Headline Makers Revisited – Amateur Club Pledge Double Charity Support (November 2020)

Forward- thinking West Hamilton AFC are showing support for two excellent charities by displaying each of them on a shirt sleeve – and a commercial business sponsor on the front, writes Tom Scott.

The South Lanarkshire club have not only supported player Kevin Bryers, who was diagnosed with cancer, by offering him a way back into football, but are proudly promoting both the Beatson Cancer Charity and Chris’s House, which to be honest I and many other people had never heard of until now.

Speaking on behalf of West Hamilton AFC, Gerry Lennon revealed: “We decided to promote two charities this season. The decision was made to support the Beatson due to Kevin’s personal connection, and Chris’s House a local Lanarkshire Charity for help, response and intervention surrounding suicide.”

“That is another issue which, as a club, we feel strongly about (a number of players/members have had their issues with depression and poor mental health). We are a club with a social conscience and felt it important to promote charities with our new kit this season.”

“Chris’s House counter thoughts of depression, negativity and despair by exchanging reasons for dying with reasons for living. They offer someone who can listen.”

“Regarding the involvement of our strip sponsor, LOCHLIE CONSTRUCTION SHOP, and APPIN SPORTS, who made and supplied them, we made approaches and they kindly accepted and were happy to endorse the fact we also had Charity sponsorship.”

Graphic / Photograph of the two strips showing the Charities displayed on each sleeve, and sponsor Lochlie Construction Shop was kindly provided by Mr Gerry Lennon.

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 (13/12/2020)

Chief Writer Tom Scott has a weekend look at news from around Scottish Amateur clubs.

Rossvale Kelvinbridge AFC have thanked one of the local businesses who still find time to offer support during these tough times – Andrew Smith’s DRAIN FIX SOLUTIONS.

Former Hillington AFC striker Scott Gold scored twice for his new team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, In a 4-2 win against Bonnyton Thistle.

West Hamilton AFC will have sponsors Lochlie Construction on the front of their kit, which was supplied by Appin Sports.

Mr David Ireland has won the Wallyford Bluebell FC Last Man Standing 5. 0. Competition. The LEAFL Sunday Afternoon League club wish to express their thanks to all who contributed.

Lochgilphead Red Star AFC are set to receive a new strip from sponsors RJD BRICKWORK.

Kilbride Thistle AFC will draw their Christmas Bonus Ball on Saturday, December 19. The lucky winner will collect a considerable three-figure cash sum. I understand six other numbers drawn will be suitably rewarded, too.

Mauchline United AFC have a batch of Bobble Hats for sale in time for Christmas Morning.

Maryhill Milan, who play in the GDSFC Only Sport Ltd Premiership. are seeking the support of their friends in and out of Amateur Football to help them raise money for the Radio Clyde’s Cash For Kids Appeal. Management and players are running a 10k on Sunday, December 20.

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Amateur Club Pledge Support – And Secure Jersey Sponsor

Forward- thinking West Hamilton AFC are showing support for two excellent charities by displaying each of them on a shirt sleeve and a commercial business sponsor on the front.

The South Lanarkshire club have not only supported Kevin Bryers, who was diagnosed with cancer, by offering him a way back into football, but are proudly promoting both the Beatson Cancer Charity and Chris’s House, which to be honest I and many other people have never of Speaking on behalf of West Hamilton AFC, Gerry Lennon revealed:

“We decided to promote two charities this season. The decision was made to support the Beatson due to Kevin’s personal connection, and Chris’s House a local Lanarkshire Charity for help, response and intervention surrounding suicide.”

“That is another issue, which, as a club, we feel strongly about (a number of players members have had their issues with depression and poor mental health). We are a club with a social conscience and felt it important to promote charities with our new kit this season.”

“Chris’s House counter thoughts of depression, negativity and despair by exchanging reasons for dying with reasons for living. They offer someone who can listen.”

“Regarding the involvement of our strip sponsor, LOCHLIE CONSTRUCTION SHOP and APPIN SPORTS, who made and supplied them, we made approaches and they kindly accepted and were happy to endorse the fact we also had Charity sponsorship.”

Graphic/. Photograph of the two strips showing the Charities displayed on each sleeve,  and sponsor Lochlie Construction Shop was kindly provided by Mr Gerry Lennon.

Amateur Footballer Aims To Help Beatson Cancer Charity

West Hamilton AFC player Kevin Bryers will never forget the support he has received from the staff at the Beatson Cancer Unit which he now plans to raise funds for with a Charity game – and would welcome the support of Scottish senior clubs to support the idea.

Kevin made contact with myself and asked “Is there any way you guys can help (with publicity ) that would be great.”

“I was diagnosed last year with Cancer and the Beatson has been amazing. It was a tough fight.”

“I’m currently in remission at the moment and have to attend the Beatson for the next 5 years, but holding this event is my way of giving something back, plus you meet loads of people who are going through the same thing too, and they rely on funding. This is why I’m trying to make the event as big as I can.”

“West Hamilton are involved as they gave me the chance to get back into football again plus I’m planning to play in goals 1 half with Team Beatson, and the other half with West Hamilton.”

“We have Hamilton Accies on board, and also the Old Firm.”

“Venue has still to be decided. I am in talks with a number of clubs and they are on going.”

Thanks to Kevin for his story and also to Gerry Lennon at West Hamilton AFC for making contact and providing another angle!

Around The Amateur Football Scene (19/09/2020)

The Law AFC 5 West Hamilton AFC 3

On a glorious morning and with new faces on display, both clubs were delighted to get back into action following six months of inactivity. Maxwell (2), McDonald, Low and Scott with the goals.

Crosslands United were 3-0 up and looked to be cruising against Belvidere, who hit back twice with late goals.

Dean Park had their first-ever game as a club and beat Blackhall 3-2. Scorers Gavin Sneddon, Fraser Morrison and Greg McBride. Incidentally, Blackhall are looking for a home game in Paisley on September 26.

Red Star and Shawbridge shared six goals in a 3-3 draw.

MTK Holytown secured an 8-1 win against Newmains.

Braehead AFC edged out Bishopton FC 4-2 thanks to Marshall, Browning and a Gemmell double.

Southside United took their chances in style and defeated Dennistoun Thistle 4-1. That could be a timely boost for Southside, who play Newlands next midweek.