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This time four years ago, coaches Scott Carson, Paul Mooney, Ian Stokes, Phil Simpson and Joey Muir came together to discuss a new project that would become Milngavie Wanderers. The aim was to create a club that would provide players with the most professional environment possible on and off the field to develop their talents. It was a highly successful debut season at competitive football. They won the Glasgow and District league title, winning 27 out of 30 games and scoring an incredible 158 goals. They secured an amazing treble with 5-0 wins over rivals Celtic in the League Cup and West Regional final. It was the start of a hugely successful era for the one team club.

The following season they swept all before them in the GADYFL, winning 19 and drawing one of their 20 league matches to win back-to-back titles. It was to be another double after thrashing Pollok 8-2 in the League Cup final. It also seen the club go far in the Scottish Cup, reaching the quarter finals before losing 2-3 to Albion, the Aberdeenshire champions. 

It was another near flawless league campaign in 2013-14, winning 18 and drawing twice to make it three in a row in Glasgow. That meant Milngavie went over two years unbeaten in the league, and astonishing level of consistency. The team became the first in Glasgow's history to win three consecutive league and cup doubles with a tense 2-1 victory over Airdrie Utd.

Having moved to the most competitive league in Scotland, which included three champions and a regional winner, the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth DYL, Wanderers opened up a strong lead with others playing catch up. However an amazing late run from Scottish champions Hamilton Accies took the league to a playoff - where the Lanarkshire side won in a dramatic penalty shoot out with nothing to separate the sides.

It looked like it would be a first trophyless season - but the team rallied and beat Hutchison Vale, Burntisland, St Peters and Fraserburgh in the final to become Scottish Youth Champions League winners for the first time. It was a fitting end to a stunning four years which accumulated 10 trophies.

A new opportunity has arisen and the club will now move under the first team at Clydebank FC. It creates a pathway for these young players to hopefully progress into a career within football. If the Bankies can build on the success of the Wanderers they will be a force to be reckoned with at the 99 age group.

Watch a video reviewing Milngavie Wanderers success since 2010 here.

Dumbarton FC development squad player Mikey Hopkins has signed a one-year professional contract and steps up to Stevie Aitken's first team squad forn season 2015/2016.
Hopkins has been a regular pick for Scottish Schools FA side and was involved at the Dumbarton Football Stadium when England visited on Centenary Cup duty.
He is a graduate of the Sons Academy, and Head of Youth Richie Salveta is delighted at today's news.
Richie commented: "Mikey has been in our youth development programme for six years since arriving into our under 13s squad in 2009. His technical ability is excellent.
"In the past three seasons Mikey has been involved in our reserve squad while aged only 15 and also our under-20s development squads at ages 16 and 17.
"We have to show patience with players at this crucial age and stage of their career. They are still learning parts of the game and with continuing hard work from Mikey we hope his career will continue to blossom at our club.
"This should give all our Academy players a boost and confirm that there are plenty of opportunities for players to progress at our club, in what is now a well structured pathway towards first team football."
As well as being part of the first team, 18-year old Mikey will still be eligible to play for next season's 20s development squad. 
Milngavie Wanderers have enjoyed four fantastic years of football, competing from U13s to U16s in the Scottish Youth Football Association. YFS has produced a range of photographic and video coverage from the team's matches over the years and are giving you the chance to purchase it on DVD.
The DVD is priced at £10 and includes the following:
v Celtic BC - West Region final - Highlights & interview and photo slideshow
Champions League 1 - Group stage & final highlights, photo slideshow
Champions League 2 - Montage of all Milngavie goals caught on camera.
League Cup final vs Airdrie - Photo slideshow
Champions League 3 - Montage of all Milngavie goals caught on camera.
v Knightswood 1 - Photo slideshow
v Knightswood 2 - Photo slideshow
v Hamilton Accies - Photo slideshow
Champions league 4 - Full match of the final
v Coltswood Athletic - Photo slideshow

Haldane United 2003s competed in their first ever tournament abroad in May, making the 19-hour long coach trip to Holland.

The boys won four matches as they finished fifth in the tournament - a great achievement against a number of foreign clubs.

"All the kids, their families and, of course, the coaches had the time of their lives," team supporter Tricia Sneddon told Youth Football Scotland.

"The experience was amazing and coming fifth was a fantastic achievement."

The tournament prepared Haldane 2003s well for action closer to home as well. They won the Dumbarton United tournament just a few weeks later. 

That's not the end of Haldane's foreign ventures though. They hope to return to Holland next year to do it all again!

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 15:30

Clyde FC Statement: Youth Academy

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"The Board of Clyde FC has recently concluded a review of the SFA Club Academy Scotland (CAS) model for youth development, and its relevance to the country's community clubs. Clyde FC enters teams at Under-11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 into this structure.
"With decreasing grant funding coming from the SFA for community clubs, the significant resources required to comply with CAS participation, and the governing body's commitment to elite player development, Clyde FC has reluctantly concluded that the finance and resources necessary to operate within the CAS model cannot be sustained while it occupies the lower tiers of the Scottish game.
"As a result, the club has reluctantly concluded that it will not participate in competitive youth football, within Club Academy Scotland, next season and has advised the SFA accordingly.
"The Board would like to thank the entire Clyde Academy staff who have supported our youth operation in recent years, some of whom will have the opportunity to engage in the club's community plans going forward.
"Parents of all youth academy players are currently being informed of the decision, and being advised that the boys are free to find new clubs ahead of their contract expiry on 30th June 2015.  Clyde FC has also agreed to assist with this process.
"Meanwhile, the club is keen to support and enhance its community activities and is reviewing how best this can be achieved.
"Our Under-20 side, which is not part of Club Academy Scotland, remains in place as part of our first team structure."

Fixture: Cumbernauld Colts v Pollok United 
Competition: 16s Cumbernauld and Kilsyth DYL 'A' Division
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: 31/05/2015

Pollok ended a hugely disappointing league campaign on a high with an excellent win away to Cumbernauld Colts at their Broadwood Stadium.  A dreadful run of form since the Blackpool Cup in Easter saw them rooted to the bottom of the table but this convincing 5-2 win, against a side that only lost the title last year by virtue of a playoff, bodes well for next season.  Goals came from Brandyn Milne, Alberto Vezza, Brogan Murphy and two from Declan Smith.

It was the hosts that came out strongest at the start of the half, launching wave after wave of attack at the visitor's goal, making great use of the wide park to attack with menace down the flanks.  A goal looked inevitable but it was Pollok who fashioned the first real chance as Vezza saw a shot from 10 yards cleared off the line.

The lead did arrive though on 24 minutes when captain for the day, Smith, swung a free kick in from the right side which was inadvertently deflected by the defender towards the back post where Brandyn Milne was lurking to volley high past the keeper for his first Pollok goal since a March move from Rossvale Inter.

Colts nearly came straight back into it though and when their forward found himself through on goal four minutes later, an equaliser looked certain but Ryan Devenney pulled off a superb save.  That proved crucial as his side doubled their lead on 32 minutes: Vezza had a shot blocked but James Dempster chested down the rebound and this time, Vezza made no mistake as his deflected shot found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Pollok were rampant now and looking to put the game to bed:  Vezza was inches away from a second as he just failed to connect with Sean MacMillan's low ball across the box and Smith fired just over the bar from all of 30 yards. Colts were not for lying down though and it took a strong hand from Devenney to claw away a fierce drive from distance.

Pollok ended the half stronger though and felt they should have been even further ahead.  A minute before the break, Brogan Murphy cleared a Colts corner kick to launch a counter attack and when Vezza played in Smith, his volley was saved.  From the resulting corner, Vezza stabbed the ball home from close range but was adjudged to be offside.

Half Time: Cumbernauld Colts 0-2 Pollok United

Pollok have not been averse to throwing away two-goal leads this season as results against Finnart and Glenboig will testify to so there was certainly no desire to rest on the two-goal lead. Colts offered an early reminder as to why when another long range effort was well saved by Devenney just 60 seconds after the restart.

Again, that was crucial as Pollok seemed to learn from previous lessons to go three goals in front after just five minutes of the half. Smith was played in and scurried free of the defence before coolly sliding the ball under the keeper and into the bottom corner with his weaker left foot.

The chances kept on coming for the Lok and they came close to a fourth when Ross Pollock powered a header off the crossbar on 57 minutes. This was hist first appearance since the Blackpool Cup at the start of April following a foot injury. It was also the first sighting of the regular centre back pairing of Pollock and Amir Khan since March.

On 65 minutes, Colts got a goal back but the three goal lead was reestablished almost instantly when Vezza crossed from the right on 67 minutes for Brogan Murphy to volley over the keeper, marking his own return from inury with a goal.

Pollok were playing with a freedom and an intensity so characteristic of an end of season match and they got a fifth just three minutes after that Murphy strike. Vezza was again the provider as he launched a ball forward to again find Declan Smith through on goal - this time he elected to side-foot it with his right and it just sneaked under the substitute keeper for 5-1.

Colts got another back right at the death but it was too little too late as Pollok signed off their season with an emphatic win against a top side.  This was undoubtedly Pollok's performance of the season and although it came too late to have any impact on their league standing, it provides a solid foundation on which to build upon next season.

Pollok United star player: Declan Smith - The captain for today led from the front and was a constant thorn in the side of the Colts defence, chipping in with two well taken goals and an assist for the opener.

Mentions also for goalkeeper Ryan Devenney who made a series of fine saves to ensure that his side's dominance would be reflected in the final score.  Alberto Vezza was also industrious as aver, chipping in with a goal and two assists while he was an inch and an offside flag away from a first half hat-trick.  James Dempster kept things ticking in the middle of the park, winning everything and linking up the play well.

Full Time: Cumbernauld Colts 2-5 Pollok United
Having fun, winning, losing. These are the typical thoughts for youth footballers, fans, and coaches across the country. However, it wasn't fun and games for Eoin Donnelly who suffered a double leg break during his match this weekend.
Hillwood BC 2002's, said on their Facebook page, "Myself and Coaches would just like to say how proud we are of our BC player Eoin Donnelly. It took us a back how brave young Eion was and calm until the ambulance came some 25 minutes later. 
"His Dad, Brian and Coach, David Greer both did a fantastic job in talking to Eoin and making sure no further damage was done. Hopefully the effort both put in will allow Eoin to be back playing sooner than an injury as serious as this normally allows.
"A big thank you also to staff at Yorkhill for doing a great job and giving Eoin the biggest stookie I've ever seen I'm my life.
"Speedy recovery Eoin and we all look forward to seeing you down at training and games with your supporters scarf on for next wee while at least."
We all at YFS would like to wish Eoin a speedy recovery and hope he's back out of the pitch sonner rather than later.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:38

St Peters to host EH17 charity event

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St Peter's FC 99s will take on a Paisley and Johnstone District YFL Select XI on Saturday, in  an event in aid of The Brightest Star, a charity which supports bereaved families.
The match will be played in memory of Eilish Herron, who was killed in a car accident at the age of 17. 
Her brother, Niall, captains St Peter's 99s, and Eilish was regularly seen at their matches. She eventually became good friends with the whole team.
The Herron family have been involved with St Peter's for the last 10 years, and the club wanted to do something special to remember Eilish. 
They got in touch with a number of players from across the PDJYFL who were delighted to be involved in Eilish's special day and provide the opposition for St Peter's. This includes a number of former St Peter's players.
St Peter's have created a festival atmosphere surrounding the match as well, with various age groups taking part in activities including Beat the Goalie, Crossbar Challenge and Skills Tests. 
Paisley Netball Team, who Eilish proudly played and coached for, will also be taking part in the event, with the St Peters mums providing stern opposition to them in a number of fun activities. 
Arthurlie Juniors have provided fantastic support for the event, giving free use of their pitch and social club at Dunterlie Park, Barrhead. They are also providing the Select XI with full Arthurlie kit.
A Just Giving page has been set up for any donations at www.justgiving.com/StPetersFC1999s and any donations are greatly appreciated.
Scottish FA West Region's girls outdoor activity kicked off on the 25th and 26th of April. Giffnock SC pitch was the venue and there were several teams taking part from U9 and U11s.
This event is the first of many mini festivals held throughout the region in the summer months and it is a great chance for the Girls to get outdoors and playing football.
The festivals move between a couple of locations and are hosted by the Clubs at their venues. The most frequent venues would be Giffnock SC, Pollok United and Port Glasgow.
In the first festival at Giffnock, there were teams at either age group from Erskine YFC, Giffnock, Pollok Utd, Glennifer and Port Glasgow. As part of the festival, the U9s take part in their 4v4 activity with the U11s taking part in 7v7.
If you'd like more information, visit the Scottish FA West Region page by clicking here or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Saturday, the Paisley and District Schools Football Association league playoffs took place at St James Park, Paisley.

Three finals took place in the U14, U16 and U18 age brackets. All participants had finished top of their league section over the course of the season, but these were a one-off finals for the chance to get bragging rights for another year.

In the U14s match St Ninians triumphed over Notre Dame 6-3. Coach Paul Marshall said: "I thought it was a really good game, we started well with a goal in the first minute and we thought we'd stroll it to be honest from that start but credit to Notre Dame who came back in it. 2-2 at half-time, I thought our boys came into the second half with the right attitude and played some lovely football. But I've got to say Notre Dame is the best team we've played this season, it was a great final as the two best teams were here."

Just as my interview with Mr Marshall concluded, the full time whistle went on the pitch adjacent. St Ninians had completed the double; their U16s beat Gleniffer 4-2. Kevin O'Hagan, the St Ninians coach, drew some parallels with the two games: "I'm really pleased the boys performed really well, had a good start and got an early goal. We showed great perseverance and I'm just really pleased and proud of the boys."

And in the U18s final it was Renfrew who were victorious over Notre Dame 3-1. Jacob Spence, the Renfrew coach, had this to say: "The boys played really well. I knew they could play football like that, we'd been playing a bit of long ball in other games but we got the ball down today and they deserve it after playing well all year, so I'm happy for them."

Before each team received their medals there was a well-respected round of applause for the match officials, who keep schools football alive by lending their time, without pay, to referee the games. It was noted that one referee in particular would have picked up £30,000 over the years by the Paisley and District Schools FA had he been paid for his matches!

All-in-all it was a great day of football. Congratulations to St Ninians & Renfrew and commiserations to Notre Dame and Gleniffer who, despite not winning the cup, are victors of their league section.

Photos from Renfrew v Notre Dame (Seniors): http://youthfootballscotland.zenfolio.com/p699011788

Photos from St Ninians v Gleniffer (U16): http://youthfootballscotland.zenfolio.com/p938384581

Photos from St Ninians v Notre Dame (U14): http://youthfootballscotland.zenfolio.com/p850421921