Category: 2017-18

St Roch’s AGM – 4th June 2018

As advertised earlier this month, the St Roch’s Annual General Meeting, will take place at James McGrory Park, on Monday the 4th June, with a 19:00 start time.

There will be plenty to discuss as per and would invite all members/season ticket holders to try to attend and at the very least, hear what has been proposed on the night.

It is the clubs intention to propose that season ticket prices are raised to £70 for adults and £35 for concessions, from last seasons £50 and £25. Once again, all children under 16 will gain free entry to league matches.

It is our belief that the 2018-2019 season cards WILL be available to purchase at the AGM, so please bear in mind the above cost increase proposal.

We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

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Jordan Logan

www.strochsfc.com was on the hunt again, an tracked down top marksman Jordan Logan for a wee chat, now that the season is over.

“With regards the turn around in the club, It’s been massive Scott. When I first signed with the club, we were the whipping boys of the Central 2nd Division. I think we won 3 or 4 out of 22 games that season and only Newmains saved us from finishing bottom of the pile. To be honest, I was surprised that Andy (Cameron) kept me and Sherman (Martin Shiels) on. Fast forward 4 seasons, you would have laughed at me if I said we managed 2 promotions, were in the Super League and had 800 fans at one game. I remember that first season we played at home to Vale of Clyde and had 4 people turn up to a home game. So it just shows you how much the club has grown over the years and I think that I all down to Andy and you guys working behind the scenes.”

“I think the 100 has to be in my sights. I think there is only 2 people to score over 100 goals for the club so for me to reach that milestone would be a great achievement. Another target has to be the all-time goal scorer for the club which I am still a bit away from (25 to go). For that to happen I really need to have a great season.”

Andy has done a great job attracting the fans back through the gates and the fans support has been invaluable to the team. Especially the following we have for away games. For Central teams to take buses to away games is unheard of and this season we have won a lot of games on the road and it is all down to the fans. We have outnumbered every team in the league when we have traveled so that gives the players great belief and encouragement when battling for 3 points week-in week-out.”

“My highlights have got to be the 2 promotions. When I first signed, I never would have dreamed of playing in the Super league, so yeah the promotions are definitely up there. Another personal highlight would have to be being top goal scorer 4 seasons in a row. Jim Friel mentioned I had broken a 97 year record in the process so that will be an achievement I will never forget.”

“The plan is to win it (the new Championship). With the restructure, the top 4 teams in the league have been promoted so we are battling against mid-table teams. When you look at our record again higher opposition we have done very well so there isn’t any reason we cant challenge. 

“Now…i’m just going to relax and hopefully enjoy the good weather”

Thanks Jordan, good luck in making those targets.

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St Roch’s Player of the Year 2018

After a successful season, this years Player of the Year event winners should be that bit harder to predict.

In a change to usual runnings, St Roch’s FC will share their POTY evening with the 1920 St Roch’s Supporters Club. The event will take place at Gordons Bar, on Royston Road, on Saturday the 2nd June, an will all kick off at 19:00pm.

This years Player’s Player of the Year nominations are Paul Tierney, Tam Hanlon, Kieran Daw, Stephen Bryson and Ross Dickson.

Tierney, Hanlon, Dickson and Daw, will all battle it out for the Player of the Year award also.

Paul, Tam and Ross all joined the club in the summer and their influence on the defence have led the team to promotion. Bryson, who collected the both awards last season, will be hoping to defend his trophy, whilst Kieran Daw has had a fantastic season, which will culminate in his award as 2017-18 Top Goalscorer.

The 1920 S.R.S.C. will also present their awards to the players voted upon by members.

Tickets for the event are £5 and can be bought from the ground or at the event itself..in addition to the awards, their will be a buffet and a disco afterwards, to make sure its a very special event.

Hope to see you there.

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Tam Hanlon

St Roch’s season ended a few weeks ago, with promotion being the buzz word around the Park. Before we lose that feeling and thoughts turn to next season, www.strochsfc.com caught up with rampaging full back Tam Hanlon, to get his views and thoughts on the season that past.

“The seasons been great. It’s what I came to St Roch’s for obviously. Our aim was to win the league but it wasn’t to be for us, however, to gain promotion into the Super First, I am sure the supporters would have taken that at the start of the season.”

“On a personal point, I’ve loved being part of this team and to be in the running for the Player of the Year, it’s great, but I’d gladly swap it for a league winners medal.”

“Dropping down the divisions was no big deal to me it’s where I started in the juniors and yes, I had a few offers to stay in the top leagues but once I’d spoken to Andy (Cameron) & Stevie (Rankin), there was only really one place i was going. Personally I don’t think there’s that much between the leagues,until you get to the Super Premier, then it’s a step up but we proved down at Talbot earlier this season that we could compete at that level.”

“Age is only a number I’ve always looked after myself fitness wise, that’s why I am probably still playing but having spoke to people I’ve played with and under, they always say to me to play as long as your body allows you and ultimately, you’ll know yourself when it’s time to hang the boots up, so I’ll be giving it another go this season with St Roch’s but that maybe change during pre season running ha ha.”

“Honestly coaching or management is not something I’ve thought about yet, I am still enjoying playing too much.”

“Yeah, of course it was a disappointment to come so close to winning the league but that’s football for you we had enough chances to clinch the league by ourselves throughout the season we shouldn’t have to rely on another team trying to do that for us.”

“The strength of this team was the boys didn’t know when they were beaten. The amount of times we came back from losing positions to get a victory or a draw was unreal and that, ultimately, got us promotion in the end up.”

“The wee spat with the fan was nothing new for me ha ha, everywhere I go I get abuse. He had his opinion of me that day and that’s fine, it didn’t bother me one bit. He apologised soon after it and it’s been forgot about. The fans have been fantastic with me was made very welcome as soon as I arrived, not only me but the full team the backing they have giving us coming in there numbers to home and away games has been unreal, You would only get that from certain teams in the Super Premier. Hopefully will be the same again next season, it certainly helps when your playing knowing that they are behind us.”

“Now that the season is done, i’m going to enjoy the longest break I’ve had since a started playing junior football. I’m going away with the family for a couple of weeks to Greece and i’ll enjoy a small refreshment or two and then it’s back into training for the new season”

Thanks Tam and enjoy your holiday.

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Danny Irvine Leaves the Candy.

In the past week, local lad, Danny Irvine, decided to leave the club and seek a new club.

The versatile full back, signed for the club in 2015 and always impressed, be it in his attacking full back role or even when pushing into midfield. However, Danny has struggled to hold down a regular role in the team and has taken the opportunity to break from the club before the end of March deadline to sign for another club.

Before the likable Irvine, departed, 1920TV grabbed a few words.

“I have decided to leave St Roch’s as I didn’t feature a lot in the second part of the season, i just want to play football and enjoy it again, I got a few offers from other junior clubs but I signed with the Blackhill Brae just to get the enjoyment back and buzz about football again. My future plans is to get back playing junior football again after helping Blackhill win the league and hopefully other cups.”

“One of my personal highlights was when I set big B (Baboucarr Musa) up for a last minute winner at Maryhill, seeing the fans going mental and it was a class feeling.”

“When I was younger I use to be a supporter for the Roch so I know what it meant to all the fans. That’s why I always gave it 100% when I played. Thanks for your support in the last couple seasons it’s been a pleasure and hope the boys do it this year for you, as you deserve it for your great support”

“Short term, i think this will be the year for the club and players to win the league or get promoted, there  is great quality in the dressing room and togetherness and for the long term, we have competed with the teams in the league above us every time we have met them in cup games so think they could compete in the super first division.

“I would like to thank St Roch’s for the last couple of season.”

We would wish Danny all the very best at Blackhill Braes and good luck in the future.

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Central League Cup Draw

The first and second round draw for the Central League Cup draw took place on Monday the 9th January, and St Roch’s were paired with Rutherglen Glencairn in the opening round. Should the Candy overcome the Super First giants, then they will host local rivals Ashfield.

Glencairn hosted St Roch’s only last season, in the same competition, when the Candy edged the 3rd round tie with a 2-1 win at the Celsius Stadium. An own goal and a Jordan Logan goal, progressing the club to the Quarter Finals at Glencairns expense. So retribution will be on the Glens mind.

The match will take place at James McGrory Park, with the date to be confirmed.

We look forward to welcoming Rutherglen Glencairn.

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West of Scotland Cup Draw

St Roch’s were given a glamour away tie in the second round of the West of Scotland Cup, as they were paired with Super Premier side Auchinleck Talbot.

Last season, junior giants Talbot were beaten semi finalists of this very tournament, beaten 1 nil by Cumnock….whilst they also were beaten 2-1 by Glenafton in the Scottish cup final. Auchinleck finished in fourth place in the Super Premier League, 6 points off eventual winners Glenafton.

Historically, Talbot’s pedigree isn’t for discussion, 11 times Scottish Junior Cup winners, most recently 2014/15. In 2015/16 season, they won the last of their amazing 13 West of Scotland cup titles. Add in 14 Ayrshire cups, 10 Ayrshire league cup, 2 Evening Times Cups and of course 5 times Super Premier Division champions, most recently 2015/16 which completed a unique treble.

The match will take place at Beechwood Park, with the date to be confirmed.

We look forward to visiting Auchinleck Talbot.

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