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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Who is Ryan McManus?

…after speaking to Reece, www.strochsfc.com spoke to striker Ryan McManus, who signed up late last year…

Ryan started “I have been at Albion Rovers, an when I left them, Gary Flint contacted me and asked me to come along.”

“I feel as if I have settled in well. All the boys are brand new and I feel i get on with everybody….happily enough, no initiations…yet!”

“My first thoughts are a very professional and well looked after club. They are very much for the players and the fans”
“My real aims are to hopefully get back playing at a professional level again, in years to come but first this year, i want to win the league with t Roch’s which I think we can do, I really want to show the fans am a consistent striker who fights for every ball and team mates bring them into play.”
Thanks and good luck for the run in Ryan.
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Who is Reece Glackin?

Its been a hectic few weeks at www.strochsfc.com, but at last we caught up with Reece Glackin, who joined the club at the end of last year.

“I have played with Robroyston Rovers, Dundee United, Clyde, Airdrie, back to Clyde, Cumbernauld Colts, Vale of Clyde, Edinburgh City and now St Roch’s. When I left City, I just wanted to get back enjoying my football again:the travelling was a lot to ask since I working full time and wanted something a bit closer to home. I know a  couple of the Candy boys growing up and at previous clubs who had said to come down to training so came down and spoke with gaffer. “

On settling in at the club, Reece added “Yeah settled in well, all the boys are good lads & the people in and around the club and the fans have made me feel very much welcome and part of which we hope will be a successful season. Lucky there was no initiations thankfully, not the greatest singer or dancer!”

“I’ve always knew that the Candy get a good following and as I said previously knew couple of the boys so I knew I was coming into a good standard of squad. However, the way everyone is trying to pull in the same direction and how positive & determined everyone is to bring success to the club has stood out. Everyone from management to players to kitman/physios and the fans -everyone wants everyone to do well, it has a good atmosphere and feel to the club.”

On his hopes, the midfielder said “I just want to get back playing regular football and enjoying it. After a wretched 18 months out 3 years ago with a cruciate ligament rupture when just on the verge of making the breakthrough at Airdrie, I feel as if I’ve not played as much as I would’ve liked. I’m a confident boy, I’m still only 21 and fail to accept that there’s not one more wee chance for me out there in the senior game and believe I’m capable to play at that level. However, I’m absolutely delighted to be at St Roch’s, I’ve signed on until the end of season and am enjoying every bit of it so far. The park is down the road from my house, the boys and everyone associated have made me feel very much part of the club and I just want to play and hopefully show people what I can do. The aim for the team must be to win the league- the calibre of player at the club is brilliant, a lot of the squad could definitely play at a higher level and it’s just about getting that balance on the park now and gelling as there has been some changes. I think with the incredibly support the club receives from the fans it can very much go a long way in the junior game, it makes such a difference turning up on a Saturday and the ground having a good crowd there watching the game and getting involved and it’s appreciated hopefully it continues.”

“I’ve played central midfield majority of my career to date. I prefer playing deepest, just in front of the back line. I’m the type of player who likes to get on the ball and start attacks, I like to start moves off and keep the ball moving it forward if possible & create chances. Few more goals are needed to be added to my game however, would play anywhere as long as it means I’m on the park and will give everything I’ve got to help out a teammate and the team.”

Thanks Reece, and good luck.

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Candy Merchandise Update

To close off the January club updates, www.strochsfc.com, spoke to Mark Lawson, about the merchandise department of the club, just to see how things are going on that side and what the plans are for the future.

“To start off the New Year, the Candy merch handed over £500 to the club to help with club running costs at this time of year. just to underline that EVERY penny profit from merchandise sales goes to the club, just to emphasis that every single item bought, helps.

Things have slowed down merchandise wise , hopefully just as a result of Christmas. however, four new items were ordered to try and mix things up a bit and give the fans something a bit different.

The 1%ers had asked if it was possible to get an all black “bar scarf” with a club crest so we duly obliged . Chris who is very much in touch with his feminine side also requested some pink beanie hats so these were also bought along with some pink and white bar scarfs. Black Adult hoodies with the St Roch’s skull design were also bought and only a few remain. Green kids hoodies were bought with the St Roch’s badge to hopefully cater to our younger fans.. again a few of these remain. Some t-shirt s have sold out so we shall be looking at placing another order soon for those, 1/2 dozen or so designs still in stock .

We also currently have Ceefax 1922 Junior Scottish Cup Winning team mugs, St Roch’s crest pin-badges, silk scarfs, green & white bar scarfs, pink & white bar scarfs, all black scarfs, beanies in green, black or pink, key ring bottle openers as well as items previously mentioned.

Merchandise will be on sale at every home game and can be delivered locally outwith game days if need be. As of late, we have taken great delight in supplying club merchandise orders all over Scotland, as well as the Republic of Ireland, England, Germany and even as far as Australia and the United States.

To finish off, a reminder that we are always open to any new ideas so get your suggestions in ….this is all for the fans and the club.

Thanks and happy new Year.

Mark

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Club Committee Update

To continue our club updates, www.strochsfc.com spoke to current club treasurer and former player, Stevie Mullen, who gave us a run down of goings on off the park.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone associated with St.Roch’s Juniors Football Club a Happy and Prosperous New Year

Scott has kindly asked me to give an update on some of the work that been done around the ground and some of the community work we have been involved with.

Firstly it would be remiss of me not to start with the untimely passing of our committeeman and friend Colin McLean. Colin was known throughout Junior Football and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him, especially here at St.Roch’s. Colin had made it known to us in conversation that he didn’t want any charity/benefit games in his name, so we thought having our two festive days in his honour would be a fitting tribute to Colin. Colin was a good man taken far too early.

We also lost another friend in Tam Burns, who sadly lost his brave fight. Tam worked alongside Andy as part of the backroom squad and his contribution was a major part of Andy’s match day preparation. This leads us onto one of our first community backed projects. Myself and Andy had spoken with Tam about having a Football day to let Tam see what he meant to the Football Community in the North of the City and beyond, and after securing Tams blessing we organised a day for Tam and his family, this day was supported magnificently by many people who Tam had encountered throughout his football and working environment. We didn’t realise it but Tam was coming to say goodbye in a controlled and dignified manner. We raised a considerable amount of money that was appreciated by Tam and his family.

We organised our annual festive fish supper days this year in memory of Colin McLean. Wettrades Ltd and Celtic Foundation sponsored these days: we also received some individual donations and to everyone who contributed on behalf of St.Roch’s. thank you.

The two days were for people affected by homelessness and pensioners, both days provided a three course meal and entertainment provided by the excellent Susie McCabe and our resident DJ Candyman. Karaoke and Bingo was also available and a good day was had by all. Our guests included Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation, Paul Sweeney MP for Glasgow North East, Anne McLaughlin the previous MP and great supporter of St.Roch’s, Alan Casey the local Councillor for the area, we also welcomed Michelle and Dermott from the Invisibles who provided much needed advice and assistance to our guests. The volunteers who gave their time over the two days Ken Haynes, Billy Reid, Andy and Donna Cameron, Angie, Stephen Barnett, Shug FarrellPaul Watson,and Paul Reddie. These days are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and the hard work of our volunteers. Thank you

On to more practical matters, we have replaced the roof in the pavilion, which now makes us wind and watertight, additionally we have rough cast the full exterior walls providing another layer against dampness. There has also been renovations to the dressing room and our thanks go to City Building for providing apprentices to carry out this work, we now have a first class kit room. We have also extended the referees changing facility. We have also replaced the old metal door at the entrance to the pavilion and also installed a roller shutter door. We have also totally refurbished the sit on mower and thanks to Dave Kenna for his help.

Two of our friends and fans Jack Collins and Wallace Heaney organised a race night for us, they took ownership from the start and raised a considerable sum for the club, thanks to Jim Ward and Billy for assisting Jack and Wallace. A great success and Thank You

I also had a meeting with Paul Watson about the possibility of erecting a covered enclosure on what I will call the home terracing, this was a very positive meeting and the builder was able to provide first class feedback and answers to any questions, I believe this will happen and thank Paul and Mark Lawson for their help on this matter.

Our supporters club, the 1920 S.R.S.C, recently organised a food bank and toy collection and it’s only right they let people know the successful outcome. I have to acknowledge the support of Jane Maguire from Celtic Foundation who provided me with 10 bags of toys to support the fans in their efforts. I also was able to access toys from the Emma Smillie Foundation and with Michael Kennoway’s help, they also found their way to deserving children. The people who support our initiatives do so, knowing we will ensure they go to deserving causes and we thank them for trusting us to carry out good work in their name.

Loads of people help out, but two people stand out for me Ken Haynes and Billy Reid, they work tirelessly and constantly to improve the ground and surrounding areas. The Tigers group have also contributed greatly and we wish Bill the instructor all the best in his healthcare battle. We will shortly be taking ownership of two portacabins as part of a longer term strategy for the club, this will take time and money so we need patience to achieve this.

Finally, we as a Club will not stand still, we are always looking for ways to improve and provide better facilities for everyone who attends the game at the Roch. We need the goodwill of our sponsors, advertisers, the grant providers and you our fans to make these things a reality.

Stevie”

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1920 S.R.S.C. New Year Update

www.strochsfc.com spoke to Chris Reilly of the 1920 St Roch’s Supporters Club earlier and got a wee update of the goings on at the club and what the hopes for the future are.

“The 1920 would firstly like to wish all our members, non-members and everyone connected with the club, a very happy healthy and prosperous new year.

The debut season of the supporters bus has, so far, been successful and despite our last away game being in October, our membership has held up well.

We were immensely proud to have successful ran a, bus-led, food and toy drive just before Christmas. On behalf of the bus, I would like to thank our members, the club and everyone who supported this initiative to ensure we helped spread a bit of Candy cheer, within the community.

Going forward, for 2018, we have away games against Thorniewood United (13th January), Blantyre Victoria (10th February) and Lesmahagow (24th February) coming up and we look forward to taking a big away support to these games, to get behind the team, as we look to make a push in the run in for promotion.

Also on the horizon, the club have organised a supporters night on the 26th January in the Ranza Bar, where we will have live music. Tickets will soon be available, priced at a reasonable £5. We will keep you updated on where and when you can purchase tickets.

So a lot in store as we enter 2018 and we hope we can continue to receive the backing and support you have given the 1920 over the last 6 months 

Thanks again,

Chris”

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