01These perceptive words were utteredby my, now sadly deceased, motherto my head teacher just as a youngAngus Mackay was a...
George started his career in amateurfootball during 1962 when hebecame the first Secretary and aFounder member of Gartcosh...
As I had to give up playing in theearly sixties due to an aye injury Istarted to referee in 1967 inStirling & District Ama...
04/05Iplayed football at amateur level fromthe age of 18 until 27 when injurycurtailed my football career. I amproud to sa...
Iwas stricken with the football bug at avery early age and graduated fromwatching senior football to playingwith my school...
06/07On behalf of everyone at the Scottish FA,it gives me great pleasure to contribute tothis special publication marking ...
Who would have imagined back in 1982when I blew my whistle for the very firsttime at Motherwell Bridgework v Victoria,whic...
The Scottish Football Association(SFA) had been established in1873 when eight clubs, of whomonly Queens Park survives, for...
1824 when a trainee lawyer, John Hope,organised a season of games on Saturdayafternoons for The Foot-Ball Club.Theclub con...
10/11To put matters into perspective andto appreciate the passage of onehundred years since the ScottishAmateur Football A...
The Scottish Amateur FootballAssociation (SAFA) was formed in1909 when after an initial meetingheld in February attended b...
Newtyle Athletic AFC 1908 - 1909The competition got off to an inauspiciousstart when Kilmacolm protested about theground c...
1909 - 1917 Humble Beginningsthe continent.This was agreed to providedthey played teams in membership of theInternational ...
14/15Iceland became independent fromDenmark, Lenin, followed by Stalinlead the Russian Revolution, Alcock &Brown flew the ...
In 1927 P Buchanan, President of theSAFA was appointed delegate to the SFA,a complete reversal of the procedure set upin 1...
16/17The horrors of the Second WorldWar were ended by the dropping ofthe atomic bomb on Hiroshimaand Nagasaki.The United N...
Winston Churchill declared anIron Curtain had descendedacross Europe, India gainedindependence from Britain and the state ...
18/19hundred and twenty six entries for theScottish Cup. In 1947 the SFA rejected anAppeal against an SAFA Sub Committeede...
Despite the Second World Warbeing over, there was the threat ofthe new atomic weapon, andpeace still eluded the world with...
20/21The era of Flower Power and manwalking on the moon, Dr Beechingclosing 200 rail links and 2000stations,The Forth Road...
The years of Vietnam,Watergate, theBaader-Meinhof gang, theatrocities at the Munich Olympics,violence in Northern Ireland,...
22/23from normal business a dispute was settledby Fife Police. Abbotshill (Kirkcaldy &District AFL) played Tayport (Midlan...
This era saw the words “glasnost”and “perestroika” emerge from theSoviet Union with the reforms ledby Gorbachev. Britain h...
sponsored by Transalpino, a travel agencydealing mainly with students. ScottishBrewers sponsored the Fife Cup, MatthewGloa...
1980 - 1989 - Momentous ChangeIn August 1984, the Strathpeffer PipeBand offered to play at the final of theHighland Cup fo...
26/27The release of Nelson Mandela fromprison in South Africa, Poll Taxriots in Britain, the Gulf Warstarting, the opening...
offence his club be fined £5.00.Seven months after taking up the position,Arthur Duncan resigned as Secretary andHugh Knap...
28/29Into a new Millennium with the hype,elaborate celebrations and hope forpeace throughout the world which wasshattered ...
SFA in conjunction with the CommunityCoaches.The Western District ExecutiveSub Committee was renamed the WesternDistrict E...
30/31Throughout this review of theScottish Amateur FootballAssociation no individuals havebeen singled out for their effor...
1945 - 1949The origins of theYouth Section arelost with the early Minutes, but itis known that when Leaguesrestarted after...
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
100 Lions - 100 Years : A Celebration - 100 Years of the SAFA
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  1. 1. SCOTTISHAMATEUR FOOTBALLASSOCIATION1909 2009CENTENARYScottish AmateurFootball AssociationCENTENARY EDITION100 Lions - 100YearsA C E L E B R AT I O N - 1 0 0 Y E A R S O F T H E S A F A
  2. 2. 01These perceptive words were utteredby my, now sadly deceased, motherto my head teacher just as a youngAngus Mackay was about to leave primaryschool for Biggar High School in 1965.A mother who, despite what could beconstrued as disapproval, spent the next 35years washing a football strip mostweekends because her son, the blue eyedboy, was the secretary, winger, occasionalgoalkeeper and frequent substitute for the“local team”.The “local team” was initially Tinto BoysClub, founded in 1967 with a 14 year oldGus Mackay as secretary and, ultimately,Symington Tinto AFC spawned in 1973when the local boys team amalgamatedwith “the amateurs”.It was, however, in season 1968/69 that thefoundations were laid for my “future careerin the amateur game.”Symington won the South of ScotlandCup, my uncle scored the winning goaland young Mackay was “hooked”.Fortunately for this mediocre “duffer”there is more to amateur football thanplaying and in 1975, when the then teammanager was sacked for rustling sheep andleft the village, Symington is a rural areaafterall, the Club offered me the positionof coach. I have held this position intandem with the Club Secretary’s post forall but 3 of the last 33 years when a briefskirmish with junior football saw me coachat Lanark and Shotts.Deprived, by a lack of talent of thenecessary experience gained by playing thegame I turned to the SFA’s renownedcoaching courses and, I suppose, becamepart of the “Largs mafia”, even managingon one occasion to coach the famousEusebio.Other highlights for me in the last 30 yearshave been Symington’s two South Cupwins, our playing twice in the last 16 of theScottish Amateur Cup, promotion to theCaledonian League Premier Division,coach to the SAFA international team andmost importantly over 1200 games fieldingteams with Symington Tinto.Keen to learn and experience the wideraspects of the amateur game, I wasprivileged to serve the LanarkshireAmateur Football Association in the 70’sand 80’s, first as an Emergency CommitteeMember, then as President and LifeMember where early experience andinfluence came from the legendary ArchieBennie and I had my first dealings with ayoung Hugh Knapp.At District level, serving on the South WestCommittee under the stewardship ofJohnston Cox and Duncan Grant gave mean early insight into the workings of theNational Association.Elected to Council in 1996, I wasimmediately impressed, not only by thesense of tradition that prevails, but also theknowledge, enthusiasm and calibre of theelected delegates who gather from acrossthe country. We truly are a NationalAssociation.After serving on various of the standingcommittees, I was proud and privileged in2005 to join an illustrious band and beelected President of the Association, ourhighest honour.As we celebrate our Centenary my hope isthat, ably assisted by my fellow officebearers, council members and of courseour secretary Hugh Knapp the “wee boyfrom Symington” has made in some smallway a positive contribution to “amateurfitba”.PresidentAngus MackayAngus MackayPresident of theScottish Amateur Football AssociationHe’s mair interested in fitba than his schuil work Mr Bell“ ”
  3. 3. George started his career in amateurfootball during 1962 when hebecame the first Secretary and aFounder member of Gartcosh UnitedAFC.The club joined the Airdrie &Coatbridge and District Amateur FootballLeague and in 1964, he was elected to theEmergency Committee. In June 1967 hewas elected as League Secretary, a positionhe still holds after 42 years in office.There has been much change over theyears and during Season 1970/71 theleague, “Airdrie & Coatbridge & DistrictLeague” changed its name to “The CentralScottish Amateur Football League”.Theleague had expanded over these years andthe new name would reflect thegeographical area in which the league wasoperating. In the years that lay ahead theywould consolidate the league’s positionwithin the Scottish Amateur FootballAssociation.It was in 1977 and due to pressure of workthat he retired from Gartcosh United AFCto devote his time to the Central ScottishAFL. On retiring, he reflected over thoseyears at club level with the memories ofthe successes and disappointments that hehad experienced in the line of winning andlosing.You can never lose the passionateway you feel for your club, and even to thisday follows the results and progress of hisbeloved Gartcosh United AFC.During the late 70s and early to mid 80swith the game still changing, he led theCentral Scottish through further change. Anew league set up would be introduced,attracting new entrants and in 1987, theleague would change dramatically. Asponsorship deal was negotiated withScottish & Newcastle Breweries Ltd thatcontinues to this day, and has hadimmense financial benefits to the leagueand its member clubs.George has served the Scottish AmateurFootball Association over many years,serving as a member of Council, and beingnominated and elected to a number of theAssociation’s Committee’s such as theExecutive & Finance Committee, AppealsCommittee, National DisciplinaryCommittee (South), InternationalCommittee, Constitutional ReviewCommittee,He was honoured in 1985 when hereceived Life Membership of theAssociation.It was in 1998 that he was appointedHonorary Treasurer of the Association andhas enjoyed being involved with thefinancial operations of the Associationduring the term in this office.President Elect / TreasurerGeorge DingwallGeorge DingwallPresident Elect / Treasurer02/03Office Bearers
  4. 4. As I had to give up playing in theearly sixties due to an aye injury Istarted to referee in 1967 inStirling & District Amateur FootballAssociation and having been appointed toreferee the Mathieson Challenge Trophyon two occasions and as assistant refereetwice I was then fortunate to be asked toreferee a quarter final tie of the ScottishAmateur cup at Dunipace Juniors groundbetween Links United AFC andStrathkelvin AFC.Having enjoyed my refereeing career atamateur level until 1980 I then turned myattention to assisting Stirling & DistrictAFA as match secretary. It was also mypleasure to have served Stirling & DistrictAFA as their President from 1992 to 1995and from 1997 to 2000 these beingexperiences which I thoroughly enjoyed.I also served on the Western DistrictExecutive Committee under thechairmanship of the late Eric Whitegaining valuable experience as secretary ofthat committee. In 1988 I was asked to actas match secretary of the Scottish AmateurCup on the retiral of Andrew Laird whohad been match secretary being awardedfor thirty years.In my twenty one years as Scottish matchsecretary I have seen many changes mostof which have been to the betterment ofamateur football and made many friends inthe amateur game over the length &breadth of Scotland and beyond havinghad the opportunity to travel toLuxemburg with a Scotland party whowere competing in the UEFA RegionsCup.I have been honoured by Stirling &District AFA who awarded me LifeMembership and I was granted LifeMembership of The Scottish AmateurFootball Association in 1999 an honourwhich is very much treasured.Match SecretaryGeorgeWatsonGeorge WatsonMatch SecretaryOffice Bearers
  5. 5. 04/05Iplayed football at amateur level fromthe age of 18 until 27 when injurycurtailed my football career. I amproud to say that I was never ordered offduring my playing days.Teams I played for were Dryford AFC,Dukes Head AFC both members of theLothian & Edinburgh AFA and House O’Hill AFC of Edinburgh Sunday AFA.After a break from playing football I wastempted back into the administration sideof the game mainly Secretary of QueensRetreat AFC, briefly with Ferryhill AFC /Leith United AFC who amalgamated.I was Secretary of both clubs when theyreached the final of the Famous GrouseTrophy but unfortunately I was on thelosing side on both occasions.I joined the Committee of the EdinburghSunday AFA in 1984 as DisciplinarySecretary while still acting as a clubSecretary and then became LeagueSecretary in 1990 to the present day.In 1998 I became Match Secretary of TheFamous Grouse Trophy which has nowbeen superseded by The Scottish AmateurSunday Trophy to the present day.Match Secretary – Scottish AmateurSunday TrophyRW McGechieRobert W McGechieMatch Secretary – Scottish Amateur Sunday TrophyOffice Bearers
  6. 6. Iwas stricken with the football bug at avery early age and graduated fromwatching senior football to playingwith my school Kilmarnock Academy,which was at that time a predominatelyrugby playing school. Playing with theAcademy we entered and won The BrodieCup, a prestigious competition for localschools in Kilmarnock and District whichwas a great achievement for a school whichconcentrated much more on rugby.Having left school I then played forBellfield BC who were members of theAyrshire Amateur FAYouth League beforemoving into the Ayrshire Junior Leagueswith Hurlford United and MayboleJuniors.I emigrated to Lanarkshire in 1969 and onhanging up my boots I joined BalmoreHydraulics AFC in the Lanarkshire AFAto assist with coaching and training beforemoving on to manage my local amateurteam in Larkhall.In 1986 I was approached to see if I wouldbe interested in standing for the post ofMatch Secretary of the Lanarkshire AFAand my appointment to that post in 1986set me off on a journey through amateurfootball which has been immenselyenjoyable.I was also appointed as the LanarkshireAFA Delegate to the Council of theScottish Amateur Football Association in1986 and was elected to the South ofScotland Executive Committee, as it wasthen, before being elected to the WesternDistrict Executive Committee in 1988.I followed Archie Bennie, who was a realstalwart of amateur football for over 50years, into the post of Secretary/Treasurerof the Lanarkshire AFA on his retiral fromthat post in 1992. I was honoured to havebeen awarded Life Membership of theLanarkshire AFA in 1993, an award Icherish. During my time as an OfficeBearer of the Lanarkshire AFA I firstcrossed swords with Angus Mackay in hiscapacity as Secretary of Symington TintoAFC.In January of 1994 I was fortunate enoughto be appointed Treasurer of the ScottishAmateur Football Association a post whichwas vastly different in its accountingpractices than those of the presentcomputerised age.On Arthur Duncan’s resignation from theposition of National Secretary in July 1994I was delighted to accept the offer to stepinto that post, a position which I have beenprivileged to hold until the present time.I consider my position as NationalSecretary to be a labour of love and I havebeen extremely privileged to have held thispost for 14 years, meeting and makingmany, many friends during that time.I never cease to be amazed at thecommitment, dedication and enthusiasmof the army of volunteers who contributeweek in week out to the well being ofamateur football, so hats off to all you ladsand lassies who keep our Association aliveand well.SecretaryHugh KnappHugh KnappSecretaryOffice Bearers
  7. 7. 06/07On behalf of everyone at the Scottish FA,it gives me great pleasure to contribute tothis special publication marking 100 yearsof the Scottish Amateur FootballAssociation.For any organisation to reach its centenaryyear is an incredible feat, but for one thatrepresents a membership as large anddiverse as the SAFA, it is even moreremarkable. I was struck recently at thesheer scale of the amateur game inScotland when I was asked to do the drawfor the The Foster’s Scottish Amateur Cupand The Foster’s Scottish Amateur Trophy3rd round draws cup competition. Notonly was it the largest draw - in terms ofteams - that I had ever seen, it was alsoremarkable to see teams taking part fromright across the country.I shouldn’t have been surprised, of course.Football is, after all, Scotland’s nationalsport. In fact, it is more than that - it is ournational obsession. With all the press andmedia interest in the top levels of theprofessional game, it would be easy tothink that Scottish football is all about theelite levels. To think that, however, wouldbe doing a massive dis-service to thethousands of amateur players who play thegame each year. Their participation leveldwarfs that of the professional leagues. Inthat respect, it could be argued that it isthe amateur game that ensures thatfootball continues to flourish across ourcountry.Grassroots and amateur football sits rightat the heart of so many of ourcommunities.The teams that play in ouramateur leagues and cup competitions arean important expression of local identityand the social role that the teams playcannot be underestimated.The role offootball in society and the way in which itcan influence people is something that Iam greatly interested in. I firmly believethat the power of football as a force forchange is something that we must continueto harness across Scotland.I have no doubt that the amateur game hasa vitally important role to play indeveloping people as well as developing thegame. Football is an incredible sport.Quite apart from the unique experience ofcamaraderie that you get from being partof a team, football is helping to keepgenerations of Scots fit and healthy. It isteaching young men and women disciplineand respect - and it is helping to givepeople the confidence to succeed in otherparts of their lives.As the majority of Scots who play footballdo so at the amateur and grassroots level,we must continue to work with the SAFAand all the amateur leagues in order toincrease participation and to develop ourplayers. I never played at an amateur levelduring my career ‚ I was fortunate enoughto progress straight from the youth toprofessional leagues, however, as I travelthe country in my role at the Scottish FA Ican see for myself just how important theamateur competitions are and the deepsense of pride that players and supportershave for their local teams.Harnessing this pride and developing thegame is something that I knowwe can all work together to achieve.Once again, on behalf of everyone at theScottish FA, my congratulations to all theplayers and staff of the Scottish AmateurFA. Here’s to the next 100 years.Chief Executive,The Scottish FAGordon SmithGordon SmithChief Executive - The Scottish Football Association
  8. 8. Who would have imagined back in 1982when I blew my whistle for the very firsttime at Motherwell Bridgework v Victoria,which included 6 yellow cards and 3 redcards, that nearly 20 years to the day later Iwould have been standing on the podiuminYokahama Tokyo picking up a medalafter officiating at the World Cup Finalbetween Brazil and Germany. Peoplereading this article will find it difficult tobelieve me when I say that that surrealevening in Japan the memories of my firstever match in Motherwell 20 yearsprevious came flooding back.I have very special memories of refereeingin the Scottish / Lanarkshire AmateurLeagues and always looked forward toreceiving the phone call from Ian Danskin,the then Lanarkshire match secretary, on aSunday night informing me what task layahead 6 days later for the paltry fee of £6,no more now than a gallon of petrol, or ifyou were doing really well a postcardwould drop through the door with aScottish Amateur Cup tie from GeorgeWatson. Cherished memories indeed!Now working full-time at the Scottish FAin the Referee Development Department ,I can appreciate and remember thedifficulties, loneliness and vulnerability ofofficiating on the public parks whereofficials have little or no protection.All top referees have come through theamateur grades be it in Lanarkshire,Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh or Tayside andit makes a perfect grounding for whatchallenges lie ahead for young aspiringreferees. Playing amateur football andturning up with all your friends andcolleagues can be comforting particularlywhen you enter an intimidatingenvironment, but as a referee you arealways on your own and feel as if you haveno support to call on. But what achallenge!Players and club officials must realise thatretaining referees in the early stages oftheir career is extremely difficult but veryimportant and every effort should beafforded to them in offering support andshowing more understanding in what theyare attempting to achieve because withoutreferees we have no game.In refereeing we lose 70/80% of newreferees we recruit in their first two yearsfor various reasons but a lot of the reasonis because of abuse experienced in theminor grades. A very disturbing statistic.A referee is a very important part of thegame and it is too easy to cast him as thevillain when in fact he has a role to protectthe players from serious injury, from actsof violence but he also works very hard tokeep the players on the field of play andthis is where his/her man-managementskills are of the utmost importance.Thereis no difference whether you are refereeingMotherwell Miners v Symington Tinto orRangers v Celtic, the beauty of our game isthe Laws are the same at all levels butcertainly the publicity and attention aredifferent. In my days in the Lanarkshireamateurs players could be heard shoutingat me “hey Dallas nae wonder you arereffin in the 5th division” which I foundamusing because it was the same divisionthey were playing in! But I wouldn’t havechanged it for the world.A regret that a lot of referees have is theydidn’t start their refereeing careers earlierbut in those days it wasn’t possible becauseyou couldn’t play and officiate at the sametime, so understandably players chose toplay as long as they could, but nowchanges have been made in the system toallow players to play for example on aSaturday and officiate on a Sunday.Thismeans when they do stop playing theyhave a few years experience in therefereeing field that allows them to take itmore seriously at a higher grade withbetter chances of accelerated promotion.When I stopped playing amateur footballin Shotts at the age of 23 at no time did Iever imagine that I would go on to officiateat over twenty old firm matches, and havethe pound coins to prove it, and refereeover one hundred and thirty matchesoverseas.Taking up refereeing was one of my betterdecisions but I am sure thousands ofpeople will disagree…!Hugh Dallas MBEHugh Dallas MBEThe Scottish Football Association
  9. 9. The Scottish Football Association(SFA) had been established in1873 when eight clubs, of whomonly Queens Park survives, formed theAssociation principally to organise andsponsor a cup competition. At this timethere were many other Scottish clubs someof whom were members of the FootballAssociation (FA) established in England in1863.The establishment of the FA separatedwhat we now call the rugby clubs from thefootball clubs as prior to this the rulesallowed a mixture of handling and kickingthe ball.There were local leagues and cups, friendlymatches and a vast amount of “city”matches whereby select teams fromGlasgow or Edinburgh for example wouldplay Sheffield or Blackburn. Basically,clubs established their own prestigiousfixture list, and there was no formal leagueset up until the English League wasformed in 1888.The SFA decided to adopt the FA rulesbut only after a lengthy debate about theoffside rule. Some things never change!The English League was “professional”though the practice was not adopted intothe rules until 1885.The player exodusfrom Scotland lured by the big wagesbeing offered was soon to become a floodand expedited the formation of theScottish Football League (SFL) in 1890and the introduction of professionalisminto Scottish football.Membership of the SFL was by invitationand of the eleven clubs who were foundermembers, six foundered within the first tenyears. Notably, Queens Park and Clydedeclined offers to join the new League.Eventually, Queens Park, though of coursestrictly an amateur club accepted the offerto join the Scottish League in 1900 morethrough fear of being frozen out of fixturesthan for any dilution of their amateurbeliefs.The Welsh Football Association wasformed in 1876 followed by the IrishFootball Association in 1880.In 1882 the Football Associations’ of thefour countries formed the InternationalFootball Association Board to control thelaws of the game.The FederationInternationale de Football Association(FIFA) was formed in 1903 whenrepresentatives of Belgium, Denmark,France, Holland, Spain, Sweden andSwitzerland met in Paris,The FootballAssociation declined to attend and theother three home countries were notinvited as FIFA could see no reason forseparate representation.The FA joined ayear later with the other home countriesfollowing in 1911. A far cry from the twohundred plus members FIFA boasts in the21st century.Football in many guises and degrees offormality was played long before the SAFAwas founded. It has often been recorded,that historically whilst Scotland educatedits population it failed to feed them.However one of the side benefits of placesof education was that they gave rise tosporting opportunity, and there is nodoubt the first forms of organised footballdeveloped from the churches, schools anduniversities.Around 1900 there were leagues inexistence formed by local communitygroups, schools, churches and juvenileassociations.The earliest known records of a footballclub were of one based in Edinburgh inThe Originsof theSAFA.08/09
  10. 10. 1824 when a trainee lawyer, John Hope,organised a season of games on Saturdayafternoons for The Foot-Ball Club.Theclub consisted of members of the legalfraternity and landed gentry and playedinitially on Dalry Estate, then part of anEdinburgh suburb, and later at GreenhillPark in Bruntsfield.There was an annualsubscription of one and sixpence (7.5p).By 1826 the club had eighty five membersbut no records can be found after 1841.Of the amateur football clubs that werecognise today, Glasgow UniversityFootball Club was established in 1877closely followed by Edinburgh Universityin 1878, St Andrews University 1887 andAberdeen University 1889.On the basis that the club is the oldestplaying a form of football recognisable today, let us have a closer look at theGlasgow University Football Club.Glasgow University (Caledonian League)joined the SFA in 1878, a membershipthey have flirted with to the present day,but in their first season when they weredrawn against Queens Park in the ScottishCup they withdrew leaving Queens a bye.The University side competed in ScottishAmateur Football League in its inauguralseason 1901/02.In 1967 a group of graduates formed theWesterlands club who joined the ScottishAFL (SAFL).In season 1983/84, the club took theirleave of the SAFL and joined the newlyformed Caledonian League but left thesecond team to compete in the SAFLIn season 1989/90, the club also enteredteams in the new Greater Glasgow PremierAFL leaving their 3rd & 4th teams in theSAFL, though in 1993 their long standingmembership of the SAFL ended.Honours gained by the club were ScottishAmateur Cup winners in 1927,West ofScotland Cup winners in 1932, ScottishAmateur League Division 2 winners in1949, 1962 and 1973. In addition theyhave had eleven amateur internationalistsand one player,WW Beveridge, whogained 3 full international caps forScotland in 1879 & 80.Club secretary, John Paterson, becamePresident of the SAFL and was electedVice President of the SAFA in season1924-25 whilst he was secretary of theclub and the first team goalkeeper. JimCraig, former dentist and Celtic “LisbonLion”, is one of many senior players whohave played for the club.Besides playing in the various amateurleagues, the club entered the Scottish Cupon occasion, and in January 1960 had thedistinction of being defeated 15-0 by thecup holders St Mirren for whom centreforward Gerry Baker scored ten goals.In 2008 they run four teams in amateurleagues, with three teams performing onWednesdays in the Scottish UniversityLeague and still hold membership of theSFA.A picture of Glasgow University FC takenin 1877 at the start of the SFAThe Origins of the SAFA
  11. 11. 10/11To put matters into perspective andto appreciate the passage of onehundred years since the ScottishAmateur Football Association (SAFA) wasformed in 1909, it is imperative to savour asnapshot of the world at that time.Joseph Rowantree, who gave his name tothe progressive think tank The JosephRowantree Foundation stated 100 yearsago that the social evils facing Britain inthe first decade of the 20th century werepoverty, war, slavery, intemperance, theopium trade and gambling and describedthem as “great scourges of humanity”.Britain had a few years earlier lost QueenVictoria who had reigned for sixty threeyears, the three year long Boer War hadended, the Labour Party had just beenformed, and London held the OlympicGames at short notice after a volcaniceruption on Mount Etna had forced theorganisers to abandon the proposed venueof Rome.At first glance it appears little has changedin the world for in 1909 Turkey acceptedcash for the loss of Serbia andHerzegovina, an earthquake in Francekilled sixty people and floods in Mexicocaused 1400 deaths.In Britain, however, the Liberal reformerand Chancellor of the Exchequer, DavidLloyd George, introduced the firstpensions of five shillings (25p) for thoseover seventy years, imposed severe taxes onlicences for alcohol whilst America was inthe midst of “going dry” with an increasingnumber of States declaring Prohibition.Hollywood had yet to produce a film.TheApache chief Geronimo died in an Indianreservation, whilst nearer home LouisBleriot became the first person to flyacross the English Channel.The telephonewas in its infancy, cars were few and far tobe seen, and women did not have a vote.Commander Robert Peary of the US Navybecame the first man to reach the NorthPole after six attempts.Electricity was in its infancy, the Royal AirService, forerunner to the Royal Air Force,had been formed less than a yearpreviously and a race course at Scone wasopened six months earlier. The first SOSwas used at sea when a ship went down inthe Azores.In Scotland, a baby by the name ofAlexander Matthew Busby was born inOrbiston, Bellshill, Scotland.The over riding air at this time reeked withthe tensions throughout Europe whichwere about to erupt into world war, thewar to end all wars, resulting in the deathof ten million people.Rowantree, could well have made hisstatement at the start of the 21st century!Scottish AmateurFootballAssociationSir Matt Busby
  12. 12. The Scottish Amateur FootballAssociation (SAFA) was formed in1909 when after an initial meetingheld in February attended by eighty clubsfrom throughout Scotland, Queens ParkFC, Glasgow & District FP FootballLeague and the Glasgow & DistrictSecondary Schools League met and agreedon its formation. James Allison, Presidentof Queens Park FC, took the chair. Itwasn’t until January 1910 that the firstoffice bearers were appointed, those beingas follows;President R A Lambie, Glasgow & DistrictFP League, Secretary J W Millen,Hamilton Crescent FP and Treasurer W MCrow of the Glasgow & District SecondarySchools League.On 28th May 1909, the Scottish FootballAssociation (SFA) discussed a request formembership to the body from the SAFA.This was referred to the SpecialCommittee who reported back inNovember of that year that a decisionwould be deferred until a full list of SAFAmember clubs was submitted for approval.At this time five SAFA clubs had appliedfor direct membership of the SFA.It was not at all unusual to have jointmembership as it permitted clubs toparticipate in competitions organised bythe SFA. It is less common today thoughamateur clubs such as BurntislandShipyard and Glasgow University retaindual membership. At a meeting on 14thDecember 1909, the SFA approved themembership of the SAFA and appointedMessrs Liddell and Robertson as theirrepresentatives on the SAFA.They wereobviously very wary of their new associatesas Liddell was Immediate Past Presidentand Robertson was Vice President of theSFA.Wasting no time the SAFA, in February1910, asked the SFA to donate aChallenge Cup and badges for annualcompetition, but in early March of thatyear the SFA advised the SAFA theyunderstood that some of their memberclubs had registered professional playersand they must be investigated.Three clubswere expelled from the SAFA, and on 30thMarch 1910, the SFA agreed to present acup to the value of £20.00 and thesecretary was asked to obtain quotationsfor the design and cost. The cup finallypresented to the SAFA on 27th May 1910,to be known as the Scottish Amateur Cup.Regardless of the outcome of the requestto the SFA, the SAFA proceeded with anational cup competition.Twenty threeteams entered the first ever ScottishAmateur Cup competition in 1910 andthese are listed below;Airdrie LodgeAllan Glens FPBabcock & Wilcox AthleticBellahouston FPCreetown VolunteersEdinburgh Civil ServiceHamilton Crescent FPHelensburghHutchison School FPJohn Neilson Institute FPKilmacolmLeith AmateursLennox AmateursNewton StewartPaisley AcademicalsPaisley Grammar SchoolParkside AmateursPeterhead HibernianPollockshields AmateursQueens ParkVale of AthollWest Calder SwiftsWhitehill FP1909 - 1917Humble Beginnings
  13. 13. Newtyle Athletic AFC 1908 - 1909The competition got off to an inauspiciousstart when Kilmacolm protested about theground conditions at their first round tieagainst Paisley Grammar School.The tiewas replayed the following week withPaisley Grammar School wining.The firstwinners were John Neilson Institution FPAfc who defeated Paisley Academicals by2-0 at Love Street Paisley in April 1910.Obviously no cup or medals werepresented after the final.The cup was eventually presented to thewinning side in December 1911 and theSAFA had specially commissioned solidgold badges presented to the winners.Remarkably, two of the teams,WhitehillFP (Scottish Amateur Football League)then members of the Glasgow & DistrictFP League and Vale of Atholl, currentmembers of the Perthshire AmateurFootball Association, are still in existence.Prior to this Creetown Volunteers hadappealed to the SFA against the decisionof the SAFA to expel them frommembership as they had one registeredprofessional player but this was dismissed.Also in May 1910, the SFA dismissed anappeal from Helensburgh against adecision of the SAFA saying that theynever interfered with decisions of memberAssociations.In November 1910, the SAFA asked thepermission of the SFA to play aninternational match against England onlyto be told their request was premature, andwhen the SAFA endeavoured to arrange ameeting with the SFA to discuss thematter, this was refused.By the way, it was only on 1st December1910 that it was made compulsory for thegoalkeeper to have a different colouredjersey from his teammates.The Annual General Meeting of the SAFAin May 1911 saw three Associations andseventeen clubs in membership, and it wasnoted with regret that two foundermembers Paisley Academicals andKilmacolm had gone defunct.In December 1911, the SFA advised theOlympic Games Committee that theycould not send an amateur football teamto Stockholm for the 1912 Games. In the1908 Games, Great Britain had defeatedDenmark by 2-0 in the final.The 1910/11 Scottish Cup attractedtwenty three entries the same as theinaugural competition and the holdersJohn Neilson Institution FP were knockedout in the 2nd round albeit after a protest.In November 1912, the SAFA againrequested permission to play aninternational match against England andwere turned down and told that in future ifthere were to be such a game, it would beunder the jurisdiction of the SFA.TheSFA did indeed try to arrange the gamefor December 1913, but this date waschanged several times and then abandoneddue to the outbreak of war in 1914.In March 1913, the SAFA requested thepermission of the SFA to play teams onTwenty three teams entered thefirst ever Scottish Amateur Cupcompetition in 1910;Airdrie LodgeAllan Glens FPBabcock & Wilcox AthleticBellahouston FPCreetown VolunteersEdinburgh Civil ServiceHamilton Crescent FPHelensburghHutchison School FPJohn Neilson Institute FPKilmacolmLeith AmateursLennox AmateursNewton StewartPaisley AcademicalsPaisley Grammar SchoolParkside AmateursPeterhead HibernianPollockshields AmateursQueens ParkVale of AthollWest Calder SwiftsWhitehill FP12/13
  14. 14. 1909 - 1917 Humble Beginningsthe continent.This was agreed to providedthey played teams in membership of theInternational Federation and all detailswere submitted to the SFA for approval.December 1913 saw the SAFA requestingaffiliation to the SFA, but discussionspetered out as did football in generalwhen, on 28thJune 1914,The ArchdukeFranz Ferdinand of Austria and his wifewere assassinated in Sarajevo leading tothe outbreak of the Great War.The SAFA AGM in May 1914 reportedthree Associations and thirty two clubs inmembership, and the Treasurer advised theAssociation was £21.00 in credit.The 1stround of the Scottish Cup was set for 16thJanuary 1915, but no football occurred foranother five years. Similarly the initialinternational match against England to beorganised by the SFA was another casualty.Amateur football literally stopped for theduration of the war, and in October 1917the SAFA advised the SFA that it wasdormant having only one club inmembership. Just prior to this the SFAsaid they would not be appointingdelegates to the SAFA.From the SAFA formation in 1909 untilits cessation due to the hostilities in 1914,the three office bearers, President Lambie,Secretary Millen and Treasurer Crowremained unchanged.The main purpose of the SAFA at thistime appeared to be the administration ofthe Scottish Amateur Cup competition.Edinburgh Civil Service Strollers FC 1913/1914Wellbank AFC 1913/1914
  15. 15. 14/15Iceland became independent fromDenmark, Lenin, followed by Stalinlead the Russian Revolution, Alcock &Brown flew the Atlantic non stop. It wasthe era of the flappers,The Charleston,and Depression on both sides of theAtlantic.Troubles were brewing in Irelandwith the rise of Sinn Fein, and fascismgrew under Mussolini in Italy and Hitler inGermany. Eric Liddell won the 400metresgold medal in the 8th Olympics held inParis in 1924.At the May 1919, AGM, there were threeAssociations and forty three clubs inmembership, and whilst the President andTreasurer were re-elected, J Taylor ofAlbert Road FP was appointed Secretary, aposition he was unable to occupy due tohis mobilisation into HM Forces.ThePresident stood in for the Secretary in theshort term. On his demob Taylorimmediately got involved with SAFA andwas appointed Vice-President in 1928,Treasurer in 1929 and then served 3 yearsas President from 1930.In May 1919, the Football Association(FA) asked the SFA to play the elusive firstinternational match the following season,but they had to decline as Queens Parkrefused to release their first team players asthey would have a fixture on the proposeddate. In May of that year the SFAinstructed the SAFA to remove the needfor two SFA representatives on the SAFACommittee. I do not think this wasbecause the SFA felt that the SAFA werecompetent to run themselves, more likelythey felt it was simply not necessary as theSFA had the final word on any requestfrom the member Leagues or Associationsand used that facility ruthlessly.By October 1919, twenty three new clubshad entered the Association though fiveothers had dropped out.The 1921/22Scottish Amateur Cup was won byGreenock HSFP after a replay againstColdstream, the first game at CappielowPark, Greenock attracting 3000 spectators.In March 1922, the SFA turned down theoffer of an amateur international fixtureagainst the French FA and a furtherapproach from the FA was met with asimilar response.In April 1924, the SAFA again asked toplay an international match againstEngland only to be told that a teamwithout Queens Park players was not inthe national interest.However the SAFA agreed in August 1926that an amateur international match wouldtake place against England on 18thDecember 1926 in Leicester.The Scottishteam consisted of seven Queens Parkplayers, one from the Army and the otherthree from English senior teams.Threedays before the game the SAFA Presidentand Secretary were invited to attend thegame. Scotland won 4-1 and the expensescame to £291.19.2 (£291,97)In December of that year, the SFAannounced that they would be altering theArticles of Association to incorporate thenecessary changes which meant that, fromseason 1927/28, the SJunFA and theSAFA were to be National Associationsaffiliated to the SFA. Each Associationwould be given a vote at SFA CouncilMeetings and the SFA was to set up anAppeals Committee to deal with appealsfrom each body.There would be no appealagainst decisions which might delay cupcompetitions and defaulters would beliable for expenses in addition to the £5.00Appeal Fee.This was a major step forward in thedevelopment of the SAFA.1918 - 1939Between the Wars
  16. 16. In 1927 P Buchanan, President of theSAFA was appointed delegate to the SFA,a complete reversal of the procedure set upin 1910.In 1928 the SAFA hired a room from theSFA for meetings at a charge of £5.00 ayear, and the SFA announced that anyplayers in unauthorised football mightapply to the SFA for reinstatement before30th June to enable them to play thefollowing season.The second international match v Englandtook place in May 1928 with Scotlandwinning 3-2 and showing a profit of£446.7.0 (£446.35). On this occasionthere were eight Queens Park players, twoanglos and I McDonald from MurrayfieldAmateurs in the team.In early 1929, the SAFA asked the SFA ifthey could play internationals againstIreland and Wales, and these went ahead inOctober 1929, when Scotland beat Ireland3-0 and in February 1930, when Waleswere defeated 1-0.The international team to play England inApril 1931 included Queens Parkgoalkeeper R G C Peden. On qualifying asa teacher, Peden took up an appointmentin Dundee and turned out for MidlandsAFA side Hillcrest as a centre forward. InNovember 1932, he scored five goals in a7-2 victory over Arbroath HSFP.Returning from the international match vEngland in March 1931, the train carryingthe players and officials was in a crash atLeighton Buzzard where six people werekilled, many injured, but fortunately theScottish party were unscathed.In 1932 the SAFA were invited to havetwo representatives on the SFA SelectionCommittee and dates for theinternationals against the three other homecountries were established.The SFAdecided that the players who representedtheir country would receive a gold medal.R Gillespie of Queens Park, who hadcaptained Scotland in the historic firstamateur international against England,was once again selected for theforthcoming international and was alsocapped and captained Scotland in the fullinternational against France later that year.In February 1934, the SAFA met with theSFA to discuss what we would now findpolitically incorrect, “midget football”, butthis was rejected by the SFA as beingadequately provided for.This was ofcourse youth or under age boys football aswe know it today.At dawn on the 1st September 1939 whenthe jackboot crossed the Polish border,Britain, after issuing two ultimatums toGermany declared war and thus began theSecond World War.At the behest of the Government, inSeptember 1939 the SFA declared allfootball in Scotland be suspended butminor associations could continue.1918 - 1939 Between the WarsColdstream FC 1923/1924
  17. 17. 16/17The horrors of the Second WorldWar were ended by the dropping ofthe atomic bomb on Hiroshimaand Nagasaki.The United Nations wereformed and General de Gaulle was electedPresident of France.Winston Churchill,admired as a world statesman and leaderof the allied forces throughout the war,was defeated in the 1945 General Electionand Clement Atlee became Prime Ministerof Britain.During the war years an EmergencyCommittee was formed to run the SAFAaffairs and some interesting matters wereunearthed. In 1942 four players from LawBoys Guild were suspended “sine die” forbetting on the outcome of a game againstLarkhall Rangers.Whilst in 1943, a JamesAshwood of Coatbridge Thistle wassuspended “sine die” for playing whilst aprofessional and having forged areinstatement certificate.By 1943, however, twelveAssociations/Leagues had rejoined theSAFA including Lothian AFA, the ScottishAmateur Football League, the West ofScotland AFA, and ninety eight teamsentered a “West Cup”.At the SAFA AGM of 1944, a NationalRegistration Scheme was discussed andrejected and the SAFA, who ran Under 18and 16 leagues, approached the SFA tohave allYouth Football under their control.The SFA AGM turned this proposaldown.The SAFA membership fee was fiveshillings (25p) per club or two andsixpence (12.5p) if the club had youthsection.The 1945 AGM attracted only fourteenAssociations/Leagues and was not quoratethough by July that year it was agreed torestart Scottish and District Cups togetherwith the Under 18 and Under 16 nationalcompetitions.There were sixty nine entries for theScottish Cup and eighty eight for the Westof Scotland Cup.1940 - 1945The War Years
  18. 18. Winston Churchill declared anIron Curtain had descendedacross Europe, India gainedindependence from Britain and the state ofIsrael was created in Palestine.TheCzechoslovakian athlete Emil Zatopek wonfour gold medals at the 14th OlympicGames held in London and Italianmanufacturer Adidas launched arevolutionary shoe called a “trainer”.After the war, most Leagues andAssociations struggled to resurrect andmade stuttering progress caused by loss ofpersonnel, lack of equipment and kit,problems due to travel, effects of rationing.A glimpse into the Minutes of the BorderAmateur Football Association (BAFA)typifies the problems faced throughout thecountry at this time.On 17th October 1945, a meeting of eightclubs in Newton St Boswells agreed toreconstitute the Border Amateur FootballAssociation though due to lack ofequipment it was unlikely that a full fixturelist could be operated and help was to besought from the SFA to obtain clothingand equipment certificates (coupons). Itwas agreed that all member clubs shouldmake a one off payment of £1.00 inaddition to the Association membershipfee to assist the purchase of equipment. Alater meeting tells of the SFA saying theycould only assist with coupons unless allmember clubs were affiliated to the SAFA.The Association later agreed that noleague fixtures be arranged but two cupcompetitions be organised. By January1946, six further clubs had joined thoughEyemouth United were refused admittanceon the grounds that this would provide allother teams with great difficulty inobtaining Saturday transport.A public dance was to be held to raisefunds, and a recently appointed Patron,Lord William Scott, donated two guineas(£2.10) to the Association funds.The solefootball played in this first post war seasonwas for the Dudley Cup which was won byKelso United who went defunct in 1974.The rival Border Football Association(BFA) then requested return of theDudley Cup and there followed a disputeas to its rightful ownership. All endedhappily when the BFA agreed to permitthe BAFA to use the trophy provided theyformally applied for permission each year.League football got underway on 5thOctober 1946, a later date than firstenvisaged due to the lateness of theharvest, with nine clubs participating.TheSFA had by now offered to pay 75% of thecoupon value for clubs wishing to purchasejerseys etc. Referees were in short supply,and it was with great reluctance that theAssociation applied to the SAFA to permitthe increase in the tariff from three and six(17p) to five shillings (25p) plus expensesto attract more officials.There was concernthat some local school masters would notpermit boys to play football unless it waswith the oval shaped ball.The severeweather caused postponement of allfixtures in February and March 1947 andthere were doubts if the league fixturescould be completed due to the overtime onthe farms and the government ban onevening games. Such was the concern thatthe Association agreed to abandon all cupcompetitions for the season, and if anyfuture league game was postponed itwould be called a draw. Clubs were nowwithdrawing from the Association due tothe conscription of players into the armedforces.Yes, a very different scenario to what facesAssociations and Leagues in 2008.In 1946 SAFA President W W Terrisresigned and on leaving presented a cupfor Under 16 competition.The SAFA AGM of 1946 saw thirty sevendelegates attend and there were one1946 - 1949The Post War Years
  19. 19. 18/19hundred and twenty six entries for theScottish Cup. In 1947 the SFA rejected anAppeal against an SAFA Sub Committeedecision and advised the SAFA to set up aRight of Appeal to Council. !947 also sawOrkney FA and Shetland FA apply foraffiliation to the SFA and permission wasgranted by the SFA for the SAFA to playNorthern League, Northern Ireland inBelfast in June of that year.Amateurism had to be seen to work, andin July 1947 a John Campbell ofMinishant was reported for accepting aSavings Certificate as a prize. He wasspared his amateur status only after hereturned the gift.The SAFA again applied to the SFA toresume internationals against England,Ireland and Wales but were refused on thegrounds of “not full strength teams” and“a team without Queens Park playerswould be deluding the public”.Orkney and Shetland FAs were grantedaffiliation to the SFA but did not requireto pay fees as they were deniedrepresentation for playing outwith theSFAs accepted season.The SAFA wereagain granted permission to play NorthernLeague, Northern Ireland in Dumfries inMay 1948, and in an about turn by theSFA they were told they could arrangefuture internationals against the otherhome countries.They were reminded thatthey would be fully responsible for allexpenses incurred.At the behest of some member clubs theSAFA requested SFA permission to set upa National Registration Scheme but thiswas eventually rejected by the SAFACouncil as “being diametrically opposedto the amateur principles”.1948 also saw Inverness area clubsrefusing to join or affiliate to the SAFAand they were then reported to the SFAfor playing unauthorised football.Theycontinued to rebel but the SFA hit back bydeclaring (1) all clubs were ineligible, (2)players would have to apply to the SFA forreinstatement from unauthorisedfootball,(3) SFA member clubs must haveno dealings, offer pitches etc and (4)referee’s were advised they could notofficiate in matches.The President andSecretary of the SAFA made a pilgrimageto Inverness in December in an effort toresolve the problems and repeated thejourney to Sutherlandshire in the samemonth to put out the embers of rebellionin that area.There is no clear picture of how long ittook to bring the clubs to heel, but theamount of players who applied to the SFAfor reinstatement from unauthorisedfootball during the course of the next yearsuggests it lasted no more than a season.By the 1948 AGM, there were forty threeAssociations /Leagues, six hundred andfour teams and one hundred and seventythreeYouth members within the SAFA,and the Association accepted an offer fromthe SFA to hold their meetings at the SFAoffices in Glasgow. At the 1949 AGM, itwas agreed all Past Presidents of the SAFAshould be given automatic LifeMembership. A Murray McNab wasappointed Secretary and he acceptedprovided his company received payment of£150.00 for use of office staff to carry outthe duties. Once again a proposal for aNational Registration Scheme wasrejected.The SAFA arranged its first amateurinternational against Ireland in Aberdeenand invited two delegates from the SFA toattend.There were seven Queens Parkplayers in the team whilst the reserve teamhad another five.There was no happyending to the first international match asScotland were defeated.In 1949 the SAFA received an invitation toplay their French counterparts in Paris thefollowing year but had to decline the offeras they could not afford to finance the tripnor could the players take the necessaryfive days off work to participate.The rules,of course, strictly forbid players beingreimbursed for loss of wages.1946 - 1949 The Post War YearsClydesdale AFC 1948/1949 (Lanarkshire AFA)Greenock HSFP AFC 1947 (Scottish Amateur FL)
  20. 20. Despite the Second World Warbeing over, there was the threat ofthe new atomic weapon, andpeace still eluded the world with war inKorea and the French war in Vietnam. Itwas the decade of Suez, the HungarianUprising, Burgess & MacLean, troublewith the Mau Mau in Kenya, EOKA inCyprus and Civil Rights in the UnitedStates. Dick McTaggart won a boxing goldmedal at the 16th Olympics in Melbourne.The 1950 AGM saw membership rise tofifty eight Associations/ Leagues with eighthundred and twenty two clubs and twohundred and forty twoYouth teams andthe following season a total of twentyAppeals were lodged. In 1951 theEdinburgh Evening News presented atrophy for annual competition betweenteams in the South of Scotland, and theSAFA changed the name of the MidlandCup to the North of Tay Cup to avoidconfusion as many teams thought this wasa cup for Midlands AFA teams only.1952 saw the City & District AL permittedto change its name to the Central AL, andearly the next year the SFA turned down arequest from the SAFA to permit thetelevising of the amateur international vEngland. Later in 1953, NCR Afc(Midlands AFA) were given permission toplay the company factory team inAugsburg, Germany provided the SFAagreed.In 1953 the Committee structure withinthe SAFA was composed of elevencommittees; Executive, Finance, Appeals,Selection,Youth,West, East, North of Tay,Fife, North of Scotland and South ofScotland. In 1957 the Executive andFinance Committees combined.Thisstructure remained unaltered until 1984when a West District Sub Committee wasset up to handle the increased businessdue to Sunday football. A GeneralPurposes Committee was set up in 1997and in the 2003 the West DistrictExecutive Sub Committee changed itsname to the West District ExecutiveSunday Committee.The first international match v Eire wasarranged for Dublin in May with a returnat Celtic Park Glasgow the following year.In 1954 the SFA again resumedresponsibility for amateur internationals.Later that year the SAFA donated a cup tothe Glasgow & District Secondary SchoolsLeague to celebrate their 50th anniversary.They were of course very much part of theformation of the SAFA back in 1909.Withthe cooperation of Glasgow EducationCommittee, the SAFA set up CoachingCommission with a full complement of 16students taking part.The SFA wereastonished at this foresight and asked ifthey could send delegates as observers.The society we lived in was much reflectedby the membership of the SAFA, and in1955 for example, Dunfermline & DistrictWednesday AFA, Edinburgh & DistrictMid Week AFA, Edinburgh Tuesday AFA,Glasgow Shopkeeper Tuesday AFA andScottish Industrial Estates AFA were allmembers.The 1955 AGM was held in Perth and thepoor attendance was put down to a railstrike. Cars were of course very much aluxury and rail travel was easy andeffective with expense awards all calculatedon the third class rail fares.1957 saw the SFA give permission forgames to be played under floodlights. AJubilee Committee was set up by theSAFA in early 1959 to make arrangementsto celebrate the 50th anniversary of theAssociation and after an extensive search itwas reported that the early Minute Booksof the Association could not be traced. ADinner with entertainment was to beorganised and held within BurlingtonHouse, Glasgow in 1960. With an officialguest list of one hundred and thirty, onlysixty tickets were available for clubmembers.To commemorate the Jubilee theSFA presented the SAFA with aPresident’s Chain of Office.1950 - 1959Out of the DarknessThe Origins of the SAFAMillburn AFC 1952/1953 (Aberdeenshire FA)
  21. 21. 20/21The era of Flower Power and manwalking on the moon, Dr Beechingclosing 200 rail links and 2000stations,The Forth Road Bridge openingand Celtic becoming the first British clubto win the European Cup saw the SAFApurchase a copy of the 1960 EuropeanCup Final between Real Madrid andEintracht Frankfurt which could be hiredfor £1.00 a time.Training in First Aid wasmooted for club officials, but the SAFAadvised teams to contact their local StAndrews Ambulance Service direct.Thepopular Coaching Commission coursescontinued and in 1960 there were forty sixparticipants.The Dumfries & C District AFL wereadvised they could not fine players formisconduct offences but whereappropriate they could fine clubs.TheNational Registration Scheme was againdebated but turned down by Councilbefore it was taken to the AGM. Similarproposals for such a scheme were rejectedat the 1963 and 1964 AGMs.However, in 1962 the SFA agreed at theirAGM to the SAFA proposal that anamateur player on a “B Form” could havehis registration cancelled on request andaltered their Articles of Associationaccordingly. A record two hundred andfifty nine entries for the Scottish Cup in1962 was exceeded in 1965 when twohundred and eighty four entered.In 1965 the SAFA promoted an InterLeagueYouth Competition to start thefollowing season and Foulden Fc playingin the North Northumberland Leaguewere permitted by the SFA to affiliate tothe SAFA.The SFA also suggested thatone substitute might be used at anytime ina game but this met with a muted responseat the SAFA.In April 1966 an SAFA Select playedEdinburgh University to commemoratethe Centenary of the Edinburgh UniversityAthletic Club.By the 1966 AGM, the SAFA secretaryMurray McNab had moved to AlexanderSloan & Co who carried out the secretarialwork on behalf of the Association. Aproposal for a National RegistrationScheme was again debated and rejected.A major step was taken in August 1966when the SAFA agreed that one substitutemight be allowed but only to replace aninjured player. He had to be on the teamlines and, if used in a cup competition,would be considered cup tied. A few weekslater the SAFA showed their teeth and toldLawside FP (Midlands AFA) to return theNorth of Tay Cup and all individualplaques when it was found they had playeda professional player in the final. Stirling &District AFA were warned that they mustgive dated suspensions and not gamesuspensions. In the course of the previousseason, twenty five Appeals were dealtwith. In August 1967 the referee’s tariff forthe Scottish Cup was set at £1.00 plustravelling expenses and the SAFA fundsstood at £1271.00.The SAFA wereprepared to permit one substitute for cupgames but each Association/League coulddecide for themselves whether to adoptthis rule.In October 1967 the sons of Alex FBaxter, who for years had been theamateur football columnist with theGlasgow Evening Times, approached theSAFA and offered a trophy in their father’smemory.The initial suggestion was to splitthe West of Scotland Cup into twosections, but this was rejected in favour ofa knock out competition between theAssociations/Leagues in the West ofScotland.In April 1968 the AF Baxter Trophy washanded over to the SAFA by the latecolumnist’s two sons.Also in 1968 it was suggested the post ofPresident be restricted to one of threeyears but this was not accepted.In April 1969 Alexander Sloan & Cobecame the SAFA Treasurers and theSAFA registered office would be thecompanies address at 142 St VincentStreet, Glasgow. An auditor wasappointed and the position ofSecretary/Treasurer was combined andtaken on by Murray McNab. An assistantsecretary was to be appointed at thefollowing AGM. At the 1969 AGM, thesetwo appointments were confirmed with theassistant secretary dealing with allYouthmatters. Once again a proposal for aNational Registration Scheme was debatedand rejected.Tragedy struck the newly appointedSecretary/Treasurer when he was badlyinjured in a fall at home and he died inSeptember 1969 from his injuries.Theassistant secretary, Leslie Michie, who hadnever taken up that position, wasappointed Secretary/Treasurer until thefollowing AGM.1960 - 1969Years of Enlightment and Hope
  22. 22. The years of Vietnam,Watergate, theBaader-Meinhof gang, theatrocities at the Munich Olympics,violence in Northern Ireland, strikes,Britain joining the European Union, JackieStewart winning the World Formula OneChampionship, David Wilkie the 200metres breast stroke gold medal in theMontreal, 21st Olympics and the Ibroxdisaster when sixty six people lost theirlives at a Rangers v Celtic NewYear match.However, the 1970’s was to see hugechanges in the development of the SAFA.Whilst the world was falling apart, theSAFA started 1970 by purchasing a set ofstrips from T Alexander of Paisley for£30.00 and advised clubs that frivolousappeals would result in costs being leviedagainst clubs.This was sparked off by anappeal by Pencaitland Amateurs (LothianAFA) requiring a Special Meeting with allthe cost of postage, lets etc and eventuallythe appeal being deemed frivolous.On the brighter side, the SFA offeredaccommodation for SAFA meetings free ofcharge with telephone facilities. It wasdecided there would be a programme forthe Scottish Amateur Cup final for the firsttime. Airdrie, Coatbridge & District AFLchanged their name to Central ScotlandAFLAt the 1970 AGM, there were now sixtyone Associations/Leagues and elevenhundred clubs in membership.The SAFAYouth Select had won the SFAYouth Cupfor the second season running.There werefour hundred and thirteen entries for theScottish Amateur Cup and the Associationfunds stood at £3694.75.The SAFAcommissioned a Ballot Box incommemoration of Murray McNab anddonated it to the SFA for use of allmember bodies for their cup draws.In February 1972,W P Allan, the SFAsecretary, addressed a Council meetingstating that Sunday football could not takeplace until (1) the SAFA changed theirConstitution and (2) the SFA changedtheir Articles of Association. In a raredemonstration of unity, the SAFAsupported the SJunFA and SJuvFA andput forward a motion to the SFA AGM“That Sunday Football be permittedwhere both clubs agree to play”.This wassuccessful, but the SFA reminded theSAFA that an amateur could not play atrial for a Junior club if it was on a Sunday.The SFA agreed an amateur could playsummer and winter football provided hisregistration with the appropriateAssociation/League was in order, but achange of rules was required before thiscould take place.The SFA also confirmedthat professional players over the age oftwenty one could be reinstated to amateurprovided they were medically examined bytheir own doctor and the SFA doctor whohad to agree they could not earn a livingfrom playing football.The 1972 AGM saw two substitutes beingallowed and penalty kicks being used tosettle Scottish Cup ties. Later the SFAagreed they would alter their Articles ofAssociation to permit SAFA member clubsto play on Sunday.This was a momentousdecision which reflected the mood of thecountry at the time as the long heldpresbyterian outlook to the sabbath wasleft behind. There were four hundred andninety six entries for the Scottish Cup andthe SAFA funds stood at £3516.75.The SAFA requested the SFA changeArticle 126 to include the SAFA on the listof those able to participate in Sundayfootball and this was accomplished at theSFA AGM.This was a milestone in thedevelopment and expansion of the SAFA.For season 1972/73, there were fourhundred and sixty entries for the ScottishAmateur Cup and in an unusual departure1970 - 1979A Decade of Dramatic Development
  23. 23. 22/23from normal business a dispute was settledby Fife Police. Abbotshill (Kirkcaldy &District AFL) played Tayport (MidlandsAFA) in the Scottish Cup and the rule atthe time meant the home team had to paytravel expenses to the opposition providedthe distance travelled exceeded thirtymiles.The clubs could not agree, and theSAFA called upon Fife’s finest whodecided the distance between the groundswas thirty one miles.Thus Tayport wereliable for expenses!In 1976 Annan Athletic (Carlisle &District AL) successfully applied to play inthe Scottish and the West of ScotlandDistrict Cups, and Iain McTweedsucceeded Ian Barbour as SAFA secretary.In early 1976, Netherlee Church (ScottishAFL) took the unusual step of reportingthree of their players for playingunauthorised football and suspendedthem.The players had to apply to the SFAfor reinstatement to amateur status beforecontinuing to play. Season 1975/76 wasthe only time the Scottish Cup final wasnot played as one of the finalistsCambusnethan Talbot were deemed tohave played an ineligible player in anearlier round.The investigation preventedthe final being played, and Colville Park(Central Scotland AFL) but then of theLanarkshire AFA, were presented with theScottish Cup and winners medals inOctober 1976, without having had thethrill of running out on to Hampden Park.Sponsorship was being encouraged butclubs, Associations and Leagues werereminded that all sponsorship deals had tobe submitted to the SFA for approval.This resulted in large numbers ofapplications to the SFA each month.The1977 AGM saw a reported surplus of£765.00 for the year, the SAFA hearingthirty nine Appeals and the Scottish Cupattracting five hundred and eighty entries.Sunday football was up and running and itwas agreed to have a Scottish SundayTrophy, with the status of a District Cupfrom season 1978/79.Ties would beplayed only on a Sunday with 30 minutesextra time and penalties if necessary todecide the outcome.The secretary of the Dingwall & DistrictAFA, Harry Windsor, had secured a trophyfor the Highland Amateur Cup and wasconfident he would find a sponsor for thefirst competition.The SAFA received aninvitation to play in the Faroe Islands withall expenses paid from time of leaving fromand returning to Scrabster near Thurso onthe north coast of Scotland. The SAFAsought assistance for the travel andaccommodation to and from Scrabsterfrom the SFA and the Sports Council, buttheir appeals fell on stony ground and theywere unable to accept the offer.The SFA now permitted sponsors’ nameson jerseys but they were limited to twelvesquare inches in total. Later in 1978,Tennent Caledonian Brewers agreed tosponsor the Scottish Cup for three years,and the SAFA accepted an offer to playthe North Amateur League from NorthernIreland at Stranraer in April 1979.Thishad been considered in previous years butdue to the troubles in Ireland had nevermaterialised. The whisky company,Matthew Gloag & Sons, agreed a threeyear deal to sponsor the Scottish SundayTrophy and also supplied the cup. Halkirkwere beaten by South Ronaldsay fromOrkney in the Highland Amateur CupFinal which attracted the largest evercrowd of 1200 to a match in Thurso.In October 1979, seven nominations werereceived for the position of Vice Presidentof the SAFA and Tom Wilkie (Angus AFA)was successful in the ballot. Out of theblue, the SFA offered a one off grant tothe SAFA to play the North League ofNorthern Ireland at Carrickfergus.December 1979 saw the SAFA agree toplace all records on permanent loan to theScottish Records Office.1970 - 1979 A Decade of Dramatic DevelopmentElphinstone Hillburn AFC 1981. Willie Darroch, captian of Elphinstone Hillburnreceiving the Sunday Amateur Scottish Cup from Willie Miller, Sales Managerwith sponsors Famous Grouse Scotch Whisky.
  24. 24. This era saw the words “glasnost”and “perestroika” emerge from theSoviet Union with the reforms ledby Gorbachev. Britain had its first womenPrime Minister in Margaret Thatcher whooversaw the Falklands War, and theChernobyl disaster brought home themessage to mankind that care of theenvironment was paramount. RonaldReagan was elected President of theUnited States, Lech Walesa becameChairman of Solidarity in Poland.TheBerlin Wall came down.The Prince ofWales married Lady Diana Spencer. AlanWells won a gold medal at the 22ndOlympics in Moscow, the Bradford CityFootball fire and the Hillsborough disasterin Sheffield.The Lockerbie air disasterclaimed two hundred and seventy lives.After three years deliberation the SFAannounced that nylon studs werepermitted to be worn on all surfaces.Founder members of the SAFA , Glasgow& District FP FL, celebrated their 75thanniversary in February 1980.Bellahouston Academy FP were the onlyoriginal member club still in the Leaguethough Clydebank HSFP formed in 1919and Govan HSFP founded in 1909 werestill members of the League. By the 1980AGM, the SAFA had one hundred andtwelve Associations/Leagues with nineteenhundred and forty six clubs and eighthundred and sixty seven youth teamswhich translated to around fifty fivethousand people involved in amateurfootball each week.They had heard fifty sixAppeals in the past season but a furtherfifty five were improperly lodged. InOctober 1980, the talk was all of illegalsubstances, not those taken by individualsbut lime, paraquat and creosote used forline markings.The SFA were requested torule on this matter.In November of that year the SAFAannounced their largest ever sponsorshipdeal to date when the producers ofVladimir Vodka put their name to apackage of sponsorship including aNational 5-a-side Tournament, a newinnovation.The initial deal was for oneyear, but hopes were high that the NationalTournament would be highly successfuland raise the profile of the SAFA for yearsto come.It was decided the entrants for the 5-a-sideTournament would be by invitation only,and after protracted discussions, that itwould be a one day event in the KelvinHall Glasgow in April 1981. DavidFrancey, the voice of BBC Scotland’sfootball commentaries, agreed to act asMaster of Ceremonies.The winners of theScottish Cup and the District Cups werethus assembled with an army of SAFAvolunteer stewards etc, to witness DingwallThistle Afc winning the competition.At the 1981 AGM, a possible financiallight was shining on the horizon when itwas suggested that the SAFA should run aLottery being promoted by the SFA.Thiswas to lead to another quantum leapforward in the development of the SAFAby providing the means and momentum toappoint a full-time official, the first in theSAFA’s history.The SAFA continued to grow, this beingreflected in the six hundred and fifty fourentrants for the Scottish Cup and anincredible two hundred and forty for theScottish Sunday Trophy. Fife AFAcelebrated their Golden Jubilee.The 80s continued to reap a harvest ofsponsors. In addition to theaforementioned Vladimir Vodka, deals werestruck with Tennent Caledonian Brewersfor a further three year extension to theirsponsorship of the Scottish Cup,TheNorth of Scotland Cup had an anonymousbacker for three years, the Under 18, 16,and 15 national cup competitions were1980 - 1989Momentous Change
  25. 25. sponsored by Transalpino, a travel agencydealing mainly with students. ScottishBrewers sponsored the Fife Cup, MatthewGloag the Scottish Sunday Trophy forthree years,The Press & Journal TheHighland Cup, Broughton Brewery theSouth of Scotland Cup,The Tartan ArmsBannockburn the West of Scotland Cup.In 1982 the Ballot Box presented to theSFA in memory of former SAFA secretaryMurray McNab was returned to theAssociation by the SFA. A Scottish AFLteam drew a team from Islay AFL in TheAF Baxter Trophy and it cost over£700.00 to fulfill the fixture.After considerable discussion, by April1982 it was decided that a full timeSecretary/Treasurer should be appointedthough Alexander Sloan & Co, theAssociation treasurers would continue todeal with the financial matters.The postwas to be advertised and duties to includeattending all SAFA meetings and to besecretary of the Selection and Appealscommittees. It was anticipated the postwould be funded from investment incomeand proceeds from the SFA Lottery.There were two hundred and twentyapplicants and a subcommittee was set upto prepare a short leet. Five applicants,three of which were currently involvedwith the SAFA, were interviewed fromwhich Iain McTweed, the SAFA HonorarySecretary since 1976, was selected andoffered the post.The SAFA’s first full timeemployee took up his employment on 1stSeptember 1983.The Secretary workedfrom his house and was to have a sixmonth probationary period before finalconfirmation of his employment.Therewould be a salary review annually in May.This was yet another major step in thedevelopment of the SAFA.The SFA Lottery administered by theSAFA was now beginning to plough fundsinto both the SAFA and its member clubsby way of commission on sales. By the1984 AGM, six hundred clubs wereparticipating.In 1983 the Caledonian League wasformed when sixteen invited teams playedin the inaugural season. The rationale wasthat clubs of proven ability, with goodplaying surfaces and social facilities,competing against each other would raisethe status of amateur football.In 1984 the Kingdom Caledonian AFAstarted in Fife, with invited clubs formingone division in an effort to raise thestandard of football in the area byattracting clubs from throughout Fife.Amost bizarre case undertaken bythe Executive & FinanceCommittee began in June 1988when a member of the North of TayExecutive Committee was cited toexplain why he wrote a personal letterto the secretary of a team regarding adecision taken by the Committee in acase involving the club.The individual failed to attendnumerous meetings but wrote in hisdefence stating he had tape recorded allNorth of Tay Executive Committeemeetings he attended and claimed thecommittee Chairman had used offensivelanguage against him.He also claimed to have a writtenapology from the Chairman for hisremarks, but no evidence of any kindwas ever produced and he waseventually Severely Censured andbarred from holding office of any kindfor five years.1980 - 1989 - Momentous ChangeLothian AFA 75th Anniversary DinnerLanarkshire AFA 50th Anniversary Dinner. Officials and Guests.24/25
  26. 26. 1980 - 1989 - Momentous ChangeIn August 1984, the Strathpeffer PipeBand offered to play at the final of theHighland Cup for payment of £50.00.Thecanny secretary of the competition refusedbut compromised by allowing them playand to take a collection at half time.Thepipe major had great satisfaction inannouncing they had collected £100.00!Incidentally, the cup was won by Nessfrom Stornoway who defeated BishopmillVilla by 4-1.Lothian AFA celebrated their 75thanniversary, and a West Executive SubCommittee was set up on a temporarybasis to assist with the large workloadcaused by the West of Scotland Cup andthe Scottish Sunday Trophy.In 1985 Ayrshire AFA celebrated theirGolden Jubilee, and a year later the SAFApermitted their flagship competition, theScottish Cup to be renamed the TennentsScottish Amateur Cup.Tom Wilkie, the SAFA President, wasawarded Life Membership of the SFA forhis contribution to amateur football.At the 1986 AGM, it was announced thattwo substitutes would be allowed fromnext season. One hundred and thirtyAppeals had been heard during the seasonof which forty six were incorrectly lodged.A donation of £1500.00 was made to theJock Stein Memorial Fund.In August 1987, a Match Secretary for theScottish Sunday Trophy, George Steel, wasappointed for the first time. By the end ofthe year structural changes were madewithin the Lottery with the SAFASecretary/Treasurer assumingresponsibility for its supervision and aseparate Lottery account opened. InJanuary 1988, Hugh Knapp was welcomedas the Council delegate for LanarkshireAFA. An unusual Appeal was consideredwhen the Strathtay v Stow ScottishSunday Trophy tie was abandoned aftereighty four minutes as the strong windbrought down the crossbar. Adjacent parkswere available but the losing club refusedto move.The Appeal for the tie wasdismissed and the game recast as bothclubs would have had to agree to moveparks.In August 1988, George Watson becameAssistant Match Secretary and in OctoberAndrew S Laird who had served thirtyyears as Match Secretary, was made a LifeMember of the SFA. In March the SFAconfirmed taping of nets to the posts andbar was acceptable, and the SAFAannounced that from next season netsmust be used in all Scottish SundayTrophy ties. As a result of a high numberof Appeals to the SFA, which they termedfrivolous, the SFA warned that in futureclubs submitting Appeals considered thusmight be levied expenses which couldamount to £200.00. In 1989 The GreaterGlasgow Premier League commenced withtwenty invited clubs mainly from theEastwood area of Glasgow. The intentionwas to provide competitive football, ongood grass pitches and with limited travel.The decade closed with the presentation ofa SFA Long Service Award to A B Bennie(Lanarkshire AFA) for over fifty yearsThroughout the 80s the SAFA grew at agreat pace, and at the end of the decade ithad one hundred and fiftyAssociations/Leagues with two thousandnine hundred fifty clubs and threethousand seven hundred teams. Between1975 and 1983 the Association haddoubled in size.This growth was due inthe main to the popularity of Sundayfootball and the rapid growth of youthfootball.The Scottish Cup entries hadreached eight hundred and two with sixhundred and fifty for the Famous GrouseScotch Whisky Amateur Football Trophy.Harris FP AFC team competing in Vladivar National 5-a-sidetournament. Featuring current Executive and FinanceCommittee member Ronnie HughesVladivar sponsorship 1981. Representativesof Vladivar present sponsorship cheque toJohn Robertson (President SAFA)
  27. 27. 26/27The release of Nelson Mandela fromprison in South Africa, Poll Taxriots in Britain, the Gulf Warstarting, the opening of the ChannelTunnel, Eric Cantona’s “kung fu” attackon a spectator, the Dunblane massacre,Scotland kicking off the World Cuptournament in Paris and Liz McColganwinning the ladies 10,000 metres at theWorld Athletics Championships set thebackdrop for this era.1990 started with the SAFA discussingwhether to continue with the ScottishSunday Trophy as so many teams werewithdrawing from ties. A Questionnaire onCautions was sent to allAssociations/Leagues and the introductionof VAT on fees would see increases acrossthe board at the start of season 1990/91.R Hay, Past President of the SAFA, wasawarded a Long Service Medal by theSFA. In November 1990, it becameapparent that the SFA were discussing thefuture of Scottish Football which mighthave a far reaching effect on the SAFA. Inaddition the SFA Development Officer,Andy Roxburgh, had issued a documentonYouth Football and joint meetings wereheld between the various bodies concernedwho were asked to report back. Numerouschanges were to be made to currentpractice including no 11–a-side untilUnder 12, smaller pitches and goals, moresubstitutes permitted, a smaller ball to beused and 7-a-side for up to Under 11s tobe introduced.Towards the end of the year the SAFAlent its support to Queens Park when itwas mooted a new national stadium bebuilt elsewhere in Scotland.Dundee Sunday Welfare AFA celebratedits 25th Anniversary before the year wasout, and early in 1992 another SundayAssociation, Maybury AFA, celebratedtheir 20th Anniversary.By the time of the 1992 AGM there wasmixed news for the SAFA when, firstly theSFA offered rent free officeaccommodation and facilities for theSecretary for at least two years butsecondly, at the Scottish Sunday TrophyFinal, Matthew Gloag & Co stunned thecompany when they announced theirsponsorship would cease forthwith.Further bad news followed when TennentCaledonian Brewers said they would notbe continuing their sponsorship of theScottish Cup. Frantic discussion withMatthew Gloag & Co saw them agreeingto sponsor the Scottish Sunday Trophy fora further season before a review, and witha twist in the tail the company expressedan interest in sponsoring the Scottish Cup.In January 1993 it was agreed to advertisenot only for a Secretary but also a clerkessand 160 applicants were received for thepost of Secretary. After a short leet ArthurDuncan, a retired police inspector,accepted the post and started on 5thJanuary 1994.James Brown, a director of Stranraer FCwho had offered the SAFA a cup in 1984,left £250.00 to the SAFA in his Will andsome time later it was agreed it be used toreplace aYouth Competition trophy. InFebruary 1992 the sad news that theGlasgow & District FP AFL was foldingcame with a simple telephone call fromtheir President. Indeed a disappointingend for a founding Association of theSAFA in 1909.The League’s various cupsand trophies were taken in for safe keepingby the SAFA in the hope that the Leaguemight be restarted.In August 1993, due to the scarcity ofdates available for possible replays it wasagreed that for one year only the ScottishCup ties would be one game played to afinish. At different dates during that yearWest Lothian AFA celebrated their 25thAnniversary and Giffnock North Afc their50th,In January 1994, Secretary Arthur Duncanattended his first Council meeting andHugh Knapp was appointed Treasurer.From the following season the SFAannounced that a named goalkeeper andthree substitutes would be permitted.At an SGM the SAFA decreed that shouldan official or player be found guilty of any1990 - 1999Development, Disillusionment & DisappointmentAberdeenshire AFA Office Bearers and Executive Committeecelebrate their 50th Anniversary.
  28. 28. offence his club be fined £5.00.Seven months after taking up the position,Arthur Duncan resigned as Secretary andHugh Knapp, a previous applicant, wasoffered the job.This was later approved byCouncil.The new Secretary started in July1994 and Jack Keating took on HughKnapp’s previous post as treasurer.Withthe aid of a SFA grant of £7500.00 a newcomputer was purchased.In September the SAFA decided aNational Registration Scheme was notrequired as the game was recreational, butthe Union of European FootballAssociations (UEFA) decreed that theSFA must have a record of all footballplayers in the country and this includedamateur players. All Scottish Cup andDistrict Cup ties would be played to afinish after the first replay.The SAFA permitted individualAssociations/Leagues to decide if theywished to insist jerseys have numbers. ByDecember Hugh Knapp had served hisprobationary period and formally acceptedthe position as Secretary of theAssociation.Lottery ticket sales had decreased steadily,and when only 16 clubs were selling ticketsthe Lottery was closed in February 1995.However, it should be noted that duringthe years of its existence over one millionpounds had been raised for amateurfootball. Guidelines for all SeriousOffences were issued to allAssociations/Leagues for discussion, in anattempt to bring parity to decisionsthroughout the country. At the 1995AGM, it was agreed that five substitutes,of whom three could play, was to beintroduced next season. October 1995 sawthe 60th Anniversary of Ayrshire AFA, theSAFA making a trip to Shetland Islandsfor two games and Angus MacKayappointed to the Selection Committee.A Website was set up in December 1996.In March 1996, the SFA instructed aInternational Review Commission toreport on all aspects of football inScotland. Early “leaks” suggested the word“amateur” would disappear and all bodieswould have an equal say in any newstructure despite the SAFA’s numericalstrength in that it organised some 95% ofrecreational football in Scotland.The SAFA set up a General PurposesCommittee and in August 1997, RobertMcGechie of Edinburgh Sunday AFAattended his first Council meeting. PublicLiability Insurance would be compulsorywith immediate effect though to ease thepain the SAFA agreed to pay the premiumfor the first season. By September aMillennium Committee was formed, andthe next month Aberdeenshire AFAcelebrated their 50th Anniversary.At the 1998 AGM, a full review ofdisciplinary procedures was set in motion,and the President’s Award was introduced.The SFA announced they had altered theirArticles of Association to permit players of“professional status” to play within theSAFA and formal reinstatement could beobtained by simply applying to the SFA. InSeptember the SAFA announced that aMillennium Dinner would be held in theForte Post House Hotel, Glasgow, inJanuary 2000 combining with acelebration of the SAFA’s 90thAnniversary.By this time all records of the SAFA hadbeen put into the custody of the ScottishFootball Museum within Hampden Park,Glasgow.The International ReviewCommission reported to the SFA in April1998 but the recommendations weredefeated at an SFA meeting. However, nodoubt after considerable lobbying, thereport was approved at a SFA SGM inMay 1998.The main thrust as far as theSAFA was concerned was that a new body,The ScottishYouth Football Associationwould be set up to control all football upto Under 21 level..Youth Under 21Leagues would not be permitted to acceptnew teams therefore it was hoped that allUnder 21 football would be under thejurisdiction of the SAFA within threeyears.This caused much soul searchingwithin the SAFA, but at the 1999 AGM aballot saw theYouth Section go off to theSYFA.This was another milestone in thelife and times of the SAFA. A side issuesaw the establishment of a Players’ Licenseat a cost of £5.00 per club fixed for fiveyears.The West of Scotland AFL celebrated theirCentenary late in the 1998. In the earlypart of the decade the numbers within theSAFA remained static at around onehundred and fifty Associations/Leagues,two thousand nine hundred and fifty clubswith three thousand seven hundred teams,but from 1995 the numbers decreaseduntil in 1999 there were one hundred andseven Associations/Leagues with twothousand one hundred and fifteen clubs.With the way going of theYouth clubs thefollowing season, this was a worryingstatistic.On a brighter note sponsorship flourished,with B & Q sponsoring the East ofScotland, North of Scotland and ScottishUnder 16 national cups. Apart from theaforementioned problems with MatthewGloag & Co and Tennent CaledonianBrewers, other sponsors such as Sport onTime, Andrew Sommerville,The Press &Journal,Trophy Centre,Transport &General Workers Union, Belt Up Trophiesand Soccerworld all came on board for thefirst time, Before the decade was outMatthew Gloag & Co had sponsored theThe Scottish Cup continuously from 1994to 2000 and the Scottish Sunday Trophythroughout the 90s.In 1999 the 1st UEFA Regions Cup sawWest of Scotland take part in thecompetition in Dublin which waseventually won by Venetia RegionalAssociation of Italy.This was a wonderfulexperience for all concerned despite thefact they did not qualify for the latterstages of the competition.1990 - 1999 - Development, Disillusionment & DisappointmentOfficials of the Scottish Amateur and the Northern AFLcelebrate the 75th anniversary of the Northern AFL
  29. 29. 28/29Into a new Millennium with the hype,elaborate celebrations and hope forpeace throughout the world which wasshattered by the 2001 “9/11” attack on theTwin Towers and World Trade Centre inNewYork. Two thousand nine hundredand seventy four people from ninetycountries lost their lives in the attack by al-Qaeda which triggered off the wars in Iraqand Afghanistan.The name Osama binLaden was on everyone’s lips.Thedevastating Indian Ocean tsunami killedtwo hundred and fifty thousand people. Aterrorist attack was carried out on Glasgowairport in 2007.The 29th Olympics of2008 in Beijing saw Edinburgh cyclistChris Hoy win three gold medals.With theYouth section departingmembership dropped to seventy threeAssociations/Leagues with one thousandfive hundred and sixty clubs. The 2000AGM saw Robert McGechie take over asMatch Secretary of the Famous GrouseScotch Whisky Amateur Football Trophy.District Cup ties were to be played to afinish at first attempt and Matthew Gloag& Co signed a four year sponsorship dealfor both Scottish Cups.Early in 2001, the SAFA moved into newoffices in the reconstructed NationalStadium at Hampden Park Glasgow and anew Website was launched.The delicatecondition of the two Scottish Cups led tothe decision to have them repaired,mothballed and new trophies purchased.In May 2001, the Fixed PenaltyGuidelines for Standard Offences wasintroduced throughout the country for aninitial two year period leading to a review.At the 2004 AGM, Matthew Gloag & Coannounced that their sponsorship of theScottish Sunday Trophy, better known bythis time as the Famous Grouse ScotchWhisky Amateur Football Trophy, was overafter a twenty five year relationship. Thiswas indeed a sad blow to the SAFA.However the Scottish Cup has beensponsored in turn by Soccer World andSportsguard since then. Replicas of thetwo major trophies were purchased andthe originals given on permanent loan tothe Scottish Football Museum atHampden Park.In 2001 the Scottish Amateur FLcelebrated their Centenary, and GreenockHSFP did likewise in 2007. May 2003saw the 25th anniversary of the fixtureagainst the Northern Amateur FootballLeague of Northern Ireland for the JackBritton Rosebowl.Paisley & District AFA held their GoldenJubilee in 2004. In 2007 St MonansSwallows celebrated one hundred years offootball in the Fife village.In February 2003, the SAFA had over fivehundred applications to take their “CLicence” coaching course to be run by the2000 - 2008A New BeginningDavid Henderson scoring for theScottish team against Italy in the2008 UEFA Regions Cup
  30. 30. SFA in conjunction with the CommunityCoaches.The Western District ExecutiveSub Committee was renamed the WesternDistrict Executive Sunday Committeewhich more accurately reflected its duties.By 2004 Futsal had forty nine teams infour leagues and discussions wereadvanced with a sponsor but this later fellthrough. Around this time a shortage ofreferees was felt, particularly in the West ofScotland, and meetings were held with theSFA in an attempt to improve thesituation.The Protection of Children Act (Scotland)2003 would affect clubs with Under 18players and information was madeavailable to the relevant clubs. A pilotscheme for the National RegistrationScheme started in season 2005/06 underthe auspices of the SFA, but due tomanpower problems and computerglitches this will be unable to be fullyimplemented until the end of the decade.Derogatory comments on a club Websitenecessitated, in 2005, the SAFAintroducing a rule holding clubsresponsible for what appeared on theirWebsite.The 2005 Scottish Amateur SundayTrophy ended with ugly scenes involvingboth teams and spectators and both clubswere Severely Censured for their actions,fined £250.00 and had a Bond for goodbehaviour placed on them in the sum of£250.00. Further, both clubs were barredfrom entering the competition for fiveyears. Both clubs failed to pay the finesand were Debt Suspended.For years the SAFA had sought financialassistance to run first aid courses with theprinciple that each club would have atleast one qualified member with a SportsInjury Certificate. In February 2007, theScottish Football Partnership agreed tofund the initiative to the sum of£140,000.00 making it virtually free toevery club in membership of the SAFA.Legislation was passed and all clubs willhave to comply having at least onemember with a Sports Injury Certificatefrom season 2009/10.The courses are torun all round the country by SFA Sports& Medicine Centre.East of Scotland were to represent theSAFA in the 6th UEFA Regions Cup tobe held in Allessandria, Italy, aspiring toqualify for the second stages, something noother Scottish team has done since thetournaments inception in 1999.The 100th year started with an entry offive hundred and ninety eight teams forthe Scottish Amateur Cup, despite fallingnumbers still the largest footballcompetition in the country and continuedon a bright financial note when asponsorship agreement was signed withScottish Brewers, using the brand nameFosters, for the Scottish Amateur Cup andthe Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy for atwo year period with an option for afurther year.So thanks to prudent and watchfulstewarding and despite the large drop inmembership brought about by theYouthsection departing, the SAFA is in goodshape to tackle the next 100 years.So there we have in a few pages whatseems to have been a hundred years ofgrowing pains, development,disappointment, conflict, disillusionmentand elation though the majority of theadministration carried out by the SAFA isof a routine nature. From a humble twentythree entrants in the first Scottish AmateurCup to the five hundred and ninety eightin 2008. Journeys by rail and bus totransport by car and coach today. Fromworries whether the ball would last a gameto the ability to telephone results bymobile phone. Whilst material things havechanged, a clear message from 1909 until2008 has been the determination of thevolunteer members to improve, lookforward at all times, adapt to the changingworld and fight for the autonomy of theScottish Amateur Football Association,something above all else we must strive tosecure in the years to come.2000 - 2008 A New BeginningInverclyde provost Michael McCormick presents Greenock High School FPsChairman Ronnie MacKay and Vice Chairman Tommy Quigley with a memento ofthe clubs centenary celebrations.Scottish Amateur League FL 2000 - Scottish Amateur Football League Committee intheir Centenary Year
  31. 31. 30/31Throughout this review of theScottish Amateur FootballAssociation no individuals havebeen singled out for their efforts andcommitment to the amateur game but thetruth is this Association has been all aboutindividuals who have given selflessly oftheir time to their clubs, local Leagues and/or the Association at district or nationallevel, over the past one hundred years.Obviously if football minded people didnot give of their time then there would beno need for leagues or national committeesto oversee matters.The next time youwatch your local team play just ask yourselfwho gets the team on the park, runs thelocal league for nothing but criticism, andwho travels hundreds of miles to attendmeetings to carry out the Scottish AmateurFootball Association’s affairs.These peopleare the Scottish Amateur FootballAssociation and there is no doubt likeminded individuals will come forward toguide and steward this Association proudlyfor the next one hundred years.At the start of this review the birth of MattBusby was mentioned and perhaps it isappropriate to finish with a quotationattributed to the Scotsman who became atrue football icon throughout the world.“To win at all costs is not the true test ofachievement, there is nothing wrong withtrying to win as long as you don’t put theprize above the performance.There is nodisgrace in defeat so long as you play toyour best ability and give totalcommitment.What matters above all else isthat the game should be played in the rightspirit, with the utmost courage, with fairplay and no favour, with every man playingas a member of his team without bitternessor conceit.”Sir Alexander Matthew Busby 1909-1994The FutureSir Alexander Matthew Busby1909 - 1994
  32. 32. 1945 - 1949The origins of theYouth Section arelost with the early Minutes, but itis known that when Leaguesrestarted after the Second World War in1945 there were sixty nine Under 18 teamsand forty Under 16 teams in membership.In April 1945, SAFA President W W Terris,resigned his position and on leaving gifteda cup for an Under 16 national cupcompetition.The cup was not available forthe final and President Terris and twooffice bearers travelled to Dunkeld inAugust of that year to formally present thecup to the inaugural winners, DunkeldAmateurs. In August 1946, the ScottishDaily Express donated a trophy forcompetition for Under 18s.In 1947 the SFA sponsored a NationalYouth Tournament for Under 18Associations/Leagues for which there wereeight entrants with Scottish SchoolsLeague (SFA) being the inaugural winners.In 1948 three SAFAYouth players were inthe Scotland team which played atAberdeen.By 1949 the Under 18 membership hadrisen to one hundred and forty seventeams and the Under 16s forty six teams.1950 - 1959The SAFAYouth team reached the final ofthe SFA NationalYouth Tournament butwere defeated. In December 1950, in theUnder 18 Scottish Cup 2nd round tiebetween Cardowan and Killermount thegame was abandoned with three minutesleft to play when the ball burst. AlthoughKillermount were leading 6-2 at the time,the game was replayed as the SAFA ruledboth teams should have had a match ballavailable.The North of Tay areaYouth Cupwas declining in popularity and in 1955there were only ten entrants.When the SFA refused to meet expensesfor playing in the NationalYouthTournament, the SAFA withdrew the teamin 1956 but re-entered in 1957.1960 - 1969In 1960 there were one hundred and threeUnder 18 teams and fifty five Under 16s.At the SAFA AGM of 1969, the AssistantSecretary was appointed to deal with allYouth matters and the SAFAYouth teamwon the SFA NationalYouth Tournamentfor the first time.1970 - 1979In 1970 ninety three and fifty five clubsentered the Scottish Under 18 and 16 cupsrespectively.An unusual case arose in 1973 when theChairman of the Under 13 section of theWest Lothian & DistrictYouth Leaguechallenged a one year suspension imposedon him for his involvement in a cup final.Three teams appeared to play in the cupfinal and the police had to be called toremove the Chairman’s team from the fieldof play before the final could proceed!By late 1974 it was agreed to set up anUnder 16 Inter League Cup and sevenleagues took part, the first winners beingthe Scottish Amateur Football League FA.The trophy was instigated by a donation of£25.00 from Celtic FC though the otherdonors remain anonymous. Prior to this,there were only the national Under 18 andUnder 16 Cups and the Black Trophy forUnder 18 Inter League competition.With the introduction of Sunday footballmany clubs and teams were formed to playat different age groups, and the SAFAintroduced Under 15 and Under 14 Cupcompetitions.They were fortunate thatTom Logan, a SAFAYouth Committeemember, presented a trophy for the UnderYouth Section