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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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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