|Glasgow outfit chase national glory|
The long-running affair of Campsie Black Watch Under 21s and the Scottish Challenge Cup is set to enter yet another chapter in 2011, writes TOM SCOTT.
The Blackies, record holders of the national trophy, are through to yet another quarter-final appearance after beating visitors Neilston Juniors 3-0 in the fourth round.
Founded in 1943, the club have racked up 9 wins from 13 cup final appearances, but finishing runners-up against Glasgow Amateurs (2006) and Leith Athletic (2009), plus a crushing semi-final defeat at the hands of Knightswood Juveniles last season, shows there is a fine line between success and failure.
Long-serving secretary Gerry Marley has always been the kind of guiding force who looks for more than just winning games.
Most teams - and you can look at any grade of football - are quite content with a victory no matter how it is achieved.
That does not sit well with the man I reckon has the "Midas" touch.
The record books show that between 1971 and '87, Campsie won 13 titles in the old Dunbartonshire League. In 1974,
they swept the boards with seven honours - including the Scottish Cup - never lost a game all season, and hit an incredible
196 goals. Added alongside success from Easter visits to Holland, the national Lady Darling Cup and every possible domestic
competition, it is no wonder the Lennoxtown set-up is well respected.
Blackies have recorded one Scottish Cup final win in the 1950s and 60s, three in the 1970s, a triple success between 1984
and 1986, but their record-breaking haul was last completed away back in 1991. Can they go all the way and make what
has been a long wait for Gerry Marley to reach the magical double figures? Only time will tell!
Story was supplied to YFS by Re-Gen free newspapers, Baillieston, Glasgow.