Around The Scottish Amateur Football Scene (07/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes a midweek look at what is happening in Scottish Amateur Football.

Additional players and coaches have been targeted by FC Dynamo Glasgow.

Lochend AFC are looking for players as they prepare for their first season in the LEAFA Sunday Mornings.

Glenafton Amateur FC want to arrange a Friendly week beginning May 17 down at New Cumnock.

Restalig AFC, who play in the LEAFA Saturday League, are encouraging everyone to support centre-back Matthew Smith, who will be participating in the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for Maggie’s Centres – a Charity close to home to many people and the LEAFA team.

Silverknowes FC – LEAFA Sunday Mornings – are looking for new players to join them in Non-Contact Training Sessions.

Royal Union FC seek some friendlies in advance of competitive games going ahead from May 17.

Tynecastle AFC have started looking for friendlies.

Leith Athletic FC, who have been busy recruiting signings, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. The Club was originally founded to allow children to enjoy and play football in a safe environment.

Talking of Club Celebrations, St Mungo are 90 years old, and St Joseph’s AFC have hit the big 50!

The Big Interviews – End Of Year Review (Tynecastle AFC)

SAFL Writer Tom Scott caught up with one devoted former Amateur Football player – later turned manager – who was involved within the game for 27 years.

Bernie Vallely promoted a winning mentality at Tynecastle AFC, and left on a high in 2016. Success in the Strathclyde Cup at New Tinto Park – they had three of them over a 10-year period plus other honours under his stewardship – have rekindled great memories about the Glasgow East End club.

Now devoting all his free free time to support sons James and Daniel, he was only too willing to reveal what went on behind the scenes.

He told me “I had great times there. We had some brilliant players over the years.”

“The old memories idea (HEADLINE MAKERS REVISITED) you are running is a great idea. The Whitefield Rovers one on winning the title you posted @AmmyFitbaNews was one of my favourites.”

“As you know the background to our preparation for the Harley’s Sky Bar Strathclyde Cup Final through your personal involvement, the night itself at New Tinto Park was my swan song after 27 years.”

“I have never seen Andy McLaren so focused as he was that week. I miss the involvement and how we ran things, but my time had come to spend more time with the family.”

“Tynecastle were always in the SSMAFL set-up, Tom, apart from one season around 1992-93 or 1993-94, when Billy McQueer took us into the GDSFC for one campaign. I was still playing then and took over as manager in July, 2005. By then we were back in the SSMAFL for a number of seasons.”

“I personally put together a detailed history of Tynecastle AFC and their origins from the summer of 1979. We spoke to a lot of guys and had a big history section on the club website.”

“Up until I left we kept weekly details of everything at the club. Keep up the GREAT work @Scottish Amateur Football News..”

YOUR CLUB could feature in his popular Series of Articles. Recapture a significant achievement for inclusion @AmmyFitbaNews by contacting Tom through the usual channels of communication. Please include your full name, Club position and a Contact number.

Andy McLaren – Former Tynecastle AFC manager Bernie Vallely reckons he had never seen the ex-senior player so focused as he was in the week leading up to the Harley’s Sky Bar Strathclyde Cup final against Shawbridge AFC.

Tynecastle came from a goal down to win 2-1 at New Tinto Park, Govan.

Picture taken and kindly supplied by Kelly Neilson.

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.

Headline Makers Revisited – Blochairn Star AFC v Tynecastle AFC (November 2015)

Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League fixtures have always been played to a hugely competitive, but sporting level.

SAFN Writer Tom Scott takes a look back at a November, 2015 clash between old, but much respected rivals, Blochairn Star and Tynecastle AFC.

If YOUR CLUB would like to recapture a significant achievement in his Series “HEADLINE MAKERS REVISITED”, please make contact with TOM through the usual channels of communication.

He would also welcome any photographs. Now straight to the Match Action.

ALL PICTURE CREDITS GO TO KELLY NEILSON.  ALSO THANKS TO MY SUPERB CONTACT AT THAT TIME,MR ” TYNECASTLE AFC”…. BERNIE VALLELY.

Headline Makers Revisited – The Stepford Tournament (August 2015)

Writer Tom Scott has covered the four-team Stepford Tournament played between Glasgow East End based Amateur clubs, and organised by Easthall Star AFC over the years.

Pre-Season tournaments provided an excellent format for clubs to gain match fitness.

Four Saturdays at Stepford Road ( Easterhouse) were sponsored Ultimate Car Wash,. and provided plenty of goals from eventual winners Tynecastle AFC. runners-up Garrowhill Thistle,. Easthall Star Red Star.

RESULTS:

Week One: Garrowhill 3. Tynecastle 4;. Red Star 2, Easthall 1.

Week Two: Red Star 2, Tynecastle 2; Garrowhill 1,Easthall 1.

Week Three: Red Star 1, Garrowhill 6: Tynecastle 4, Easthall 0.

3rd/4th Place Play-Off: Red Star 0, Easthall Star 4.

Final: Tynecastle AFC 1, Garrowhill Thistle 0.

Meanwhile, FINNART failed in their attempt to win the East Kilbride YM FC Annual Invitation Tournament.

The Bridgeton club, who had won Group 3, lost 2-1 against Shawlands FP in the Sunday final Finnart trailed 2-0 and pulled one back through a Steven Wilson penalty kick, but they couldn’t find another goal.

TYNECASTLE AFC (pictured) after beating Garrowhill Thistle 1-0 in the Final of the Stepford Tournament, which was organised by Easthall Star. Chris Hughes netted the only goal of a hard-fought encounter from the penalty spot. Jamie Cochrane (Tynecastle AFC) was voted Player of the Tournament.

Headline Makers Revisited- Bernie Vallely (Tynecastle AFC)

SAFL Writer Tom Scott taken a look at one devoted former Amateur football player –  later turned manager – who was involved within the game for 27 years.

Bernie Vallely promoted a winning mentality at Tynecastle AFC, and left on a high in 2016.  Success in the Strathclyde Cup at New Tinto Park – they had three of them over a 10 year period plus other honours under his stewardship – have rekindled great memories about the Glasgow East End club.

Now devoting all his free free time to support sons James and Daniel, he was only too willing to reveal what went on behind the scenes.

He told me: “I had great times there. We had some brilliant players over the years.”

“The new memories idea (HEADLINE MAKERS REVISITED) you are running is a great idea.  That particular one on winning the title you posted last week @AmmyFitbaNews was one of my favourites.”

“As you know the background to our preparation for the Harley’s Sky Bar Strathclyde Cup Final through your personal involvement, the night itself at New Tinto Park was my swan song after 27 years.”

“I have never seen Andy McLaren so focused as he was that week. I miss the involvement and how we ran things, but my time had come to support James, and now Daniel.”

Andy McLaren, Former Tynecastle AFC Picture taken and kindly supplied by Kelly Neilson.

“Tynecastle were always in the SSMAFL set-up, Tom. Apart from one season around 1992-93 or 1993-94, when Billy McQueer took us into the GDSFC for one campaign. I was still playing then and took over as manager in July,  2005.  By then we were back in the SSMAFL for a number of seasons.”

“I personally put together a detailed history of Tynecastle AFC and their origins from the summer of 1979. We spoke to a lot of guys and had a  big history section on the club website.”

“Up until I left we kept weekly details of everything at the club.”

“Keep up the GREAT work Scottish Amateur Football News.”

YOUR CLUB could feature in his popular Series of Articles. Recapture a significant achievement for inclusion @AmmyFitbaNews by contacting Tom through the usual channels of communication. Please include your full name, Club position and a Contact number.

Headline Makers Revisited (Tynecastle AFC v Bengal Lancers AFC – March 2016)

SAFL Writer Tom Scott is back with another in his new Series, and takes a look at the high-scoring SSMAFL Strathclyde Cup Semi-Final, between Tynecastle AFC and Bengal Lancers in March 2016. First half goals from Ronnie Shaw, James Cochrane and a tremendous free kick executed by Steven McGlinchey left the Lancers with an uphill task.

Kenny Taylor, Andy McLaren and Shaw with his second of the game piled on the agony for Bengal, who replied with a late consolation goal in their 6-1 defeat. The result ensured TYNECASTLE would go through to meet SHAWBRIDGE AFC in what turned out to be a brilliant Saturday Evening Final at New Tinto Park, Govan (the home of Benburb FC).

Many thanks to Team Sponsor and Tynecastle AFC Manager BERNIE VALLELY regarding his Match Input and Photographer KELLY NEILSON for another superb day with the Camera.

Headline Makers Revisited:New Influx Of Amateur SSMAFL Clubs (Summer 2016)

SAFN Writer Tom Scott investigates the ever-increasing number of clubs in membership of the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Footballl League four years ago. YOUR CLUB could feature in his popular Series of Articles. Recapture a significant achievement for inclusion @AmmyFitbaNews by contacting Tom through the usual channels of communication. Please include your full name, Club position and a Contact number.

FOOTBALL in the sponsored Stax Trade Centre – sponsored SSMAFL structure was certainly booming for the 2016-2017 season. A new influx of clubs including two from Port Glasgow had boosted overall numbers to 43 split between three divisions.

Here is how the 2016-2017 campaign looked and four years on quite a few of those names still retain membership.

PREMIER DIVISION – AFC Ravenscraig, AS Airdrie, Bengal Lancers, Blochairn Star, Calderglen, Cambusnethan Talbot, Dennistoun Vale, East Dunbartonshire, Maryhill Blackstar, Renfrew, Semsa, Shawbridge, Tynecastle AFC and Windlaw.

DIVISION 1A – Bargeddie, Carluke, Clydebank, DTI, East Kilbride Accies, Glenwood, Holytown Colts, Kelvinbridge, Kirkintilloch Thistle, Manhattan Blacks, Motherwell C.T., Port Glasgow Celtic, Port Glasgow United, UB United, and Victoria Croftfoot.

DIVISION 1B – Barony of Blackhall, Barshaw, Bridgeton Vale, Chaplains, East Kilbride Thistle, Firhill United, Glasgow South, Petershall Villa, Plains, Quayside, Southside Whitecart, Tantallon, Uddingston Accies and Westercommon Star.

Headline Makers Revisited: Tynecastle AFC Crowned Champions (May 2015)

TYNECASTLE AFC were crowned Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League Premier Division champions for the third time in six seasons, writes Tom Scott. Today’s Article is the second in his brand new Series, and will no doubt draw a favourable reaction from the East End of Glasgow!

Trailing to a first half penalty kick against Whitfield Rovers Hamilton Palace, Tynecastle AFC eventually came good with goals from ex-junior signing Andy Dearie and Steven McGlinchey six minutes from full-time. Tynecastle captain Paul McCarthy celebrated his birthday in style by raising aloft the SSMFL Premier Division trophy following an after-match presentation.

Speaking exclusively afterwards Manager Bernie Vallely said: “Charlie Miller(ex- Rangers), had an off day and missed chances, but we got over the line in the end with a great team performance. We have a cracking bunch of lads.”

The winning Tynecastle squad was as follows: Craig Brown, Scott Faulds, Sean Cahill, Andy Dearie, captain Paul McCarthy, Chris Hughes, Kevin Taylor, Tony Cahill, Andy McLaren, Charlie Miller and Steven McGlinchey.

YOUR CLUB could feature in the new Series written by Tom. Contact him through the usual channels of communication. @scotlandsnumber on Twitter and email at shotstoppersuk@hotmail.co.uk

SSMAFL Chief Confirms Fixtures Reschedule

The Scottish Government announcement that the 16-day Circuit Breaker will be extended for another week means Saturday and Sunday fixtures in many leagues will be delayed once again. Late last night, Strathclyde Saturday Morning AFL President Andy Bryant confirmed all games within their set-up – including Sammy’s Italian Kitchen Premier League due on October 31 will now be rescheduled for November 28.

He added “Hopefully, we can get back with another list of fixtures right through all our divisions for November 7.”

AS Airdrie, Bengal Lancers, Blackthorn Rovers, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow South, Haghill / St Rochs, Kirkintilloch Thistle, Maryhill Thistle, Nicos United, Shawbridge, Southside, Tynecastle, UB United, Uddingston, Westercommon Star.