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Glasgow Clyde College student organises an Old Firm charity football match in memory of Lennon

A Glasgow Clyde College student has helped organise an Old Firm charity football match in memory of Lennon Toland with all proceeds going to the Glasgow Children’s hospital charity.

Five-year-old Lennon was tragically knocked down and killed by a car in the east of Glasgow in September.

The first year HND Practical Journalism student Stephen McCabe  arranged this event which is a follow-up to Lennon’s Day a fundraising event which was held back in October at the College’s Cardonald campus with former Celtic footballers Neil Lennon, Chris Sutton and Frank McAvennie all at it.

The match will take place on Sunday the 19th of March at Toryglen Regional Football Centre indoor pitches with Old Firm legends such as Ally McCoist, John Hartson and Chris Sutton coming along.

McCabe, who is close friends with Lennon’s family , said: “After that event (Lennon’s Day) I managed to keep in touch with Frank because the family of Lennon are holding an event every single month of 2017 which ranges from skydiving to bungee jumping and the Great Scottish Run.

“So basically what I decided to do was to create an event for them. We are going to have massive names there. We have sold roughly 400 tickets out of 1000 we have so far.”

Make sure to come along and support a worthwhile cause. Tickets are £10 for an adult and kids go free.

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New Year 2017: New Chapter

The New Year is always a time for personal reflection and renewal. Your aim for every year should be to make it better than the previous one and reach for the stars for your goals. Christmas and New Year were ace as I got to spend time with family and friends up North. Plenty of happy memories were made. Hope you all got a deserved break.

In 2017 I’m hungry to make the most of another superb year. I have many goals I want to reach, these are some of them:

• Grow my blog

On this blog, I will be upping my game and posting more regularly as I failed to be consistent in 2016 so look forward to more content. I need to improve the quality of the posts as I have made too many sloppy grammar mistakes in them. So hopefully this year I can finally get into a proper rhythm and make content I enjoy.

• Exercise properly
During my time so far in Glasgow I haven’t done enough exercise which has resulted in me being tired and effected my work. So this year I will do some sort of exercise weekly.

• Confidence

This one feels like the biggest resolution to me; last year at the end of August it feel like a refresher and starting a new chapter of my life. Since moving to Glasgow my confidence has grown, however I need to accept that I still have to work on it.

• Be more proactive with finding stories.

I need to go and search for new stories more. As to be honest, I haven’t been looking for stories enough.  I have a week of work experience at the Daily Record in February which I want to make the most of.

  • Work on the craft of Shorthand

      I will work on shorthand as it’s been the thing that is standing in my way.

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Home Sweet Home

Today I arrived home to Macduff for the Christmas holidays which I’m  over the moon with, as I will be reunited with my family and pals. I thoroughly enjoy living in Glasgow and college. However, you can’t beat going back to where you were brought up as children.

When I was heading towards Queens Street station, people were spreading the Christmas joy by handing out free bottles of Iron Bru or what some call “a bottle of ginger”. I got offered a huge box of them however I couldn’t take it as I had too much stuff to carry and rain was coming down heavy. My Uncle Duane kindly picked me up from the Aberdeen train station and drove me home.

I’m home. Home sweet home! There is so many things to look forward like singing in the praise band at the Christingle service and carol singing at night on Christmas Eve. Also, meeting up with friends and family. Oh yeah, you can’t forget to celebrate Christmas day.

I will make the most of the time to have a deserved break from college and catch up with people. Thank you, everyone, for following my blog. It would be great if you would share it with others who you think may be interested in it.

Everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Look forward to more posts in 2017 and even YouTube videos as well.

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Just a 6AM walk!

On Friday morning I woke up early and I thought to myself why not go for a walk to kick off my day. This was at 6am, you may be thinking Sean, why didn’t you go back to sleep. I didn’t because I was fired up for the day. So I went for the walk which gave me more energy and resulted in me having the most productivity day in a while.

I feel I need to make more use of my days as I waste too much time dwelling for things or ideas for my blogs when I should be executing which can be difficult. I need to make them real. Tangible. Look over them. Get to work and let the idea evolve. The conclusion is that execution is everything and ideas are poor without any action being taken.

Over the day, I managed to complete quite a lot of tasks. I create a YouTube video showing the beautiful lights of Glasgow early in the morning. I also planned what’s happening next year with my Scottish Highland Football League blog which is very exciting.

As well as sending some more copies of the student newspaper (The Clyde Insider) to people. Finally I practised some teeline shorthand which is a skill that I’m finding still quite difficult.  I am going to start going for a 6am walk more regularly as it would motivate me more for the day.

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My Top 10 posts of 2016

Check out these top 10 blog posts from the Scottish Fitba Base a popular Highland League Football Blog!!

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Another big year for my blog the Scottish Fitba Base, so I wanted to share a list of my best articles with all of you. As always, I’m so grateful for your attention . I hope you enjoy reading these posts. Merry Christmas and have a super 2017.Be ready for exciting new things in 2017 including possibility me releasing products.

1. Exclusive: Yoogali gaffer Luke Santolin praises Bailey

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This post was very popular as it was a exclusive with former Lossiemouth’s Darren Bailey’s new gaffer down under.  To read the article click here: http://bit.ly/2gVa0rw

2. Keith crumble to defeat at the hands of Elgin City

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This post was a match report of a preseason friendly between Keith and League Two side Elgin City which was packed with goals. To read the article click here: https://goo.gl/Ej81ix

3. Scottish Fitba Base Highland League awards 2016 Voting has closed 

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Precision Geomatics give their backing to Amputee Football Association Scotland

 Precision Geomatics have sponsored Patrick Thistle Amputee team’s tracksuits and given backing to the Amputee Football Association Scotland. Precision Geomatics are a supplier of Land Survey and setting out instrumentation throughout the UK and has chosen the AFAS as one of their charities that they will support. The company who have a history of contributing to “worthwhile” cause’s director Gwyneth Bell donated £500 to the charity and said that there were no second thoughts when he chose to support the AFAS.

She said: “I had no hesitation in offering to make a donation as I was in awe of the players who despite their disabilities were not willing to sit back and give up on their ambitions. It was easy decisions to help this group of wonderful people achieve their goals. I wish them all the very best and look forward to seeing them putting Scotland at the forefront of the game.”

She also praised Ashley Reid for her work with the AFAS and revealed how she found out about the charity. She said: “I first heard about the Scottish Amputee Football Association from a friend Gwen Mabon when we were enjoying our early morning swim at the Kelso pool.The charity sounded absolutely amazing, and I soon received more information from Ashley Reid who is working very hard to get the charity off the ground.”

Since the launch of the Amputee Football Association Scotland, there have many donations which include an anonymous donor who gave them £1,000 and  McEwan Fraser Legal have stepped in to fund the team to go to Ireland in March to play in the next EAFA fixture.

Ashley Reid of AFAS is delighted with the response and support.  She said: “Which was fabulous. Gwyneth very kindly sponsored an entire kit of tracksuits but she also made an extremely generous donation of £500 to the charity after picking AFAS as one of the company’s charities of the year. This donation is particularly important to us given that the charity is so young and will undoubtedly go a huge way towards getting things off the ground in the New Year.”

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Scottish Football Supporters Association Co-Founder believes radical change is needed

 The Co-Founder of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) believes that “radical” change is needed at the top of Scottish football to help the game.

Paul Goodwin ran the campaign to buy Stirling Albion  and then ran the club for  18-month spell when they were bought over by their fans in 2010. As well as doing some consultancy work for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and marketing for other organisations.

He said: “ The SFSA is a movement for change. We are just at the start of it and the interaction with our volunteers and members help drive us on. We believe that Scottish football has to reinvent itself.  As fans we need better governance and transparency. Sadly the structures in place have meant the game in Scotland is like a cartel.

“If Celtic or Rangers don’t want something to happen they can block it. We would like to see a system in place like they have in Germany where every club in the league has equal voting status/ We also hope one day every club and the SFA can have  proper supporter representation.  Goodwin was previously involved with the London run Supporters Direct before the SFSA was set up and described the new organisation as being a Scottish operation, run by fans for fans. Supporters Direct has a branch office in Scotland and works for the SFA and only represents supporters trusts.

The SFSA has introduced the Scottish football supporters’ awards to give fans an opportunity to choose their winners with voting closing on the 12th of December.

He said: “Journalists, managers and players have their awards. But no one ever has actually asked the fans what they think. Towards the end of December, we will make these awards and look for a fan of the year. Like a young kid who has visited all the grounds in Scotland. Something good should be applauded by the game.”

Now the SFSA looks to push on and continue to get the supporters’ voices heard and improve the game in this country.

You can vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9LMWNTM

Thanks to Paul Goodwin for taking some time out to talk to me. Hope you enjoy reading this post.

 

Queens Park progress to the next round of Scottish Cup

Queen’s Park handed manager Gus McPherson and their supporters an early Christmas present by progressing into the 4th round of the Scottish Cup after a 2-0 victory over Montrose on a freezing Tuesday night. However, at times they made it difficult for themselves despite the away side failing to cause major problems.

348 spectators were there to watch this clash under the lights at Hampden. A first half low volley from David Galt and a wonderful solo strike from Paul Woods secured their place in the next round to face Ayr.

The game began slowly however the Spiders took the lead in the 15th minute when Galt fired a powerful low volley which flew past Montrose keeper Alan Fleming giving him no chance. This happened after McGeever’s header was kept in play by Woods and he set up the opener.

McPherson’s side’s next chance was through Jamie McKernon who dragged a low effort narrowly wide of the target after beating a couple of players with ease. The keeper watched on like a startled rabbit.

A moment of magic almost resulted in Queens doubling their lead as Woods played a clever one-two with John Carter before stinging the hands of Fleming with a powerful effort on goal.

The visitors failed to threaten at all but almost grabbed an equaliser in 39 minutes when Court nipped in front of Muir to head however it went over the bar and the home support sighed with relief.

Half-time: Queen’s Park 1 Montrose 0

After the break, Montrose showed that they certainly wanted to progress despite trailing by a goal when they brought on giant Chris Templeman for Jonny Court. His strength and presence were a worrying factor for Queens but he didn’t make an impact at all.

After 54 minutes Woods showed his class when he picked up the ball from the halfway line and went on a mazy run into the penalty area. Then his energy helped him let fly with a shot which Fleming couldn’t keep out his net despite getting his hands onto it to double their lead.

You would think after Queen’s second they would kick on and press Montrose with dangerous attacking. But this wasn’t the case as they chose to keep passing it around in their backline and on several occasions they were nearly caught out. This angered the crowd and the gaffer.

Montrose almost got back in the game from a corner in the 81st minute. Webster sent a header on target, but Millen stopped it on the line and McGeever blasted the ball to safety.

Steeves attempted to win a penalty for the visitors as he threw himself to the crowd. Referee Reid booked the Montrose man for diving.

Queen saw out the game and progressed to the next round of the Scottish Cup even though their performance was nowhere near their best.

Full Time: Queen’s Park 2-0 Montrose

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Scotland’s first cross-border amputee football tournament

Glasgow hosted a historic event on a Sunday afternoon that was Scotland’s first cross-border amputee football tournament at Springburn Park. It brought teams from across the UK to fight it out in the English Amputee Football Association League’s northern fixture.

This impressive event raised more awareness about the sport. The freezing cold didn’t prevent the teams from playing delightful attacking play which all footy fans love to watch.

Everton FC Amputees came out on top, as they recorded wins over Manchester City Amputees FC, UL Sport from Ireland and Scotland’s only amputee football team – Patrick Thistle.

As result of the significant interest for the sport in this country, the Amputee Football Association Scotland (AFAS) was set up.

Ashley Reid of AFAS feels that people are interested in the sport in Scotland.

She said: “I have now launched it separately in the last two weeks because of the appetite for the sport. We are really excited about what the future holds.”

Co-founder of the Irish Amputee Football Association and European Amputee Football Federation General Secretary Simon Baker, believes that the sport could be introduced in the 2024 Paralympics, and he is excited about the future of the game.

He said: “In amputee football, we want people to say: ‘Wow’. We don’t want them to say: ‘Bless them. Aren’t they good?’ We are not an inspiration, and we love football – that’s what the difference is.

“Regarding European football, it’s fantastic and it’s about driving it on. If you just take Europe, we have over 15,000 players registered and 250 kids. So it’s growing, and now we have 15 countries playing. We are part of UEFA social responsibility, so it’s all going in the right direction.

“We are trying really hard. I’m going to Mexico next week for the world amputee congress and we are all fighting for things like this. We realistically think amputee football will be in the Paralympics 2024.”

“It’s a massive commitment, because we fly over once a month. We are committed and improve our game. It is ability football; not disability football.”

 

To read more about this event which I attended, grab a free copy of the Clyde Insider (Student Newspaper)  which is out now!! I can easily send/give you a copy if you wish. 

Quick Update

I have been very busy with college due to assessments and working on the student newspaper.  Recently I interviewed Paul Goodwin of the Scottish Football Supporters Association which you will get to read here. Hope everyone’s well and have a great Christmas when it comes around.

 

 

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I’m so competitive!!!

This week I visited the Scottish Sun office in Glasgow. My third experience of being in a newsroom. I had previously been at the Turriff Advertiser for a work placement in summer 2014 and at the Press and Journal for my first ever job interview which I sadly didn’t get.

My college class and I found it very interesting. We got to speak to the Editor, Alan Muir and his editorial team. They gave us some gold nuggets about how to get into the industry and highlighted how it’s exciting times in journalism with the digital revolution.

 We got a tour of the newsroom and were shown how quickly breaking news gets written up on their website which was staggering to watch. The environment in the office was relaxing which was surprising as it was the day of the American Presidency Election.

The major rivalry between the Scottish Sun and the Daily Record was clearly on show. This has been on the go since the Sun grabbed the exclusive of footballer Mo Johnson becoming the first catholic player to join Rangers from bitter competitor Celtic in July 1989.

I have always been overly competitive at everything from board games to sports. So when I’m on a football pitch and against one of my friends they turn into my enemy. I do anything within my power to win. Sometimes it’s not pretty, but I always go into it to win it. I relish competing with others for a story. Sometimes it’s my downfall as it can ruin family gatherings or cause arguments with friends.

However, I feel that being competitive and having that inner hunger is healthy at times. If I didn’t have the hunger to write articles, get exclusives before others and especially creating this blog. As well as competing with other blogs and journalists to get the killer quote. I wouldn’t be nowhere near where I am. Being competitive is part of who I am. If I ever lose the hunger for a story or my competitiveness, I will stop pursuing this career. Sorry for the lack of posting, I promise I will write an article every week.

 

Link to article on Student Record: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/science-technology/student-record-meet-travelling-american-9072623

 

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