BSC Glasgow Prepare For Amateur Debut

By Chief Reporter Tom Scott


CHRIS WARD has revealed his joy at taking up the reins of a new amateur team being created at BSC Glasgow, writes Tom Scott.

Already well known in footballing circles for their membership of the Lowland League, and at Under-20 Development level, BSC have been accepted into the Fosters Central Scottish Amateur League Division 1B.

The amateur team will bridge the gap between their Under-20 development squad and first team (Lowland League). Players coming back from injury or not getting enough game time can be slotted into the Fosters League squad, so it’s a win-win situation all round.

Starting with a blank canvas holds no fears for the ex-Maryhill Black Star and Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League Select team manager, who in another exclusive told me:  “Training sessions have gone really well, and new faces are turning up all the time.

“It is all about trying to settle numbers and seeing how the players perform in eight games I have organised before the real deal starts in August.”

Chris has brought together a backroom staff which includes his father, Eddie Ward, who is Kit Man. 

Kilmarnock star Steven Smith, currently working through the S.F.A. B Licence, is gaining hands-on coaching experience via the team’s training sessions, while his assistant is ex-Maryhill Thistle and Maryhill Black Star player Gerry Broadley.

Chris revealed:  “Gerry has taken a year out of the playing side to help me with this team. “He played for me at Black Star and was part of a really good Saturday Morning Select team.

“People know BSC has been formed off the back of Broomhill organising sporting activities for boys and girls of all ages, but it has snowballed from there. I did not realise just how big it has become – apparently there are around 650 members – until I was appointed manager.

“My remit is working with the team. All the organisation that goes on behind the scenes – such as training facilities and the allocation of a park for home games – will be taken care of by people within BSC. Not many amateur clubs can say that.”

To date, BSC have played one pre-season friendly and gave a good account of themselves despite losing 4-3 against Thorn Athletic.

Said Chris:  “For the opening 30 minutes some of the football we produced was outstanding, and we led 2-0 at one stage.

“However, they got their second wind in the second half, and our fitness levels dropped a wee bit, which was to be expected given our circumstances of never having played together before. We took a lot of positives from the match, and I expect to see more from the other seven games which I can reveal as follows.

“July 9 – Drumchapel Amateurs Colts (Scotstoun). July 16 – East Kilbride Y.M. (away). July 23 – Dumbarton Academy F.P. (home), July 27 – Giffnock North (home), July 30 – Shawbridge (away), August 1 – St Mungo (away), and August 6 – Windlaw (away).

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