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Hampden Boys Club acclimatized to 11-a-side football last season and discovered that the air is sweet at the top.

The Glasgow team breezed to a cup double winning the Supplementary League Cup and the Ayr International Trophy.

The man behind the success, club manager George Gilmour, told Youth Football Scotland:  "The highest point of the season for me was seeing the delight on the players and parents alike at the cup final in Ayr.  The boys played fantastically well on the day and were worthy winner."

Gilmour, looking ahead to the upcoming season is full of optimism with an ambition to build upon the success of last season.

The team finished a respectable third in the league last season and this year the Hampden boss believes they can go all the way.

"I want to see our boys make a real push for the league title. We return this season stronger and a good run in the cups and tournaments would be great to add to the silverware won last season," Gilmour said.

Gilmour, however, is wary of the challenge brought from familiar foes, Rossvale BC, whilst the added threat of the great unknown looms in the form of the new sides joining the league for the first time this season.

"We already know the threat from Rossvale BC as we faced them three times last season. With new sides joining up from Ayrshire we will be facing relatively unknown opposition. Whoever we face we will do our homework and be best prepared for the opposition," he said.

The seven-week school summer holidays might allow his players a break from the classroom but Gilmour has ensured that assessment continues all summer long on the football pitch.

"We started our preseason very early with only a two week break this season. We have introduced our Individual Player Fitness Assessments and have worked hard on fine tuning each player to an above team average spec," he said.

Fine-tuning his existing squad has not been Gilmours only work during pre-season as new players have been recruited to enhance an already well-oiled team.

"We are lucky to have only lost one player from our squad last season but have brought in three very high standard players in return. We have a talented squad as it is and with the new additions we are confident we can compete this season," Gilmour said.

One thing is for certain, the blend of a perfect pre-season and some excellent recruitment ensures that Gilmour and his Hampden team will be in the mix for further success this season.

Euan Strathearn | YFS Central Region Journalist
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