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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Managers New Year Update

“I would like to firstly thank everyone associated with St Roch’s for their support throughout 2017 and take this opportunity to wish everyone with a bit of Candy in their soul, a brilliant 2018.

At this time it is always right to reflect and have a thought for those who left us in the past year. Our thoughts are with everyone who lost a loved one. The football world often reflects the real hopes, achievements aspirations and disappointments that we all face in our day to day lives.

We have had some highs and lows in 2017 and I ask you to keep in your memories two ex Gaffers of mine. Michael Hipson, who was also manager of St Roch’s and Tam Burns, who was to scout for the club. The club also remember Colin McLean, who we lost recently and who made a significant contribution to the club over the decades. The flag at the club will remain at half mast until we get an opportunity to pay our respects to Colin, which hopefully will be this Saturday v Benburb. We wish our deepest condolences to all family and friends.

On the park, the highs were finishing in our highest league finish for a generation and getting to three quarter finals, in cup competitions. The lows were narrowly missing out on promotion and exiting the Scottish Cup at the earliest stage, earlier this season.
I am looking forward to the challenge in 2018 and with 20 league fixtures and participation in two cups, it will be a busy time until the end of May
Our targets ,that were set at the start of the season, are still very much achievable and I believe the squad is as strong now as it has ever been,
Unfortunately two of the lads who made a significant impact for me in time here have moved on recently. Baboucarr Musa and Dom Febers to Glasgow Perthshire and Bellshill Athletic respectively. I wish both the lads all the best and thank them for everything they gave us in the past few years.

Also at New Year we take the opportunity to look forward and from last January till today, we have as many as 12 new players and a new assistant manager in Stevie Rankin, who has been a great support to Gary and I.

On the playing front, despite losing Musa and Dom, we concluded the year with the return of Robert Maguire, as well as the signings of Reece Glackin from Edinburgh City and Ryan McManus from Albion Rovers.. Each have played a small part so far, but after the break it’ll be good to see each kick on and show the fans what they can do.

Injury wise, we can report a better state of affairs than we had at the start of December. McManus, Glackin, Robert Haliday and Tam Hanlon look to be back to fitness, with T.J. McCluskey, Johnny Carter and Jordan Logan back in the next week or so, we should have an almost full compliment of players available for this busy upcoming schedule. Ryan Jack will be another few weeks and in the longer term, Brian McQueen has had his cruciate operation and finally, Steven Logan is penciled in for an operation at the end of January.

Aaron Millar’s loan spell is up next week and we would like to thank him for his efforts and goals during his spell at the club, as well as thanks to Clyde for their continued assistance.

This mean we have the following squad going into the second half of the season
1 John Stark
44 Christopher Treacey

2 Danny Irvine
3 Robert Haliday
4 John Carter
5 Stephen Bryson
6 Robert Maguire
7 Darryl Naismith
8 Kieran Daw
9 Stephen McDonald
10 Kieran Martin
11 Ryan Craig
14 Darren Maguire
15 Paul Tierney
16 Ryan McManus
18 Tam Hanlon
23 Ryan Jack
29 Ross Dickson
74 Reece Glackin
88 T.J. McCluskey
92 Jordan Logan

As it stands, we will not be looking to make any new additions in January.

So here is to 2018, we hope that we, the management team, backroom team and all the players can make all your New Year wishes come true. You can be rest assured that we will give it our very best. That is the least out great fans deserve.”

Thanks to Andy for his time and good luck to all for the run in.

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St Roch’s S.C. Food & Toy Drive : UPDATE

With our advertised Foodbank/Toy Collection due to take place at James McGrory Park, before the scheduled match St Roch’s versus Glasgow Perthshire, on Saturday 16 December 2017, the Supporters club, are a bit concerned that due to the current weather aligned with the fact the last 3 weeks games have been cancelled, that this weeks game might also fall foul to the weather. With this in mind:

  • If the game is cancelled the collection will still go ahead and we will have people at James McGrory Park, from 12pm till 2pm to accept any donations.
  • If you are unable to make it along if the game is cancelled but have already organised a donation then email Mark at zepstore@aol.com and he will make arrangements to collect, Or message the twitter page @1920strochssc.
  • If you would like to make a donation but are unable to attend on Saturday even if the game is on then email Mark at zepstore@aol.com and he will make arrangements to collect, Or message the twitter page @1920strochssc
  • If you haven’t already organised a donation but still intend to, then the other option is to make a cash donation via paypal to strochsawaystripsponsor@gmail.com and all monies donated will be used to buy food/toys

Thank you for all and any support.

St Roch’s Supporters Club

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16th December 2017 – 1920 S.R.S.C. Christmas Food and Toy Appeal

The club were contacted by the 1920 St Roch’s Supporters Club,

As many of you know, austerity measures have absolutely crippled our communities and left many of our people in desperate need, so the 1920 S.R.S.C. have decided to run a Foodbank and Toy appeal, for St. Roch’s Parish Church, after being given the go ahead from Fr.Thaddeus.

We ask our members fans and friends of St. Roch’s F.C. to support us and the community in this appeal and give this Christmas, to our appeal .

The match vs Glasgow Perthshire on Saturday the 16th December will be our day we ask everyone to bring the following items if possible.

Cans : meatballs, ravioli,spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti hoops, beans & sausage, spaghetti & sausages, custard, rice pudding and fruit.
Breakfast cereals.

In conjunction with the food appeal, with it being Christmas, we would also like to donate toys to a local toy bank collection .

If you can’t make the match but want to donate then we will take donations at James McGrory Park, or we will pick up locally if anyone can’t attend either match .

If anyone wishes to donate cash which we will use to buy the above items then you can donate via PayPal to strochsawaystripsponsor@gmail.com

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this and hope we have your support to make Christmas a special time for everyone in our community. 

1920 St. Roch’s Supporters Club

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Febers Leaves the Candy

Last week it was confirmed that battle hard centre midfielder, Dom Febers has decided to leave the St Roch’s and stay with Bellhsill Athletic. Febers. who has recently finished a successful two month loan spell at the Central Second Division side, contacted manager Andy Cameron to tell him that he reluctantly wanted to end his three year spell at the club.

1920 TV, grabbed Dom before he departed and got a few words.

On enjoying his loan spell and the decision to make the move permanent “I did, the boys made it easy for me to settle in as I knew a few of them already. However, as a group there is a great team spirit and getting back and playing regular, of course, played a big part in it as well!”

“If i was to chose a Candy highlight, it has got to be getting promoted on the last day of the season at Royal Albert. The team spirit we had that year was phenomenal and being able to snatch promotion when the odds were stacked against us was brilliant.”

About his goals for the season remaining “well In the short term is just to try and keep performing and stay injury free, but to also put a run of results together and get a bit of consistency. If we can do that then we won’t be far away from the promotion places come the end of the season.”

Febers continued “and I genuinely think the Candy are in a similar boat. If they can get some consistency then with the squad of players there then winning the league has got to be goal.”

Dom had this message for the supporters “I would just like to thank the fans for all their support over the last 3 seasons. It’s been difficult at times because of the injuries i didn’t play as much as I would have liked but the support they gave me during they 3 seasons was phenomenal and I hope the team can go all the way this year and genuinely give the supporters something to celebrate”

Thank you very much Dom for your time and dedication over the past 3 seasons, good luck and hope to see you back sometime.

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Febers Heads to Bellshill

As the summer transfer window closed, a small transfer seemed to go under the radar, as Dom Febers, secured himself a 3 month loan deal with Central League Second Division side, Bellshill Athletic.

Dom, who has been at St Roch’s since the summer of 2014, signing from East Kilbride Thistle, has been besieged by injuries during his time in green, but still hoped to return to the first team. So the loan suited all parties.

1920 Television spoke to the midfielder after his debut and he had this to say.

“I had a chat with the gaffer, as I felt I hadn’t played as much as I’d liked during the League Cup section. I really felt as if I needed a good run of games due to the amount of football I missed last year through injury. We discussed the option of a loan and that’s when Bellshill Athletic came to the table.I know a few of the boys down there so it seemed a good option for me. I spoke to Robert Sneddon, the Bellshill manager and decided to give it a go.

On playing in the 2-0 win over Lanark, Dom added “It felt good getting a solid 80 minutes under my belt. The boys played really well!, and of course getting 3 points on my debut was a bonus as well!

And finally , discussing his hopes for the loan, Febers said “It has been really stop/start for me over the last year since the game at Cambuslang Rangers {when Dom received a huge gash on his leg} which has been really frustrating! I really just want to get a run of games and get back enjoying my football again. I’m hoping I can get back playing to the level I know I can and make a good contribution for Bellshill Athletic, over the coming months”

Good luck to Dom at Bellshill and we hope to see him back at James McGrory Park soon.

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Official Candy Song News

St Roch’s football club are delighted to announce that the new official club song, will be released on Friday the 1st September.

The song, entitled ‘Football at the Heart‘ has been penned, recorded and presented to the club by the fantastic Glasgow band, the Wakes. It is hoped that the song will have its first James McGrory Park airing, the following day as the Candy entertain Blantyre Victoria, for their first league match of the season.

**Click above to hear a small sample of the song**

To coincide with the long anticipated release, the club has produced limited edition Football at the Heart/St Roch’s tee shirts.

From next Friday you can purchase these t-shirts from the St Roch’s band camp page or at the ground for £10 (excl P&P), and with each purchase you will be emailed a downloadable copy of the new club song. **However, you can grab one of these t-shirts early. Keep reading**

In the very near future, there will also be limited edition pin badges to celebrate this rare occasion. They will be priced at £3 each.

The whole club are delighted with the fantastic efforts of the lads from the Wakes and are humbled by their generosity of their time and ultimately the song.

Currently the in demand band are splitting a German tour, with a 10th Anniversary gig at St Lukes in Glasgow, on Saturday the 26th August.

St Roch’s have kindly been invited to sell their new ‘Football at the Heart‘ t-shirts at the anniversary event, so anyone attending please come and have a look. You can take away a t-shirt that very night and your email address will be taken and you will get the song on release.

You can keep up to date with all new with the band at their website , you can follow them on twitter @TheWakes, on Facebook…or check out their music on their bandcamp page.

‘MON THE CANDY

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