2016-17 TROPHY AND AWARD WINNERS
Hillwood end first season with cup win
Hillwood, the amateur team of Hillwood Boys Club, lifted silverware in their final game of their first season, having narrowly missed out on promotion, bu winning the CHAIRMANS CUP, on a wet, bleak evening at Benburb, with a 4 - 1 victory over cup specialists Plains, who sadly missed out on a cup double.
SUPER SATURDAY 6TH MAY
What a day.....two divisional titles secured followed up by the Stratchclyde Cup Final
So firstly, the PREMIER TITLE
At Stepford at 10am, Tynecastle needed a 16th consequtive victory to regain the premier title, and despite tough opposistion on the day from AFC Ravenscraig, they ran out 6-2 winners to secure another title. This was even more sweet for player manager Chris Hughes, who had taken over this season from Mr Tynecastle, Bernie Valery, so in doing this in his first season is some achievement. League Acting Chair Alex McDowall and Match Secretary Craig Burton presented the spoils to a deloghted Tynecastle squad
So, Chapter two saw East Kilbride Thistle travel "doon the clyde" to Gourock to take on Chaplians, knowing anything else but a win would see them lose out on the title for a second season, and despite some real nerves being on display, and a real fight from Chaplains, Thistle eventually got their noses in front, settled down and then pushed on to secure a 3-0 victory to secure the Division 1b title. Ross McNeil has led his squad very well, especially given that he plays for EKFC in the Lowland league as well. League Secretary Andy Bryant was on hand to present the trophy and medal to the team, who will now prepare for life in the Premier
Blochairn Star Victorious
The evening then brought about the league's showpiece final, the Strathclyde Cup, sponsored by Harleys Golf Lounge
This years venue was Lesser Hampden, and the spectacle for the players of playing with the national statdium right in the background. No doubt this gave all the players an edge, and Petershall Villa, the so called minnows, were up against it in the opening exchanges, pinned in their own half, but in no way had come to make up the numbers, having already secured a cup final victory this season
Blochairn led 2-0, then 2-1, 3-1 then 3-2 and the game was up for grabs, but Blochairn had just a bit too much in the tank and scored two more late into the game to sink the fightback that Petershall had launched
A good crowd in attendance watched on as the presentaions were made to both clubs, and as Blochairn Captain Jaz Lalli hoisted the trophy high.
Both sets of players loved the venue, and produced a worthy final
Comisserations to Petershall Villa, but congrats to BLOCHAIRN STAR
SEASONS FIRST DIVISION CHAMPIONS DECIDED
Saturday 22nd April will be a day to remember for both Glasgow Southj and UB United as they both clinched the Division 1a and 1c titles repesctably
Glasgow South are only in their first season, and UB as a club, haha, are in their second season with us, having previously been a works team....
Congratulations to both club...takes a lot to win the title, and both will now play in the Premier Division next season
PETERSHALL VILLA SECURE FIRST TROPHY
Petershall Villa continue the recent trend for first time wins in the SSMAFL with a 3-1 victory
In lifting the PRESIDENTS CUP, Sponsored by H.JARVIS Ltd, they secured their first of 2 possible cup wins this seaon, although, thye trailed 0-1 with 87 mins gone. But in an incredible 3 min spell they scored 3 times, when it seemed most unlikely as opponents Quayside Thistle had dominated the game and even had a penalty saved
The never say die spirit saw rapturous celebrations at the final whistle
Thanks to Kelvin Smith for supplying the match balls
PLAINS WIN MAIDEN TROPHY
Plains won their first trophy in the SSMAFL, having only been formed last season, in lifting the CHALLENGE CUP, in an outstanding match at Airdrie Stadium on the 3rd February, against CAMBUSNETHAN TALBOT, in front of an amazing near 400 spectators on a cold and wet Lanarkshire night
The game was a very even tussle, with the sides tied at 1-1 at ht and with the whole stadium anticipating extra time, Plains scored twice in the last ten minutes to secure the trophy
A massive thanks to all the fans, and also to Kelvin Smith who provided the match balls, and to Scott and his staff at Airdrie
Cambusnethan Talbot: Peter Cambridge
Plains: Jamie Brogan(2) Mark Fitzpatrick
MOM: Mark Fitzpatrick, pictured recieving his award
SEASON'S FIRST SILVERWARE TO TYNECASTLE
Tynecastle won the first silverware of the season, and for their new manager Chris Hughes, when they defeated Maryhill Black Star 3-0 in the league's newest competition, the CHAMPIONS CUP, sponsored by KELVIN SMITH FINANCIAL PLANNING
In a really good game at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium, both clubs provided a great game, with Tynecastle's finishing being the key difference along with a man of the match performance by Tynecastle Skipper and central defender Scott Faulds.
Stuart MacKenzie of the sponsors presented all the medals and trophy, and a massive thanks go to himself and the company.
The Executive committee are delighted to announce the appointment of Alexander Marshall as the new Select Team Manager
Zander will be putting together his team and making plans for the development of our squad.
We wish him well
We are delighted to announce that we have retained all last seasons sponsors, STAX TRADE CENTRES, for the league, HARLEYS SKY BAR for the Strathclyde and Chairmans cups & H. JARVIS LTD, for the Presidents cup, and who have also expanded their support to us
We also welcome new sponsors KELVIN SMITH FINANCIAL PLANNERS, who have sponsored the CHAMPIONS CUP
At the league meeting on 1st August, the executive committee advised that due to the big demand for membership from new clubs, and after listening to clubs, they were concerned about fixture issues
After a full and frank debate, the clubs voted to change the set-up fpor Division 1, in that there would be three divisions instead of two, with amended promotion detail.
Cup draws & Divisional draw for 2016-17
At the Annual General Meeting of the league on Monday 30th May, the draws were made for the Cup Qualifying competition and the first two rounds of the Strathclyde Cup
These can be seen on the cup pages on this site
Also drawn were the clubs to form the new Divisions 1A & 1B
These were drawn from 3 pots, designed to give an even spread across the divisions
These can also be seen on the Tables page
It was also agreed that the Tommy Marshall Trophy be renamed the Chairmans Cup and that in future no cup competition would hold the name of an individual
We are delighted to announce the STAX TRADE CENTRES have become the league sponsors.
Stax will sponsor all three divisions of the league, the main stay of football, along with the Challenge Cup and the Tommy Marshall Trophy
All our advertising will be changing to suit, and STAX will also be providing boards for all their competition winners this season.
STAX open a brand new Trade Centre in Queenslie this September, which I urge everybody to support, and we ask that you share all promotional posts we make for STAX on our Facebook and Twitter services
So, a big SSMAFL THANK YOU to STAX TRADE CENTRES