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.

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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

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.”

 

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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.

 

 

Exclusive Hamilton footballer blasted for almost hitting a young fan

On Saturday during the Lanarkshire derby, a Hamilton footballer almost hit a child and broke a seat with a  ball.

The incident happened at Fir Park when Accies player Dougie Imrie blasted the ball into the East stand, breaking a chair and nearly hitting a four-year-old Motherwell supporter.

This overshadowed an entertaining match where the hosts won 4-2 over Accies in front of a healthy crowd.

Andy Ross, the father of the youngster who was close to being hurt by Imrie’s strike into the crowd was annoyed by the winger’s behaviour.

He said: “Petulant blasting of the ball at the crowd by Dougie Imrie which was pretty dangerous. He should be smart enough to deal with it in a professional manner.”

Motherwell fan Craig Forman saw the incident and insists that Imrie should face punishment for his actions.

He said: “A small fine, a couple of games and a public apology not only today’s I was only clearing the ball rubbish.

It happened 20 yards from me and malicious. He goaded the fans afterwards and was never out of the linesman’s face.”

Hamilton Accies spokesman tweeted: “Sitting with Dougie now- he apologises, the clearance was hit with a bit more force than normal and didn’t intend to alarm anyone.”

The SFA failed to comment on the matter.

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Moult’s dazzling show helps Motherwell grab bragging rights over Accies

In a fierce Lanarkshire derby Louis Moult netted four goals to help Motherwell get bragging rights over their rivals Hamilton Accies.

Moult returned from injury to bag a 13 minute hat trick as the hosts started magically. Ali Crawford got one back with a low curling shot, but Moult stepped up to grab the fourth from the penalty spot.

Crawford scored his second as Accies started to fight back however this couldn’t prevent the home side from getting all three points.

Magical Moult

Delight was clear around the home support about Louis Moult returning for his first start in a Well shirt this season, after a nasty groin injury picked up at the end of last campaign force him to a small amount of appearances off the bench till this derby.

None of the spectators would have thought Moult would get a hat trick in a blitzing 13 minutes in the first half before adding another later on.

The difference between his strikes was magnificent. His first came in the 8th minute when keeper Craig Samson’s kick was headed by Ryan Bowman to Moult who tapped it under Accies goalie Remi Matthews who was heading towards him.

Then Richard Tait floated a perfect cross to the back post with Moult heading into the far corner. Horrific defending and Matthews sloppily coming off his line contributed to the goal.

His third arrived in 21 minutes; Bowman’s powerful volley was brilliantly saved by the keeper but Moult like a true striker pounced on the rebound and rifled it home.

He added a calmly composed penalty to his list of goals, after Hamilton’s Darren Lyon had tripped Bowman in the box, who wanted to take the spot-kick himself. However Moult took it and netted his spot kick with ease as if he was on a light walk around the block with no pressure on him.

Accies never gave up

Accies were annoyed after losing a Moult early goal but manager Martin Canning changed his side’s formation to more attacking minded. This worked as shortly after Crawford beautifully curled the ball around Samson and into the corner of the net after a through ball by Grant Gillespie.

Despite a lacklustre first half display the introduction of Rakish Bingham injected more energy and pace. This lead to him charging forward to cut inside and passed to Crawford who struck it into the top corner.

Accies had more efforts in the match but Mark McGhee’s side managed to survived the danger to get their first victory this season.

Brilliant atmosphere

The home support were constantly chanting and banging their drum. The words “easy easy” was being shouted at their rivals as they won emphatically over their rivals. The stadium was rocking the entire game. This match showed how superb of a product Scottish Football can be if the quality of football is there and magic atmosphere.

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Dembele steps up to the place to crush Rangers

The huge gulf between Rangers and Celtic was clearly shown in a first fierce league Old Firm in four years with the Hoops hammering their rivals 5-1 as Moussa Dembele netted a hat trick. These types of games are where form goes out the window and anything can happen.

 But Brendan Rodgers’ side put a strong statement on who rules Glasgow and perfect preparation for Tuesday night’s Champions League opening group game against Barcelona. While the Gers looked flat and Phillipe Senderos was sent off after a handball which led to a second yellow.

 Dembele opened the scoring when he rose in the box to head home from a Scott Sinclair corner. His second of the match arrived nine minutes later as he punished a sloppy Rob Kiernan mistake as the Frenchman cut inside of Senderos and coolly slotted it past keeper Wes Foderingham. Rangers grabbed a goal back just before the break with Joe Garner netting a header.

 Dembele turned provider for the third when his beautiful pass set up Sinclair who fired the ball into the net. Dembele grabbed his hat trick in 83 minutes when Mikael Lustig’s cross went over Joey Barton’s head and the forward smashed it home.

 At the death Stuart Armstrong inflicted more pain on their rivals with a neat finish. So Celtic deservedly got bragging rights over their neighbours. The battle between Joey Barton and Scott Brown was continually being brought up in the lead up to the match. But there was no contest at all with Brown completely outclassing Barton.

 Meanwhile the worry of not having top striker Griffiths in the team due to injury didn’t bother the Bhoys as young Dembele was outstanding and he destroyed Mark Warburton’s visitors.

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Queen’s Park upset Morton in the Iron Bru Cup

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Queen’s Park recorded a remarkable upset in the Iron Bru Cup as they knocked out a below par Greenock Morton side. The Spiders produced an excellent team performance where skill, determination, energy and being clinical were on show. This was in front of a lively home crowd. An Adam Cummins header and David Galt’s wonder strike from distance secured their place in the next round of competition.

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For the first 15 minutes of the game neither side were in control. However four minutes later, Gus McPherson’s side were given a major let off when keeper Andy Murphy miss hit his clearance with Gary Oliver gaining possession of the ball but he was too slow in pulling the trigger so Cummins and Scott Gibson came back to close you down. The ball came back to Murphy who was thankful for being able to regain the ball.

Queen’s created the first clear cut chance of the match as Darren Miller’s in swinging corner was headed narrowly wide by Aiden Malone. Meanwhile Morton was failing to get in behind their opposition’s tough defence.

The deadlock was broken on the stroke of half time for the hosts when Miller sent a tremendous free kick into a packed penalty area and Cummins bulleted a header into the net. The home supporters celebrated wildly.

Just after the break, David Galt netted an unbelievable goal. When he won the ball in the middle of the park, battled past the defence and then from 25 yards unleashed a powerful left-foot shot that flew into the net with keeper Andrew McNeil having no chance. Morton looked on with faces filled with shock.

The away side needed to change things with Caolan McAleer and Scott Tiffoney coming off to be replaced by Jon Scullion and Jai Quitongo who the club reported to have rejected a transfer deadline bid by English League Two outfit Doncaster Rovers for their star player. He came close soon after with his header going narrowly wide which was his first touch.

However he failed to make an impact that could keep them in the cup. Queen’s Park ended the game strongly.

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