Having volunteered in Grassroots Football for over a decade now, Jim Baxter Memorial Under 16's Head Coach William Dalziel is no stranger to the problems that can arise when you're thought of so highly in the game. With aspirations to pursue his dream of progressing as a coach, he moved on from his beloved Jim Baxter Memorial side 2 years ago, believing he had left them in safe hands.
At the end of the 2013/2014 season, the coaches that had taken over from Dalziel decided to disband the team that had been together since 2005, leaving the boys distraught. Dalziel heard the news, and in December of 2014 he returned to his first love, Jim Baxter Memorial to give these boys a football team again. Travelling the length and breadth of Scotland to get these boys a game was such a joy for Dalziel as no league association could take them halfway through a season. From Edinburgh to Greenock and Aberdeen to Ayrshire, it didn't matter where they went, it was all for the love of the game.
In July 2015 they joined the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth District Youth League, with the singular aim for William Dalziel of getting these boys back to enjoying their football. "We'll take every game as it comes", said Dalziel, who with no real targets other than development, sees his side sitting 1 point ahead of closest challengers Camelon Thistle in the B Division of the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL.
The biggest test for the team so far came in the form of Milton FC in the Central Region Cup. The league leaders in the division above, it was to be no easy task for the Jim Baxter Memorial players, and with an outstanding display, they almost caused the upset of the entire compeition. Milton were put under immense pressure, but they showed resiliance and ran out 1-0 winners, leaving the Jim Baxter Memorial team with no shame what so ever.
Under the guidance of wonder coach Dalziel, and his trusty right hand men Robert Hughes and Gordon Gray, the Jim Baxter Memorial under 16's have enjoyed a solid 2015 so far, and the only way is up for the team now. "Re-establishing this team was the right thing to do for the boys, and I want to inspire my players! Forza JBM".