After narrowly losing out on the league title last season, Park Villa 2002s are hoping that this will be the year they push on to success. With four matches already played of the new season and a 100% record secured, it has certainly been an optimistic start for the young team playing their second season at 11-a-sides and Club Secretary Sheelagh Boyce is confident the boys can take the next step.
She said: “They look stronger than ever, absolutely fantastic and they couldn’t have made a better start. We beat Erskine 3-0 on Monday and they are a good team. We finished last season winning the Glasgow City Cup and also the Renfrew Victoria Cup and also finished the league season well but were beaten by Glenvale to the title”.
The rivalry with Glenvale extends even further after they were drawn against them in the first round of the Scottish Cup, a competition that the club have high hopes for. “Can you believe that?” says Sheila, laughing. “That’s definitely the big one. We got a hard draw in the Scottish Cup last year and didn’t get very far so this year it’s just got to be done, we’ve got to beat Glenvale.”
Playing in the Paisley and Johnstone District League, Park Villa not only have Glenvale to contend with. This season the Govan-based team are also up against close neighbours Harmony Row. Having joined from the Glasgow league, Sheelagh says it will add a bit of “friendly rivalry” and will add more competition.
But while cups and titles will always be the name of the game, Sheelagh says Park Villa are about more than that. “We have a really nice atmosphere at the club and they have fantastic discipline. The boys have a great reputation for being good natured and having a good attitude. The parents all get on well and there’s lots of support. We had a race night at the end of June and we raised enough money to get new strips and tracksuits. We’d like to do a trip away soon, perhaps the Blackpool tournament, so we’ll need to do some fundraising for that.”
With only one new arrival over the summer, Park Villa are a tight-knit club from a close community and they appear to have all the ingredients for a successful season to come.