After a fantastic day of football and raising money for local charities, Camelon Albion lifted the Inaugural Linlithgow Thistle Charity Tournament Cup at a sun-drenched Linlithgow Rugby Club.


Following a spirited and consistent performance across the full event, the Camelon team were handed the trophy and a bumper cheque for an amazing £865 for their nominated charity, Action for Children Scotland.


The day started with a league draw in front of all teams’ management committees.  The Upper Mains League drew out local rivals Bridgend Utd, Bo’ness Ams, Linlithgow Thistle and Brightons Ams in a so-called Group of Death.  The Lower Mains League comprised Linlithgow Rugby Club Select, Stenhousemuir FC U19s, Stenhousemuir Ams and Camelon Albion.


After both leagues going to the final game to decide the winners and runners-up, semi-finals were played out between Linlithgow Thistle and Camelon Albion, and Stenhousemuir Ams and Bridgend Utd.  With Camelon and Stenhousemuir teams being victorious, they then competed in a dogged final which ended in a 1-1 draw, with Albion eventual winners after penalties.


The full round-up of results were as follows:


Upper Mains League                       

Lower Mains League

Bridgend Utd 1 v 0 Bo’ness Ams

Linlithgow Thistle 0 v 0 Brightons Ams

Linlithgow Thistle 0 v 0 Bridgend Utd

Bo’ness Ams 1 v 1 Brightons Ams

Bridgend Utd 1 v 1 Brightons

Linlithgow Thistle 1 v 0 Bo’ness Ams

Linlithgow Rugby Club 1 v 3 Stenhousemuir Ams

Stenhousemuir FC 0 v 1 CamelonAlbion

Linlithgow Rugby Club 0 v 4 Stenhousemuir FC

Stenhousemuir Ams 2 v 0 CamelonAlbion

Linlithgow Rugby Club 1 v 3 CamelonAlbion

Stenhousemuir FC 0 v 2 Stenhousemuir Ams

 (Linlithgow Thistle beat Bridgend Utd on pens to win Upper Mains League)


Semi Finals


Linlithgow Thistle 1 v 3 Camelon Albion

Stenhousemuir Ams 2 v 0 Bridgend Utd




Camelon Albion 1 v 1 Stenhousemuir Ams

(Camelon Albion won on pens)


The awards for Camelon did not end at the winning trophy, as Jamie Stanic scooped Player of the Tournament, as voted unanimously by participating team management and the referees.  He also picked up the Top Goalscorer Award with his 4 goals.


However, charity was the outright winner on the day with the following cheques handed out at the presentation following the final:


Bo’ness Ams – £100 for Barnardo’s, Bo’ness

Bridgend Utd – £50 for Make a Wish Foundation and £50 for MND Scotland

Brightons Ams – £100 for CHAS

Camelon Albion – £865 for Action for Children Scotland

Linlithgow Rugby Club – £100 for CHAS

Linlithgow Thistle – £50 for LYPP and £50 for St Michael’s Hospital

Stenhousemuir Ams – £100 for The Beatson Institute

Stenhousemuir FC – £100 for The Braveheart Association


Linlithgow Thistle would like to thank Linlithgow Academy for the use of their mobile goals and also to the following sponsors, who made the event and charitable donations possible through their overwhelming generosity:


Detail, Bar Leo, Nordan, BMR, MS Joinery, Smith and Frater, Paul Gavin Photography, RK Stocktaking, Roberta’s Bistro, Bo’ness Building Services, Fotheringham’s Ice-Cream, Surridge, Thompson’s Solicitors and Solicitor Advocates, Riddell’s Garage, Janex, Malcolm Allan, Alan Steel Asset Management, MGW Seafoods and RJ Electrical Services. 


Sincere gratitude is also conveyed to Martin Godley for providing Sports Therapy at the event and to Linlithgow Rugby Club for their permission to host the event on their pitches.  The services and support provided by the Rugby Club on the day were exceptional.  It is hoped that this new found friendship between Linlithgow Thistle and Linlithgow Rugby Club is extended into the future and breaks some of the barriers between football and rugby within the local community.