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Pre-season friendlies 2016-17

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Or we could use the thread for the Challenge Cup and friendlies between SPFL clubs <_<...

 

 

Unsurprisingly the Selkirk-Hawick friendly, presumably arranged before HRA's election to LL, has been cancelled.

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Friday 15th July 

Hawick Royal Albert v Morpeth Town

 

 

Tasty encounter that - Morpeth Town are FA Vase holders.

 

 

 

Thursday 7th July

Civil Service Strollers v Dunfermline Athletic

 

Tuesday 12th July

Civil Service Strollers v Heart of Midlothian XI

 

Tuesday 19th July

Crossgates Primrose v Civil Service Strollers

Edited by HibeeJibee

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More announced:

 

 

Saturday 9th July

East Kilbride v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale

Selkirk v Wallsend

 

 

Wednesday 13th July

East Kilbride v Partick Thistle XI

 

 

Saturday 16th July

East Kilbride v Eastleigh

 

 

Tuesday 19th July

East Kilbride v Dundee XI

Selkirk v TBC

 

 

Saturday 23rd July

East Kilbride v Tynecastle

 

 

Tuesday 26th July

Dalkeith Thistle v Selkirk

Edited by HibeeJibee

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More announced:

 

 

Saturday 9th July

East Kilbride v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale

Selkirk v Wallsend

 

 

Wednesday 13th July

East Kilbride v Partick Thistle XI

 

 

Saturday 16th July

East Kilbride v Eastleigh

 

 

Tuesday 19th July

East Kilbride v Dundee United

Selkirk v TBC

 

 

Saturday 23rd July

East Kilbride v Tynecastle

 

 

Tuesday 26th July

Dalkeith Thistle v Selkirk

Eastleigh is an absolute stick out of all the fixtures so far.

Nice one.

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As listed on the EKFC website........

Saturday 2nd July Fort William 3pm

Saturday 9th July Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 3pm

Wednesday 13th July Partick Thistle XI 7.30pm

Saturday 16th July Eastleigh FC 3pm

Wednesday 20th July Dundee XI 7.30pm

Saturday 23rd July. Tynecastle. 2pm

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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.

Hearts U20s according to JKB

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Strange one Eastleigh coming up to play EK are they playing any other games up here?

 

Edit to answer my own question

 

I see that they are also playing Hamilton Accies the previous Wednesday, good test for EK playing them.

Edited by cowdenbeath

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Strange one Eastleigh coming up to play EK are they playing any other games up here?

They are playing Accies the Wednesday before Cowden.

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They are playing Accies the Wednesday before Cowden.

Aye I went and looked at their site didn't think that they would be just up for one game. Haven't seen them for years tempted to pop along to the Accies game. They have come along way in a short time although they are being well financed.

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They have come along way in a short time although they are being well financed.

Is this EK or Eastleigh we're talking aboot :P

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Whitehill Welfare pre-season 2016-17

Saturday 9th July 2016

Linlithgow Thistle v Whitehill Welfare

Monday 11th July 2016

Whitehill Welfare v Berwick Rangers

Saturday 16th July 2016

Whitehill Welfare v Celtic XI 3.00pm

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Whitehill Welfare v Newtongrange Star

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Whitehill Welfare v Penicuik Athletic

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Tranent Juniors v Whitehill Welfare

Edited by Rab B Nesbit

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I've updated the first post.

 

Like starting in June, clubs playing the midweek before the league begins is another interesting recent phenomenon.

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Whitehill Welfare pre-season 2016-17

Saturday 9th July 2016

Linlithgow Thistle v Whitehill Welfare

Monday 11th July 2016

Whitehill Welfare v Berwick Rangers

Saturday 16th July 2016

Whitehill Welfare v Celtic XI 3.00pm

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Whitehill Welfare v Newtongrange Star

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Whitehill Welfare v Penicuik Athletic

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Tranent Juniors v Whitehill Welfare

Cannae be much training happening for whitehill in the three weeks before the start of the season.

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Saturday 2nd July

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Eyemouth United

 

 

Tuesday 12th July

Spartans v Hibernian XI

 

 

Saturday 16th July

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Morpeth Town

 

 

Tuesday 19th July

[Confirmed] - Selkirk v Hibernian XI

 

 

Friday 22nd July

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Hibernian XI

 

 

Still seems strange that Gala are underway this weekend. It is actually as close to the end of last season as the start of next, despite them going out in LC R1!!

Edited by HibeeJibee

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Cannae be much training happening for whitehill in the three weeks before the start of the season.

Full training schedule planned around the 6 games.

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Full training schedule planned around the 6 games.

When? They play six games in 16 days- they surely can't fit many sessions in between them with part time players. Or have you gone all selkirk on us and gone full time.....

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Saturday 2nd July

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Eyemouth United

 

 

Tuesday 12th July

Spartans v Hibernian XI

 

 

Saturday 16th July

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Morpeth Town

 

 

Tuesday 19th July

[Confirmed] - Selkirk v Hibernian XI

 

 

Friday 22nd July

Gala Fairydean Rovers v Hibernian XI

 

 

Still seems strange that Gala are underway this weekend. It is actually as close to the end of last season as the start of next, despite them going out in LC R1!!

We seemed to finish our fixtures before everyone else, cant remember the last time I seen a game!

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Gala was the odd club on the last day (April 16th) - so their last league game was at home to Threave on April 9th, and they ended with a League Cup R1 tie at EK on April 30th.

 

It will be interesting to see if the early, long pre-season helps them come August. Manager sounds optimistic but also admits "It's maybe come a week or two early for us but this is a good early test".

 

http://www.bordertelegraph.com/sport/14553617.Diamond_day_to_kick_start_Gala__39_s_pre_season/

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When? They play six games in 16 days- they surely can't fit many sessions in between them with part time players.

Don't see it as being any different to what most others do.

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