Linlithgow Thistle Football Club
Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur Football Association
Linlithgow Thistle was awarded the Quality Mark from the Scottish Football Association in November 2012.
Over the last few seasons the club has established itself within the amateur ranks after enjoying a successful rise through youth and under-21 levels. Most notably, the club won consecutive league titles, with the LEAFA Edinburgh West League Championship in 2008-2009 and the LEAFA Lothian West League Championship in 2009-2010. This was followed in the 2014-2015 season with the Premier 2 Division Championship title and League Cup double.
Linlithgow Thistle play their home fixtures at Kettil’stoun Mains Park, located at Linlithgow Leisure Centre.
The club trains at their own complex, Listloaning, Linlithgow Bridge:
During the darker, colder nights, the club trains at Linlithgow Rugby Club (indoor 4G):
The Club also trains from time to time at Coasters, Falkirk and, on occasion, utilises the facilities at Falkirk Stadium.
2012/2013 Team kits
Linlithgow Thistle was founded in 1985 by local lads Graham Orr, Neil MacArthur, Russell Charleston, David Sutherland and Ian Heeps. The club was known as Linlithgow Vale, competing in the Stirling & District Sunday Leagues. In their first year, Vale won the league, only losing one game. After a further three seasons, Vale were promoted to the Premier Division. At this time, the team was renamed Linlithgow Thistle. The Linlithgow side played Sunday League for around ten years and throughout that that time were mainly sponsored by the Bridge Inn. When Graham Orr left the set-up to support his son’s team, Linlithgow Rose Boys’ Club, they renamed themselves The Bridge Inn. After two seasons of helping out with the boys’ club, the coach took unwell and Graham Orr stepped up to run the Saturday side himself. With great assistance from Bo’ness United and the Fisons Club, the boys’ team was renamed Linlithgow Thistle. At U24s, Thistle won the Shire Cup two years consecutively and the League Cup. Following this success, the club entered the Lothian & Edinburgh League Association. After two seasons adjusting to the amateur style, Thistle won 2 consecutive league titles.
The current committee, formed in May 2010, has provided a fresh vision for the club. Growth has seen the club website (with investment in current professional platform in 2011) attract tens of thousands of hits since going live in 2009 and, most notably, attain affiliation with Western Australian Premier League side Sorrento FC (www.sorrentofc.com.au).
In addition to the primary objective of advancing the Club, and on the back of recent success and the resultant associated community interest, Thistle are in an enviable position insofar as amateur teams are concerned, to concentrate on donating money to local charities.
In May 2015, the Club formed Linlithgow Thistle U19s, that is in membership of the SYFA and the very competitive West Lothian Association of Youth Football Clubs. This team was established from a transition from the pathway of Bo’ness United Community Football Club with the U17s moving under the auspices of Linlithgow Thistle Football Club. With the addition of quality players from the surrounding area, the 19s look likely to challenge in all competitions this season.