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Pre-season friendlies 2016-17

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Saturday 18th June (very early start!!)

Gala Fairydean Rovers 1-3 Airdrie

 

 

Saturday 25th June (early start!)

Gala Fairydean Rovers 2-0 Heart of Midlothian XI

 

 

Thursday 30th June (tad early...)

Cumbernauld Colts 3-0 Greenock Morton

 

 

Friday 1st July

Abbey Vale 2-8 Gretna 2008

Dalbeattie Star 0-4 Queen of the South

 

Saturday 2nd July

East Fife 4-0 Spartans

East Kilbride 6-2 Fort William

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Eyemouth United

Hawick Royal Albert 1-3 Hibernian XI

Selkirk 2-1 Thorn Athletic

 

 

Monday 4th July

Cumbernauld Colts 0-3 Dumbarton

 

Tuesday 5th July

Gretna 2008 v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Queen's Park 3-0 East Stirlingshire

Spartans 0-0 Airdrie

Upper Annandale 0-1 Dalbeattie Star

 

Wednesday 6th July

Airdrie 2-0 BSC Glasgow

Gala Fairydean Rovers 3-1 Berwick Rangers

Vale of Leithen 0-3 Tynecastle

 

 

Friday 8th July

Civil Service Strollers 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Creetown 1-6 Dalbeattie Star

 

Saturday 9th July

(Raydale Cup SF) Gretna 2008 1-6 Queen of the South

(Raydale Cup SF) Ayr United 0-2 South Shields

BSC Glasgow 1-0 Tynecastle

East Kilbride 0-2 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale

Hawick Royal Albert 5-3 Hawick United

Linlithgow Thistle 2-3 Whitehill Welfare (at Grangemouth)

Preston Athletic 0-2 Leith Athletic (at Middleshot 3G)

Selkirk 9-3 Wallsend

Hawick Royal Albert v Selkirk

 

Sunday 10th July

(Raydale Cup 3rd-4th) Gretna 2008 0-8 Ayr United

(Raydale Cup Final) Queen of the South 3-1 South Shields

 

 

Monday 11th July

Cumbernauld Colts 1-3 Stirling Albion

East Stirlingshire 1-0 Ayr United (at Gannochy)

Peebles Rovers 0-2 Vale of Leithen

Whitehill Welfare 1-0 Berwick Rangers

 

Tuesday 12th July

Civil Service Strollers 0-4 Heart of Midlothian XI

Falkirk 3-1 University of Stirling

Spartans 0-1 Hibernian XI

 

Wednesday 13th July

Dalbeattie Star 0-4 Celtic XI

East Kilbride 4-0 Partick Thistle XI

Edinburgh University 1-3 Musselburgh Athletic

Selkirk 3-1 Spartans XI

 

 

Friday 15th July

Gretna 2008 v Workington Reds

Hawick Royal Albert v Morpeth Town

 

Saturday 16th July

Civil Service Strollers v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy

East Kilbride v Eastleigh

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Morpeth Town

Gartcairn v BSC Glasgow (at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie)

Heriot-Watt University v Vale of Leithen

Penicuik Athletic v East Stirlingshire

Selkirk v Haddington Athletic

Spartans v Musselburgh Athletic (venue tbc)

University of Stirling v Broxburn Athletic

Whitehill Welfare v Celtic XI

 

 

Monday 18th July

BSC Glasgow v St Rochs

Cumbernauld Colts v Sauchie

 

Tuesday 19th July

Crossgates Primrose v Civil Service Strollers

East Kilbride v Dundee XI

Gretna 2008 v Carlisle City

Selkirk v Hibernian XI

Spartans v St Johnstone XI

Vale of Leithen v Bonnyrigg Rose

Whitehill Welfare v Newtongrange Star

 

Wednesday 20th July

Craigroyston v Hawick Royal Albert

Edinburgh University v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale? or Musselburgh Athletic?

Preston Athletic v Dunbar United

 

Thursday 21st July

Cumbernauld Colts v Albion Rovers

 

 

Friday 22nd July

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Hibernian XI

 

Saturday 23rd July

(Preston Tournament SF) Preston Athletic v ?

(Preston Tournament SF) ? v ?

Coldstream v Selkirk

Dalbeattie Star v Heaton Stannington

Duns v Selkirk

East Kilbride v Tynecastle

Gretna 2008 v Kendal Town

Inverurie Loco Works v Civil Service Strollers

Spartans v Blyth Spartans

Wigtown & Bladnoch v BSC Glasgow

University of Stirling v Bo'ness United

Whitehill Welfare v Penicuik Athletic

 

Sunday 24th July

(Preston Tournament 3rd-4th)

(Preston Tournament Final)

Vale of Leithen v Celtic XI

 

 

Monday 25th July

Craigroyston v Spartans

 

Tuesday 26th July

Dalkeith Thistle v Selkirk

Preston Athletic v Newtongrange Star

Tranent v Whitehill Welfare

 

Wednesday 27th July

University of Stirling v Linlithgow Rose

Edited by HibeeJibee

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Saturday 18th June (even earlier start!)

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Airdrie (1st team)

Too early IMO. Airdrie have league cup fixtures to be ready for on 16th july so can understand. Gala haven't a competitive game for another seven weeks or so. It's stuff like this that leads to player burnout and a team tailing away despite 'hitting the ground running'.

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Too early IMO. Airdrie have league cup fixtures to be ready for on 16th july so can understand. Gala haven't a competitive game for another seven weeks or so. It's stuff like this that leads to player burnout and a team tailing away despite 'hitting the ground running'.

you are correct

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I've never been bothered enough to do an analysis, but my impression has been that clubs who start in June do not seem to go on and do surprisingly well. Nor necessarily even make a barn-storming start... Selkirk have done such in recent years and this sees Gala starting friendlies 6 or 7 weeks out.

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Preseason fixtures Gretna

Fri 1st July - Abbey Vale (a)

5th July- St Cuthberts (h)

9-10th July- Raydale Cup

Fri 15th July- Workington Reds (h)

Tue 19th- Carlisle City (H)

23rd July- Kendal Town (h)

Edited by Rocky85

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Edinburgh City hosting Hibs 1st team on July 7th ... coming out with the Scottish Cup ... now you buggers are just showing off :P

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THE Scottish Challenge Cup .( Petrofact Training Cup.) any info as to how the 4 lowland league teams will be selected 

Edited by makemgeordie

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The Alfie Conn Memorial Cup

Saturday 25th June 2016

The 3G Arena, Netherdale, Galashiels

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Hearts XI

Kick-off 3pm

 

Gala Fairydean Rovers will help pay tribute to a footballing legend later this month when Hearts send a team down the A7 to play at Netherdale in a pre-season friendly.

 

Alfie Conn, who passed away in 2009 was a legendary figure at the Tynecastle club during the 1940’s and 50’s where along with Willie Bauld and Jimmy Wardhaugh he formed the “Terrible Trioâ€, the most famous forward line in the Edinburgh club’s illustrious history.

 

He played in the Hearts teams that won the 1954 League Cup and 1956 Scottish Cup and was part of the club’s League winning squad in 1957/58. He received a Scottish cap against Austria in 1956.

 

Following a spell with Raith Rovers and a brief sojourn in South Africa he moved to Netherdale in 1960 to become player manager at Gala Fairydean and went onto enjoy great success in the 2 seasons he spent at the club.

 

This year marks the 90th anniversary of Alfie’s birth in Prestonpans East Lothian and the Fairydean Rovers wanted to mark the occasion and the links between the clubs in some way.

 

After seeking permission from the Conn Family, the clubs will compete for the Alfie Conn Memorial Trophy on Saturday 25th of June at Netherdale with a 3pm kick-off. Hearts are expected to send a strong youth side to the game many of whom played in the SFA Youth Cup Final at Hampden in April. 

 

Alfie Conn senior was player manager of Gala Fairydean in season 1960-61 during which he made 25 appearances and scored 21 goals including two hat tricks as he finished as the clubs top scorer that season. The Fairydean finished runner-up in the East of Scotland League to Berwick Rangers “A†by a single point, won the King Cup and were runners up in the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup. A photo of Alfie Conn with the King Cup can be seen in the clubrooms at Netherdale.

 

In season 1960-61 Conn hung up his boots, stuck to the dug-out and steered his side to an unprecedented four trophies. He tendered his resignation at Netherdale with the club requiring a single point to be certain of the East of Scotland league title which they comfortably won with Peebles Rovers finishing six points adrift, his Fairydean side scoring 138 league goals en-route to the title. They also won the Scottish Qualifying Cup (South), the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup and defeated Berwick Rangers in the final of the City Cup, one week after Alfie resigned from his post.

 

Conn’s son, Alfie Junior also went onto enjoy a successful career in top-flight football playing for both sides of the Old Firm, Tottenham Hotspur, Derby County, Hearts and Scotland.

 

Graeme McIver, the Secretary of Gala Fairydean Rovers said,

 

“I was delighted to receive a phone call earlier this week from Alfie Conn Junior to confirm that the family would give their blessing to the match going ahead and that some of them would also be in attendance. Alfie has fond memories of travelling to Gala with his Dad when he was a young boy in the early 60’s and we look forward to welcoming him back to Netherdale.â€

 

We are honoured that we can play a part in recognising a true giant of the game who had links to both clubs.â€

 

A Hearts spokesperson said: “The club is happy to be part of a match that will honour such a legendary figure in Alfie Conn.

 

“Alfie made a huge impact at both Heart of Midlothian and Gala Fairydean, so this meeting of the two sides is a fitting tribute, and we look forward to our visit to Netherdale.â€

 

The club will be issuing a special souvenir programme on the day and prices are set at £7 for adults, £3 for concessions with children under 5 free.

 

A limited number of hospitality packages will be available on the day. Details will follow shortly.

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THE Scottish Challenge Cup .( [/size]Petrofact Training Cup.)[/size] any info as to how the 4 lowland league teams will be selected [/size]

Would imagine it be last seasons league positions ?

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THE Scottish Challenge Cup .( Petrofact Training Cup.) any info as to how the 4 lowland league teams will be selected 

Top four teams from last season. Good reward for the top teams and incentive to the others to get a top four finish.

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Top four teams from last season. Good reward for the top teams and incentive to the others to get a top four finish.

2-4 (Spartans, Stirling Uni and Colts) from last season and East Stirling based on their league finish last season too (they were still in league 2, same reason they get into league cup I think)

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Can we keep Challenge Cup talk to another more appropriate thread?

 

Here are all the friendlies I've seen announced so far. I've also edited my post #2.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 18th June (very early start!!)

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Airdrie

 

 

Saturday 25th June (early start!)

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Heart of Midlothian XI

 

 

Thursday 30th June (tad early...)

Cumbernauld Colts v Greenock Morton

 

 

Friday 1st July

Abbey Vale v Gretna 2008

Dalbeattie Star v Queen of the South

 

Saturday 2nd July

East Fife v Spartans

East Kilbride v Fort William

Selkirk v Thorn Athletic

 

 

Monday 4th July

Cumbernauld Colts v Dumbarton

 

Tuesday 5th July

Gretna 2008 v St Cuthbert Wanderers

Queen's Park v East Stirlingshire

Spartans v Airdrie

 

 

Friday 8th July

Creetown v Dalbeattie Star

 

Saturday 9th July

(Raydale Cup SF) Gretna 2008 v Queen of the South

(Raydale Cup SF) Ayr United v South Shields

Hawick Royal Albert v Selkirk

 

Sunday 10th July

(Raydale Cup 3rd-4th)

(Raydale Cup Final)

 

 

Monday 11th July

Cumbernauld Colts v Stirling Albion

 

Wednesday 13th July

Dalbeattie Star v Celtic XI

 

 

Friday 15th July

Gretna 2008 v Workington Reds

 

Saturday 16th July

Civil Service Strollers v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy

Selkirk v Haddington Athletic

Whitehill Welfare v Celtic XI

 

 

Monday 18th July

BSC Glasgow v St Rochs

 

Tuesday 19th July

Gretna 2008 v Carlisle City

Whitehill Welfare v Newtongrange Star

 

 

Saturday 23rd July

Dalbeattie Star v Heaton Stannington

Duns v Selkirk

Gretna 2008 v Kendal Town

Inverurie Loco Works v Civil Service Strollers

Spartans v Blyth Spartans

Wigtown & Bladnoch v BSC Glasgow

 

 

Tuesday 26th July

Preston Athletic v Newtongrange Star

Edited by HibeeJibee

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scenes if we draw Spartans in the Challenge Cup...  :lol:

U just trying to wind HJ up :D

On another note I see City v Hibs is all ticket.

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