Amateur Football News

By Chief Reporter Tom Scott


Red Star AFC 1 Hampden AFC

Last week’s inactivity came back to haunt Star in the West of Scotland, writes Tom Scott.

It took 45 minutes for Star to get going. Disappointing to go out the West in a tie that during another day they would have been expected to win.

Goal scorer Kevin Fraser.

Soccerworld Man of the Match Kevin Fraser.

Queen Abdicates From Cumbernauld United Hot Seat

CUMBERNAULD UNITED are looking for a new manager after John Queen quit following seven successful years at Guys Meadow Stadium, writes Tom Scott.

John McQueen

The one-time Vale of Clyde and Baillieston Juniors player announced his “I am leaving” decision in the wake of last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat against Super League First Division visitors Yoker Athletic.

Queen had been mulling over his impending departure for some considerable time as he tried to combine managerial responsibilities with increasing work commitments.

United assistant boss, ex-Partick Thistle, Ross County and Dundee winger George Shaw, will assume a caretaker role while Cumbernauld officials undertake an immediate search to find a new manager.

Applicants are being invited to contact President George Watson on 07977497605 or email


Renfrew 2 Red Star A.F.C. 3

Great performance from Star in the first half saw them take a 2-1 lead into half time, writes Tom Scott.

They kept the ball for long spells and made some good chances. Having been pegged back at 2-2, Star kicked on again to win 3-2.

Goals: Kevin Fraser (2), Andy Wilson.

Soccerworld MoTM goes to Kevin Fraser.


STAR player-manager Manager Mark MacKay led from the front on Tuesday evening, writes Tom Scott.

The one-time Rob Roy, Glencairn and Lesmahagow Juniors striker bagged four goals in a near-perfect all-round team display.

Said Mark:  “Once again a silly mistake cost us a goal, but apart from that the boys were outstanding.”

Goalscorers:  Mark MacKay (4), Gary McLean, Thomas Deans, Jamie Campbell, Cameron Wilson, Tony Nicol, and Chris Quail.

Soccerworld Man of the Match – Mark MacKay. Soccerworld are proud promoters of the Saturday Morning Amateur League team.


Inconsistent yet again from the home side. Isle had 10 men behind the ball for most of the game. Two bad mistakes left Red Star with an uphill struggle in the second half.

They pegged one back, but more often than not picked the wrong option in the final third.  Kevin Fraser with the Red Star goal. On to the cup game midweek at home to Glenavon.


RED STAR A.F.C. player-manager Mark MacKay has admitted he was delighted to celebrate their first league win of the season – and also the quality of the Saturday Morning team’s outfield play, writes Tom Scott.

The one-time Baillieston Juniors, Rob Roy, and Lesmahagow Juniors striker said: “Great to get the 7-2 victory against Milngavie. “We played some lovely football at times.”

Milngavie, who finished the game with nine men, went under thanks to goals from Jamie Campbell (2), Mark MacKay (2), Gordon Oswell, Paul Shaw, and Craig Sommervill, who was named top player.

* Red Star A.F.C. are promoted by Soccerworld, and their Man of the Match vote went to Craig Sommervill.


RED STAR A.F.C. player-manager Mark MacKay has admitted his team have opened their new domestic season with a mixed bag of results, writes Tom Scott.

He said:  “Saturday was one of the worst days I have ever had on a football pitch. Loads of soul searching needed done. I scored the only goal in a 6-1 defeat against Blairdardie.”

On Tuesday evening, Star were back to their normal self with some nice football and took their goals well in a 5-2 cup win over Parklife, who scored via an own goal and the other following a defensive pass across the penalty area.

Paul Shaw bagged a double, while Mick McKenzie, Mark MacKay and Robert Rankin also scored. 



Finnart emerged victorious in the Calderbraes Charity Cup with a convincing 4-0 win over Motherwell CT in the final.

Goals came from Jack McIlveen, with 2, Skipper Kenneth Crampsie and Paul Gordon to round off a fantastic and well deserved win.
Finnart BC Results:
Finnart BC 3-0 Burnhead Colts
Calderbraes FC 2-4 Finnart BC
Motherwell CT 1-0 Finnart BC


RED STAR player-manager Mark MacKay chose Greater Glasgow League opposition for their last warm-up game before the real deal starts this coming Saturday – and ended up with some injury concerns, writes Tom Scott.

The former junior football striker said: “I felt it was a game of two half’s and missed chances – mainly from me!

“We were the better team in the opening 45 minutes (1-1). After the interval we lost two players through injury and with our squad thin due to one thing or another, we are glad to see the end of preseason games. “We start the league campaign this week at home against Blairdardie.”

Soccerworld Man of the Match Mick McKenna netted twice, and an own goal also counted for Red Star A.F.C.


MARK MacKay remained upbeat despite a disappointing 4-2 defeat for Red Star A.F.C. against hosts Easthall Star in the final game of the Stepford Tournament at Easterhouse, writes Tom Scott.

The Red Star manager played as his team staged a fightback from 3-0 down against Easthall, who organised the tourney eventually won by Tynecastle A.F.C. on goal difference. Ironically, both Red Star goals came from Mark MacKay!

Said Mark:  “It gave us a few more minutes in the tank before we play Cambria in a friendly at Glasgow Green (12 noon kick-off) this coming Saturday, and then the start of the new season the following week.”

Off the park, the former Rob Roy, Glencairn and Lesmahagow Juniors striker has been busy boosting his squad up to 18 players with the recruitment of goalkeeper Paul Wilson (Corkerhill) and ex-Bannerman Amateurs Craig Sommerville.

Mark MacKay added:  “We are probably looking at another couple of players coming in because some guys do miss games due to work commitments on a Saturday morning. “Centre-back Andy Wilson has resigned for the new season.”


GARROWHILL Thistle continued their fine form at the Stepford Tournament – run by Easthall – with a 2-0 victory against Red Star A.F.C., writes Tom Scott.

A penalty kick followed by a late goal, as Star chased the game, completed an entertaining 90 minutes.

Red Star manager Mark MacKay said:  “I thought we were very unlucky to lose the game. Our ‘keeper never had a save to make.

“We hit the woodwork three times, and their goalkeeper had a few good saves. “Was a good work-out against a very good side. “More minutes under the belt – now onto Saturday to face Easthall.”

* Red Star A.F.C. – promoted by Soccerworld*

Ton Knock Red Star For Five

Red Star AFC 1 FC Baillieston 5

STAR manager Mark MacKay admitted his depleted squad had “a terrible day at the office” following a stunning Saturday defeat against their East End opponents, writes Tom Scott.

 The former junior football striker, now heading into a second full season in management, revealed: “We never turned up at all. “We were missing seven through work, weddings or injured, which didn’t help either.

“At least five will return for Tuesday night’s game against Garrowhill Thistle in the Easthall Tournament at Stepford Road, Easterhouse.” Scott Bradshaw scored for Red Star A.F.C.

Red Star can be followed on Twitter at @afcredstar


Early Days For BSC As Dumbarton Academy Impress

BSC Glasgow Amateurs 0 Dumbarton Academy F.P. 3


BSC started this match with five trialists who were hoping to impress, but from the outset Dumbarton made their intentions clear and fought hard for every ball, and played some very tidy football, writes Tom Scott.

The deadlock was broken in 25 minutes when a back pass from a trialist was under hit back to the goalkeeper and into the path of the Dumbarton forward, who took a neat touch and slotted past Stephen Mather.

Dumbarton made a couple of interval changes while BSC continued with their starting 11, but made a quick change in formation which seemed to get them back in the game. Chances were created by good pressing work, but nobody could find the killer instinct.

Dumbarton doubled their lead with a cross ball coming in from the left-hand side onto the head of the Dumbarton striker, who nodded home. A third goal – shot low past keeper Mather – killed off any hopes of a BSC comeback.

Manager Chris Ward said: “It was another good run-out for us with the boys learning a lot about each other. We will be adding some more new signings to the squad this week that we hope will improve us for the next match. I think I need to keep in mind that six weeks ago we didn’t have a single player, so we are making progress every week.”



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