Scottish Junior Football Association
The Scottish Junior Football Association is an affiliated national association of the Scottish Football Association and is the governing body for the junior grade of football in Scotland. The term junior refers to the level of football played, not the age of the players, the closest equivalent terminology would be non-League football in England, the difference being that non-league football in Scotland is not similarly integrated into its football league system. Founded in 1886, the SJFA is responsible for disciplinary matters within the grade, certain player registration procedures, other league and cup competitions are organised by three regional committees. The association headquarters are at Hampden Park, Glasgow, which is Scotlands national football stadium, there was an earlier Scottish Junior FA, which was founded in Glasgow in October 1880. This body also ran a Scottish Junior Cup competition during 1880–81 season, the SJFA was formed in Glasgow on 2 October 1886 and the first seasons Junior Cup saw 39 clubs take part. Junior football had existed since the early 1880s, initially as separate local associations across Scotland for clubs not in membership of the SFA. This new national association acted as an umbrella for these local associations, as well as establishing the Scottish Junior Cup. The first three winners of the Scottish Junior Cup all joined the SFA and stepped up to senior level, gradually, a number of junior leagues grew in strength — particularly in Glasgow, where leading clubs drew large crowds. The Glasgow Junior FA, having seen a number of its proposals rejected at SJFA meetings, seceded from the SJFA in 1907 but returned a year later. Further disputes occurred in 1922 over poaching clubs and, in 1927, the record number of clubs to enter the Junior Cup was 412 in 1922–23. The local associations continued to run their leagues until 1968, when the SJFA instituted major reforms and this first phase of regionalisation removed the need for the many local associations, replacing them instead with six regional committees. These six regions — Ayrshire, Central, East, Fife, Tayside and North — still exist, to an extent, as divisions in the national league structure. The last major reform took place in 2002, with the six regions merging to create a three-pronged league setup. From the 2007–08 season, four Junior sides have been able to qualify for the Scottish Cup, the four teams are the three Superleague winners and the Scottish Junior Cup winners, all from the previous season. In the 2015–16 season, Linlithgow Rose became the first junior team to reach the last 16 of the Scottish Cup after beating Forfar Athletic. In 2011, the Scottish Football Association created two new boards, Professional and Non-Professional, to provide more focused governance in these differing areas of the game. The term junior does not relate to the age of players, Football for youngsters is generally known as Youth or Juvenile football. In the late 19th century, membership of the SFA conferred senior status on a club, nowadays, membership of the SJFA automatically confers on a club registered membership of the SFA, however, junior and senior non-league clubs still play in separate competitions
Auchinleck Talbot F.C.
Auchinleck Talbot Football Club is a Scottish football club based in Auchinleck, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. The club colours are amber and black, as is their badge and they play in a local derby against near neighbours and biggest rivals Cumnock Juniors. Auchinleck Talbot was formed in 1909 and are named after Lord Talbot de Maldahide, Beechwood Park opened in 1909 with a charity match between The Old Players and The Merchants. Talbot made their debut the same year when they defeat the juvenile side Highhouse Rangers 4–0. Weeks later they lost their first competitive game at Cronberry Eglinton in the league and their first win came in September 1909 when they defeat Patna Doon Athletic in their first Scottish Junior Cup tie. Talbot folded in 1916 due to problems and the First World War but made a comeback four years later. That same year set a club goalscoring record in the Scottish Junior Cup, defeating Craigbank 11–0 at Beechwood. The club have won the Scottish Junior Cup eleven times since 1920 and they have won the league championship on 14 occasions. They are the club to have won the Scottish Junior Cup three times in a row. They won the West of Scotland Cup nine years out of ten between 1979 and 1989 under Willie Knox and they won it again in 2013–14. The club opened a new stand with a match against local Scottish league side Ayr United on 9 October 2005. The club was drawn at home to Highland League side Fort William, on 26 September 2009, at a capacity Beechwood Park, Talbot recorded a 7–0 victory in the clubs debut Scottish Cup match. The goals were scored by David Gillies, Danny McKelvie, Stevie Mallan and doubles from John Boyle, the match also saw three players sent off, Graham Bamber and Andy Martin for Fort William and Mallan for Talbot. Two matches were required to separate Talbot and their second-round opponents Huntly, on 24 October the sides drew 1–1 at Christie Park. Goals from Bryan Slavin and an equaliser for Huntly from Michele Lombardi earned the Highland team a replay. A week later, on Halloween, Talbot beat Huntly 4–3 at Beechwood Park, goals from Slavin, John Boyle and Steven White gave Talbot a 3–0 half-time lead, but Huntly clawed the score back to 3–2 with seven minutes to go. Danny McKelvie then struck after 86 minutes to make it 4–2 and Huntly netted an injury-time goal, the third-round tie was contested against senior opponents in the form of Second Division side Stirling Albion. Talbot lost 2–1 away, with McIlroy scoring a penalty, Talbot started their cup campaign against Highland League club Lossiemouth with a narrow win
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Scottish Professional Football League
The Scottish Professional Football League is the national mens association football league in Scotland. The league was formed in June 2013 following a merger between the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League, a Scottish football league system was first created in 1890, when the Scottish Football League was formed. Traditionally the league had a two divisional structure between which clubs were promoted and relegated at the end of each season. By the mid-1970s, this organisation was perceived to be stagnant and this system came into force for the 1975–76 season. This setup continued until the 1994–95 season, when a four divisional structure was introduced, along with a new Third Division, with all four divisions consisting of ten clubs. On 8 September 1997, the Premier Division clubs decided to split from the Scottish Football League and form the Scottish Premier League, following the example of the English Premier League. This decision was fuelled by a desire by the top clubs in Scotland to control more of the revenue generated by the game, SFL revenues had been divided proportionally between clubs in all four divisions. The SPL clubs retained all of its revenues, except for an annual payment to the SFL. A review, led by former First Minister of Scotland Henry McLeish, was conducted by the Scottish Football Association, McLeish recommended that Scottish football should have a single league body and that the top flight should be reduced to 10 clubs. The proposal to change the top flight numbers did not proceed because of opposition from four SPL clubs, talks continued about the proposed league merger. A proposal for a merged league body with a 12–12–18 structure was advanced in April 2013 and this plan failed when two SPL clubs voted against. The SPL clubs unanimously agreed a merger plan a few weeks later. The SFL submitted a counter-proposal allowing for more revenues to be given to third and fourth tier clubs, but this was rejected by the SPL, an indicative vote of SFL clubs in May suggested that the SPL plan would be formally rejected. Some of the First Division clubs threatened to break away from the SFL, the SPL suggested it would welcome the First Division clubs if they decided to leave the SFL. A formal vote of SFL clubs was taken on 12 June,23 clubs voted in favour, one more than was needed for the proposal to succeed. The merger was agreed on 28 June and football was first played under the new structure in the 2013–14 season. On 24 July 2013 the names of the four SPFL divisions were announced – Scottish Premiership, Scottish Championship, Scottish League One, the SPFL is operated as a corporation and is owned by the 42 member clubs. Each club is a shareholder, with each having a vote on such as rule changes
The Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the Scottish Cup, is an annual association football knock-out cup competition for mens football clubs in Scotland. The competition was first held in 1873–74, entry is open to all clubs with full or associate membership of the Scottish Football Association. The competition is called the William Hill Scottish Cup for sponsorship reasons and it was first presented to Queens Park, who won the final match of the inaugural tournament in March 1874. The current holder is Hibernian, who won the tournament for the time by defeating Rangers 3–2 in the 2016 final. The tournament starts at the beginning of the Scottish football season in August or September, the Scottish Cup Final is usually the last game of the season, taking place at the end of May. Participating teams enter the tournament at different stages depending on their league ranking, the lowest ranked clubs enter the tournament at the first round whilst the highest ranked, those that compete in the Scottish Premiership, enter at the fourth round stage. The competition is a knock-out tournament, in each round of games the teams are paired at random, with the first team drawn listed as the home team. Every game lasts 90 minutes plus any additional stoppage time, the winner of each game advances to the next round, whilst the loser is eliminated from the tournament. If a game ends in a draw, the fixture is replayed at the ground of the other team at a later date. If the replay also ends in a draw,30 minutes of time is played followed by a penalty shoot-out if there is still no clear winner. In the semi-final and final rounds, if the ends in a draw there is no replay. The competition has a staggered entry system, Scottish League One and six Scottish Championship clubs started in the third round, while the remaining four Championship clubs and all 12 Scottish Premiership clubs entered in the fourth round. Any club that is a full or associate member of the Scottish Football Association is entitled to compete in the tournament, every team that plays in the Scottish Professional Football League is therefore eligible. Between 1895 and 2007, clubs that were SFA members but not competitors in the professional football leagues could only qualify for the tournament by winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup. Clubs that are not members of the SFA may still qualify for the tournament by winning the Highland League, Lowland League, three junior clubs, Banks O Dee, Girvan and Linlithgow Rose are also SFA members and therefore qualify automatically. From 2015, the winners of the Scottish Amateur Cup are also eligible to qualify, players that are registered with a competing club are eligible to play. However, players are not entitled to play for more than one club during the same tournament, each club names eleven players and up to five substitutes before every match. In order to play in the match, a player must have also been registered to compete in the semi-final round for the same club
Hurlford United F.C.
Hurlford United Football Club are a Scottish football club based in Hurlford, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. Nicknamed The Ford, they were formed in 1938 and play at Blair Park, wearing red and they currently play in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association Star player Euan Holland the right back with a fake perm. Hurlford completed their programme on Saturday,4 May 2013 with a 3–0 victory away to Kilsyth Rangers, however, Rutherglen Glencairn had seven games left to play and were 21 points behind. The league title was finally confirmed eleven days later when Rutherglen played out a draw away to Thorniewood United on Wednesday,15 May. In 1972–73, under the guidance of manager Davie Sneddon, Hurlford went the league campaign undefeated en route to the Ayrshire First Division Title. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Rugby Park is a football stadium situated in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock. It was first used in 1899 and is the home of Kilmarnock FC and it underwent a major redevelopment in 1994–95, becoming an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 17,889. In addition to its duty of hosting home matches for Kilmarnock it has been the venue for two Scottish international matches. It can also be used for concerts, with Elton John playing to 15,000 in a first for the venue, in 2002, the club constructed Park Hotel, a 4-star complex next to the ground. Kilmarnock first played matches at the present Rugby Park site in 1899. Despite that, the venue is actually Kilmarnock’s fourth home ground, the Grange, Holm Quarry and Wards Park all hosted matches, before the club moved to Rugby Park in 1877. This was not the present stadium, but one situated close by near South Hamilton Street and this ground was shared by cricket and rugby teams – sports which Kilmarnock had played previously – and the connection with rugby gave the ground its name. This name was taken with the club when they moved to their present stadium, the ground was inaugurated with a match against then-champions Celtic on 1 August, when Kilmarnock fought back from a 2–0 deficit to secure a draw. It was their first match in the top tier of Scottish football, originally, the ground was constructed with a running track around its edge, a pavilion and a stand along the west side. In 1935 a cover was added to part of the south terrace, during the Second World War, the army used the ground as an ammunition dump, as league matches were suspended. The pitch had to be reconstructed after the war and Italian prisoners of war helped rebuild, a roof was added to the east terrace in 1959, and the West Stand was renovated during the 1960–61 season. The following season a record 35,995 fans saw Kilmarnock lose 4–2 to Rangers in the Scottish Cup, however, the fans were to witness happier times as the team clinched the league championship in 1964–65. During the summer of 1968 the floodlight system was upgraded to accommodate live television broadcasts, the ensuing years saw little change at the ground. By the early nineties pressures within the game, especially following the Taylor Report, a move to a new stadium was discussed, but rejected in favour of redevelopment. The last game at the reconstruction was played 7 May 1994. Building work commenced the next day, during 1994–95 season the stadium capacity was significantly reduced as three new stands were constructed, the Moffat Stand, the Chadwick Stand and the East Stand. Their completion brought the capacity of the stadium to 18,128, Kilmarnock opened the new Rugby Park on 6 August 1995, in a friendly match against English champions Blackburn Rovers. Alan Shearer hit a hat-trick as the team lost 5–0
Kilmarnock is a large burgh in East Ayrshire, Scotland with a population of 46,350, making it the 15th most populated place in Scotland and the second largest town in Ayrshire. The River Irvine runs through its eastern section, and the Kilmarnock Water passes through it, Kilmarnock is often shortened to Killie, especially when it is referenced in a footballing situation. The first collection of work by Scottish poet Robert Burns, Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect, was published here in 1786, the internationally distributed whisky brand Johnnie Walker originated in the town in the 19th century. Protest and backing from the Scottish Government took place in 2009, after Diageo, in recent years, Kilmarnock has been used for musical acts and film locations. Rock band Biffy Clyro were formed in the town in a school in the mid-1990s. The 2001 film, Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat was shot in the town as was Manhunt, the name Kilmarnock comes from the Gaelic cill, and the name of Saint Marnoch or Mernoc who is also remembered in the name of Portmarnock in Ireland and Inchmarnock. It may come from the three Gaelic elements mo, my, Ernán and the diminutive ag, giving Church of My Little Ernán, according to tradition, the saint founded a church there in the 7th century. There are 12 Church of Scotland congregations in the town, plus other denominations, in 2005, the Reverend David W. Lacy, minister of the towns Henderson Church, was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. In 1668 the town was destroyed by an accidental fire. About 120 families lost most of their possessions and were forced to live destitute in the surrounding the town. These tradespeople had no way of making a living and had already been driven to the edge of poverty by having troops stationed with them as part of the anti-Covenanter measures. Parish churches throughout Scotland collected money for the relief of these homeless citizens, added later was John Finnie Street, which is regarded as one of the finest Victorian planned streets in Scotland. The Sandbed Street Bridge is the oldest known surviving bridge in the area, the Member of Parliament for the Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency area in the Westminster parliament is Kilmarnock-born Alan Brown. Brown defeated Labour candidate Cathy Jamieson with a majority with Brown receiving 30,000 votes with Jamieson only receiving 16,363. The member of the Scottish Parliament for Kilmarnock is Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock is the home of the East Ayrshire Council Chambers and offices situated on the London Road, thus making Kilmarnock the main town within East Ayrshire. In local council elections, Kilmarnock comprises four wards, Kilmarnock North, Kilmarnock East and Hurlford, Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse, the leader in East Ayrshire is Douglas Reid of the SNP party, who has been leader since 2007. The chief executive is Fiona Lees, following the East Ayrshire Council election,2012, the SNP and the Scottish Conservative parties formed a coalition government for East Ayrshire, following the result of a hung council. At present, the Scottish Labour party is the opposition in the East Ayrshire parliament with their leader, kilmarnocks traditional industries were based around textiles and heavy engineering such as locomotives from 1837, and valves, which are still in production
Irvine Meadow XI F.C.
Irvine Meadow XI Football Club is a Scottish football club, from Irvine, North Ayrshire. They are currently playing in the West of Scotland Super League First Division of the Scottish Junior Football Association and their home ground is Meadow Park in central Irvine. Formed in 1897 they are one of the most successful Junior clubs still playing, of the two junior football clubs in Irvine the other being Irvine Victoria) they are the larger. They are traditionally one of the biggest Junior clubs in Scotland, Meadow have set many attendance records at other Junior clubs grounds and were at one stage invited to turn senior and play in the Scottish Football League. They decided to remain in the juniors and at present compete in the Western Region Junior League, an annual derby fixture is played each August to coincide with Irvines Marymass Festival. After recent dominance in the fixture over the past decade, Meadow lost 4–3 at Meadow Park in 2006, in recent times, Irvine Meadow have seen greater rivalry with Auchinleck Talbot, with the two usually contending against each other for the league title. Talbot are generally regarded are Meadows largest rivals, despite the distance between the two clubs, Irvine Meadow were the first junior club in Scotland to have a home game televised when the 1958 Scottish Junior Cup tie against Fauldhouse United was shown on Scotsport. Meadow are the junior football club to have travelled by air to a game when they went to St. Andrews stadium to play Birmingham City in a match in which they lost 3–2. They have had a period in recent times with Stagecoach West Premier Super League titles in 2008–2009, 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 as well as Evening Times. They are based at Meadow Park and play in royal blue, on 28 November 2009 Meadow became the first junior club to defeat a senior club in a competitive fixture when they beat Arbroath 1–0 in the third round of the 2009–10 Scottish Cup. This was in front of a crowd of over 1,100, the club were then drawn away to SPL side Hibernian in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. The game, which place on 9 January 2010, was arguably the biggest game in the clubs history. Irvine lost 3–0, but the club stood to make in the region of £55,000 from this fixture, in the 2011–12 season, Meadow reached the third round of the Scottish Cup, where they hosted First Division side Livingston at Meadow Park. The tie took place on 19 November 2011, Ayrshire Consolation Cup, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1932–33. Irvine Herald Cup, 1898–99, 1914–15, 1924–25
Linlithgow Rose F.C.
Linlithgow Rose Football Club are a Scottish junior association football club from Linlithgow, West Lothian, who play in the East Region Super League. Linlithgow also finished as runners-up in 1974,2003 and 2013, formed in 1889, their home games have been played, since 1949, at Prestonfield. With a maximum capacity of 3,500 spectators, the attendance at the ground is 3,626 for a game against Petershill. Linlithgow won the Scottish Junior Cup in 2007 against Kelty Hearts, the winning goal being scored by the town hero Mark Whyte with a header from a free-kick in the last minute of extra-time. The game was played at East End Park in front of 5,000 Rose fans, Linlithgow then won the Scottish Junior Cup again in 2010 with a second half strike from Kevin Donnelly. They also managed to win The East Of Scotland Cup in June 2010 against Musselburgh which Linlithgow won 2–1, Linlithgow finished a close second in the league to near rivals Boness United in the 2009–10 season. Due to a reform in the SFA, Linlithgow Rose took part in the 2007–08 Scottish Cup, on 24 November 2007, they beat Dalbeattie Star 1–0 in the third round thanks to a goal from Stuart McArthur in the second minute of the game. They progressed into the round where they were drawn against Queen of the South. Queen of the South won the tie 4–0, Queen of the South later progressed to the final, before losing 3–2 to Rangers. The Rose also progressed into the round of the 2007–08 Scottish Junior Cup after beating Boness United 1–0 on 1 December 2007. However they were knocked out in the next round, jim Sinnet, who was one of the most successful managers in the clubs history, resigned during the 2007–08 season. Former Dumbarton and Forfar boss Brian Fairley was later appointed as his successor, dave Baikie was appointed on 24 April 2009. Bradley replaced Baikie as manager in December 2011, over a period of 13 months, Linlithgow went on an unbeaten run of 49 games, only to lose to Auchinleck Talbot in the 2013 Scottish Junior Cup Final. The club went on to history by going undefeated for the full season of 2012–13. In January 2016, Linlithgow became the first junior team to reach the last 16 of the Scottish Cup after beating Forfar Athletic, mcGlynn resigned as manager in October 2016, with his assistant Todd Lumsden, being given the role of manager on October 21st 2016. As of 5 January 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Michaels Cup, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04 Brown Cup, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02 Official website
Scottish Citylink is a long distance express coach operator in Scotland and Ireland and England. The company was formed as a subsidiary of Scottish Transport Group in March 1985, since September 2005 it has been operated as a 65/35 joint venture between ComfortDelGro and Stagecoach. Services also operate to Northern Ireland via the link between Stranraer and Belfast, and there are seasonal workings to Blackpool. Despite the extent of Citylinks operations in Scotland, there are geographical regions, including large urban areas. An exception is the Scottish Borders, which is covered by FirstGroup, Citylink also operates in the Republic of Ireland, operating between Dublin, Galway City, Clifden, Cork and Shannon. By combining the SBG express network, Citylink became the largest operator of long distance services within Scotland. With the main hubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh, many services to the Highlands and Islands were in some cases vital to rural areas as the public transport link available. One vehicle was owned to satisfy licensing conditions but this was operated as part of the Western Scottish fleet, the level of involvement of the subsidiary firms in providing Citylink work varied with size and geography. Central Scottish, Strathtay Scottish, Kelvin Scottish and Clydeside Scottish were the contributors as no major city or destination lay within their main operating regions. Indeed, Clydeside marketed its own services within its area as Clydeside Quicksliver with its own distinct brand. As the Scottish Bus Group prepared for privatisation, Citylink franchises were no longer exclusive to the SBG subsidiaries and this route was also operated by Dodds of Troon and Western Scottish. Citylink itself was privatised in August 1990, when sold in a management buyout to its management, as the Scottish Bus Group broke up, the number of private operators working Citylink contracts increased. Parks, West Coast Motors and Rapsons were now major contributors, in 1993 Scottish Citylink was sold to National Express. During this period, Citylink took a stake in West Coast Motors, purchased Skye-Ways Coaches and also Highland Country Buses, with the privatisation of British Rail, in 1997 National Express won the ScotRail franchise. The Mergers & Monopolies Commission ruled this would give National Express a monopoly on long distance services in Scotland, in August 1998 Scottish Citylink was sold to Metroline, the London-based subsidiary of ComfortDelGro. In 2002, the company trading in the Republic of Ireland, acquiring Cummer Commercials. The route has since rebranded to the yellow-blue Citylink livery and has expanded to provide services from Galway to Shannon. The companys current head office is at Buchanan bus station in Glasgow, Citylink itself does not operate or own buses in its own right, although one owned and operated by Stagecoach West Scotland carries CityLink accreditation to satisfy licensing conditions
Emirates is an airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is owned by the government of Dubais Investment Corporation of Dubai. It is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 3,600 flights per week from its hub at Dubai International Airport, Cargo activities are undertaken by Emirates SkyCargo. Emirates had the longest non-stop commercial flight from Dubai to Auckland until it was surpassed by Qatar Airways, during the mid-1980s, Gulf Air began to cut back its services to Dubai. As a result, Emirates was conceived in March 1985 with backing from Dubais royal family, with $10 million in start-up capital it was required to operate independently of government subsidy. Pakistan International Airlines provided training facilities to Emirates cabin crew in its academy, the airline was headed by Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the airlines present chairman. In the years following its founding, the airline expanded both its fleet and its destinations, in October 2008, Emirates moved all operations at Dubai International Airport to Terminal 3. Emirates operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and is one of the few airlines to operate an all-wide-body aircraft fleet. As of September 2016, Emirates is the largest Airbus A380 operator with 83 planes in service, since their induction, Airbus A380 planes have become an integral part of Emirates fleet, especially on long-haul heavily trafficked routes. As a result, Emirates was conceived in March 1985 with backing from Dubais royal family, the Royal Familys Dubai Royal Air Wing also provided the airline with two used Boeing 727–200 Adv. The airlines first flight, flight EK600, was Dubai–Karachi on 25 October 1985, maurice Flanagan, who previously worked at British Airways, Gulf Air, and BOAC and at the time was overseeing Dnata, was appointed chief executive officer of the new airline. To acknowledge his services for aviation, in 2000, Flanagan was made CBE in the Queens Birthday Honour List and he would be joined at the airline by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and now-Emirates president Tim Clark. Current chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has since inherited the role of CEO, during its first year, it carried about 260,000 passengers and 10,000 tons of freight. To highlight the early success, Gulf Air, during Emirates first year of operations, suffered a 56% drop in profits. By 1986, the airline had added such as Colombo, Dhaka, Amman. In 1987, a second Boeing 727 was purchased from the Dubai Government, on 3 July, Emirates received its first bought aircraft, an Airbus A310, and with two examples, launched daily non-stop services to London Gatwick on 6 July 1987. The airline in 1987 added Frankfurt via Istanbul, and Malé, by the end of 1987, Emirates was serving 11 destinations. This was followed by an expansion into the Far East market in 1989, with flights to Bangkok, Manila and Singapore, during the first decade of operations, Emirates recorded strong growth averaging 30%
Wishaw Juniors F.C.
Wishaw Juniors Football Club are a Scottish football club, based in the former heavy industrial town of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. The club plays at adult semi-professional level and plays its football in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association, the club currently competes in the Central District First Division in what is effectively the third of four tiers within the Region. The club traces its origins back to Wishaw Thistle, for many years it was generally accepted that the foundation year was 1885 but recent research suggests this may have been several years earlier. There are no records available. The Thistle were winners of the Lanarkshire Junior Cup in 1885/86, 1986/87 and 1987/88, after a long period in the junior football wilderness dating back to the late 1960s, Wishaw finally secured promotion out of the bottom tier of the S. J. F. A. West Region in season 2013/14 under then manager John McKeown who left the club shortly thereafter to take over as manager of Cumnock Juniors, the club moved quickly to secure a replacement and since October 2014 has been managed by former Dunfermline Athletic midfielder, Chris McGroarty. The team has started season 2016/17 well and having been drawn against Cumnock Juniors at home in the 1st Round of the Scottish Junior Cup then defeated the Premier League side by two goals to nil and this agreement did not work out though and they returned to sharing with Coltness. Wishaw secured a deal to play at the Sports Centre, before moving into the nearby Beltane Park for the beginning of the 2011–12 season. The Beltane, as it is locally, is likely to be the teams home for the foreseeable future. Originally just a public pitch, the Clubs enthusiastic small committee has managed to develop The Beltane into a mini stadium despite only having a very modest budget. The Beltane was opened on 28 July 2012 with a match against a Motherwell F. C XI, the current record attendance is 300 set in a West of Scotland Cup tie against Auchinleck Talbot and won 3-2 by the home team despite a three-division gap between the two clubs. The club had a side and a womens team, which was formed in 1995 and has had its name changed several times. It was originally Wishaw Ladies then Lanarkshire Ladies and then Motherwell Ladies Football Club until it was changed to, the ladies team folded midway through 2011. Originally operating as a Junior club, Wishaw Thistle turned Senior after several seasons in junior competitions. This was before the establishment of league football and the club competed in the Scottish F. A Cup, Wishaw missed out in the formation of the Scottish Football League in 1890. However, in 1891/92 Thistle were founder members of the Scottish Football Federation which was the senior football league to be established in Scotland. It was also successful in winning the Lanarkshire Senior Cup on several occasions competing against Motherwell, Airdrionians, Hamilton Accies, the larger Scottish league clubs eventually forced changes to the Scottish Cup requiring smaller clubs to qualify for the competition. Possibly Wishaws most notable success after that was defeating Arbroath FC2 -1 in the Consolation Cup Final
Benburb Football Club is a Scottish football club, based in Govan, Glasgow. Formed in 1885, the club is a member of the Scottish Junior Football Association, the club has struggled to achieve success in recent years, although it did win the Central League title in 2000. Playing in the vicinity of Rangers presents a challenge in raising and maintaining significant local support, the origins of the club name are not fully documented. That team disbanded, but a new Benburb FC played during the new season later that year and there is thought to be a strong connection between the two clubs. It has been suggested that the name indicates its roots in Northern Ireland, with a village of the same name being located there. The suggestion is that club was formed by Northern Irish immigrants to Glasgow. The new Benburb FC eventually found its home in the Govan area of Glasgow some miles to the west of Oatlands, until 29 March 2014, Benburb FC was based at Tinto Park in Glasgows Govan district. After the final match at the ground on that day, a 2–1 victory against Johnstone Burgh in a Central League Division 1 game, Benburb was homeless until summer 2015. The 2014–15 season was spent ground-sharing while a new ground was built adjacent to the old one, new Tinto Park became the new home for the club in summer 2015. The clubs colours are blue and white, the team have been managed since July 2015 by former Airdrie defender Paul Lovering. Paul succeeded his father Frank who had been in the job for the thirteen seasons
Ashfield Football Club are a Scottish football club from Possilpark in the North of Glasgow. Formed in 1886, they are based at Saracen Park, which share with the Glasgow Tigers speedway team. They compete in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association and wear black, in October 2004, the club sadly lost many historical records and strips as a result of a fire at Saracen Park. The team are managed since the summer of 2015 by former Dumbarton, players that have played/managed in the Football League or any foreign equivalent to this level. Players that hold a record or have captained the club. Bill Finlayson Tommy Ring Alex James Martin Gault
Parkhead Football Club was a founding member of the Scottish Junior Football League but the team no longer exists. It played at Helenslea Park in Parkhead, Glasgow, in the early years of the Scottish Junior Cup, Parkhead Juniors appeared in nine finals and won the cup five times. Many of its players went on to fame in other clubs, peter Dickson went to Albion Rovers and Andy Auld played five times for the US national team. Across London Road from Westthorn Park there was a ground with an ash pitch, earthen terracing. This was the ground of Parkhead Juniors Football Club. Founded in 1880 it was the oldest team in the Scottish Junior League and they were one of the eight founder members in 1895 of what was to become the Scottish Junior Football League. They won the Scottish Junior Cup five times, and appeared as finalists in 8 out of the 12 seasons from 1911. The entrance was in Methven Street, but there were turnstiles on Cuthelton Street, just down a little from the Wee Farm shop and they were still playing in the 1950s, but Parkhead Juniors went defunct in June 1963. Winners, 1898–99, 1902–03, 1914–15, 1919–20, 1923–24
Rutherglen Glencairn F.C.
Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club is a Scottish football club based in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, near Glasgow. Nicknamed The Glens and formed in 1896, they play at New Southcroft Park, the latter gave the club the right to compete in the West Region Super Premier League for the first time in the 2010–11 season. Willie Patterson and Scott Smith managed the club jointly from October 2005 until they left at the end of the 2010–11 season, the club is currently managed by Willie Harvey and coached by Robert Torrance and Joe Pryce. It competes in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association, the club plays its home games at New Southcroft Park since it was built after the original Southcroft Park was demolished in 2007 to make way for the M74 motorway extension into central Glasgow. The original ground had survived for 110-years and was the oldest junior football ground in Scotland when it closed and this arrangement was extended for another two seasons in 2012. Rutherglen Glencairn entered discussions with Clyde in 2012 about the possibility of sharing the stadium, although the changing facilities are modern, other things would need improvement to meet Scottish Football League regulations. The proposal was dropped by Clyde in favour of a proposed move to East Kilbride. As of 1 September 2013 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. They won this too, thus securing a place in the Stagecoach Super Premier League for the first time, the 2009–10 winning side was, Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, soon after the end of the 2009–10 season, Glencairns joint managers moved to new managerial positions elsewhere and several players from the 2009–10 team followed them. Willie Harvey became the new manager before the start of the 2010–11 Super Premier League Season and established under-21, the under-21 team competes in West of Scotland Under 21 League Division One, and the under-19 team in the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth District League. To emphasise the importance of development, Harvey said, Every now. Somewhere down the line you will find someone who can have a good and we want to be the side that clubs are trying to poach players from but at the same time we will have first dibs on the best players coming through. The 2012–13 season was one to remember for the young glens, managers Andy McFadyen and Alex McArthur as well as coach George Fortheringham led the 21s to winning the treble, a historic moment for the club. The glens also went on to win the League Cup in style after defeating Goldenhill in a 4–1 encounter played at Shettleston, finally the boys wrapped up an emphatic season with a penalty shoot out victory against Knightswood in the West of Scotland cup final
Dunipace Juniors F.C.
Dunipace Juniors Football Club are a Scottish football club based in Denny, Stirlingshire. Nicknamed the Pace, they were formed in 1888 and are based at Westfield Park and they currently compete in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association. In recent years they have fluctuated between the two divisions of the leagues they have competed in. The club won the Scottish Junior Cup in 1905–06, defeating Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 1–0 in a replay at Brockville Park, Falkirk, following a 2–2 draw in the first tie at Meadowside, dunipace were also runners-up to Inverkeithing United in the final seven years later. The team are managed since March 2016 by Gareth Alexander, the Wee Pace also play their games at Westfield, with their matchday being a Sunday. With many promising youngsters in the ranks, it is hoped the club will benefit from the talent within the ranks in the future
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy F.C.
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Football Club are a Scottish football club based in the town of Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire. Nicknamed The Rabs or The Roy, they were formed in 1878, the team currently play their home games at Guys Meadow, home of Cumbernauld United, whilst they wait for a new home to be built in 2016–17. They previously played at Adamslie Park for over 100 years and they are named after the Scottish warrior Rob Roy. They wear red and black strips and currently compete in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association where their biggest rivals are Kilsyth Rangers, in recent years the well-known footballer Chic Charnley had a spell playing for The Rabs as did ex-Rangers defender Marvin Andrews. The Rabs have had many famous names playing for them – Joe McBride, Stevie Chalmers, George Young, Andy Lynch, the Rabs also featured in the very first Scottish Junior Cup Final on TV when they played Kilbirnie Ladeside in the 1977 final at Hampden Park, Glasgow. In front of a crowd of 11,476, on 15 May 1963, Chelsea came to Adamslie Park to play Rob Roy in what was billed as a Freedom from Hunger charity match. Chelsea won 3–2 with their goals coming from Mulholland and Peter Houseman, cooper and Reid had pulled Rob Roy back to 2–2 before Housemans winner. After season 2007-08, Rob Roy were promoted to the Super Premier Division of the West Region, local derbies against Kilsyth Rangers are few and far between as Kilsyth are currently in the league below the Rabs. Season 2016–17 will be Rob Roys eighth season in the Super Premier Division of the West Region, the club are currently under the management of Former Player Stewart Maxwell and his number two Gordon Moffat as well as coaches John Doyle and Kevin Finlayson.8 million. The last competitive match to be played at Adamslie Park was a relegation playoff match on Tuesday 3 June 2014 against Shotts. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, the club also announced that, during the 2014–15 season, they would groundshare with Cumbernauld United at Guys Meadow before moving to a new stadium in the Southbank area of Kirkintilloch. The new stadium will have modern stand with a capacity for 500 spectators as well as well as modern facilities including a FIFA approved 4G pitch. As of 3 February 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any equivalent to this level. Players that hold a club record, danny ODonnell Stevie Chalmers, Joe McBride, George Young, Chic Charnley, Andy Ritchie, Marvin Andrews. Website Article about closure of Adamslie Park from the Evening Times
Kilwinning Rangers F.C.
Kilwinning Rangers Football Club are a Scottish football club from Kilwinning, Ayrshire. They play their games at Abbey Park and compete in the Western Region Junior League. They play in blue and white hoops, the team are managed since February 2014 by Chris Strain and Colin Stewart. Rivals Irvine Meadow over the years have always been the main rivals to Kilwinning Rangers, players that have played/managed in the Scottish Football League or any foreign equivalent to this level. Players that hold a record or have captained the club. Bob Currie Duncan Currie David McKellar Kilwinning Rangers FC Twitter https, //www. facebook. com/Kilwinning-Rangers-518492444955166/photos_stream. tab=photos_albums Kilwinning Rangers FC Facebook Page]
St Anthony's F.C.
St Anthonys Football Club is a Scottish non-league football club based in Cardonald, Glasgow. Nicknamed the Ants, they play at McKenna Park and they currently operate in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association and play in green and white hooped kits. The following players all represented Scotland at full international level after stepping up to Senior football direct from St. Anthonys, bobbie Bruce - Aberdeen and Middlesbrough. Ginger Dunn - Hibernian and Everton, one of the 1928 Wembley Wizards. Bobby Evans -535 first-team appearances for Celtic,48 Scotland caps and inducted to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2008. John Reid McKay - Celtic, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough, the following former St Anthonys players played for clubs in the Scottish Football League and/or English Football League, Billy Craig - Celtic. John Duffy - Celtic, Arbroath, Southend United, willie Gallacher - Celtic, Falkirk, Ayr United, St Johnstone. Peter Lamb - Celtic, Alloa Athletic, willie ONeill - Celtic, Carlisle United. Norman Thomson - Dumbarton, Hibernian and nine English Football League clubs, official website Profile at Scottish FA
Cambuslang Rangers F.C.
Cambuslang Rangers Football Club are a Scottish football club based in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire. Nicknamed The Lang or the wee Gers, were formed in 1899, they play at Somervell Park and they currently play in the West Region of the Junior level of football. They were awarded the title of Scottish Junior team of the 20th century by the SJFA due to the honours won in the 1970s. It is common belief among older supporters that Willie McCallum was the clubs best ever player and he was a mainstay and major asset to the club in the 1970s, he was often asked for his autograph which is rare for players at junior level. The club has found it difficult to emulate the success of the 1970s team, the team are managed since May 2015 by former player Paul McColl. The record attendance for a game at Somervell Park is 13,500 Colours, Royal blue shirts, white shorts, traditionally the colours were Royal blue shirts, White shorts and White socks
Musselburgh Athletic F.C.
Musselburgh Athletic Football Club are a Scottish junior football club based in the town of Musselburgh, East Lothian. Formed in 1934, they have played under different names including Musselburgh Bruntonians, Musselburgh Juniors and Musselburgh Fern since 1898. They were members of the Lothian Junior League, but are competing in the East region of Scottish junior football, of which they, along with all Lothian junior clubs. They also have two Under 14s teams who play their home games at Olivebank weekly on a Sunday morning. The two teams are christened the Musselburgh Athletic Whites and the Musselburgh Athletic Blues, the Whites currently play their games in the SERYFA Division 2 whilst he Blues play in the First Division. In seasons 2010–11 and 2014–15 they reached the finals of the Scottish Junior Cup both times narrowly losing 2–1 to Ayrshire team Auchinleck Talbot
Glasgow Perthshire F.C.
Glasgow Perthshire Football Club are a Scottish football club based in Possilpark, in the North of Glasgow. Nicknamed the Shire, they were formed in 1890 and play at Keppoch Park and they currently compete in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association and play in black and white stripes. Named after the Glasgow Perthshire Society, they were one of the top Junior sides in the country. They pulled out of all competitive fixtures for the 2007–08 season, the following ex-Perthshire players were capped for Scotland