Player of the Year Awards
25th May 2015
Following another fantastic Thistle event, we can say congratulations and well done to the following Award winners:
Players’ Player of the Year – Gary Mitchell
Committee Player of the Year – Ryan Russell
Sponsors Player of the Year – Kenny Knox
Young Player of the Year – Dylan Robb
Top Goal Scorer – Billy Bauros / Dylan Robb
Goal of the Season – Ryan Russell
The LEAFA Divisional Player of the Year was also announced this evening and it is with great pleasure that we can reveal Ryan Russell as the worthy winner of the prestigious award, as voted for by all teams in Premier 2 Division. Ryan will pick up his award at next week’s LEAFA Presentation Dinner.
For more details and pictures, please click here.
Burns Night 2015
28th February 2015
Another fantastic Burns Supper was held in the Black Bitch on 28th February, with former Scotland World Cup goalkeeper, Alan Rough providing entertaining tales of his career, following a rousing Address to the Haggis by Neil Porteous and expert piping from Tom the Piper!
Thanks to Jimmy Crease and Kingsfield Golf Centre for their very kind raffle donations, as well as to Duncan Steven for his Selkirk Grace.
Oliphant the Bakers provided a sensational Bill O’Fayre to top the night.
Thanks to all our guests and sponsors for making it yet another successful Thistle night and to Mags Forbes for her expert bar service!
Howdens Join Thistle Sponsors
23rd February 2015
Linlithgow Thistle Football Club is delighted to announce a sponsorship deal with Howdens Joinery Co., based at Mill Road Industrial Estate, Linlithgow.
Pictured here receiving a very generous cheque from Howdens Manager, Donald Reid, the club wish to convey their sincere gratitude for the company’s support in the club’s on-field and off-field development.
Association Call-Up for Thistle Duo
17th February 2015
The Club wishes to congratulate Ryan Russell and Ryan Aitken for their call up to the Lothian & Edinburgh Amateur Football Association’s Select squad.
The LEAFA Select played East of Scotland side, Vale of Leithen tonight (Tuesday, 17th February) at Fisherrow, Musselburgh in a friendly, winning 2-0.
Unfortunately Ryan Aitken was unable to make the game but Chucky was on hand to play the full 90 minutes, playing alongside Scottish Amateur Internationalists as well as some of his team mates from The Harvester.
Thistle Appoint New Manager
22nd November 2014
Linlithgow Thistle Football Club is delighted to announce the managerial appointment of former Steins Thistle, Brightons, Bluebell and Steelend JFC manager, Allan Walker, along with Brian Gibson, as the new management team.
The committee were very impressed by Allan and Brian and moved quickly to secure their services.
Everyone at The Thistle wishes the new management all the very best of wishes and are looking forward to working with them to bring further success to the Club.
Thistle Seek New Team Manager
7th November 2014
It is with regret that Linlithgow Thistle Football Club announces the departure of the Management Team of Graeme Anderson and Jim Ford.
The Thistle would like to thank Graeme and Jim for their efforts and for their worthy contribution over the past few months. We wish them the very best of wishes for the future.
The Club is now actively seeking interest for the position of Team Manager. Interested parties should contact Derek Oliver on 07515 331 837 or at [email protected]istle.co.uk
Thistle Out of Scottish Cup at Third Round
1st November 2014
The Thistle travelled on 1st November to face Borders AFA side and South of Scotland Cup champions, Leithen Rovers, who have dominated the Cups and A-League in the Borders in recent years.
Despite dominating the opening third of the contest and missing numerous chances, the visitors fell foul to clinical home finishing.
A lacklustre performance ensued with Chapman claiming one back with minutes remaining that saw a resurgence but no further goals materialised.
Arnold Clark Supports Thistle Soccer Schools
10th October 2014
Car giant Arnold Clark has awarded Linlithgow Thistle Football Club a donation to offer children free Thistle Soccer School sessions on Friday afternoons to the end of the year.
Although sessions have been at a nominal fee to cover venue hire and coaching costs, this valuable boost allows the children to enjoy fantastic coaching for free!
The sessions are open to all children and will be run from Friday, 7th November to 19th December at Linlithgow Bridge Primary School.
It is first come, first served, so please book early! Children that are registered on the current block of sessions will have priority should the sessions be oversubscribed.
Two sessions will be run for younger children (Preschool – P3) and a session for P4-P7 (40 min sessions: 12:45-1:25; 1:25-2:05; 2:05-2:45). All three sessions will be held in the school sports hall.
To request further information or to book, please email: [email protected]
Thistle Soccer Schools delivered in association with SoccerStarts
Thistle Win Alex Raisbeck Trophy
13th August 2014
The Thistle concluded their preseason preparations with a 5-2 victory against close neighbours, Polmont AFC in the inaugural Alex Raisbeck Trophy – an invitational match hosted by Polmont.
Thistle will hope to emulate this result when they embark on the 2014-2015 campaign, commencing on Saturday (16th August).
Graeme Anderson Appointed Manager
6th June 2014
The Club is delighted to announce Graeme Anderson as Manager of Linlithgow Thistle Football Club.
Graeme has an excellent pedigree and experience, having managed at youth and amateur level. Included within that time, Graeme founded a club that went on to attain successive promotions, win titles and cups.
Graeme will take up his post with immediate effect, along with his team comprising Jim Ford and Brian Anderson.
Announcing the appointments, Derek Oliver said: “We closed this process early. In Graeme, we have secured the services of one of the recognised outstanding young managers in the amateur game today. In his career to date, he has not only achieved silverware but has created, developed and moulded football clubs. Our Club provides him with a superb platform on which to concentrate on football and write new chapters in the Linlithgow Thistle story.”
Player of the Year Awards Night
10th May 2014
The Thistle held their annual Player of the Year Awards Night on Saturday, 10th May at Linlithgow Bowling Club.
Guest of Honour, Charlie Miller was superb in delivering tales from the past, as well as great insight into his Football Academy and involvement in Amateur Football with Tynecastle AFC.
A brief report, with winners and their respective categories is available here.
Thistle Launch Soccer School
5th February 2014
With the ongoing success of the After School Football Club, Linlithgow Thistle is delighted to announce the creation and delivery of a local Soccer School!
On Friday, 21st February, Linlithgow Thistle, in association with SoccerStarts Football Academy, will host classes on Friday afternoons, following the school bell!
Located in Linlithgow Bridge Primary Schools, the sessions will be run at 12:45 – 1:30pm for P1-P3 (5-7 year olds) and 1:45 – 2:30 for pre-school children (3-5 year olds).
The pre-school sessions will focus on making the children comfortable with a football. The classes will practice age appropriate football drills, ensuring a better understanding on how to control, pass, move and shoot with different parts of both feet.
More information is available by clicking the Community tab of the menu bar.
Derek O’Neill Resigns
6th December 2013
Today, the Club accepted Derek O’Neill’s shock resignation as Player Liaison Officer. The Committee wish to thank Derek for all his hard work at Linlithgow Thistle Football Club over the years and hope to continue to work with him in a non-Committee role for the furtherance of the Club.
Thistle Launch After School Club
3rd December 2013
Linlithgow Thistle is delighted to announce a partnership programme with close neighbours Linlithgow Bridge Primary School. The Thistle will offer free, new and exclusive football classes to children in Primaries 1 to 3, delivered by SFA accredited coaches, by way of an after school football club.
The after school club will be held on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:15pm and commence on 20th January. The club will run every Monday through to 31st March (excluding term time holidays). A very successful taster session for each primary class (P1-3) was held on 3rd December, with booking forms thereafter made available via the school.
Derek Oliver, Chairman, said “We are very grateful to one of our qualified players, who will deliver this programme. This is an excellent opportunity for boys and girls at such a young age to become involved in sport and be educated by a high calibre coach. With Thistle’s pavilion and training base only yards from the School, this initiative helps us give something positive back to the community that is literally on our own doorstep.”
Winter Training: Falkirk Stadium
4th November 2013
Linlithgow Thistle commenced their winter training at Falkirk Stadium. The surface is absolutely sensational and will provide The Thistle much needed experience on artificial grass.
Sportsman’s Dinner IV
2nd November 2013
Linlithgow Thistle hosted their fourth annual Sportsman’s Dinner…and it was the best yet! Please click on Events in the menu tab and find a full report of the night under Sportsman’s Dinner 2013.
McNicoll’s Sponsor The Thistle
10th October 2013
The Committee and players of Linlithgow Thistle are overwhelmed by the generosity shown by local leading vehicle hire company, McNicoll’s.
The squad is now able to travel together to away matches through use of a minibus, ensuring that camaraderie and solidity is maintained. This is a huge development for the Club in terms of profile and image, and a partnership that everyone is very grateful to be involved with.
We hope that McNicoll’s backing will drive us on to achieving silverware this season!
New Manager Unveiled: Jim Anderson
9th September 2013
Linlithgow Thistle is delighted to announce that former Cambusbarron Rovers and Stenhousemuir AFC Manager, Jim Anderson has taken up position as Club Manager.
Life President, Graham Orr (who has been assisted by Treasurer, Steven McGill) has managed the team since the Club was founded 12 years ago, recording an impressive catalogue of success: four league titles and five cups from seven finals. However, in this unprecedented move by the Club, Graham and Steven decided that a fresh approach was necessary to move the Club forward. With that, Jim will take over full control of team matters from 19th October.
Jim has taken the training over the past week and has started to get to know the squad. With other commitments between now and October, the former Stirling Albion player will continue to coach the team in the lead up to his tenure as Manager.
Chairman, Derek Oliver said “We received a number of enquiries from experienced individuals in relation to this post but Jim was our number one target. We are all absolutely delighted that Jim has come to Linlithgow Thistle. It underlines the status, ambition and vision that we have at this wonderful Club.”
More information and interviews will be released over the next few weeks.
We wish Jim all the very best!
Committee Works Overtime
29th August 2013
The Committee of Linlithgow Thistle has been working overtime in their search for an ideal candidate for taking forward the team.
A Club statement reads “We set the bar high for a new person or people to come in and take the team to the next level. It’s what this Club deserves. We approached certain individuals that we believe have the essential credentials and the calibre that will deliver this. We have been overwhelmed by the feedback and response so far. We hope to have the right management team in place over the next week or so.”
25th August 2013
The Thistle players were stunned to learn that Head Coach, Callum Nimmo had tendered his resignation on Friday (23rd Aug), hours before the crunch league fixture against Barca Milton.
Nimmo arrived at The Jewel for his final match and at the close of the game said his formal farewell to the Committee and players.
Nimmo cited personal reasons for his decision to resign.
Everyone at the Club sincerely thanks Callum for his time and efforts as a player, Head Coach and Vice Secretary. His impact at the Club was hugely significant, adding a degree of professionalism to training, attitude and match performances, with the Club narrowly missing out on promotion last season.
A Club statement from Chairman, Derek Oliver reads “We sincerely thank Callum Nimmo for all his contributions to Linlithgow Thistle Football Club. The team has taken significant steps forward under his tutelage and through his tireless endeavours. He will be sorely missed not only at training and on match days but also behind the scenes. He has his reasons for departing and we respect that. We wish him all the very best for the future and hope to see Callum continue to support this great Club at games and events.”
The Committee will now work overtime to find a suitable successor, whilst inviting applications for the position.
Thistle Launch Lotto
21st August 2013
On 21st August 2013, Linlithgow Thistle launched The Thistle Lotto.
Players, Committee, friends, family and supporters can get behind the Club with this fun filled game. A bonus ball number is chosen on a weekly basis (or block booked), at a cost of £1. Should the number match that of the National Lottery Bonus Ball on the Saturday, the lucky winner will win a £10 prize PLUS the opportunityto “Spot The Ball”.
Spot The Ball
Find the ball behind one of thirty squares and win the JACKPOT. The Jackpot starts at £100, with £10 added each week until the ball is found… where it begins all over again!
The thirty squares on the secure Spot The Ball card will be numbered and an update provided after every draw.
A weekly update will also be provided on the balls “taken”, so be sure to get in touch with the Club or visit the Black Bitch to secure your lucky number!
See the Lottery tab on the menu bar for more information.
Stirling Albion win Thistle Tournament
27th July 2013
Stirling Albion U19s won Linlithgow Thistle’s fourth annual preseason tournament on Saturday, 27th July 2013 at Linlithgow Rugby Club.
It was another excellent event, with a fantastic standard of competition between all sides. Results are shown below.
Stirling Albion claimed the trophy after a defeat of last year’s winners, Stenhousemuir AFC in the final. Along with the impressive trophy, donated by Surridge Sports in 2010, the club also collected a cheque for the nominated charity, SSPCA for a whopping £700.
Chris Paton of Stirling Albion picked up the Player of the Tournament award and Connor McQuade of Carronshore Athletic claimed the Top Goal Scorer trophy.
Cupar Hearts pulled out of the tournament at extremely late notice which meant a reschedule of fixtures. However, this did not impact on the standard of football throughout the competition.
Linlithgow Thistle progressed to the semi-finals as winners of their league, with impressive performances. The club’s new faces appear to be gelling well.
As well as providing an excellent preseason workout for all teams, great friendships have been established between clubs.
The Tournament was very generously sponsored by Sainsbury’s, Linlithgow, The Dolphin Snack Van and Caledonian Produce. Special thanks to Forth Valley GIS for providing plastic water bottles to the clubs, Linlithgow Rugby Club for the use of their facilities and to Bo’ness United CFC and Linlithgow Rose CFC for the use of their portable goals.
Linlithgow Thistle in action against Drumchapel FP
Alloa Athletic v Stirling Albion
Alloa Athletic v Stirling Albion
Sandys v Drumchapel
Linlithgow Thistle Sponsors
The clubs nominated the following charities to play for:
Alloa Athletic – The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Glasgow
Blantyre Rangers – The Haven, Blantyre
Carronshore Athletic – Yorkhill Hospital
Drumchapel FP – St Margarets Hospice, Clydebank
Linlithgow Thistle – Donaldson’s School
Sandys – Sick Kids, Edinburgh
Stenhousemuir AFC – The Beatson
Sporting Futures USA – SSPCA
Stirling Albion – SSPCA
Thistle Awarded Council Grant
9th July 2013
Linlithgow Thistle is delighted to announce that West Lothian Council has awarded the Club a substantial grant to complete the refurbishment works at Listloaning.
Along with funding to improve the aesthetics of the pavilion, the Council has pledged grant funding to develop the pitches within the complex into seven aside pitches. In doing so, the Club will be able to facilitate grass roots development, engage with local schools and also open the parks to other community groups.
Thistle’s Chairman, Derek Oliver, said “We are absolutely delighted that West Lothian Council has supported our vision and we are very grateful for their overwhelming generosity. This injection from the Council clearly demonstrates best value for the community through the reinvigoration of an otherwise disused pavilion and surrounding parks. Listloaning is undergoing a major refurbishment project that will produce a community facility that the town can be proud of. In doing so, we aim to transform a redundant sports area into a positive – as well as providing for our own training, we will augment the town’s youth football provision through the availability of seven aside pitches, together with providing a safe, hygienic and welcoming changing facility. It is our intention to stage youth football festivals as well as adult seven aside tournaments at Listloaning.”
In addtion to the sports grant, West Lothian Council has also budgeted a £200k football pitch development yards from Listloaning, with a park proposed for Doomsdale for the next financial year.
Player of the Year Awards Night
8th June 2013
Linlithgow Thistle hosted their annual Awards Night at Linlithgow Bowling Club on Saturday, 8th June.
With Guest of Honour, Derek Ferguson, entertaining the audience prior to the presentation, along with speeches from the Committee and Alex Brown of our Sponsor, NorDan, it was an excellent evening.
As well as thanking our excellent Sponsors, an overview of the season was presented to the audience.
Worthy winners of the Awards were as follows:
Players’ Player of the Year – Scott Bruce
Committee Player of the Year – David Paris
Sponsors’ Player of the Year – Scott Greig
Top Goal Scorer – Callum Heeps
Goal of the Season – Kevin Morrison (left foot volley v Penicuik United, 15/03/2013)
Honorary Life Membership – Steven McGill and Derek Oliver
Edinburgh Airport Community Funding
27th May 2013
Linlithgow Thistle is delighted to announce that Edinburgh Airport Community Board has awarded a substantial funding grant to the Club in furtherance of development and the upgrading of their Listloaning training base.
Following a successful application to the Community Board, the Club was awarded funding to assist with the upgrade of the pavilion at Linlithgow Bridge, which will ensure a fantastic facility awaits the squad for the new season.
Derek Oliver said, “We are delighted and very grateful to the Board at Edinburgh Airport for recognising the vision that we have at this Club and for granting this funding to assist in achieving our aims and objectives. Not only are we refurbishing the pavilion at Listloaning, we are ensuring that our project delivers environmental improvements.”
27th May 2013
Season 2012-2013 came to an end on Monday, 27th May, following a league fixture away to East Linton. Thistle understood that a victory would take them into a three-way tie for second place in the league.
Despite a spirited performance, Thistle were defeated 4-2, resulting in a fourth placed league position.
Thistle will start to rebuild for next season, with exciting developments scheduled over the preseason period.
UEFA C Licence Awards
30th April 2013
Congratulations to our Head Coach, Callum Nimmo and Vice-Captain, David Blackwood in the attainment of the UEFA C Licence.
The pair undertook the three week course in April, which now takes Thistle’s coaching investment over the past 18 months to 5 Club Coach Certificates (UEFA C Licence).
One of the award holders, Martin Godley, has utilised his skills to become his own football manager at U16 level with Linlithgow Rose CFC.
It is anticipated that Thistle’s development programme will encourage retention within the game and at the Club.
Thistle TV Launched
13th April 2013
On 13th April 2013, Linlithgow Thistle FC, aided by Followers Ae Ra Thistle, launched the Thistle TV network.
With behind the scenes footage, goal highlights and interviews with key personnel, Thistle TV allows all supporters an insight into life at The Thistle.
Movie clips will be posted on the Club’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/linlithgowthistle
Sainsbury’s Sponsor Thistle
23rd March 2013
Linlithgow Thistle has a new Sponsor… multi-national supermarket giant, Sainsbury’s!
The Linlithgow store has very generously backed their local Amateur side, with sponsorship of the Linlithgow Thistle Player of the Month accolade.
A bottle of Champagne will be presented by the retailer to the most deserving recipient on a monthly basis. As well as the player having their name added to the Thistle Roll of Honour, media coverage will ensure that Sainsbury’s receive the fitting recognition of their generosity.
It is a major coup for the Club and one that is very much appreciated.
Derek Oliver, Secretary, said “We are overwhelmed by the generosity shown by Sainsbury’s, Linlithgow. The enthusiasm they have for supporting local sport is fantastic. We are very grateful for their Sponsorship of our monthly prize. I am sure with this added incentive, the players will perform to the best of their abilities, which in turn will bring rewards and benefits to the Club. I am sure that with this new partnership, we will continue to go from strength to strength.”
League Ratifies Livingston AFC Resignation
22nd March 2013
The LEAFA Executive Committee has accepted and ratified the resignation of Livingston AFC. The Premier 2 Division has been updated to reflect all games involving Livingston AFC are declared null and void.
Livingston AFC Call it a Day
6th March 2013
Old adversary, Livingston AFC, has decided to fold in light of a number of recent personnel changes. Thistle were due to play Livingston on 9th March but were called on the 7th, with the news that their opponents were no more. As a result, Thistle will be awarded 3 points for the scheduled fixture. However, on ratification of the LEAFA Executive Committee, it is expected that all fixtures involving Livingston AFC will be declared null and void. Given the defeat to Livingston AFC early in the season, this will play in Thistle’s favour in the race for the championship.
Linlithgow Thistle Accredited by West Lothian Council
5th March 2013
West Lothian Council has recognised the important role Linlithgow Thistle Football Club is playing within the local community. The Club has been accredited by the Council in recognition of how it is run and also the role in increasing participation and improving the quality of sporting opportunities in Linlithgow. It is the first stand-alone adult club to attain such an award.
Derek Oliver, Secretary, said “The activities of this Club go beyond the 90 minutes on a Saturday. We have worked hard developing the Club behind the scenes and this recognition by West Lothian Council is very much welcomed and appreciated. We will use this status, along with our recent SFA Quality Mark Award, as the benchmark from which to further build and develop the Club. We frequently engage with the Council and have a positive relationship. With this Award, I’m sure we will build an even stronger partnership.”
The Club will use the financial reward from the Accreditation to assist with the refurbishment of their pavilion at Listloaning.
The Council Accreditation scheme has been developed to support clubs in West Lothian and allow the public to recognise safe, effective and friendly club environments. The Awards ceremony will take place on 6th June.
SFA Award Linlithgow Thistle with Quality Mark
19th January 2013, Easter Road
On Saturday, 19th January 2013, the Club was officially awarded the Quality Mark Award at a presentation at Easter Road, Edinburgh. Derek Oliver, Secretary, received the Award from SFA President, Campbell Ogilvie and Hibs Legend, Gordon Hunter.
The Club, having been founded 10 years ago, becomes the first stand alone adult amateur club in the South East of Scotland and only the second such club in Scotland to attain the Quality Mark. The Club has worked hard in implementing policies and codes to ensure everyone who has a membership or affiliation is well rehearsed in the standards expected when representing The Thistle.
Derek Oliver stated “Attaining this accolade underlines the commitment of the Committee of Linlithgow Thistle in delivering a respected and well run football club for the communities of Linlithgow, Bo’ness, Bridgend and the surrounding parts. We have worked hard to build the Club both on and off the park, and only recently has the Scottish Football Association opened Quality Mark status to clubs other than those focussing on youth football. We know that youth football is the life blood of the game but amateur football provides a fantastic outlet for many people in Scotland. I believe having such awards helps not only build the profile of the amateur game but the profile of football as a whole by rewarding those clubs that go the extra mile.
“We are delighted for everyone associated with the Club and would like to again thank our very generous sponsors for their ongoing support, without which we could not be where we are. Hopefully, having attained this award, it helps indicate our commitment to furthering and developing our Club.”
Compere for the ceremony was after dinner speaker, Eric Davidson, who made special mention of Thistle’s excellent charity work.
For a Scottish FA and Youth Football Scotland account of the presentation, please click here.
Cupar Hearts 2 v 0 Linlithgow Thistle
(Scottish Cup 4th Round, 12 January 2013)
Linlithgow Thistle were knocked out of the Scottish Cup despite a gutsy performance against top Fife club, and Kingdom Caledonian League Leaders, Cupar Hearts.
With Orr brushing the post after turning his marker on 15 mins, Thistle started very brightly. Much of the game was played in the middle third of the pitch, with both teams giving and receiving strong tackles. Paris, Morrison, G Deans and Mitchell were unrelenting in their duties. With no side ever going over the score, it was a strong physical battle and not for the faint hearted. The sizeable crowd appeared to enjoy the contest that ebbed and flowed.
On 35 mins, the hosts took the lead following fine inter-play and a period of dominant possession. However, Thistle regrouped and finished the half in fine form.
Into the second half, Thistle again pressed Hearts. There were periods of possession but few chances created by the visitors. Hearts created a few opportunities but found the rear guard of Porteous, Blackwood, Skene and Maxwell difficult to penetrate. When Hearts managed to break through the defence they discovered goalkeeper Scott Bruce to be in sensational form, pulling off a series of wonderful saves.
Into the final fifteen minutes, Thistle made a formational change and brought on winger S Manderson, defender Hughes and striker Thomson. On the 80th minute, Heeps skipped into the box and appeared to be clipped by the Hearts defender. It was an obvious foul and when the referee blew his whistle, the travelling Thistle squad and spectators believed it was for the award of a penalty. Bizarrely, the referee indicated for a Thistle corner but the ball was still three yards in play!
As Thistle pushed for the equaliser, the sucker punch was thrown in the final minute. A wrongly awarded throw-in to the home side concluded with a bundled finish over the line. With that came the end of Thistle’s fight and fine run in the Scottish Cup.
The final score perhaps flattered the hosts but the result was about right.
Thistle can hold their heads high and look forward to the remainder of the season. Every player gave their all. If the tenacity and determination is replicated in future games, The Thistle can expect honours come the end of the season.
Life President Achieves Sports First Aid Certificate
25th November 2012
Graham Orr successfully completed the SFA Accredited Sports First Aid Certificate at Hampden Park over the weekend of 24/25 November.
As well as being a requirement of the Quality Mark, the Club now has a qualified first aider at all training and fixtures, emphasising the commitment of the backroom staff to the welfare of our players.
Linlithgow Thistle Awarded SFA Quality Mark
18th November 2012
Linlithgow Thistle has received recognition from the Scottish Football Association for the infrastructure arrangements and operation of the Club.
The Club, having been founded 10 years ago, becomes the first stand alone adult amateur club in the South East of Scotland and only the third such club in Scotland to attain the Quality Mark. The Club has worked hard in implementing policies and codes to ensure everyone who has a membership or affiliation is well rehearsed in the standards expected when representing The Thistle.
Derek Oliver, Secretary, stated “Attaining this accolade underlines the commitment of the Committee of Linlithgow Thistle in delivering a respected and well run football club for the communities of Linlithgow, Bo’ness, Bridgend and the surrounding parts. We have worked hard to build the Club both on and off the park, and only recently has the Scottish Football Association opened Quality Mark status to clubs other than those focussing on youth football. We know that youth football is the life blood of the game but amateur football provides a fantastic outlet for many people in Scotland. I believe having such awards helps not only build the profile of the amateur game but the profile of football as a whole by rewarding those clubs that go the extra mile.
“We are delighted for everyone associated with the Club and would like to again thank our very generous sponsors for their ongoing support, without which we could not be where we are. Hopefully, having attained this award, it helps indicate our commitment to furthering and developing our Club.”
The Club will be officially presented with the Award on 26th January at a ceremony at Tynecastle Stadium.
Coatbridge Colts 2 v 3 Linlithgow Thistle
(Scottish Cup 3rd Round, 10 November 2012)
Linlithgow Thistle secured a fantastic result, winning 3-2 against a strong Coatbridge Colts side in the Third Round of the Scottish Cup.
The Thistle travelled to Airdrie knowing little about their opponents, who were newly formed at the start of this season. However, the task was never underestimated, with Colts convincingly defeating Ayrshire’s Carrick AFC in the previous round.
From the kick off it was evident that Colts were a physical, determined side, with a number of quality players.
Despite chances for both teams, it took until the 60th minute for the deadlock to be broken, with the home side taking the lead.
A change in formation and personnel then altered the flow of the match, with Thistle responding with three goals in a deadly ten minute spell.
On the 75th minute, Thistle’s Captain, Neil Porteous, took everything in his path to meet a Morrison corner and bulleted the header into the Colts net. This boosted the Linlithgow men and a fresh level of energy was found.
Five minutes later, Porteous scored with finesse. The ball broke from a Thistle corner and, with back to goal 25 yards from the goal line, Porteous swivelled and dinked the ball over the stranded Colts keeper. Cue vibrant celebrations. However, Thistle were not yet finished.
Thomson settled nerves of any possible replay with a superb goal, dispatching the ball after fine interplay with Orr.
With the final kick of the match, Colts narrowed the deficit with a classy finish.
Thistle march into the Fourth Round Draw, with the match scheduled for 1st December.
Linlithgow Thistle 2 v 2 North Merchiston Vale (Thistle win 4-3 on pens)
(Centenary Cup 1st Round, 3 November 2012)
Despite enjoying periods of domination, Thistle found themselves two goals behind early into this league cup match.
Having regrouped, Thistle responded on 40 mins when Thomson unleashed a thunderbolt of a freekick from around 25 yards.
Thistle were rewarded on the hour mark when Orr capitalised after a scramble within the Vale box, dispatching the ball beyond the keeper.
The scoreline remained at 2-2 for the remaining minutes and extra time. However, Thistle were deservedly victorious in the penalty shootout , 4-3.
Linlithgow Thistle 0 v 1 Musselburgh Windsor (aet)
(East of Scotland Cup 1st Round, 27 October 2012)
Thistle’s impressive recent run of six consecutive victories came to a disappointing end in the East of Scotland Cup.
Despite dominating long periods of the game, the home side were unable to convert any of their chances.
The Thistle paid the ultimate price in failing to convert when, in extra time, Windsor capitalised on some loose play and slammed home the decisive goal.
Auchtermuchty Bellevue 1 v 7 Linlithgow Thistle
(Scottish Cup 2nd Round, 20 October 2012)
Thistle will travelled with much confidence having gone 5 consecutive victories in competitive fixtures going into this Cup tie. However, with the experience gained from the narrow 1st Round defeat of Lomond Victoria, Bellevue’s rivals, Thistle did not underestimate the task against strong Fife opposition.
Thistle were slow from the start, with the first ten minutes seeing the home team take the lead.
This goal appeared to wake the Thistle players from their slumber, with the visitors then dominating the game and quickly producing an equaliser through Morrison, before securing a two goal advantage going into the second half. Skene scored from a remarkable distance with a fantatsic effort before Heeps made it three.
Early into the second half, Heeps secured his brace. From the 65th minute, 5 substitutions were made by the visitors which had deadly consequences for the hosts. When Thomson came off the bench on 70 mins, he bagged a sublime hat trick in a 20 minute deadly spree.
With Regional fixtures now removed from this stage of the competition, Thistle look forward to the Third Round Draw.
Linlithgow Thistle 4 v 3 Lomond Victoria
(Scottish Cup 1st Round, 29 September 2012)
Thistle progress into the 2nd Round of the Scottish Amateur Cup after a roller-coaster of a tie against strong Fife outfit, Lomond Victoria. Entertainment for the supporters was definitely provided.
Thistle started the goal scoring on 15 mins with Paris superbly playing in Heeps, who casually lobbed the ball over the out rushing Vics keeper. Vics were worthy of their equaliser on 23 mins when a period of possession culminated in a well-worked goal.
On the half hour mark, Paris converted a 32 yard freekick with aplomb. The ball rocketed into the top corner with a smashing effort that could be easily considered goal of the season.
With the last kick of the first half, Vics deservedly brought the tie even.
Early into the second period, Vics took the lead. A cross field pass caught out the Thistle defence and allowed the Lomond attacker to finish in style beyond the impressive Bruce.
Thistle made tactical substitutions that then brought fresh impetus and energy to the home side. The trio of Thistle veterans, G Deans, Orr and Hughes were introduced, along with Thomson, over a 10 minute spell. The game began to flow in Thistle’s direction.
After a fantastic diving save by Bruce that had both sidelines applauding, Thistle secured the equaliser on 72 mins when Thomson played in G Deans, who turned and finished deep inside the Vics box.
With thoughts turning to a trip to Falkland, Fife for the replay next Saturday, on the 89th minute, Thomson headed the ball beyond the rooted Vics keeper sending the Thistle sidelines into raptures.
Thistle will face an away tie against Auchtemuchty Bellevue or Civil Service Strollers in the Second Round, who must replay their tie after a 3-3 draw in Fife.
Action shots were posted onto Facebook following the tie.
Linlithgow Thistle wish to thank Lomond Victoria for coming back to The Black Bitch and enjoying Jimmy and Kathy’s splendid hospitality – and taking part in the karaoke. All the best to Lomond Victoria for the season and many thanks to The Black Bitch.
Linlithgow Thistle used the Edinburgh & Lothians September weekend holiday (Sat, 15th) to play a friendly fixture against Stirling & District AFA league contenders, Carronshore Athletic.
With new signings made by the Falkirk outfit, along with notable absences and the opportunity to get much needed game-time for Thistle’s squad, it was an interesting encounter.
Paris and Craig notched the home side’s goals, which saw the game end in a 2-2 draw.
Thistle wish Carronshore all the best for the season ahead.
Linlithgow Thistle is delighted to announce the squad for season 2012-2013. Individual details can soon be found in the Squad pages of the website.
The club has signed new faces to bolster the squad from last season – most notably, former Brightons central defender stalwart, Neil Porteous; striking sensations, Callum Heeps from Camelon Albion and Scott Thomson, formerly of Scottish Cup winners, Linlithgow Rose A; the return from injury of former no-holds-barred defender, David Blackwood; the return of fancy-feet, David Manderson; the return of former Rangers-signed, Leo Hewitt; and the very welcome return of former Player of the Year, Kevin Morrison.
Additionally, the club welcomes back from last season, Scott Bruce – “The Goalie”, who has been touted by many a Junior and top-class Amateur club over the closed season; utility-man, Russell Maxwell; Committee and Players’ Player of the Year, Kenny Hughes; wing wizards, Scott Manderson, Scott Greig, Andrew Deans, Sean Southall and Johnny Smith; Top Goal Scorer for the past Decade, Graham Orr; The Enforcer, Gary Mitchell; defensive terrier, Barry Skene; Kings of the air, Graeme Deans and Robert Sommerville; The Butcher, Steven Craig; and our back-up cats, Craig Milligan and Craig Heeps. Also, coming out of retirement, is “one more season” Derek Oliver.
With a couple of further signings expected before the transfer window slams shut, the squad is looking particularly healthy for the new season.
Our regards and best wishes go to our former Captain, Wayne Meikle, who has signed for Dunipace JFC; Barrie Hesketh, Steven Bennie and David Lapsley, who are leaving for Bo’ness AFC; Paul Lacki who has decided to ply his trade with Linlithgow Rose CFC; and to Brandon McDermott.
It was the battle of the Thistles on Wednesday, 8th August, at Kettil’stoun Mains Park, with a preseason game between Linlithgow and Camelon of the Stirling & District Premier League. With a few notable absences from the team, the Linlithgow team did themselves proud, going 2-0 ahead in the first 20 minutes. With changes to the team and formation, the home side eventually lost out 3-2 but many of the players have put doubt in the perceived favoured starting line-up of the team management.
On Monday, 6th August, Dunipace JFC U19s faced the Thistle at Kettil’stoun Mains Park. Having gone 3-0 ahead, the Thistle made several changes. A second half comeback by the visitors saw the game was finished all square.
The Thistle faced West of Scotland Cup Champions Dumbarton Academy FP on Saturday, 4th August at Kettil’stoun Mains. It was a fantatsic performance by the home side against a very accomplished side. With the home team appearing settled and composed, the attitide and commitment by all was excellent and the lads received their just rewards. Having also enjoyed the post match hospitality at The Black Bitch with the team, Thistle wish Dumbarton Academy FP all the very best for the season ahead.
Following Thistle’s first preseason match against Musselburgh Utd on 25th July, the newly formed squad, hindered by holidays, travelled to face Cambusbarron Rovers at Dunblane High School on 1st August. Despite the team delivering a good performance in the first half (1-1 at 40 mins, 3-1 at half time), the second period, with a number of changes, enhanced the home team’s scoreline. It was a very effective session for the Linlithgow squad, with a number of positives, along with identification of weaknesses for which to concentrate efforts upon. Thistle wish the Rvers all the very best for the season ahead.
** Stenhousemuir AFC win Charity Tournament 2012 **
Stenhousemuir AFC won the Linlithgow Thistle Charity Tournament 2012 on 28th July at Linlithgow Leisure Centre.
Despite periods of torrential rain, the football spectacle was never diluted. Fantastic skills were on display by all teams throughout the Tournament that saw a mix of amateur and U19 SFL clubs, with no gulf in class ever evident across the intense 30 minute games.
Having won their respective Leagues, Dunipace Thistle played Stenhousemuir AFC in the final, following entertaining Semi-Finals. After an end to end half hour, with no score, Stenhousemuir came out victors on penalties.
Coming so close over the last two Tournaments, it proved third time lucky for Stenhousemuir. Along with the Tournament trophy, Beatsons Institute of Cancer Research receive a cheque for £310 for the efforts of the victors.
Top Goal Scorer (with 5 goals) award went to Camelon Albion’s Callum Heeps; and Player of the Tournament award went to Zak Nicoletti of Dunipace Thistle.
Linlithgow Thistle wish to thank all partipating clubs and players, officials (Stuart Simpson, Paul Taylor, Kenny Newlands and John Kelly) and to the supporters that braved the weather to create a special atmosphere.
Photographs of the Tournament can be found here.
Results in full:
|East Stirlingshire 1 v 1 Linlithgow ThistleLinlithgow Rose 0 v 3 Dunipace ThistleBerwick Rangers 0 v 0Linlithgow ThistleDunipace Thistle 3 v 1 East StirlingshireLinlithgow Rose 0 v 2Berwick RangersDunipace Thistle 1 v 0Linlithgow ThistleEast Stirlingshire 2 v 0Berwick RangersLinlithgow Thistle 0 v 2Linlithgow RoseBerwick Rangers 0 v 0Dunipace ThistleLinlithgow Rose 0 v 3 East StirlingshireS/F: Dunipace Thistle 3 v 0Camelon Albion*FINAL: Dunipace Th 0 v 0 (P) Stenhousemuir||Boness AFC 2 v 1 Stirling Albion Stenhousemuir AFC 2 v 0 Dunipace JFCCamelon Albion 0 v 1Boness AFCDunipace JFC 0 v 1Stirling AlbionCamelon Albion 0 v 1Stenhousemuir AFCDunipace JFC 1 v 4Boness AFCStirling Albion 0 v 2Camelon AlbionBoness AFC 1 v 3Stenhousemuir AFCCamelon Albion 4 v 1Dunipace JFCStenhousemuir AFC 1 v 1Stirling AlbionS/F: Stenhousemuir 1 (P) v 1 East Stirlingshire|
* Bo’ness AFC qualified as League Runners-up but due to a number of player commitments and injuries, had to withdraw from the Tournament following the League stage. Camelon Albion finished in third place and claimed the Runners-up spot in the Semi-Finals.
Linlithgow Thistle wish to thank hospitality sponsor The Black Bitch for the very kind donation of sandwiches and energy drinks for the event.
Linlithgow Thistle will commence preseason training on Saturday, 7th July at Listloaning, Linlithgow.
The training schedule is detailed below:
|Sat, 7th July||12noon||Listloaning|
|Mon, 9th July||6:45pm||Linlithgow Loch|
|Wed, 11th July||6:45pm||Listloaning|
|Sat, 14th July||11:45am||Linlithgow Loch|
|Mon, 17th July||6:45pm||Listloaning|
|Wed, 18th July||7:00pm||Bo’ness Academy*||Zetland AFC – Postponed|
|Sat, 21st July||8:45am||Gullane|
|Mon, 23rd July||6:45pm||Listloaning|
|Wed, 25th July||7:00pm||Bo’ness Academy||Musselburgh Utd 1-1|
|Sat, 28th July||11am||Kettilstoun Mains*||Tournament|
|Mon, 30th July||6:45pm||Listloaning|
|Wed, 1st August||7:00pm||Cambusbarron*||Cambusbarron Rovers 8-1|
|Sat, 4th August||2:00pm||Kettilstoun Mains*||Dumbarton Acad FP 2-0|
|Mon, 6th August||7:00pm||Kettilstoun Mains*||Dunipace JFC U19s 3-3|
|Wed, 8th August||7:00pm||Kettilstoun Mains*||Camelon Thistle 2-3|
* Denotes Preseason Friendly
All members from last season and new players seeking an exciting challenge are welcome. For further information, please get in touch with the Club Secretary – [email protected]
Linlithgow Thistle is delighted to announce that this year’s Preseason Tournament will be held on 28th July at Linlithgow Leisure Centre.
Following the blind draw on Sunday, 22nd July, the leagues aand fixtures have been announced:
|League 1 (Pitch 2)||League 2 (Pitch 3)|
|Dunipace Thistle||Camelon Albion|
|Linlithgow Thistle||Stenhousemuir AFC|
|East Stirlingshire||Dunipace JFC|
|Berwick Rangers||Bo’ness AFC|
|Linlithgow Rose||Stirling Albion|
The 2 leagues of 5 teams will compete in 30 min games, with the top 2 teams progressing from each league to the semi-finals. A final will determine the winning team. A cheque, with all proceeds of the event, will be made out to the nominated charity of the winning team, along with the presentation of the impressive trophy.
Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club has kindly agreed to the use of their pitch at the Leisure Centre, meaning that the adjacents parks can be used for the tournament. This will add a special atmosphere, with spectators able to view two simultaneous matches.
Linlithgow Thistle was represented this evening (26th June) at a Community Consultation meeting, held at Low Port, Linlithgow. The purpose of the meeting was to consult relevant community organisations on the proposed development of the land to the west of Linlithgow Leisure Centre at Kettil’stoun Mains.
Derek Oliver, Secretary, and Graham Orr, Life President, were in attendance, among representatives from West Lothian Council, West Lothian Leisure, Linlithgow Rose CFC, Linlithgow Rugby Club, the Scouts, and Linlithgow Reed Band.
Derek Oliver said “we welcome the opportunity to be involved in the consultation stage of this project that, from early deliberations, can have a positive impact for the local community. We brought our views to the table that I’m sure has raised the profile of our club and will stand Linlithgow Thistle in good stead in the short to medium term future.”
Linlithgow Thistle staged their Player of the Year Awards Night on Saturday 26th May 2012 at The Black Bitch, Linlithgow. The Committee thanked all of this seasons sponsors prior to presenting the Awards and looked forward to establishing a positive partnership with the new sponsors for the season ahead.
With this Awards event marking a decade since the Club was founded, Life Memberships were presented to three players (Graeme Deans, Kenny Hughes and Graham Orr) who have been with the Club since the first day, and to Club Founder, Graham Orr, who was also awarded Life Presidency.
The Awards winners for Season 2011-2012 were:
Players Player Of The Year: Kenny Hughes
Committee Player of the Year: Kenny Hughes
Top Goalscorer: Graham Orr
For photographs of the event, please click on Player of the Year Awards tab under Events.
Following the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 22nd May 2012 (held at Donaldson’s School, Linlithgow), substantial changes were made to the Committee and Team Management structures.
Graham Orr was awarded Life Presidency of the Club following a decade at the helm.
Derek O’Neill was elected Chairman; Steven McGill as Treasurer; and Derek Oliver as Secretary. All Vice Positions in Office are now vacant. The Committee is completed with the following team representatives: Wayne Meikle, Scott Bruce, Kenny Hughes and Russell Maxwell.
In terms of team management, Derek O’Neill has stepped to the side, with Callum Nimmo stepping forward as the new Club coach and Assistant Manager, along with Steven McGill. Graham Orr remains as Club Manager. Mr O’Neill will act as Liaison Officer between the squad and management.
Amendments were made to the Constitution, along with enhancements to procedural matters being voted and accepted.
The Club can now enjoy Saturday evening (26th May), where Awards will be presented to those who deserve such accolades over the course of this difficult season.
** IMPORTANT CLUB DATES **
Following the Club’s Committee meeting on 26th April, the following dates have been announced:
Thursday, 17th May – Annual General Meeting, Donaldson’s School
Saturday, 26th May – Player of the Year Awards, The Black Bitch
** NIMMO SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY **
Linlithgow Thistle are saddened to announce that club stalwart, Callum Nimmo suffered a leg break in today’s league fixture against Seaforth Highlanders.
With his dogged tenacity and determination, not forgetting his passion for the Thistle cause, Callum will be sorely missed from the team and changing room. His experience, training regimes and discipline in the game are second to none.
Everyone at the Thistle would like to convey their utmost respect to Callum for playing for the cause through chronic injury of late and let him know that we are here for him at every step of his recovery. We wish him well in his operation.
You are very much admired – all the very best big man.
** EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS **
Linlithgow Thistle are delighted to announce that a lease tabled by West Lothian Council for Listloaning, Linlithgow Bridge, is currently being considered by the Committee. The lease will allow the club to utilise the pavilion as their exclusive training base. Although the parks fall short of regulation size for competition football, training sessions, friendly matches and the famous preseason tournament can be played on the pitches. It is hoped that the negotiations can be concluded over the next few weeks and aesthetic enhancement work can start on making the pavilion an attractive facility for the future.
The club is also delighted to announce that an exciting new website will be launched by 30 April. CMA Design have been contracted to design and commission the new platform. CMA has vast experience and won awards for their websites, with their portfolio including Bo’ness United and Bathgate Thistle Junior outfits. With an investment in a professional website, along with exclusive training facilities and the procurement of new kit, the club is marketing itself towards attracting high calibre amateur footballers from the local and neighbouring areas.
** NEW KIT LAUNCH **
Linlithgow Thistle AFC are delighted to announce that their new kit will be launched in May 2012 (date to be finalised) to celebrate a decade in football. The kit will sport the new sponsor logo for the upcoming seasons. Although players and committee members were asked to vote on various designs, the final details of the brand and kit design is being kept a secret ahead of the launch.
Further details of exciting sponsorship developments will also be disclosed over the next few days.