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  1. Just logged on to this forum and came across this thread. Absolutely loving it! Do you update anywhere else?
  2. Great list of fixtures in the Prem this week. 4 of the top 5 (already tight) face off against one another with EDFC v Bengal and Glasgow South v Uddy with 5th placed UB facing off against Westercommon Star at home. Sure to be some celebrations and heartache to come!
  3. Few meaty ties this weekend. Prem see's: Airdrie, fresh off their Champions Cup win, host the impressive and fancied Uddingston! Glasgow South host a resurgent UB United Champ A: Maryhill host the only team that's beat them domestically this season (iirc), PGA Springburn are looking to move within 2 pts of PGU Champ B: Manhattan are bidding to stay top when they play Southpark away from home. Moorlands are looking to take advantage of any Manhattan slip up when they play Overtoun at home. If both of the above 2 slip up, then Nicos could go top with a game in hand when they play bargeddie at home. Strathclyde cup: Huntershill host Bengal Lancers in the last 16 ED Play KRR Netherton play Holytown as above WOS play Blackthorn - the winners playing the winners of Bengal/huntershill away in the last 8
  4. Few meaty ties this weekend. You've got the Champions Cup Semi-Final between on form Glasgow South and a strong physical Kirky Thistle. In the Prem you've got: East Dunbartonshire vs Uddy (Both on form teams in the division) Westy vs a resurgent and strong UB Tynecastle vs Southside Other divisions you've got Nicos vs Southpark (Good things being heard)
  5. St Rochs 1 - 3 Bengal Lancers Glenconner Park (The Cage) Strathclyde Cup Rd 2 For some reason they've made the pitch at the cage even smaller, so that was interesting. Usual dry, uneven, clumpy surface. 1-1 at half time, quite a fair game. Both teams threatening at stages. St Rochs opened the scoring before Brian Hughes equalled shortly afterwards with a well taken turn and strike outside the box. 2nd half was pretty much Lancers. Change in shape managed St Rochs outball of Conor Irvine on the wing and we created a number of open play and set piece chances before a Brian Hughes headers put us 2-1 up and finished off with a Johan Cornell goal. Next round we face the much improved Huntershill.
  6. When players come up with the expectation of winning things, and they're hit with a realisation that it's not as easy as they'd imagined, generally their character is tested. That's what happens to alot of these clubs who have success the previous year. I can't speak directly on Yokers experience, that's just my general view. Alot of it is down to player expectation versus reality versus their strength of character and willingness to dig deep consistently for long enough to see a club through difficult times.
  7. Yoker confirmed over twitter that they're folding. Player commitment stated as the reason. Lenzie have a relief of fixtures for a season hopefully giving them time to re-build and come back stronger for the next season in division below. In the Prem you've got East Dunbartonshire, Bengal and Shawbridge carrying on their good form with good wins in the last few weeks, add to that list Glasgow South who've got a few results.Then there's UB United who has started slow but you know for a fact they'll be there when it counts. Champ A see's St Rochs knocking back the wins consistently but an incredibly strong Maryhill thistle still doing their thing and yet to drop points. It's almost unfair on the other teams! Champ B you've got runaway favourites Nicos performing well domestically and as noted above a good showing against a really strong St pats. I'm also hearing good things about Southpark. Disappointing seeing teams fold when the going gets tough, especially successful ones, but that's amateur football I guess. Not for everyone when the times get tough and you need to dig deep.
  8. I don't know the history to this league, were we what you called the Civil Service League or was this another league?
  9. I think that without doubt there is a decline in the number of participants in amateur football. The majority of reasons cited in this thread has varying impacts on the above. Player commitment is absolutely a huge part of it - there has been a seismic shift in player habits and attitudes. There's less football on the streets and alot more people spend time indoors or up to other activities. The financial effect is clear for all to see, with lessening player commitment, and rising costs for parks etc - there's a chasm growing and it's hard to fix. I also think the way that some teams are ran is an absolute joke, and this doesn't help. There's a ton of great guys out there who are managers and chairmans of clubs, but there are also alot of charlatans involved in the game, people who walk away or fold clubs at the drop off the hat after a few hard weeks. On that basis, I could have folded my club 6, 7, 8 or 9 times throughout the last 7 years when things got hard. the same can be said by many on here i'm sure. But here's where I may have an unpopular opinion: We are so focused on the numbers that it *used* to be, so fixated on getting it back to the numbers that once where. But why? It may sound like a daft question. But really, why don't we just deal with how we know things are and try and fix those? Forget the numbers, forget that it's in a phase of decline just now and just worry about the quality of what we have. Let's make sure that clubs are run correctly, let's make sure that the players we do have are committed and care. Let's keep looking at ways to lower the cost of playing football. Let's look at ways we as member clubs can help other member clubs by utlising old strips, shared contacts or shared knowledge etc. Let's stop being fixated on the actual numbers and put our focus into the actual product and what we are trying to achieve, which ever aspect of the game you're involved in.
  10. Aye - tough team to beat. tough defenders and midfield. the #8 Stephen Dallas is a cracking centre mid, full of energy, drives the team on. #9 hetherton is a tiny striker, but he is lightening quick and can cause all sorts of issues in behind, technically good also and links up well. Took their first league loss last week but other than have been faultless.
  11. 100% LoJ! It's a good league to play in with a lot of good teams! And the attraction of playing in the morning is definitely taking off due to the reason you talk about. Getting your game away early, then have rest of the day with fam/watch the football etc. Southside morning team are still going, play in the Prem. Tough start but can never really write them off. The afternoon team has folded though.
  12. Broomhouse are a good unit - they'll do well. UB will only be a short term blip imo, the people running the team will make sure they have a competitive squad.
  13. Champ A - Maryhill Thistle followed by St Rochs. Champ B - Nicos Prem - for me it's the most competitive it's been for a long time, there's between 4 and 6 teams that probably believe or can win that league this season. Hard one to call. Can't even discount teams that haven't started well, but know they'll have class to come in.
  14. Figured it wouldn't be bad having a forum for the Strathclyde Saturday Morning League. It's not quite got the attraction of the big afternoon league, but with teams like UB United, Tynecastle, East Dunbartonshire, Nicos, Maryhill Thistle, Westercommon Star, Uddingston and Yoker - surely it's worth a bit of chat. Unsurprisingly East Dunbartonshire have started well in the new season having pushed UB united relatively close to the Premier league title last season, with 4 wins from 5, their only loss coming to Shawbridge in the first game of the season. Shawbridge before the weekend had won 3 from 3 before being beat by Bengal Lancers. Lancers and Uddingston are the only teams still to be beat (Bengal playing 3 and Uddingston having only played 1). In the leagues below Maryhill Thistle and St Rochs (6 from 6!) have not dropped a single point thus far, and in Championship B, Nicos lead the way having only dropped 2 points out of 12.
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