan Healy, Ryan McLean and a Trialist.

Brian Blair also revealed he has rearranged the next two planned friendlies due to SFA restrictions and opposition will be provided by Tollcross AFC (September 19) and Kings Park Rangers the following Saturday. Glasgow Green will host both games.

Sunday League Clubs Progress Pre-Season Plans

Despite the Tuesday bombshell which brought about another change for Amateur clubs trying to organise friendlies and the ensuing struggle finding available parks. Two Sunday Central League clubs are trying to maintain progress during pre-season.

Duncanrig Villa AFC are newcomers to the amateur ranks and have put in place the necessary paperwork for League admission. I understand they have an eager squad waiting patiently on the prospect of playing organised friendlies.

Eastend Tower AFC have sent out a message on social media to find opposition within the Glasgow area due to the new restrictions. Any club up for a match on Sunday, September 13?

Finally, I understand Tollcross AFC are organising training for their new Sunday team. The East End-based outfit are still on the lookout for players (all positions).

Around The Amateur Football Scene (09/09/2020)

No doubt about the topic of conversation which exploded half-way through Tuesday afternoon.

“Don’t organise a friendly out-with your Area / Region/ Council. “

Let us just say given the timing. Games can be played from Saturday, September 12, the stampede to find a venue and opposition would be longer than waiting on table service in a pub. Strange we can go out-with the area for a pint, but can’t play a team under the same circumstances!

Boss Gary Hamilton was quickly off the mark to arrange a game for Castlemilk Dynamo AFC against Clydeside Athletic AFC at Toryglen. kick off Noon.

Due to the change. Incidentally was it the Scottish Government or Scottish FA? East Kilbride Harp AFC have dates available for Lanarkshire opposition on September 12,. 19 and 26.

East Kilbride YMFC need a game for their GGPL team on September 19.

Giffnock Amateurs have been forced to rearrange a planned game against Erskine. Instead, they still have a park for September 12. Kick off 2pm.

Tollcross AFC are looking to play a Glasgow based team if they have a park.

Third Lanark AFC had to cancel a game against Uddingston Anvil AFC due to the new rules.

On a different subject, Colville Park E AFC urgently need another coach in their set-up. Manager Kenny Henderson said, “At the moment, it is only myself and Bobby Patterson involved.”

Contact Kenny through his own Social Media page or the Colville Twitter.

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Around The Amateur Football Scene (03/09/2020)

@AmmyFitbaNews Writer Tom Scott takes another quick look around at what has been happening over the past 24 hours at some clubs. Your club could feature in his Round-up of news. Contact him in person or send him an email.

Villa Park AFC have organised friendlies against Tollcross AFC on September 20th followed by Black Star Glasgow seven days later.

Colville Park E AFC have been busy recruiting and latest signings according to their official media feed are midfielders Tyler Tobin (Albion Rovers) and Robbie Manley (Johnstone Burgh).

Despite Wednesday evening’s horrendous weather conditions, some clubs actually managed to stage a training session despite I hear pitches being double booked and Astro surfaces still closed!

Southside White Cart AFC were back on the training pitch, and are still looking for players – in particular a goalkeeper available for Saturday Morning football.

Moorlands AFC are also seeking the services of a goalkeeper.

Good to see some Social Media interest being shown towards my exclusive article on

Blantyre RGM AFC looking to appoint a new manager for the season ahead and their search for new experienced at this level, who must show a commitment to be available for Saturday afternoon games.

Interested parties on both counts should contact Martin Kelly on 07717 445663.

Around The Amateur Football Clubs

Scottish Amateur Football Writer Tom Scott continues his look around the country with snippets of news from various clubs.

Recently. appointed Castlemilk Dynamo AFC manager Gary Hamilton has at least four available dates for pre-season friendlies – commencing Saturday, September 12.

Dynamo would prefer to travel since the facility they would normally use for home games does not open until early October. Clerwood Thistle AFC have secured their first sponsor. Dentwork Glasgow will feature on a smart new red (home) kit.

Stratton Southside AFC, from the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League are seeking friendlies. Kick-off times would be between 9am and 11am.

Corstorphine Dynamo AFC from the LEAFA, will be running Saturday and Sunday teams out of Gayle Park next season.

Dynamo are a community club with great ambitious to progress even further, and have been encouraging local volunteers and anyone willing to attend their Hub in preparation for competitive football.

Easthall Star AFC going into their 30th season, are hoping to hear soon that Stepford Road on the Edinburgh Road will reopen for training and games. Stepford is hugely important to the local community as the venue is used on a daily basis by young players, grassroots clubs and adults.

Tollcross AFC are bringing in a Sunday team alongside a Saturday squad. A club insider said: “We are trying to grow as much as possible.”

Renfrew Rovers AFC player-manager Scott Perry has confirmed a fifth pre-season friendly against Tantallon Victoria. Provisional date is September 26.

Said Scott “Fingers crossed we get the green light.”

Newlands AFC, from the Glasgow Colleges Saturday Morning League, have lined-up four warm-up games – DTI AFC, North Glasgow Victory AFC, Lanarkshire Forrest AFC and Tollcross AFC.

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